Marie A. Bakitas, DNSc, APRN, FAAN

Bakitas-126-x-176Reducing Barriers to Palliative Care for Heart Failure Patients and Their Families

Dr. Marie Bakitas, Marie O'Koren Endowed Chair has recently been funded by the National Palliative Care Research Center to determine the efficacy of ENABLE: Comprehensive Heartcare For Patients and Caregivers, an intervention tailored to rural, older adults with advanced heart failure (HF) in reducing HF morbidity and improving patient and caregiver quality of life and quality of care.    Read more...

Project ENABLE - Educate, Nurture, Advise, Before Life Ends

Funded by the American Cancer Society, the objective of Dr. Bakitas' grant is to study whether a phone-based palliative care intervention can help reduce access disparities for veterans, minorities and patients from rural areas who have advanced cancer.  Project ENABLE is a phone-based palliative care intervention for patients. Initial work has been done in an academic medical center setting.


June Cho, PhD, RN

Cho-126-x-176Testosterone and Cortisol Levels in Infant Health and Development

Assistant Professor Dr. June Cho  has been awarded a five-year, $1.72 million R01 grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Development for her proposal “Testosterone and Cortisol Levels in Infant Health and Development.”


Comfort Enah, PhD, RN

EnahInnovative nursing interventions
Video-gaming to prevent HIV in rural adolescents

Assistant Professor Comfort Enah, PhD, has been awarded a three-year, K01 grant from NINR for a project titled “Development of an HIV Prevention Game for African American Rural Adolescents.”


C. Ann Gakumo, PhD, RN

Gakumo-126-x-176Improved HIV disease management through health literacy

Assistant Professor C. Ann Gakumo, PhD, RN has recently been named a UAB K-Scholar. This K-award provides salary for protected time devoted to both formal research training and for a mentored hands-on research experience.


Rita Jablonski, PhD, RN, ANP


Reducing Care-Resistant Behaviors in Persons with Dementia

The focus of Associate Professor, Dr. Jablonski’s program of research is on the development of interventions to reduce care-resistant behaviors exhibited by persons with dementia.


Mirjam Kempf, PhD

Kempf-126-x176Reaching out to rural women with HIV; Improving clinical outcomes through Telemedicine

Associate Professor, Mirjam-Collette Kempf, PhD was awarded funding from the NIH- National Institute of Mental Health to fund a R34 project titled “Telemedicine to Improve Depression and Adherence in HIV + Women in the Rural South.”


Karen Meneses, PhD, RN, FAAN

Meneses-150x-210Improving the quality of life for young breast cancer survivors

Karen Meneses, PhD, RN, FAAN, has received a two-year grant from Women’s Breast Health Fund of the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham for her project, "The Young Breast Cancer Survivorship Network (YBCSN)."