• About The Office of Research & Scholarship

    Who We Are

    The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing, through the Office of Research & Scholarship, is committed to a leading role in nursing and healthcare research and scholarship through diverse funding mechanisms including the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense, Health Services Research Administration, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Veterans Administration Nursing Academy, and Komen for the Cure among others. Developing and supporting the next generation of nurse scientists, educators, and scholars that create and improve tomorrow is a central part of the School's teaching, research and service missions.

    Research & Scholarship Program Spotlights

    Endowed Chairs & Professorships

    Endowed Chairs & Professorships

    Faculty Research Interest

    Faculty Research Interest

    International Visiting Scholars

    International Visiting Scholars

    Jean Kelley Lecture

    Jean Kelley Lecture

    Post-Doctoral Fellowship

    Post-Doctoral Fellowship

    What We Do

    The Office of Research & Scholarship provides leadership and oversight for the following initiatives:
    • Provision of a well-established and solid administrative infrastructure by which to seek out and secure funding among novice to seasoned SON investigators
    • Guidance with the preparation of research proposals and submissions
    • Serve as a liaison/point of contact with the UAB Office of Sponsored Research Programs and the external funding agencies
    • Guidance in pre-award and post-award grant and project management
    • Provide development enrichment programs to support faculty across the School's missions

    Since 1979, the UAB School of Nursing Office of Research and Scholarship has actively engaged in facilitating research partnerships and supporting our faculty as leaders in nursing research and scholarship. The SON faculty are partners in a wide scope of interdisciplinary research including, interventions to improve transitional care in chronic illness, interventions to improve outcomes via health education/promotion, telehealth interventions in disease management and health promotion, reduction of obesity in children and adolescents, patient safety strategies to improve the practice environment, and partnerships for education research coordination.

    Ever mindful to stay focused on our School's mission and vision, the leadership and staff within the UAB School of Nursing Office of Research and Scholarship strive to be responsive to the needs of our faculty and to assist in creating partnerships that results in the successful conduct of the research and to raise the quality of health care while expanding the educated nursing workforce in Alabama and worldwide.

  • The Office of Research & Scholarship

    • Provides administrative support to the Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship
    • Coordinates and schedules Grant Planning Meetings and Mock Review Session
    • Coordinates and schedules travel accommodations for guests and compiles reports for the Cancer Control and Population Sciences Program
    • Processes payments for reimbursement, orders supplies and equipment for ORS
    • Primary contact for daily operations of the Office of Research and Scholarship
    Photo of Dr. BakitasMarie Bakitas DNSc, CRNP, NP-C, AOCN, ACHPN, FAAN, FPCN
    Professor, and Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship

    ORS Administration

    • Provides grant consultation, writing, and editorial consultation to faculty
    • Provides guidance on IRB and human subject research to faculty
    • Provide one-on-one grant consultation to faculty
    • Reviews grants for faculty in mock reviews
    • Coordinates and review PORFs for the faculty
    • Reports center activities to the faculty
    • Assists the ORS Director on center-related activities
    Photo of Rita JablonskiRita Jablonski, PhD, CRNP, FGSA, FAAN
    Professor and Director
    Research and Scholarly Development
    Photo of Karen HeatonKaren Heaton, PhD, FNP-BC, FAAN
    Associate Professor and Director
    PhD Program

    Special Projects

    • Works closely with the Associate Dean for Research & Scholarship, Associate Dean for Clinical and Global Partnerships and the Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
    • Participates in mock reviews
    • Edits and proofreads both grants and manuscripts for grammar, style, etc. Documents must be in the final stage of preparation
    • Supports Ph.D. students in the preparation of NRSA (F30, F31) for pre-doctoral funding
    • Involved in pre-award planning meetings to discuss HRSA “guidances” and approach to application
    • Assists in the preparation of HRSA narratives and tables
    • Assists with annual HRSA performance reports
    • Organizes monthly HRSA team meetings to assist with grant application strategies and grant management

    Grant Award Management

    • Assists the OSP in the execution of a sponsored award
    • Assigns ORS Annex space for Federal awards and coordinating signage, phone, and computer support
    • Provides consultation on budget management, addressing purchasing questions or issues, monitoring effort, and facilitating participant incentive documents and wire transfers
    • Interacts with sponsoring organizations as necessary for prior approval requests such as carry-forward, no-cost extensions, revised budgets, and change of PI/PD through hard copy or electronic medium
    • Coordinates fiscal monitoring meetings with the PI/PD, senior project staff, and project managers on an as-needed basis
    • Monitors research compliance to ensure certifications are updated
    • Coordinates with the Office of Institutional Compliance
    • Identifies expenditures as direct or indirect costs and assisting with cost transfers
    • Coordinates post-award creation through OSP and the Office of Grant and Contract Accounting
    • Provides faculty and staff ongoing grants and contracts administration education
    • Processes performance reports and renewals
    • Processes and coordinates award close-out documents with OSP and Grant and Contract Accounting
    Photo of Frank WiserFrank Wiser, MPA
    Director of Research Operations
    Office of Research and Scholarship

    Grant Proposal Submission Management

    • Works under the direction of the Director of Grants & Contracts Administration
    • Attends pre-award planning meetings to discuss the approach, personnel, budget, aims/objectives, and sponsor guidelines 
    • Prepares submission timelines
    • Prepares documents in coordination with the PI/PD and in compliance with established UAB and sponsor guidelines in preparation for timely hard copy/electronic proposal submission
    • Prepares budget in coordination with the PI/PD applying appropriate institutional fiscal policies
    • Interprets sponsor guideline language that may be confusing, ambiguous, or contradictory 
    • Coordinates proposal submission with the UAB Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP)
    Photo of Sheila WallaceSheila Wallace, MBA
    Program Manager II
    Office of Research and Scholarship

    Human Resource Management

    • Assists with the recruitment and hiring for the SON and  ORS
    • Assists with the personnel reporting processes for the SON and ORS
    • Management and supervision of personnel resources
    • Provides, guidance and support related to human resources issues
    • Facilitates position development and employee development
    • Manages employee payrolls and leave
    • Manages necessary and relevant certifications of licensure and training for SON faculty and staff
    • Maintains tracking databases and Oracle documents to ensure currency and accuracy in reporting
    • Administers the human resources functions involved with hiring and managing research staff

    ORS Program Manager & Communications Manager

    • Manages day-to-day operations of the ORS
    • Develops and manages professional development and enrichment programs
    • Serves as webmaster for the research pages
    • Serves as site administrator for the SharePoint site
    • Works closely with the AD for Research & Scholarship and Director of Grants and Contracts Administration to improve procedures and processes
    • Develops content for the dissemination of research and center activities  
    • Works closely with the UAB School of Nursing Office of Strategic Marketing & Communications to disseminate information regarding research and center activities  
    Photo of Lauren AntiaLauren Antia, BS
    Program Manager II
    Office of Research & Scholarship

    ORS Statisticians

    • Design and write quantitative analysis sections for grant proposals, including justification of sample sizes
    • Provide consultation on quantitative data analysis for manuscripts and posters or general questions
    • Provide statistical support to faculty grant proposals and applications
    • Mock review of grant proposals from SON faculty and doctoral students
    Photo of Andres AzueroAndres Azuero, PhD, MBA
    Associate Professor & Director
    ORS Statistics
    Photo of Peng LiPeng Li, PhD
    Assistant Professor & Statistician
    ORS Statistics
  • The Office of Research & Scholarship News

  • Contact The Office of Research & Scholarship

    ORS Contact Information

    Phone: (205) 934-0614
    Fax: (205) 975-6194
    Email: angelh@uab.edu

    Mailing Address

    UAB School of Nursing
    1720 2nd Avenue South, NB 485
    Birmingham, Alabama 35294-1210

    Physical Location

    UAB School of Nursing
    1701 University Boulevard, 4th Floor
    Birmingham, Alabama 35294

    Marie Bakitas, DNSc, CRNP, NP-C, AOCN, ACHPN, FPCN, FAAN

    Marie Bakitas, DNSc, CRNP, NP-C, AOCN, ACHPN, FPCN, FAAN
    Professor, and Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship


    (205) 934-5277

    Rita Jablonski, PhD, CRNP, FGSA, FAAN

    Rita Jablonski, PhD, CRNP, FAAN
    Professor & Director of Research & Scholarly Development


    (205) 975-9019

    Karen Heaton, PhD, FNP-BC, FAAN

    Karen Heaton, PhD, FNP-BC, FAAN
    Associate Professor & PhD Program Director


    (205) 996-9467

    Frank Wiser, MPA

    Frank Wiser, MPA
    Instructor & Director for SON Grants & Contracts Administration


    (205) 934-3812

    Sheila Wallace, MBA

    Sheila Wallace, MBA
    Program Manager II
    Grants & Contracts Administration


    (205) 975-9497

    Andres Azuero, PhD, MBA

    Andres Azuero, PhD, MBA
    Associate Professor
    Program Director for Statistics


    (205) 996-9441

    Peng Li, PhD

    Peng Li, PhD
    Assistant Professor
    ORS Statistician


    (205) 996-0376