• Post-Doctoral Fellowship

    A Focus on Research and Scholarship

    The UAB School of Nursing offers a vibrant post-doctoral fellowship program. We tailor the experiences for each individual. Common threads include mentored research experiences with senior scientists and protected time to develop both a publication and grant submission pipeline.

    Additionally, the School's post-doctoral fellows are integrated into UAB’s larger Office of Postdoctoral Education, where they can benefit from courses and programs that range from grant-writing skills to business entrepreneurship opportunities to career enhancement awards.

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  • Post-Doctoral Fellows


    Aoyjai Prapanjaroenson

    Aoyjai Prapanjaroenson, PhD

    Mentors: Patricia A. Patrician, PhD and Andres Azuero, PhD


    Topic of Research

    Nurse Burnout, Circadian Misalignment, Work Environment, and Patient Safety.

    Motivation

    Taking care of our family (nurses).

    Hope to Accomplish

    Short term: get a grant and conduct a study on nurse burnout and circadian misalignment.
    Long term: Reduce nurse burnout, better work environment, and improve patient safety.
    Rachel Wells

    Rachel Wells, PhD

    Mentors: Marie Bakitas, DNSc and Kenneth Saag, M.D.


    Topic of Research

    Early palliative care interventions for advanced heart failure patients and their family caregivers.

    Motivation

    Improving quality of life of individuals living with advanced heart failure and their caregivers with an emphasis on minority and rural populations.

    Hope to Accomplish

    Expand and optimize palliative care access for medically-underserved heart failure patients and their family caregivers through novel optimized psychoeducational interventions.
    Jenni Wise

    Jenni Wise, PhD

    Mentor: Mirjam-Colette Kempf, PhD


    Topic of Research

    Occupational health in women living with HIV.

    Motivation

    Understand the bigger picture of what influences quality of life, and clinical and occupational outcomes.

    Hope to Accomplish

    Improve understanding, practices, and policy.
    Deb Ejem

    Deb Ejem, PhD (Medicine)

    Mentor: Marie Bakitas, DNSc


    Topic of Research

    Improving healthcare communication and decision making for African Americans (AAs) with chronic disease and their Family Caregivers.

    Motivation

    Achieving equitable healthcare outcomes for AAs.

    Hope to Accomplish

    Development of interventions that would decrease the impact of racial disparities on palliative care utilization for AAs.
  • Previous Post-Doctoral Fellows


    J. Nick Dionne-Odom, PhD, MSN, MA, RN, ACHPN, FPCN

    J. Nick Dionne-Odom, PhD, MSN, MA, RN, ACHPN, FPCN


    J. Nick Dionne-Odom, PhD, MSN, MA, RN, ACHPN, FPCN is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing.

    Durring his postdoctoral fellowship, he received a five-year, $935,000 K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award from the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) to develop a palliative care health coaching program for family caregivers of persons with advanced cancer.

    The award supports post doctoral fellows in research and is designed to provide a career pathway for them to move from a mentored postdoctoral position to an independent tenure-track faculty position.



    PhD Graduates with Fellowships


    Timiya S. Nolan, PhD, RN, ANP-BC

    Timiya S. Nolan, PhD, RN, ANP-BC


    Timiya S. Nolan, PhD, RN, ANP-BC is currently an Assistant Professor at The Ohio State University.

    Her research focuses on health disparities and developing interventions that promote self-management in the prevention and control of chronic conditions.

    While at UAB, Nolan studied breast cancer survivorship disparities in young and African American populations alongside the late Karen Meneses, PhD, RN, FAAN.

    Jacqueline B. Vo, PhD, RN, MPH

    Jacqueline B. Vo, PhD, RN, MPH


    Jacqueline B. Vo, PhD, RN, MPH, is currently a Cancer Prevention Fellow at the National Cancer Institute.

    She leverages her clinical expertise to drive her research, where she studies cardiotoxic effects of cancer treatment among breast cancer survivors using large observational datasets.

    During her postdoctoral fellowship, she is gaining epidemiologic and analytical skills to strengthen her abilities as a nurse scientist.

    Natalie Wilson, PhD

    Natalie Wilson, PhD


    Natalie Wilson, PhD, is currently an Assistant Professor at UCSF School of Nursing Community Health Systems.

    She started a sexual health and primary care faculty practice.

    She still has ties to UAB – she has a diversity supplement with Mike Saag’s CNICS grant studying Symptom Clusters.

  • Post-Doctoral Mentors


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

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

    Professor, Interim Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship, and Marie L. O'Koren Endowed Chair in Nursing

    Dr. Marie Bakitas is internationally recognized in pain and palliative care science. Focused on reducing suffering and enhancing the quality of life for persons with advanced illness and family caregivers--especially in rural areas--her early telehealth palliative care model ENABLE (Educate, Nurture, Advise, Before Life Ends), has led to practice and policy changes. She is disseminating ENABLE for cancer and heart failure patients in the Deep South and Veteran populations. Her research, mentorship and papers have led to important practice changes.

    Patricia A. Patrician, PhD, RN, FAAN

    Patricia A. Patrician, PhD, RN, FAAN

    Professor and Rachel Z. Booth Endowed Chair in Nursing

    Dr. Patrician joined the UAB faculty in August 2008 after having served 26 years in the US Army Nurse Corps, where she held clinical, administrative, educational, and research positions. Her final position prior to military retirement was Chief, Department of Nursing Science, Academy of Health Sciences, Ft. Sam Houston (San Antonio), TX. At UAB, she teaches in the Nursing Health Systems Administration MSN Specialty Track and PhD Program.

    Mirjam-Colette Kempf, PhD, MPH

    Mirjam-Colette Kempf, PhD, MPH

    Professor

    Dr. Mirjam-Colette Kempf has a broad background in infectious diseases, epidemiology and behavioral sciences. Her previous research has focused on HIV health services and outcomes research with particular emphasis on psychosocial barriers of access to care and health care disparities among HIV-infected women living in the rural South. She is the Co-PI for the NIH-funded UAB-MS Women's Interagency HIV Study (WIHS) site, a member of the National WIHS cohort investigating the HIV epidemic in Women in the US for over 20 years.

    Andres Azuero, PhD, MBA

    Andres Azuero, PhD, MBA

    Professor and Director of Statistics

    Dr. Azuero's focus is on the design, management, and analysis of clinical trials and health interventions, and the use of statistical and machine learning techniques for modeling personalized treatment response and observational data. He specializes in a broad spectrum of classical statistical and machine learning techniques. He collaborates in several research projects within and outside UAB.

  • Contact Us


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

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

    Professor, Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship, and Marie L. O'Koren Endowed Chair in Nursing

    mbakitas@uab.edu   |   (205) 934-5277

    Dr. Marie Bakitas is internationally recognized in pain and palliative care science. Focused on reducing suffering and enhancing the quality of life for persons with advanced illness and family caregivers--especially in rural areas--her early telehealth palliative care model ENABLE (Educate, Nurture, Advise, Before Life Ends), has led to practice and policy changes. She is disseminating ENABLE for cancer and heart failure patients in the Deep South and Veteran populations. Her research, mentorship and papers have led to important practice changes.

    Rita Jablonski PhD, CRNP, FGSA, FAAN

    Rita Jablonski PhD, CRNP, FGSA, FAAN

    Professor and Post-Doctoral Coordinator

    rajablon@uab.edu   |   (205) 975-9019

    Dr. Rita Jablonski’s internationally-renowned program of research is focused on improving the lives of older adults, especially those with dementia who reside in nursing homes. Her most recent studies have tested interventions that improve oral hygiene for persons with dementia who resist care. The strategies for reducing threat perception using dementia-centric communication strategies are congruent with the principles of person-centered care and nursing home culture change initiatives.