Post-Doctoral Fellows

  • 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 a dynamic and independent program of research.

    Post-doctoral funding is available through a variety of sources: individual investigators, Office of Postdoctoral Education (OPE), The VA Quality Scholars and individual federal awards.

    School of Nursing post-doctoral fellows are integrated into the larger UAB Post Doc community through the OPE as well as the University Wide Interdisciplinary Research Centers (UWIRC) and the UAB Clinical Center for Translational Science (CCTS), where they can benefit from courses and programs that range from grant-writing skills to business entrepreneurship opportunities to career enhancement awards. The VA Quality Scholars also have access to a national network of VA scientists and leaders in improvement and implementation science.

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  • Wesley Browning, PhD
    Elizabeth M. Byrd, PhD, RN, CCNS
    VA Quality Scholars Fellow
    2021 UAB SON PhD Program Graduate
    Topic of Research: Patient safety, Implementation, and Improvement Science, Neurosciences, and Stroke Care/Outcomes.
    Motivation: Passion for making the inpatient environment better for everyone, and a love of the neurosciences.
    Hope to Accomplish: Hope to improve patient safety, reduce never-events, and improve outcomes following a stroke.
    Michael Daniel, PhD
    Topic of Research: Demographic and social determinants of health; health equity; cancer symptom control.
    Motivation: Elucidate demographic, social, and clinical factors that influence symptom control and prevention in individuals with cancer.
    Hope to Accomplish: Alleviate debilitating cancer treatment-associated side effects among all populations regardless of demographic and/or social status.
    Tracey K. Dick, PhD
    VA Quality Scholars Fellow
    2021 UAB SON PhD Program Graduate
    Topic of Research: Alabama’s Nursing Workforce.
    Motivation: To highlight the value of the nursing workforce to patient, population, and healthcare organization outcomes.
    Hope to Accomplish: Support the nursing profession as the largest group of health care providers and drive positive changes in healthcare service delivery..
    Shannon S. Layton, DNP, MSW, RN, CNL, CWCN, NEA-BC, LICSW, PIP
    VA Quality Scholars Fellow
    Topic of Research: Care Transitions, Interprofessional Care Management, Wound Care and Prevention, Quality and Safety Teaching Strategies.
    Motivation: Improving health outcomes for my fellow Veterans.
    Hope to Accomplish: Short Term: Improved Veteran and caregiver experience with care transitions, decreased length of stay and readmissions. Improved interprofessional care management.
    Long Term: Improve interprofessional quality and safety education in both the academic and clinical settings.
    Aoyjai P. Montgomery, PhD, BSN
    2019 UAB SON PhD Program Graduate
    Topic of Research: Burnout, Circadian Misalignment, Resiliency, Well-being, Work Environment, and Patient Safety among Nurses and Nurse Leaders.
    Motivation: Based on my clinical nurse (in Thailand) experience (e.g., heavy workload, long work hours, poor work environment), I would love to see better work life among nurses and nurse leaders.
    Hope to Accomplish:
    Short term goals: Receive funding to conduct studies on exploring interventions that can help reduce/ prevent burnout; improve work environment and well-being among nurses and nurse managers.
    Long term goals: Worldwide, reduce burnout and improve work environment and well-being among nurses and nurse leaders and improve patient outcomes including patient safety through improving the quality of nursing care.
    Courtney Sullivan, PhD, APRN, CPNP-AC, CPHON
    2021 UAB SON PhD Program Graduate
    Topic of Research: Nursing-sensitive quality indicators for international pediatric oncology nursing practice utilizing mixed methods approaches; nursing work environments in low-, middle-, and high-income countries.
    Motivation: Empowering nurses’ voices internationally, and supporting nurses to reach their potential and lead change within their respective spheres of influence.
    Hope to Accomplish: Establish a core set of nursing-sensitive indicators for international pediatric oncology nursing practice to drive quality improvement, comparison, knowledge-sharing, and generate nursing-sensitive outcomes in low-, middle-, and high-income countries
    Jasmine Vickers, PhD, MPH
    Rachel Wells, PhD, RN
    2020 UAB SON PhD Program Graduate
    Topic of Research: Models of early palliative care for those living with serious illness and their family caregivers in the Deep South.
    Motivation: Improving quality of life of under resourced individuals living with serious illness.
    Hope to Accomplish: Expand palliative care access for under resourced individuals with heart failure and other chronic conditions and their family caregivers through novel optimized lay navigator-led psychoeducational interventions.
  • J. Nick Dionne-Odom, PhD, MSN, MA, RN, ACHPN, FPCN
    Assistant Professor, UAB School of Nursing
    During 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. In 2020, Dr. Dionne-Odom received FNINR Protege Award.
    Deborah Ejem, PhD, MA
    Assistant Professor, UAB School of Nursing
    During her postdoctoral fellowship, Dr. Ejem received two awards: (1) NINR/NIH-funded Research Supplement to Promote Diversity in Health Research and (2) the HRSA-funded UAB Health Services, Outcomes, and Effectiveness Research (HSOER) Training Program to explore dyadic relationships and spirituality influences on African Americans with heart failure and caregivers.
    Jenni Wise, PhD, MSN, RN
    Assistant Professor, UAB School of Nursing
    During her postdoctoral fellowship, she received a two-year, $200,000 K12 award from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to examine the environmental, interpersonal, and individual level factors associated with cardiovascular disease risk among women living with HIV.
    The award supports early career investigators to receive the mentorship, training, and research support needed to transition from a mentored position to an independent scientist in the field of HIV and cardiovascular health.
  • Bailey Hendricks, PhD, RN
    Post-Doctoral Research Associate, University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing
    2021 UAB SON PhD Program Graduate
    Her research focuses on the health and well-being of young carers (<18 years old) who provide care to an ill parent. During her time at UAB she explored the experience of young carers of a parent with Huntington’s Disease. For her postdoctoral work she will be focusing on the experiences and support needs of young carers in the context of cancer with the goal of future intervention work.
    Nadia Markie Sneed, PhD, RN, FNP-BC
    Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Vanderbilt University
    2021 UAB SON PhD Program Graduate
    Her program of research focuses on the development and implementation of family-centered and community-based dietary lifestyle interventions for prediabetes management and multi-generational prevention of type 2 diabetes. Dr. Sneed’s postdoctoral fellowship is funded through the Vanderbilt University Medical Center Patient/ pRactice Outcomes Research in Effectiveness and Systems Science (PROgRESS) T32 Program supported by Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing.
    Macy Stockdill, PhD, RN
    iCURE Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, National Cancer Institute
    2021 UAB SON PhD Program Graduate
    Her research focuses on the symptom burden of individuals living with a central nervous system tumor and the effect of their symptom burden on the quality of life of both members of the care recipient/caregiver dyad.
    Jacqueline B. Vo, PhD, RN, MPH
    Cancer Prevention Fellow, National Cancer Institute
    2018 UAB SON PhD Program Graduate
    Vo completed her BSN and PhD in nursing science from UAB under the mentorship of the late Karen Meneses, PhD, RN, FAAN, and she completed her MPH in quantitative methods from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public health. At the NCI, she leverages her clinical expertise to drive her epidemiology research, where she studies late effects of cancer treatment (including cardiovascular disease and second cancers) among breast cancer survivors and racial/ethnic disparities among cancer survivors. Vo was awarded the NCI Director’s Award for Emerging Leader and NCI Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program Merit Award, and she has received NIH intramural research funding including the NCI Cancer Prevention Fellowship Transfellowship Research Award, NIMHD William G. Coleman Jr. PhD, Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Innovation Award, and the NCI Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics Cancer Health Disparities Research Award.
    Timiya S. Nolan, PhD, RN, ANP-BC
    Assistant Professor, The Ohio State University
    2016 UAB SON PhD Program Graduate
    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.
    Natalie Wilson, PhD
    Assistant Professor, UCSF School of Nursing Community Health Systems
    2016 UAB SON PhD Program Graduate
    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.