Pre- and Postdoc Fellowships

Training in Behavioral Nursing Research (T32)

Fellows
Current Predoctoral Fellow (T32)
  • Allison McCord, BSN

    Allison McCord, BSN

    I received my Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Indiana University in Indianapolis in December 2013.  After completing an undergraduate research project, I developed an interest in the research process and decided to begin the BSN to PhD program in May 2014.  As an undergraduate student, I minored in Spanish, so the Spanish language and culture has also been an interest of mine.  Through taking Spanish courses, volunteering with Hispanic organizations, and caring for Hispanic patients in the clinical setting, I saw firsthand how a lack of access to health resources and cultural barriers contribute to health disparities in this population. I enjoyed caring for Hispanic patients on an individual level, but I loved the idea that I could make a population-wide impact through conducting research and generating new knowledge. I am especially interested in the health of Hispanic adolescents as they are at a transformative time in their lives, in which they may be undergoing acculturative stress in addition to the transitions that every adolescent experiences.  In Hispanic adolescents, this acculturative stress is associated with depressive symptoms.  After having learned about this specific health concern within the Hispanic adolescent population, I became interested in further understanding how acculturative stress and depression develop over time.  I hope to gain a better understanding of this phenomenon in my dissertation research, and then devote my career to generating knowledge to help Hispanic adolescents manage acculturative stress and smoothly transition into adulthood.  I am originally from Greenfield, IN, and I currently live in Indianapolis with my boyfriend of seven years.  In my spare time, I enjoy traveling, running, and spending time with my friends and family.

    Mentors
    Claire Draucker, PhD, RN, APRN, FAAN

  • Carlos Janela, MA, BSN, RN

    Carlos Janela, MA, BSN, RN

     I was born and raised in Paris, France. I obtained a master's degree in economics and finance at Paris XII University, France in 1997, and I began my working career as an analyst and software developer. As I was looking for a more meaningful career, I earned an elementary school teaching certificate in France in 2006. The same year I married a woman from Indiana and we decided to move to Indiana in 2007. I taught French and Spanish at the International school of Indiana for the next five years. While I was teaching, I became interested in the healthcare field and realized that I wanted to impact peoples' lives in a different way and help make a difference in their health and wellbeing. In 2014, I obtained my Bachelors of Science degree in Nursing from Indiana University School of Nursing in Indianapolis. I am particularly interested in researching genomics and the possibility of tailoring medication choices or dosages for specific patients. I believe this is a promising research area for patients and clinicians that could be very valuable in dealing with severe chronic conditions. Personal pharmacogenetic testing could potentially help patients find treatments that best suit them to quickly achieve the best therapeutic response, minimize adverse effects, and decrease hospitalizations. My goal is to contribute to the development of personalized medicine as well as nursing knowledge. I have a passion for foreign languages and cultures. Besides English, I speak fluently French, Spanish, and Portuguese. In my spare time, I enjoy travelling, climbing mountains, playing soccer, and spending time with my family.

    Mentors
    Janet Carpenter, PhD, RN, FAAN

  • Adele Crouch (fka Nielsen), BSN

    Adele Crouch (fka Nielsen), BSN

    I received my Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Indiana University in Indianapolis in August 2014.  During my undergraduate study I began participating in research with a team which included my now PhD mentor, Dr. Diane Von Ah. I was given the opportunity to present this research titled The Family Caregiver’s Journey through Bone Marrow Transplantation both locally at the 39th Annual Indiana University Health Nursing Research Conference and regionally at the 38th Annual Midwest Nursing Research Society conference. These experiences helped me decide to continue my education in the Indiana University School of Nursing BSN to PhD program in May 2015. After graduation I began working with Dr. Von Ah on her externally funded research grant, Cancer and Cancer Treatment-Related Cognitive Impairment: Mechanisms and Management. Through this experience my research interest has continued to grow and develop. With this research I was able to speak with breast cancer survivors and learn about their struggles with symptoms and symptom management, particularly cognitive impairment. This work has made me interested in better understanding the cognitive impairment phenomenon in breast cancer survivors, more specifically is the older breast cancer survivor population, age 65 years and older. Aging is the number one risk factor in developing breast cancer and with a rapidly aging society not enough research is being conducted on this particular group. I was awarded and have current funding from the American Cancer Society Graduate Scholarship in Cancer Nursing Practice. I am originally from Northern Indiana, Warsaw. I currently live in Indianapolis and have lived here for the past 6 years. I am married. I have 2 rescue dogs and a cat. When I am not reading or writing for school I enjoy spending time with family, walking my dogs, wakeboarding, snowboarding, and traveling.

    Mentors
    Diane Von Ah, PhD, RN, FAAN

  • Audrey Hopper BSN, RN, CPN

    Mentors
    Joan Haase PhD, RN, FAAN
    Celeste Phillips- Salimi PhD, RN

Current Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Chen Xiao Chen, PhD, RN

    Chen Xiao Chen, PhD, RN

    I received my PhD in Nursing from University of Wisconsin-Madison (2015). My research focuses on symptom measurement and management in dysmenorrhea. Dysmenorrhea is highly prevalent among women of reproductive age. Increasing evidence suggests connections between dysmenorrhea and other chronic pain conditions. The enhanced pain sensitivity observed in women with dysmenorrhea may increase their susceptibility to other chronic pain conditions in the future. Unfortunately, symptom measurement and management in dysmenorrhea are largely understudied. In my dissertation study, I surveyed more than 700 women with dysmenorrhea across the US. This study showed that women used a wide variety of strategies to manage dysmenorrhea symptoms, some of which were not evidence-based. This finding suggests a need to develop interventions to support dysmenorrhea self-management. The same study also shows that a large percentage of women used complementary health approaches to manage dysmenorrhea; however, there is limited evidence to support of refute their efficacy. Investigation of complementary alternative treatments for dysmenorrhea is warranted. In my postdoc fellowship, I will be developing a better tool to measure dysmenorrhea symptoms and further exploring potential complementary health approaches for dysmenorrhea. The ultimate goals of my research are to develop and test interventions that support dysmenorrhea management and to improve women’s quality of life. Outside of work, I enjoy traveling, yoga, experimenting in the kitchen, and exploring new things in Indy with my family.

    Mentors
    Janet Carpenter, PhD, RN, FAAN

  • Nancy Dias, PhD, RN, CNE

    Nancy Dias, PhD, RN, CNE

    I completed my PhD at Duke University School of Nursing, which has provided me with a variety of learning experiences that have helped me develop my research skills, leadership qualities, and equipped me with strategies to step into the next phase of my nursing career. I have developed expertise in designing mixed-methods research and have gained experience in specific research skills such as recruitment, data collection, data management, data analysis, and also data dissemination. My research area is focused to contribute to the advancement of bereavement care, as an extension of the palliative and end-of-life continuum, with a goal to improve bereaved parent’s health outcomes. My dissertation focus was to identify the challenges bereaved parents faced, the strategies they used to help themselves and their health status. For most parents there is no imaginable event more devastating than the death of their child. This kind of loss has profound consequences for bereaved parents, including higher morbidity and mortality rates. I strive to lay the foundations to develop a body of research that can make innovative and significant contributions in palliative, end of life care, and bereavement care with a focus on developing and testing interventions to improve health outcomes for bereaved parents.

    My previous work experience in nursing includes both experiences in the United States and internationally (India and Oman). This experience provided me with an understanding of cultural differences among individuals. I have nursing experience caring for adults and children in medical surgical units. My master’s thesis examined knowledge and practices of the NICU nurses in relation to the grieving process experienced by parents. My interest in a research career stems not only from my master’s research, but also from the personal experience of loss. In summary my strong international clinical and teaching experiences have laid a solid foundation upon which to build my research skills. My academic record and personal history reflect my conscientiousness, determination, and ability to master and pursue my career in nursing research.  My long-term career goal is to develop a program of research that focuses on identifying and testing interventions to help bereaved parents improve their health outcomes. 

    Mentors
    Joan Haase, PhD, RN, FAAN

  • Jane von Gaudecker, PhD, RN

    Jane von Gaudecker, PhD, RN

    I received my PhD in Nursing from University of Virginia (2015). My area of research is among people with epilepsy who are not receiving appropriate treatment for their disease (treatment gap); especially focusing both on immigrant populations and those living in countries with known treatment gaps. I became interested in this topic through my clinical experience.

    Studies have shown that more than 90% of people with epilepsy in rural India do not receive appropriate treatment, making the struggles of living with this disease worse, and women with this condition suffer more than their male counterparts. This led me to look deeper into the issues of living with epilepsy in India and became the focus of my dissertation study. The dissertation research was an ethnography, describing the lives of women in rural Kerala, South India, who were living within the epilepsy treatment gap. My dissertation findings showed that stigma, poor health literacy, financial burden, and dependence on others were major barriers to effective treatment for epilepsy among these women. These findings suggests a need to develop culturally appropriate interventions to help improve their quality of life. During my postdoctoral fellowship, I will expand on my dissertation study and conduct a multidisciplinary US-India collaborative exploratory study in Kerala to examine barriers to effective care among people with epilepsy and gender based cultural differences in treatment decisions.  The results of this exploratory study will lay the foundation for subsequent design and testing of culturally appropriate interventions to reduce the treatment gap and improve the quality of life of those afflicted. I hope to devote my career to generating scientific knowledge to reduce the disparities among vulnerable population living with chronic stigmatized diseases. I am currently funded by Sigma Theta Tau, Alpha Chapter, to develop a conceptual framework regarding this issues.

    Mentors
    Janice Buelow, PhD, RN, FAAN

Current Predoctoral Fellow (Individual NRSA)
  • Stacey Crane, MSN, RN

    Stacey Crane, MSN, RN

    Although I originally started my education in engineering, I switched to nursing after realizing that I was missing the opportunity to directly interact with and impact others. One of my first clinical experiences was in pediatric oncology, where I fell in love with this patient population and their families and haven’t looked back. My MSN is in nursing informatics and focused on improving palliative care communication within the electronic medical record. For the past six years I have been working as a phase 1 oncology research nurse at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Though my career focus on pediatric oncology nursing, I have been fortunate to learn about this unique patient population from a clinical perspective, including the challenges of treating pediatric cancers, the therapies and their side effects, and the impact of pediatric cancers on patients and their families. I plan to dedicate my doctoral career to enhancing the care of children with cancer through nursing research. My research focus is the pediatric oncology patient and family experience during their participation in phase 1 clinical trials. In my spare time I enjoy traveling, hiking and spending time with family and friends.

    Mentors
    Joan Haase, PhD, RN, FAAN