Current & Past International Visiting Scholars

Scholars include participants in UMSN's Visiting Scholars Program and UMSN's Strengthening NCD Research and Training Capacity in Thailand program.


Pimrat Thammaraksa

  • Boromarajonani College of Nursing, Bangkok, Thailand
Visiting Scholar Associate, School of Nursing
Visit: 01/20/2017 – 6/30/2017
 

Purpose of Visit:

Ms. Pimrat Thammaraksa specializes in community-based, family-oriented interventions to prevent risky sexual behavior among adolescents. In addition to researching cultural differences between U.S. and Thai approaches, she will collaborate with her mentor to develop an intervention program to prevent multiple risk behaviors in male secondary school students.
 

Biography:

Ms. Pimrat holds an M.Sci in Public Health Nursing from Mahidol University in Bangkok and is currently a faculty member at Boromarajonani College of Nursing, where she completed her BSN. In her spare time she enjoys jogging, swimming and international travel.
 


Shambel Tarko Shiferaw

  • Aksum University, Ethiopia
Visiting Scholar Associate, School of Nursing
Visit: 01/17/2017 – 1/26/2017
 

Purpose of Visit:

Mr. Shiferaw has been working with Dr. Michelle Munro-Kramer and Dr. Sue Anne Bell for the last two years to create a partnership between the University of Michigan School of Nursing and Aksum University in Ethiopia. The partnership initially focused on leadership and education and was funded by an EM-PACE Seed Grant. However, the partnership has also expanded into exploring shared research interests such as options to deliver comprehensive services to survivors of human trafficking in northern Ethiopia. Mr. Shiferaw's visit to U-M will allow him to learn more about nursing leadership, educational modalities (such as simulation), and will allow the team to continue to discuss future research collaborations.
 

Biography:

Mr. Shiferaw is a lecturer at Aksum University, specializing in emergency medicine and critical care nursing. He enjoys sports, visiting new places and reading history, philosophy and psychology.
 

Nittaya SukchaisongNittaya Sukchaisong

  • Mahidol University, Thailand
Visiting Scholar Associate, School of Nursing
 Visit: 08/23/2016 – 12/28/2016
 Mentor: Dr. Laura Saslow
 

Purpose of Visit:

Miss Sukchaison comes with a research background in uncontrolled diabetes. Under the guidance of her mentor, she will create a program to help modify behaviors in patients with uncontrolled diabetes. The program will be culturally adapted for the Thai population. Patients will have their hemoglobin A1c & fasting blood sugar measured before the program, at the midpoint and afterwards to analyze how effective the program is working for them.
 

Biography:

In her spare time, Miss Sukchaison likes cooking Thai food & makes a delicious green curry. She enjoys taking long walks in parks by herself. XX

Jiachen XuJiachen Xu

  • Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
Visiting Scholar Associate, School of Nursing
Visit: 07/01/2016 – 08/31/2016
 Mentor: Dr. Ivo Dinov
 

Purpose of Visit:

Miss Xu comes with expertise in the examination of big data sets and is conducting research on disease trends. Under the guidance of her mentor, she is participating in the compressive big data analytics and inference (CBDA) project. By using different mathematical algorithms, her work will help find useful methods to impute and analyze compressive big data. The findings will help shed light on effective analyzation and utilization of big data in medical and public health, which may help communities & populations stay healthy.
 

Biography:

In her spare time, Miss Xu likes visiting museums and baking cookies. She enjoys learning about other cultures and hopes to spend time getting to know other International Visiting Scholars. 

Dr. Ying ZhaoDr. Ying Zhao

  • Fudan University, Shanghai, China
Visiting Research Associate
Visit: 04/2016 – 05/2016
Mentor: Dr. Michelle L. Munro-Kramer
 

Purpose of Visit:

Dr. Zhao is a specialist in women’s mental health and her current research is focused on prenatal depression screening and psychological intervention in high-risk pregnancies. Dr. Zhao is working with her mentor to conduct her thesis writing & hopes to make further academic collaboration in the field of women’s mental health.
 

Biography:

Dr. Zhao holds a PhD in Psychiatry from the Psychiatry Department at Fudan University affiliated with Huashan Hospital in Shanghai. She is currently a faculty member at Fudan University School of Nursing. She very much likes ping-pong and reading travel magazines. She enjoys the Ann Arbor life.

Chunxia LiuChunxia Liu

  • Peking University, Beijing, China
Visiting Scholar Associate, School of Nursing
Visit: 04/2016 – 05/2016
 

Purpose of Visit:

Miss Liu comes with expertise in nurse management and is conducting research on U.S. hospice and palliative care programs. Her findings will help shed light on key differences between the Chinese and U.S. system for hospice and palliative care. She is interested in exploring comfort care with her mentor.
 

Biography:

In her spare time, Miss Liu likes cooking Chinese food. She enjoys learning about other cultures and hopes to spend time getting to know other International Visiting Scholars. She is also planning to take some road trips to see other parts of the U.S.

Dr. Moonhee GangDr. Moonhee Gang

  • College of Nursing, Chungnam National University, Daejeon, Korea
Visiting Research Associate, School of Nursing
Visit: 09/2015 – 08/2016
 

Purpose of Visit:

Dr. Gang is a specialist in mental health and will be researching factors related to Korean women who seek support for mental health compared to Korean immigrant women in the United States. In comparing the two groups, Dr. Gang hopes to identify key factors related to cultural and behavioral determinants in seeking help. In addition, she is going to compare perspectives (stigma) in mental illness among the USA and East Asian women.
 

Biography:

Dr. Gang holds a PhD from College of Nursing, Chungnam National University in Daejeon, Korea and PMHNP. She is an associate professor as well as the deputy director of the Mental Health Education and Research Center at Chungnam National University. She enjoys exploring Ann Arbor with her son, who is attending middle school in Ann Arbor. She plans to participate in volunteer opportunities in her community with her son. 

Dr. Younhee Jeong

Younhee

  • College of Nursing Science, Kyung Hee University, Seoul, Korea
Visiting Research Associate, School of Nursing
Visit: 03/2015 – 02/2016
 

Purpose of Visit:

Dr. Jeong has experience in both animal and human studies. In addition, she had been the PI of a national project for professional development (clinical research coordinator) for clinical trial research in Korea. Putting together with those experience, she is interested in translation from bench to clinic. In this visit, she is working with Dr. Holden who was her PhD advisor focusing on mechanisms of neuropathic pain.
 

Biography:

Dr. Jeong holds a PhD in Nursing from the University of Illinois at Chicago and ANP-BC. She was the director of East-West Nursing Research Institute, Kyung Hee University. Her new hobby in Ann Arbor is walking and tracking her progress through the Fitbit.

Dr. Alain MukwegeAlain Mukwege

  • Panzi Hospital, Democratic Republic of Congo
Visiting Research Associate, School of Nursing
Visit: 01/2015 – 01/2016
 

Purpose of Visit:

Dr. Mukwege has a strong educational background in women’s health and gynecology. His current research includes managing pelvic organ prolapse, traumatic fistula, obstetric fistula, and other gynecological injuries in women. His thesis at the Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education was based on advanced prolapse. He will be working with the Pelvic Floor Research Group at the School of Nursing.  His research at the University of Michigan will be implemented into practice at Panzi Hospital, which is located in the war-torn region of Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).  At Panzi hospital, survivors of sexual violence and women with severe gynecological problems are treated. Dr. Mukwege’s research will contribute to healing women and restoring lives in the DRC.
 

Biography:

Dr. Mukwege received his Masters in Clinical Research from the Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education. His outside interests include sports and hiking. He is looking forward to visiting the state of Michigan with his wife and two daughters.

Unraun Kaewphinit Unraun Kaewphinit

  • Srinakharinwirot University, Bangkok, Thailand
Visiting Research Associate, School of Nursing
Visit: March 2015 – August 2015
 

Purpose of Visit:

Miss. Unraun is conducting research at the University of Michigan to develop her dissertation proposal. Her research focus is on depressive symptoms amongst caregivers of persons with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Traffic accidents are a leading cause of Traumatic Brain Injury in Thailand. Many caregivers experience anxiety, disturbed sleep, role strain and ultimately depression. Miss. Unraun will continue to develop her research when she returns to Thailand.  Future areas for research may involve developing interventions to reduce caregiver depressive symptoms.
 

Biography:

Miss. Unraun holds a Master of Science in Pharmacology from Chulalongkorn University. She is currently a PhD candidate at Mahidol University, Thailand. In her free time, Miss. Unraun likes to cook Thai food and learn about the cultures of other International Visiting Scholars. She is looking forward to sightseeing Michigan during her time here. 

Dr. Khadizah binti Haji Abdul MuminDr. Khadizah binti Haji Abdul Mumin

  • Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Brunei Darussalam
Visiting Research Associate, School of Nursing
Visit: 10/2014 – 09/2015
 

Purpose of Visit:

Dr. Khadizah’s enriched experience in research and analysis is going to aid her conduction of a cross-cultural exploration in the adolescent’s experiences of social issues and how they might affect their reproductive and sexual health. Her research is going to compare perspectives of the different settings of the USA and the Asia Pacific countries. She is, specifically, going to use her current setting of Michigan and compare its cultural and social differences of youth experiences to the Asia Pacific countries such as Australia, Brunei, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and the Philippines. Her findings will propose targeted youth health interventions.
 

Biography:

Dr. Khadizah holds a PhD in Health Sciences (Nursing and Midwifery) from Southampton University in the United Kingdom. She’s a wildlife enthusiast and enjoys the many squirrels that inhabit the University of Michigan campus. She also has plans of sightseeing the rest of Michigan with her husband and four children.

Dr. Sayonara de Fatima BarbosaDr. Sayonara de Fatima Barbosa

  • Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil
Visiting Research Associate, School of Nursing
Visit: 09/2014 – 08/2015
Mentor: Dr. Patti Abbott
 

Purpose of Visit

Dr. Sayonara de Fatima Barbosa has been working on issues regarding patient safety within health care settings and will analyze the role that social media plays in a variety of ways. She will focus on how social media can foster professional connections and promote timely communication with patients and family members. Her previous work in patient safety at Federal University of Santa Catarina will serve as a platform for her new research project.
 

Biography

Dr. Barbosa holds a PhD in nursing from Federal University of São Paulo. She enjoys getting to know ‘Ann Arborites’ and frequents the city’s many parks with her godson. As a previous Fulbright Scholar at Johns Hopkins, she is familiar with our winter season and plans on participating in various snow activities with her godson.

Strengthening NCD Research and Training Capacity in Thailand Visiting Scholars

“Fogarty International Training Program for Strengthening Non-Communicable Research and Training Capacity in Thailand” is a 5-year National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)/Fogarty-supported program. It offers a varied and integrated training plan in nursing, interdisciplinary, and health systems research aimed at improving prevention, primary care, and long-term chronic disease management. Learn more about the trainees in this program.

 Dr. Panan PichayapinyoDr. Panan Pichayapinyo

Mahidol University, Thailand
Visiting Research Associate
Visit: 01/2016 - 1/2017
Mentors: Dr. Laura Saslow and Dr. Jim Aikens
 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Wipasiri Naraphong

Dr. Wipasiri Naraphong

Boromarajonani College of Nursing, Saraburi, Thailand
Visiting Research Associate
Visit: 06/2016 - 6/2017
Mentor: Dr. Debra Barton
 

 

 

 

 

Surasak SoonthornDr. Surasak Soonthorn

Sirindhorn College of Public Health Suphanburi
Visiting Research Associate
Visit: 01/2016 – 01/2017
Mentor: Dr. Matthew Davis
 
 
 
 
 
 

Natawan Khumsaen

Dr. Natawan Khumsaen

Boromarajonani College of Nursing, Suphanburi
Visiting Research Associate
Visit: 06/2015 – 06/2016
 
 
 
 
 
 

Dr. Warnunee PhligbuaWarunee Phligbua

Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand
Visiting Research Associate
Visit: 01/2015 – 01/2016
 
 
 
 
 
 

Nusara Prasertsri Dr. Nusara Prasertsri

Boromarajonani College of Nursing, Sanpasithiprasong, Thailand
Visiting Research Associate
Visit: 01/2015 – 01/2016
 
 
 
 
 
Panarat Chenchob

Dr. Panarat Chenchob

Visiting Research Associate (Short-term)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
Patraporn Tungpunkom

Dr. Patraporn Tungpunkom

Chiang Mai University, Thailand
Visiting Research Associate (Short-term)
Visit: 07/2015 – 08/2015
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Dr. Wanicha PungchompooDr. Wanicha Pungchompoo

Chiang Mai University, Thailand
Visiting Research Associate, School of Nursing
Visit: 07/01/2016 - 07/31/2016

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Srisuda Ngamkham

Dr. Srisuda Ngamkham

Boromarajonani College of Nursing, Thailand
Visiting Research Associate, School of Nursing
Visit: 07/01/2016 - 07/31/2017

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Nantiya Watthayu

Dr. Nantiya Watthayu

Mahidol University, Thailand
Visiting Research Associate, School of Nursing
Visit: 07/01/2016 - 07/31/2017 

 

 

 

 
 

Dr. Wonpen KaewpanDr. Wonpen Kaewpan

Mahidol University, Thailand
Visiting Research Associate, School of Nursing
Visit: 07/01/2016 - 07/31/2017


 


 

 

 


 

Past Scholars 2008 - 2014

Dr. Boeun KwonDr. Boeun Kwon

Korea- Seoul Women's College of Nursing
Visiting Research Associate, School of Nursing
Visit: 9/3/2013 - 4/30/2014
U-M Mentor: Dr. Janis Miller

Purpose of Visit:

Dr. Kwon's previous work in Korea focused on research projects that measured the quality of life for patients with chronic conditions such as heart and liver disease, sleep disturbance and urinary incontinence. During her time at UMSN, she focused on comparing cultural differences in nursing interventions between Korea and the US. Dr. Kwon holds a PhD in nursing from Yonsei University in Korea.
 

Additional past scholars

  • Ms. Nootchayong Yaowapanon (Thailand) --  studied the identification and development of community care models for stroke survivors.

  • Ms. Naoko Uemura (Japan) -- studied cultural difficulties experienced by pregnant Japanese immigrants in the Detroit area and used this information to conduct a cross-cultural study of women.

  • Ms. Angelica Hao (Taiwan) -- studied medical informatics and audited courses in Nursing Theory and Research.

  • Ms. Fu-Mian Tsai (Taiwan) -- conducted independent research on Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) and audited courses in Nursing Theory and Research.

  • Mr. Luiz Sanches (Brazil) -- completed a heuristic evaluation of a Brazilian healthcare technology and submitted several manuscripts for publication.

  • Mr. Mohamad Baydoun (Lebanon) -- conducted a clinical practicum and studied patient safety and quality measures.

  • Dr. Zhiwen Wang (China) -- studied social cognition among elderly patients as well as the use of nursing research in baccalaureate nursing curricula in China.  She was here as part of the donor-funded DeVries China Nursing Leadership Fellowship Fund.
  • Ms. Yu-mei Sun (China) -- studied physical assessment of older patients as well as the introduction of nursing research in Master's-level nursing curricula in China. She was here as part of the donor-funded DeVries China Nursing Leadership Fellowship Fund.
  • Dr. Yuan-Mei Liao (Taiwan) -- conducted research on continence disorders in women and participated in ongoing incontinence prevention and management interventions.
  • Ms. Cigdem Yucel (Turkey) -- continued her research on Obstetric and Women’s Health Nursing and the childbirth process.
  • Ms. Jeeraporn Kummabutr (Thailand) -- studied Adolescent Life Skills Development and designed interventions for parents and children that seek to build life skills. She completed four manuscripts which she hopes to publish in Thailand, as well as collected and analyzed data for her doctoral dissertation.
  • Dr. Feng Hui (China) -- studied Community Health Nursing teaching methods and curriculum development in order to bring best practices back to her home university. Also reviewed models for community health nursing practice and evaluation mechanisms for community health programs.
  • Ms. Suwwattana Kerdmuang (Thailand) -- completed several courses in nursing and occupational health and safety. Also designed and implemented a research study identifying occupational health nursing competencies among Thai nurses working in primary care.
  • Ms. Sandra Patricia Platas Avendano (Mexico) -- advanced her undergraduate studies and explored her interest in chronic disease research; including diabetes, obesity and hypertension
  • Ms. Marianne Nieuwenhuijze (Netherlands) -- studied birth tape transcripts to explore birth positions and glean instructions given to women from their health providers
  • Dr. Janya Chareonsuk (Thailand) -- studied the factors that predict sexually risky behavior in adolescents
  • Dr. Hye-Ryoung Kim (Korea) -- studied chronic disease and related risk factors in the Korean elderly community at a time when the South Korean elderly population and the prevalence of chronic diseases are increasing
  • Dr. Eun Joo Lee (Korea) -- focused on efforts to improve nursing effectiveness, nursing classification systems, nursing shortages, and patient safety in Korea
  • Ms. Lawan Singhasai (Thailand) -- developed an intervention program designed to promote healthy eating and physical activity among overweight and obese school-aged children in Thailand
  • Ms. Warunee Meecharoen (Thailand) -- studied quality-of-life predictors for family caregivers of advanced-stage cancer patient
  • Dr. Esther Gallegos (Mexico) -- learned about multidisciplinary approaches to research in chronic illnesses with intention to draft preliminary ideas for a collaborative research project that may be submitted to the Fogarty International Center
  • Dr. Maria Helena Larcher Caliri (Brazil) -- researched methods for adapting intervention protocols for PU prevention at health institutions using a systems view and developed collaborative research partnerships
  • Ms. Feng-Lien Lin (Taiwan, ROC) -- explored theories and research methodologies related to patient safety and nursing care quality
  • Ms. Piyanun Limruangrong (Thailand) -- researched the effect of self-regulation programs on knowledge, self-care activities, blood glucose level, and pregnancy outcomes of pregnant women with gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM)
  • Ms. Soontaree Jianvitayakij (Thailand) -- researched smoking cessation in adult smokers, focusing on determining the predictive factors influencing long-term smoking cessation
  • Ms. Sudarat Pianchob (Thailand) -- researched the adjustment made by families of patients with major depressive disorders
  • Dr. Sunghee Kim (Korea) -- worked to developa health promotion program and a health promotion center for middle school students in Korea
  • Dr. YuYu Jiang (China) -- researched changing the behavior of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Cigdem Yucel (Turkey) -- studied clinical simulation models for obstetric and gynecologic care and collected data for her doctoral thesis on Obstetric Nursing in Turkey
  • Martha Ofelia Valle Solis (Mexico) -- took courses in Health Promotion/Risk Reduction and research methodologies. Collected data on HIV/AIDS prevention among at-risk Latino and Mexican youth
  • Nuttanicha Baiya (Thailand) -- studied health behaviors in adolescents with Congential Heart Disease (CHD) and collected data relevant to her doctoral thesis
  • Wan-Ru Wu (Taiwan) -- worked with Dr. Lisa Kane Low on issues surrounding maternity nursing in Taiw
  • Siriluck Kaewsriwong (Thailand) – studied sensory stimulation for persons with a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Swakhon Tongdornbom (Thailand) -- focused on factors influencing self-management in diabetes patients
  • Yanhui Lio (China) -- studied developments in the field of Nursing, compared nursing work, research, and education environments in the U.S. and China, and focused on elder care in a community setting.
  • Natchaya Palacheewa (Thailand) -- focused on school-based smoking cessation programs for adolescents in her native Thailand