Postdoctoral research fellows

Postdoctoral fellowship opportunity

The School of Nursing is now accepting applications for a postdoctoral fellowship funded by a NINR T32 training program. Complexity: Innovations in Promoting Health and Safety (CIPHS) is designed to address the triple threat of explosive growth in chronic illness incidence, persistent challenges to improve population health and safety, and rising healthcare expenditures. 

Please see more for details of the fellowship and how to apply. Questions can be directed to Dr. Marita Titler and Dr. Marjorie McCullagh.

Mentoring the next generation nurse researchers

We value research that has a tangible impact and educating skilled nurse leaders. Our postdoctoral fellows focus on their scholarship with the benefit of a strong mentoring relationship, adding to the school's research production and and helping develop the next generation of exceptional nurse researchers.

UMSN also has research-focused programs that increase global collaboration such as the International Visiting Scholars and the Fogarty International Training Program for Strengthening Non-Communicable Disease Research and Training Capacity, co-funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research (Grant No: 1D43TW009883-01). 


Dr. Kevin Joiner

Ph.D. - University of California, San Franciso

Dr. Joiner’s research interests center on prevention of type 2 diabetes and improvement of health outcomes of type 1 and type 2 diabetes, and the development of self-management interventions for populations that do not have adequate access to preventive and primary care health services. He is currently working to develop and pilot test a Spanish-language type 2 diabetes prevention self-management support intervention that is sensitive to unique Latinx cultural preferences and accessible to individuals who have limited English proficiency.


Dr. Sarah Peitzmeier

Ph.D. - Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health

Dr. Peitzmeier's research is in mixed-method research in public health, gender based violence, HIV/STI, LGBT health, and cervical cancer screening among sexual and gender minorities. 


The legacy of past fellows

Our fellows have worked with faculty researchers and scientists doing ground breaking work in a spectrum of nursing areas including translation science, nurse managed healthcare centers, clinical practice, adolescent sexual health behaviors, and gene mutations that lead to cancer to name only a few. And there is no better testament to the ways in which these experiences open a door to an exemplary career than our past fellows who are now in the field becoming nurse leaders in their own right.

  • Dr. Yun Jiang - Research on technology assisted health self-management and decision making in patients with chronic disorders and their families, including mobile technology for cancer survivors.

  • Dr. Geoffrey Hoffman - Research on payment systems and patient care experiences, including Medicare hospital readmissions, socioeconomic risk-adjustors in payment methodology, and elderly disparities in access to and quality of care.

  • Dr. Massy Mutumba - Research on the psychosocial well-being of children and adolescents living with HIV and AIDS in Uganda, and mental health in sub-Saharan Africa. 

  • Dr. Moira Visovatti - Research on cognitive function and inflammatory cytokine and biomarker expression in individuals with and without colorectal cancer. 

  • Dr. Marie-Anne Sanon Rosemburg - Research focused on optimizing the health of workers with a specific focus on chronic disease outcomes. 

  • Dr. Michelle Munro-Kramer - Studied trauma, comprehensive care of vulnerable populations and missed opportunities for care within domestic and international contexts.

  • Dr. Deleise Wilson - Studied the influence of safety organizing behaviors and the role of nursing unit leaders on patient outcomes.

  • Dr. Cynthia Danford - Studied health and wellness in children, including childhood obesity.

  • Dr. Devon Noonan - Studied risk factors for substance abuse, as well as health behavior change interventions for tobacco.

  • Dr. Soo Kyung Park - Studied lifestyle physical activity for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

  • Dr. Sarah Stoddard - Research focused on social connections, hopelessness, and violent behaviors among at-risk adolescents.

  • Dr. Hyojeong Kim - Studied how to best promote the appropriate use of medication among the elderly.

  • Dr. Paula Lynn Ross-Durow - Worked on the prevention of adolescent sexual violence and is now a research investigator at the University of Michigan Institute for Research on Women and Gender.

  • Dr. Janet Baiardi - Studied health disparities in vulnerable populations and is now an associate professor at the University of Detroit-Mercy School of Nursing.

  • Dr. Jennifer Robinson - Researched social determinants in health disparities in cardiovascular disease in African Americans and is now an assistant professor at the University of Michigan School of Nursing.

  • Dr. Marsha Lesley - Investigated diet adherence in African Americans with hypertension and is now an assistant professor at the University of Michigan-Flint School of Nursing.

  • Dr. Blanca Padilla - Researched diabetes and co-morbidity and is now an assistant professor at Vanderbilt University.

  • Dr. Nah-Mee Shin - Studied cardiac rehabilitation and is now an assistant professor at Korea University School of Nursing.