Postdoctoral research fellows

Postdoctoral fellowship opportunity

The School of Nursing is now accepting applications for a post-doctoral 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

As an institution, the University of Michigan School of Nursing places the highest value on research that has a real impact and on educating skilled nurse leaders. Fusing these two focuses, the school works with doctorally prepared nurses to facilitate research fellowships, both supporting the school's core research objective and helping mentor 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. Yun JiangDr. Yun Jiang

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Ph.D. - University of Pittsburgh, PA (2015)

Dr. Jiang's research focus is technology assisted health self-management and decision making in patients with chronic disorders and their families. Her current study focuses on the use of mobile technology for health behavior self-monitoring among cancer survivors. Her primary mentor is Dr. Patricia Abbott.


Dr. Geoffrey HoffmanDr. Geoffrey Hoffman

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Ph.D. - UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, CA (2015)

Dr. Hoffman’s work focuses on payment systems and patient care experiences.  Specifically, he is interested in Medicare hospital readmissions, socioeconomic risk-adjustors in payment methodology, predictors and outcomes of elderly falls, formal and informal caregiving, and elderly disparities in access to and quality of care. His primary mentor is Dr. Olga Yakusheva.


Dr. Massy MutumbaDr. Massy Mutumba

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Ph.D. - University of Michigan School of Public Health (2014)

Dr. Mutumba's research focuses on the psychosocial well-being of children and adolescents living with HIV and AIDS in Uganda and the measurement and promotion of mental health in sub-Saharan Africa. Her mentor is Dr. Rob Stephenson.

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. 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.