Postdoctoral research fellows

Mentoring the next generation nurse researchers

Postdoctoral fellows focus on their scholarship with the benefit of strong mentoring relationships, helping develop the next generation of exceptional nurse researchers.

Dr. Amanda BettencourtDr. Amanda Bettencourt

Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Bettencourt is a pediatric clinical nurse specialist and passionate advocate for nurses and nursing practice.  Her primary research focus is implementation science, specifically, exploring the factors influencing the research-to-practice gap in critical care settings, and testing implementation strategies targeting the interprofessional team to improve the uptake of evidence-based care.  

Dr. Emily Dove MeadowsDr. Emily Dove-Medows

Ph.D., Wayne State University, Detroit




D. Anthony Tolentino

Ph.D., The University of Arizona

Dr. Tolentino  has expertise in user experience with the EHR, health information technology life cycle, and EHR education principles. He uses the data-information-knowledge (DIK) model as his guiding framework in his practice as an informatics nurse. His dissertation research expanded nursing knowledge by examining nurses’ EHR workflow using data mining techniques namely Markov chain analysis and sequential pattern mining. Dr. Tolentino’s goal as a National Clinical Scholar fellow is to develop culturally-tailored, technology-based interventions for Filipinx-/Americans with Type 2 diabetes.

Dr. Alison Walsh

Ph.D., University of Michigan

Dr. Walsh’s research interests center around social network analysis, specifically, how individual and structural social features can encourage or inhibit behavior change. She is particularly interested in the application of network theory to enhance behavioral intervention adherence and effectiveness.

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  • Tammy Eaton, Ph.D., MSN, RN, FNP-BC, ACHPN
  • Lauren Ghazal, Ph.D., MS, FNP-BC

International Visiting Fellows 

UMSN's global collaboration through the International Visiting Scholars program, co-funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research (Grant No: 1D43TW009883-01) brings researchers from all over the world to campus.