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.

Samia AbdelnabiSamia Abdelnabi, Ph.D., MSN, FNP-C, CNM

Mentor: Barbara Brush

Research Fellow, National Clinician Scholars Program

As a nurse scientist and nurse midwife, Dr. Abdelnabi’s research focuses on improving psychosocial well-being in Muslim women experiencing infertility. Her most recent work includes completing her dissertation on the lived experiences of second-generation Muslim American women with infertility and understanding to what extent sociocultural and religious factors impinge on the decision to seek treatment in reproductive health. Her future directions include creating and developing interventional programs using Traditional Arabic and Islamic Medicine (TAIM) to promote or enhance psychosocial well-being in Muslim American women with infertility. Dr. Abdelnabi is also interested in developing programs to promote reproductive and sexual health education in racial, ethnic, and marginalized groups.

Florence JohnsonFlorence Johnson, Ph.D., RN, MSN, MHA, CDP

Mentor: Milisa Manojlovich

Research Fellow, National Clinician Scholars Program

in the Department of Systems, Populations, and Leadership. Her research is fueled by a passion for reducing stress, anxiety, and depression among Black caregivers of individuals living with dementia in community settings. Dr. Johnson's mixed-method dissertation examined the impact of community support services on the mental health of Black caregivers of people living with dementia in the community.

Placeholder for future portraitSungwon Park, PhD, RN

Mentor: Janet Larson

Dr. Park is a postdoctoral fellow and assistant professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Michigan. Since the establishment of the Michigan Society of Fellows in 1970, she is the first nursing scholar to be awarded their fellowship. Dr. Park's clinical background is in occupational health nursing, and her primary research interest is to promote workers' health and enhance the working environment. Her current work at UM involves studying the physical activity and sedentary behavior of sedentary workers based on their job tasks, under the guidance of Dr. Larson.

Portrait of Emily Pasman,Emily Pasman, PhD, LMSW

Mentor: Sean McCabe

Research Fellow




Cinza CaparsoCinzia Caparso, PhD, BSN, RN

Mentors: Sung Won Choi, Christopher Friese

Dr. Caparso is a BSN to PhD graduate from Wayne State University College of Nursing in Detroit, MI. She practiced as an adult oncology registered nurse and a simulation nurse in the undergraduate and graduate programs while obtaining her PhD in Nursing. Her dissertation work focused on understanding end-of-life concerns in advanced cancer patients with dependent children for their co-parent. During her T32 NIH/NCI postdoctoral fellowship, she is working with her mentors, Dr. Sung Won Choi and Dr. Christopher Friese, to develop a program of research that provides communication interventions that engages patients, caregivers, children, and healthcare providers to improve family functioning in families with cancer to enable resiliency so families can holistically meet their basic human needs.

Jill RandallJill Randall, PhD, MSW, LICSW

Mentor: Brad Zebrack

As a researcher and clinical social worker, Dr. Randall is drawn to clinically-relevant research that addresses patients’ psychosocial needs. Specifically, she is excited to study best strategies to integrate evidence-based psychosocial assessment and interventions into routine cancer care delivery contexts.

Alison Walsh, Ph.D., MFA, MPH

Mentor: Rob Stephenson

Research Fellow, Center for Sexuality and Health Disparities

Dr. Walsh’s research interests include data quality, particularly in sexual health research; disparities in access to health care providers and resources; and social network analysis, specifically, how individual and structural social features are associated with healthcare utilization, behavior change, and research participation. 

D43 International Scholars

The D43 International Scholars are a part of the D43 training grant focused on addressing the rapid rise of non-communicable diseases (NCD) in Thailand and Indonesia.  See the current international scholars.

C. Nate Nessle, DO

Mentors: Sung Choi, Vineet Chopra and Rajen Mody

Dr. Nessle is a pediatric hematology/oncology fellow at CS Mott Children’s Hospital in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Michigan. He obtained his medical degree at Rocky Vista University in Colorado and completed his pediatric residency at the University of Louisville in Kentucky before practicing as a general pediatrician in 2018.

He is interested in studying fever and neutropenia episodes in pediatric oncology patients by developing an outpatient treatment model for those at low risk for complications. Nate plans on specializing in oncology, possibly bone marrow transplant, and has specific interests in global medicine.

Christopher Su, MD, MPH

Mentors: Minal Patel, Christine Veenstra and Matthew Pianko

Dr. Su is an adult hematology/oncology fellow in the Department of Medicine at Michigan Medicine. He completed his MD/MPH at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and his internal medicine residency at Albert Einstein/Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, New York.

He is interested in studying financial barriers to cancer care and examining how this exacerbates existing socioeconomic disparities of treatment outcomes. Clinically, Chris is planning on specializing in malignant hematology, and will be studying patient access barriers to novel antineoplastic drugs.

Supaporn Trongsakul, Ph.D.

Mentors: Ben Hampstead (US) and Nahathai Wongpakaran (Thailand)

Dr. Trongsakul holds a PhD in Studies Allied to Medical Research, University of East Anglia (UEA), the United Kingdom. Her post-doc study plan is to promote local people or village health volunteers to provide cognitive training programs to NCD older people with MCT state in the community. She also would like to find out whether the cognitive training program from Griffith (2020) if delivered by non-medical health professionals will give similar positive results compared with those delivered by health professionals. By integrating village health volunteers closer into the health system will not only support sustainability of the cognitive training in the community but also motivate older people themselves to constantly participate in the program. This study will be one of interventions designed to support the national policy of community-based long-term care for aging population.

International Visiting Fellows 

UMSN's global collaboration through the International Visiting Scholars program 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) brings researchers from all over the world to campus.