Tara A. Schwetz, PhD
Acting Council Chair
Dr. Schwetz currently serves as NINR Acting Deputy Director. She is the Associate Deputy Director of the NIH.
Acting Executive Secretary
Dr. Gavini is the Chief of the Office of Extramural Programs (OEP), where he is responsible for overseeing all OEP activities. Before joining NINR, Dr. Gavini served as a Health Scientist Administrator at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, where he led scientific, training, and diversity initiatives. Dr. Gavini has held professorship at Bowling Green State University; served as Head of the Department of Biological Sciences at Mississippi State University; and as Cross-Cluster Program Director at the National Science Foundation. He has served as the Principal Investigator on NSF, NIH, and USDA grants. His scientific expertise includes molecular biosciences, and computational modeling.
Dr. Bowles is the vanAmeringen Professor in Nursing Excellence and Vice President and Director of the Center for Home Care Policy and Research at the Visiting Nurse Service of New York. Her program of research examines decision making supported by information technology to improve care for older adults. Her most recent study focuses on the development of decision support to determine the best site of care for those needing post-acute care. Other research areas include telehealth technology, home care, and evaluation of electronic health records. In 2011, Dr. Bowles co-founded RightCare Solutions, a software company based on her team’s research that provides an end to end solution for discharge planning and post-acute care referrals.
Dr. Conley is a professor and vice chair for research at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing. Her research focuses on using omics approaches to understand the biological underpinnings of patient recovery and symptom development after traumatic brain injury, stroke, and within the context of treatment for chronic conditions. She is director of an NINR‐funded T32 titled “Targeted Research and Academic Training of Nurses in Genomics” and is a faculty member for the NINR Summer Genetics Institute. Dr. Conley was previously a standing member of the Nursing and Related Clinical Sciences study section and is a member of the NINR Genomic Nursing Science Blueprint Workgroup. She is an Honorary Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.
Dr. Fletcher is a tenured professor at the University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Nursing. Currently, he is the Director of the Family Nurse Practitioner and Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner tracks. He is Immediate Past Director of Multicultural Affairs, and the Coordinator of Graduate Clinical Practice. Dr. Fletcher’s research interests include: childhood obesity, men’s health, chronic illnesses, and access to care to the African American community. As the principal and/or co-principal investigator for numerous research/programmatic grant projects, Dr. Fletcher is regarded as a champion in improving the quality of life for African Americans. Most recently, he served as the principal investigator for the National Black Nurses’ Association Obesity Initiative. Additionally, he has served as principal and/or co-principal investigator for local, State and National prevention initiatives. Dr. Fletcher serves on numerous boards for civic, professional and health related organizations - locally in Mississippi, regionally and nationally.
Dr. Im is the Associate Dean for Research Development and Regulatory Affairs and Mary T. Champagne Professor at Duke University,School of Nursing. She is a methodologist, researcher, and theorist in international, cross-cultural women’s health. Dr. Im has developed a program that adopts computer and mobile technologies to eliminate gender and ethnic disparities. Dr. Im has integrated this line of work with research projects on breast cancer survivorship, cancer pain, menopausal symptoms, and physical activity. She received the 2014 International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame Award from Sigma Theta Tau International.
Dr. Kelly is Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine and Director of the Center for AIDS Intervention Research at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Kelly’s academic career focuses on the application of behavioral science principles to the public health challenge of preventing HIV infection. His main priority has always been the conduct of “action-oriented” research that conceptualizes, carries out, and rigorously evaluates the impact of HIV prevention interventions. Dr. Kelly has also evaluated strategies to disseminate evidence-based HIV prevention interventions to community providers, as well as the outcomes of these interventions when used by providers in the field. In this way, Dr. Kelly’s record reflects longstanding contributions in dissemination, implementation science, and scale-up research.
Dr. Koniak-Griffin is Professor and Audrienne H. Moseley Endowed Chair in Women’s Health Research and holds the position of Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Nursing. She is a recognized international expert in maternal-child nursing and women’s health care. Her work is advancing deep understanding of methods to eliminate health disparities through health promotion interventions with vulnerable populations, including pregnant/parenting adolescents and Latina women. Dr. Koniak-Griffin and her research colleagues developed three nursing intervention programs for adolescent mothers and young childbearing couples that have been selected as evidence-based models for replication across the United States. She also established and served as founding Director of the UCLA School of Nursing Center for Vulnerable Populations Research that has advanced knowledge and promoted application of community-based participatory research.
Peter A. Lewin, MSc, PhD (2023)
Dr. Lewin is R.B. Beard Distinguished University Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the College of Engineering at Drexel University, Philadelphia. He is also Director of the Ultrasound Research and Education Center in The School of Bioengineering, Bioscience and Health Systems at Drexel University. His current interests are primarily in the field of biomedical ultrasonics including the design and testing of piezoelectric transducers and sensors, power ultrasonics, ultrasonic exposimetry, tissue characterization using nonlinear acoustics, biological effects of ultrasound, applications of shock waves in medicine and image reconstruction and processing. Dr. Lewin is elected Life Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He is also a Fellow of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine, Acoustical Society of America, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, and an Elected Fellow of the International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering.
John Lowe, RN, PhD, FAAN (2023)
Dr. Lowe is the current and founding director of the Center for Indigenous Nursing Research for Health Equity and the Endowed McKenzie Professor for Health Disparities Research Florida State University College of Nursing. This is the first and only Center of its kind worldwide. Dr. Lowe developed and studies interventions for the prevention and reduction of substance use and other risk behaviors among Native American and Indigenous youth and young adults. These studies and other health programs are guided models that Dr. Lowe developed which include the Cherokee Self-Reliance, Native Self-Reliance, and Native-Reliance Models. Dr. Lowe also developed the first manualized Talking Circle evidence-based intervention to reduce substance use and other risk behaviors among Native American and Indigenous people. Dr. Lowe was the first Native American man to be inducted as a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.
Dr. Peragallo Montano became the seventh dean of the School of Nursing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in January 2017. Formerly dean and professor of the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies, she is an internationally recognized nurse scientist specializing in health disparities and culturally competent interventions with minority populations. She has devoted her career to improving the health status of minorities and other medically underserved groups. A former Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Nurse Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Peragallo Montano received her Doctor of Public Health from the University of Texas, her Master of Science in Nursing from West Virginia University, and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Chile. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, and an inductee of the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame.
Dr. Moore is the Anne Furrow Professor and Dean at the University of Arizona College of Nursing. For the past 25 years Dr. Moore has focused her program of research on the impact of central nervous system (CNS)-directed treatment for pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) and brain tumors on cognitive outcomes and on mechanisms of tissue injury. She has conducted cell culture, pre-clinical, and translational clinical studies to gain understanding about gene expression changes associated with chemotherapy, oxidative stress, and apoptosis as mechanisms of treatment-related injury. She and her research team developed and tested an intervention that improved academic math abilities and quality of life for children receiving CNS treatment for ALL.
Dr. Moore is the Edward J. and Louise Mellen Professor of Nursing and Associate Dean for Research at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Moore’s research focuses on designing and testing interventions to reduce cardiovascular disease risk factors. She heads an NIH-funded Center of Excellence in Self-Management Research (SMART Center) that focuses on the development of new knowledge regarding patient self-management of chronic conditions, with an emphasis on the neurobiological mechanisms of health behavior change. She currently leads a multi-site trial testing weight management interventions for urban, low-income adolescents. Dr. Moore is a fellow in the National Academies of Practice, the American Heart Association and the American Academy of Nursing.
Dr. Pickler is the FloAnn Sours Easton Professor of Child and Adolescent Health and Director of the PhD and MS in Nursing Science Programs at The Ohio State University College of Nursing. Dr. Pickler’s research focuses on the care of the preterm infant with a particular focus on improving neurodevelopmental outcomes. She also studies mechanisms underlying preterm birth, interventions to reduce preterm delivery and infant mortality, and transitions to home for families of preterm infants. Dr. Pickler has served on numerous NIH, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study sections; she recently completed a term as chair of the Nursing Research Review Committee. Dr. Pickler is an editor of the Journal of Advanced Nursing and editor of the research methods column of the Journal of Pediatric Health Care.
Dr. Wilbur is Professor and Endowed Independence Foundation Chair in Nursing, and Associate Dean for Research at Rush University College of Nursing. Dr. Wilbur’s work has focused on midlife women’s physical activity and cardiovascular and psychological health. Her program of research has been funded by NINR, NIH, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Active Living Research to examine determinants of physical activity and test interventions to increase adherence to physical activity in African-American women. She developed a 48-week community-based Women’s Lifestyle Physical Activity Program that was successful in increasing physical activity in midlife African-American women residing in Chicago. The intervention is now being tested with pregnant African-American women, asthmatic African-American women, and women at risk for cognitive decline.
Joanne Wolfe, MD, MPH (2023)
Dr. Wolfe is the Chief of the Division of Pediatric Palliative Care in the Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, the Director of Palliative Care at Boston Children’s Hospital, and Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. In addition to providing clinical pediatric palliative care, Dr. Wolfe directs a research program focusing on easing suffering and promoting wellbeing in children with serious illness and their families and co-directs the Pediatric Palliative Care Research Network. She has received grant funding from the American Cancer Society, National Cancer Institute and NINR.
Dr. Sullivan is the Director of Research, Evidence Based Practice, and Analytics for the Veterans Affairs Central Office of Nursing Services. Dr. Sullivan’s program of research focuses on aging veterans in recuperative care, and she is co-investigator on a study of missed nursing care in long term care facilities for Veterans. She completed her BSN at Harding University, MSN at the University of Virginia, and her PhD from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.
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