UMass Boston Nursing Professor Named Rising Star

Colleen Locke | March 29, 2016
UMass Boston Nursing Professor Named Rising Star

Assistant Professor of Nursing Emily Jones will receive the prestigious and competitive Eastern Nursing Research Society’s Rising Star Research Award next month at the ENRS annual meeting in Pittsburgh.

The award honors a junior investigator that has conducted post-doctoral research, has had research published, and has shown promise in establishing a program of health and/or nursing research.

Jones’s research focuses on reducing cardiometabolic heart disparities among Native American women, their families, and communities.

“As a nurse researcher, I am partnering with tribal communities to find meaningful, culturally relevant ways to promote health and reduce risk for diabetes and heart disease, particularly in childbearing families. I am so grateful for my community partners in Oklahoma and New England, and I feel this prestigious award recognizes the importance of this work and my commitment to working with communities to promote health equity in this area,” Jones said.

Chair and Professor of Nursing Roseanne DeMarco says what sets Jones apart is that she works with the Native American community and gives them a chance to participate in solutions centered on their own realities and concerns.

“Dr. Jones has not undertaken research in the population of Native American women, but facilitated research by and with them, a significantly difficult endeavor,” DeMarco said. “Dr. Jones is an outstanding researcher who I believe will contribute much to the area of knowledge in gestational diabetes and cardiovascular risk in Native American women, families, and communities in advancing science toward health and wellness in the future.”

DeMarco was also Jones’s mentor through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars program. In 2014, Jones was one of just 12 nursing educators from across the country to win a prestigious grant from the program.

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