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Research Day

About Research Day

The Robert and Donna Manning College of Nursing and Health Sciences Research Day will be held on Thursday, May 4th, 2023, featuring three guest speakers this year. The Jacqueline Fawcett Lecture on Promoting Health across the Lifespan will be given by Charles Hillman, PhD, of the Center for Cognitive & Brain Health in the Department of Psychology, and the Department of Physical Therapy, Movement & Rehabilitation Sciences at Northeastern University.  Our distinguished Keynote Speaker will be Shannon N. Zenk, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN, Director of the National Institute of Nursing Research of the National Institutes of Health. And we are honored to have a Master Lecture by our own Laura L. Hayman, PhD, MSN, FAAN, FAHA, FPCNA, Professor in the Department of Nursing at MCNHS and Adjunct Professor in the Division of Preventive & Behavioral Medicine in the Department of Population & Quantitative Health Sciences at UMass Chan Medical School. We will also be showcasing student and faculty research with poster sessions in the morning and oral presentations in the afternoon.

Manning College Research Day Program of Events
Thursday, May 4th, 2023, 8:30am-4:00pm
Welcome and Opening Remarks, 8:45am, Campus Center, 3rd Floor Ballroom B&C

  • Joseph B. Berger, PhD (Provost & Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs)
  • Bala Sundaram, PhD (Vice Provost for Research & Dean of Graduate Studies)
  • Bo Fernhall, PhD (MCNHS Dean) Pre-recorded

The Jacqueline Fawcett Lecture for Health across the Lifespan, "Physical Activity, Adiposty, and Brain Health in Children" 9:00-9:45am, Ballroom B&C

  • Charles H. Hillman, PhD, Center for Cognitive & Brain Health, Department of Psychology, Department of Physical Therapy, Movement & Rehabilitation Sciences, Northeastern University

Distinguished Keynote Lecture, "Advancing Health Equity Through Nursing Research" 9:45-10:30am, Ballroom B&C

Poster Session 10:30-11:15am, Ballroom A

  • Janet Adeyemo
  • Maura Brain, Joyce Larson, Mary Sue Howlett & Eileen Stuart-Shor
  • James Cannon & Noelle Merchant
  • Eliza Goodhart Denoeux
  • Adam Faiz
  • Atsutaro A. Fujishiro
  • Emily Kelleher
  • Rodney Landaverde
  • Melissa A. Linden
  • Nicole Look
  • Jared Lourie
  • Sofia Moore
  • Jen Morgan
  • Susan Quintana
  • Penny Ratchasan
  • Hannah Grace Rosen
  • Annalisa Schoenhoefer
  • Eileen Stuart-Shor, Aaron Sonah, Mary O'Sullivan, Janet Dewan
  • Olivia White
  • Julie Wright
  • Howard Yee

Master Lecture, "Optimizing Cardiovascular Health across the Life Course: A Socio-ecological Perspective" 11:15am-12:00pm, Campus Center Ballroom B&C

  • Laura L. Hayman, PhD, MSN, FAAN, FAHA, FPCNA, Professor, Department of Nursing, Manning College of Nursing and Health Sciences, University of Massachusetts Boston, Adjunct Professor, Division of Preventive & Behavioral Medicine, Department of Population & Quantitative Sciences, UMass Chan Medical School

Lunch on your own

Doctor of Nursing Practice Lightning Rounds, Campus Center, 3rd Floor, Room 3540, 12:00-4:00pm, Zoom ID# 952 1059 9744

  • Donnell Carter
  • Lauren Collier
  • AnneMarie Desmond
  • Kristina Donovan
  • Meredith Gentes
  • Obianuju Ihechukwu
  • Kylie Kuck
  • Huong Madrigal
  • Tracy Markwell
  • Adeyinka Obajimi
  • Kaitlin Patel
  • Wilder Pinnock-Tooley

Doctor of Nursing Practice Alumni Presentation, "Solving for digital equity as a part of digital health program design" Campus Center 3540, 3:00-4:00pm, Zoom ID# 952 1059 9744

  • Elizabeth Mulcahy, DNP, FNP-C, Director of Telehealth and Primary Care Nurse Practitioner at MaineHealth


Exercise & Health Sciences Master's and PhD student presentations, Campus Center 2540, 1:00-4:00pm

  • "Is cardio-ankle vascular index (CAVI) independent of blood pressure in some populations but not others?"
    • Weiyang Ding, doctoral student, Department of Exercise & Health Sciences
  • "Middle-aged females but not males exhibit increases in cerebral blood velocity, despite sex-independent increases in pulsatility after high-intensity resistance exercise"
    • Joao L. Maroco, doctoral student, Department of Exercise & Health Sciences
  • "Cerebral blood velocity and postural sway complexity during a dual-task paradigm in older adults with and without type 2 diabetes mellitus"
    • Kellyn Jason, MS candidate, Department of Exercise & Health Sciences
  • "Voluntary wheel running alters mitochondrial fission Protein DRP1 in castration-resistant prostate cancer"
    • Nicolas Berger, doctoral student, Department of Exercise & Health Sciences

Department of Nursing Faculty & Student Presentations, Campus Center, 2nd Floor, Room 2545, 1:00-3:00pm

  • "Mixed reality simulation facilitating students' communication skills" 
    • Janice Foust, Judith Healey-Walsh, Yao Zhang
  • "Teaching the social determinants of health to nursing students: A quasi-experimental study"
    • Semiha Bozkurt, MSN, RN, CHSE, PhD candidate

All events will be in person this year. Only the Doctor of Nursing Practice Lightning Talks will be a hybrid event with some participants attending via Zoom. To download Zoom to your computer or mobile device and to make sure you have the most up-to-date version please visit HERE. Students, colleagues, and clinical and community partners are all welcome!