Congrats to Three Postdoctoral Alumni
The University of Louisville School of Nursing congratulates three Postdoctoral Alumni:
Dr. Jiying Ling has been mentored by Dr. Lorraine B. Robbins, and is working on her project “Girls on the Move Intervention”, supported by Grant Number R01HL109101 from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Her research has focused on physical activity and healthy eating among children through targeting both children and parents to control the current childhood obesity epidemic and improve children’s cardiovascular health. This January she will teaching at Michigan State University as an assistant professor and will collaborate with other researchers in promoting a healthy lifestyle among children in both the U.S. and China.
Dr. Yang received her PhD in 2014 from the University of Louisville. Her experience as a maternal newborn nurse was the impetus for her interest in the health behaviors of low-income pregnant and postpartum women. Her dissertation examined factors influencing the relationship between socioeconomic status and prenatal smoking with a focus on the role of psychosocial mediators of that relationship. Dr. Yang began her postdoctoral work on the T32 training grant in July of this year under the direction of Dr. Elizabeth Corwin. Her future work will expand her current research focus to include other prenatal risk behaviors, as well as biological and physiological links between those behaviors and birth outcomes. Her long term goal is to contribute to knowledge and interventions that will improve the health and well-being of socioeconomically vulnerable women and their newborns.
Dr. Lisa Carter-Harris, PhD, APRN, ANP-C is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the T32 program training in Behavioral Nursing Research Fellowship Program (Grant Number: 5T32 NR007066). Her program of research is focused on understanding health beliefs and behaviors about lung cancer screening in high-risk individuals. During her first year of the postdoc, she modified health belief instruments that were used in breast and colorectal cancer to lung cancer screening and completed a pilot study to understand health beliefs about lung cancer screening in high-risk smokers. Her long-term research goal is focused on intervention development to enhance shared decision-making about lung cancer screening between health care providers and their high-risk patients.