Research Services Staff

Vickie TencerVickie Tencer

Research and Grants Manager

Contact: (502)852-3660 • vickie.tencer@louisville.edu

Vickie Tencer oversees the operations of the Research Office for the School of Nursing. She assists faculty in all phases of proposal preparation and submission as well as award establishment. She maintains the research office database, reviews the Office of Nursing Research (ONR) monthly financials, and provides faculty with monthly reports on their respective financial awards. Ms. Tencer also trains, supervises, directs and evaluates the activities of the Graduate Research Assistants. She oversees the preparation and production of the school’s Research Newsletter.

Kofi Amoh-MensahKofi Amoh-Mensah

Graduate Research Assistant | Contact: kofi.amoh-mensah@louisville.edu

Kofi Amoh-Mensah is an international student from Ghana. He is in his first year of the BSN to PhD program. Kofi has a Master’s in Public Health with concentration in Epidemiology. Kofi is currently a Teaching Assistant for the Epidemiology class for the DNP program. His research focus is in the prevention of metabolic syndrome and its complications among the minority population.

April CashApril Cash

Graduate Research Assistant | Contact: april.cash@louisville.edu

April is in her second year of the BSN to PhD program. Her research focus is on substance abusing mothers and the effects of parental substance use on parent-child bonding in early infancy. She has previously worked at Norton Hospital as a Mother/Baby and Newborn Nursery nurse. She is a member of the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) and the Midwest Nursing Research Society (MNRS).

Jade MontanezJade Montanez Chatman

Graduate Research/Teaching Assistant | Contact:

Jade Montanez Chatman is a PhD candidate and Graduate Research/Teaching Assistant at the University of Louisville School of Nursing, who expects to graduate in May 2021. Nursing education, health promotion, and health disparities are her research interests. Her dissertation focuses on addressing health promotion and disease prevention in vulnerable populations through the development of an intervention to increase nursing workforce diversity. Jade has experience in assisting with literature review, IRB submission, data collection and entry, and poster design.

Kimberly HellerKimberly Heller

Graduate Research Assistant | Contact: kimberly.heller@louisville.edu

Kimberly is a PhD student and Graduate Assistant at the University of Louisville School of Nursing. Kimberly began her nursing career in 2017 and continues to practice as a psychiatric mental-health nurse at University of Louisville Hospital. She has experience as a psychiatric-mental health nursing clinical instructor at the School of Nursing. She is a member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association. Her research focus is on the mental health needs of adolescents and adults with physical disabilities.

Hedaya HinaHedaya Hina

Graduate Research Assistant | Contact: hedeya.hina@louisville.edu

Hedaya is an international student from Jordan. Her clinical experience has been in Adult ICUs, Medical, Surgical, Neurosurgery, and Oncology areas. Hedaya worked on a Nursing Research and EBP unit in an oncology center in Jordan during Magnet-designation journey. She has experience in lecturing, supervising research studies and EBP projects conducted by clinical nurses. She also supervised research and EBP champions and regularly attended monthly journal clubs in nursing units. Hedaya presented several posters and oral presentations in conferences during her PhD journey. Her area of research interest is quality of life (QOL), perceived social support, and family relationships among women with breast cancer in the Middle East. 

  Tolu OlajuyigbeTolu Olajuyigbe

Graduate Research Assistant | Contact: toluwanimigrace.olajuyigbe@louisville.edu

Tolu is in her second year of the BSN to PhD program. Her research focus is on global health disparities and improving the quality of life of individuals with chronic diseases. More specifically, she is interested in assessing the factors that impact the well-being of children and adolescents living with sickle-cell disease. In addition to being a Graduate Research Assistant, Tolu works as a Volunteer Nurse at the Family Community Clinic. And she is a member of KYANNA, the local chapter of the National Black Nurses Association (NBNA), and the Midwest Nursing Research Society (MNRS).

Jeanne WardJeanne Ward

Graduate Research Assistant | Contact: jeanne.ward@louisville.edu

Jeanne is in the MSN to Ph.D. program. She holds a Master degree in Public Administration with a specialization in Public Policy and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Marketing with a minor in Anthropology. She is a member of the American/Kentucky Nurses Association, Midwest Nursing Research Society, and Sigma Theta Tau honor society. Her research interests include health behaviors, competent care, disease prevention, and healthcare policy.

Susan WinebrennerSusan Winebrenner

Graduate Research Assistant | Contact: susan.ellis@louisville.edu

Susan is in her second year of the MSN to Ph.D. program. Susan is an Oncology Certified Nurse Practitioner and has worked with cancer patients for the past 15 years and currently works at the Norton Cancer Institute. She holds memberships in several professional nursing organizations including: the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, the Oncology Nursing Society, the Kentucky Coalition of Nurse Practitioners and Midwives, the Coalition of Advanced Practice Nurses of Indiana, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and the Society of Clinical Research Associates. Susan is interested in exploring scan-related anxiety and quality of life in individuals with pancreatic cancer.