Research Services Staff

Vickie TencerVickie Tencer

Research Manager

Contact: (502)852-3660 •

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 Research Office 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.

Jade MontanezJade Montanez Chatman

Graduate Research Assistant | Contact:

Jade Montanez Chatman is a PhD student and Graduate Research Assistant at the University of Louisville School of Nursing, who expects to graduate in May 2020. Her research interests include social determinants of health and nursing education. More specifically, her work examines barriers and facilitators to admission, retention, and graduation from post-secondary schools of nursing for minority nursing students. Jade has experience in assisting with literature review, IRB submission, data collection and entry, and poster design.

Hedaya Hina

Graduate Research Assistant | Contact:

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. Hedaya 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 has written two publications and is working on her third manuscript. Hedaya is a member of the Midwest Nursing Research Society (MNRS). In 2018, she presented a poster in the Graduate Student Regional Research Conference (GSRRC) in Louisville and attended the MNRS conference in Cleveland, Ohio. Her area of research interest is quality of life (QOL), body image and symptom distress of women with breast cancer in the Middle East.

Melissa Amraotkar

Graduate Research Assistant | Contact:

Melissa is in the BSN to Ph.D. program. Melissa is involved with AHA, AACVPR, MNRS, ANA/KNA, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, and American Society for Preventive Cardiology. She has been a nurse for seven years, and is currently working in cardiac testing. She is currently studying barriers and enablers to cardiac rehabilitation attendance, and is interested in cardiac protective health practices.

Brittney Corniel

Graduate Research Assistant | Contact:

Brittney is in her second year of the BSN to DNP program. Brittney is a nurse on the Labor and Delivery unit at the University of Louisville Hospital. Brittney has been selected to represent the School of Nursing as a Health and Social Justice Scholar. Brittney is the President of the DNP Student Advisory Council and the School of Nursing Representative for the Graduate Student Council. Brittney is also the DNP student representative for the Doctoral Academic Affairs Committee and the School of Nursing Alumni Council. Brittney is a member of KYANNA, the local chapter of the National Black Nurses Association and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. Along with her role as a Graduate Research Assistant, Brittney has been a Teaching Assistant for several undergraduate courses including Management of Care, Child Health Nursing and now Maternal-Newborn Nursing. Brittney’s research interest is reducing adverse perinatal outcomes in vulnerable populations by improving the quality and accessibility of prenatal care through the utilization of an evidenced based group prenatal care model.

 Tolu Olajuyigbe

Graduate Research Assistant | Contact:

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).

April Cash

Graduate Research Assistant | Contact:

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).

Susan Winebrenner

Graduate Research Assistant | Contact:

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.

Kofi Amoh-Mensah

Graduate Research Assistant | Contact:

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.