Research Services Staff

Vickie TencerVickie Tencer

Research and Grants 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 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.

Majduleen Abu FashehMajduleen Abu Fasheh

Graduate Research Assistant | Contact:

Majduleen Abu Fasheh is an international student from Jordan in her first year of the MSN to Ph.D. program. Majduleen has a master’s degree in nursing with a concentration on cancer. She has two years of clinical experience in medical, surgical, and COVID patients. She is a certified registered nurse in the United States. She is presently working as a graduate research assistant and focusing on cancer pain management.

Ahmad AlshurmanAhmad Alshurman

Graduate Research Assistant | Contact:

Ahmad Alshurman is an international student from Jordan. He is a Ph.D. student at the University of Louisville, from BSN to Ph.D. He received his undergraduate in nursing from Jordan University of Science and Technology and a master's degree in health services management (MBA) from Yarmouk University. He has been working as a nurse in the burn ICU and a nursing manager in a rehabilitation facility for severely disabled people. He is a member of the American Nurses Association. His research interest is in patient safety and health policy. Currently, Ahmad works as a graduate research assistant at the University of Louisville.

Kofi Amoh-MensahKofi 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.

Kimberly HellerKimberly Heller

Graduate Research Assistant | Contact:

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.

  Tolu OlajuyigbeTolu 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).

Jeanne WardJeanne Ward

Graduate Research Assistant | Contact:

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 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.