Uzoji Nwanaji-Enwerem

Psychosocial Stress, Stigmatization, Discrimination, Drug Use and Addiction

Check out why Uzoji decided to obtain her PhD in nursing from Yale.



Concord, NC

Undergraduate Education 

BSN, Winston Salem State University

Graduate Education 

MSN, Family Nurse Practitioner Program, Winston
Salem State University -Duke Nursing Bridge to the Doctorate Program

Research Interests

Psychosocial Stress, Stigmatization, Discrimination, Drug Use and Addiction

Publications and Presentations: 


Redeker, N.S., Rawl, S., Nwanaji-Enwerem, U. (2021). Expanding the pipeline of nurse scientists to address the health care needs of a diverse society [Editorial]. Nursing Outlook, 69(4), 704-706.

Redeker, N. S., Bessette, A., Breazeale, S., Conley, S., Hollenbeak, C., Hwang, Y., Iennacco, J., Jacoby, D., Kelly-Hauser, J., Linsky, S., Moemeka, L., Nwanaji-Enwerem, U., O’Connell, M., Yaggi, H. K.,  & Jeon, S. (2021).  Cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia compared with heart-failure self-management education has sustained effects on insomnia among adults with chronic heart failure, Sleep, 44, A136

Nwanaji-Enwerem, J., Nwanaji-Enwerem, U., Laan L., Galazka, J., Redeker, N., Cardenas, A. (2020). A longitudinal epigenetic aging and leukocyte analysis of simulated space travel: The Mars-500 mission. Cell Reports, 33(10), 108406.

Moore, D., Onsomu, E. O., Brown, T. L., Nwanaji-Enwerem, U., Esquivel, M., Bush, D., & Richardson, S. (2020). African American nursing students understanding of media images and their role in intercultural exchanges, communication, and the nursing profession. Journal of Best Practices in Health Professions Diversity: Research, Education and Policy


Nwanaji-Enwerem, U., Beitel, M., Eggert, K., Zheng, X., Gaeta, M., Redeker, N., Madden, M., Oberleitner, L., Oberleitner, D., Barry, D. (2021, Submitted-Abstract). Correlates of perceived discrimination among patients in methadone maintenance treatment. The College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD). March 25th-March 26th, 2021-Annual Conference (abstract)

Nwanaji-Enwerem, U., Sadler, S., Sangchoon. J., Barry, D., Yaggi, K., & Redeker, N. (2021, Submitted-Abstract). An explanatory sequential mixed methods study of stigma, sleep and treatment outcomes among individuals on medication for opioid use disorder. Eastern Nursing Research Society (ENRS). March 25th-March 26th, 2021-Annual Conference (abstract)


Easter Nursing Research Society (ENRS) Student Conference Scholarship. Recipient

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Emerging Scholars. Fellow

Sigma Theta Tau. Member

Epsilon Tau Sigma Honors Society. Member

Extracurricular Activities

JI Organization- media blogging and content creating, running, traveling, Nigerian Cultural Dance