Pre-Doctoral Research

Pre-doctoral nursing students are encouraged to apply for funding to complete their dissertation research. This funding can be training grants from Yale, the National Institutes of Health, or small grants from professional organizations or foundations. 

Current Pre-Doctoral Training Programs

Yale Center for Clinical Investigation (YCCI) Multidisciplinary Pre-Doctoral Training Program

This funding supports a representative and diverse group of outstanding trainees in clinical and translational research. The program is for pre-doctoral trainees from medicine, nursing, public health, and biomedical engineering for long-term (one year) or short-term (12 weeks) training.

Ruth L. Kirschstein Predoctoral Individual National Research Service Award (F31)

The purpose of this Kirschstein-NRSA program is to enable promising predoctoral students with potential to develop into a productive, independent research scientists, to obtain mentored research training while conducting dissertation research. The F31 is also used to enhance workforce diversity though a separate program.

Current|Recent PhD Students with Funding


Stephen Breazeale, MSN, CRNP (NRSA F31; Rockefeller University Heilbrunn Center for Nursing Research)

“Symptom Cluster Profiles Following Traumatic Orthopaedic Injuries” 

Serena Flaherty, MSN, RN, CPNP-PC (Yale Center for Clinical Investigation/NIH TL1)

“Parenting Experiences and Outcomes Among Former Adolescent Mothers: A Mixed Methods Study”

Dora Wischik, MSN RN-BC (Yale Center for Clinical Investigation/NIH TL1)

“The Impact of Military Blast Exposures on Metabolic Abnormalities in Post 9/11 Veterans”

Shuyuan Huang, MPH, MSN, RN (Connecticut Nurses Foundation)

“Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior of Chinese Immigrants in the US with a History of Gestational Diabetes Mellitus”

Recent Graduates

Bridget Basile Ibrahim, PhD, MSN, FNP-BC (Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses, AWHON; Heilbrunn Family Center for Research Nursing)

Desperately Seeking VBAC: The Experiences of Women Who Sought a Vaginal Birth After Cesarean Section in the U.S.”

Jose Gutierrez, PhD, FNP-BC” (NRSA F31; TriService Nursing Research Program)

“Measuring PrEP Preferences Within Vulnerable Military Population Using Conjoint Analysis” 

Click here for a video about how Jose managed being a full-time YSN student while serving in the US Air Force Reserves

Abbe Muller, PhD, MPH (Yale Center for Clinical Investigation/NIH TL1; Gilead Sciences)

“Hepatitis C Reinfection in People Who Inject Drugs in Resource Limited Settings”

PhD Alumni with Current Post-Doctoral Funding

Krista Knudson, PhD, MSN, ACNP, TL1 Postdoctoral Program in Clinical Research and Medical Informatics at Rush University and the University of Chicago
Patient and Family Experiences of Adult Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation

Abbe Muller, PhD, MPH, Postdoctoral Fellow, Boston University

Bridget Basile Ibrahim, PhD, MA, MSN, Postdoctoral Associate, University of Minnesota