Yale Nursing Students, Alum Win Prizes at Research Conference

Jacob Hofheimer ’25 MSN (from left), PhD student Laura Manzo, and PhD student Yan Zhan all won awards at the ENRS conference in Philadelphia.
April 5, 2023

Yale School of Nursing (YSN) was well represented at the Eastern Nursing Research Society (ENRS) conference in Philadelphia, as students, faculty, post-doctoral fellows, and alumni attended and presented their scholarly research. Several YSN affiliates took home prizes from the 35th annual scientific sessions.

Student Prize Winners

Adult Gerontology Acute Care NP student Jacob Hofheimer ’25 MSN won second place in the category of MSN poster presentation award for “TRANScending the Binary: Increasing Sustainable Social & Community Support for Gender Diverse Adolescents.” The poster also included work from Interim Co-Chair of the Graduate Entry Prespecialty in Nursing (GEPN) Chair Christine Rodriguez, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, MDiv, MA.

PhD student Laura Manzo is a recipient of the 2023 ENRS Conference Scholarship. She also presented “Prevalence and Correlates of Cannabis Use among US Veterans during the Second Wave of COVID-19 Pandemic” with Associate Professor Hermine Poghosyan, PhD, MPH, BSN.

PhD student Yan Zhan won first place in the category of peer-reviewed doctoral posters for “Associations Between Medical Facility-level Characteristics and Disparities in Specialist Palliative Care Delivery Among People with Advanced Heart Failure.” The poster also included work from Assistant Professor in Nursing Shelli Feder, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC, ACHPN. Yan is also a recipient of the 2023 ENRS Conference Scholarship.

YSN post-doctoral fellow Tingting Zhao won the PhD Dissertation Presentation award for “The Cross-Talk between Pain/Stress, Mitochondrial Function/Dysfunction and Neurodevelopmental outcomes in Preterm Infants during NICU Hospitalization.” This also included work from Associate Dean of Research Xiaomei Cong,PhD, RN, FAAN.

Alumni Prize Winner

Eileen Condon ’12 MSN, ‘18 PhD, APRN, FNP-BC, was honored with the 2023 Suzanne Feetham Nurse Scientist Family Research Award. This honor is in recognition of outstanding contributions by a Junior Investigator who has earned a doctorate in the last seven years with a developing program of family research and scholarship or a Senior Investigator who has a well-established program of family research and scholarship.

She also presented “Biological Embedding of Stressors and Protective Factors Among Preschool Aged Children” with Co-Director of Graduate Studies, PhD Program Lois Sadler, PhD, RN, FAAN, and Senior Research Scientist in Nursing Sangchoon Jeon, PhD.

Additional YSN Presenters

Dr. Feder and PhD student Uzoji Nwanaji-Enwerem presented “Heart Failure Nurses’ Perceptions of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia and the Feasibility of Providing it to their Patients: A Focus Group Study.”

Associate Professor of Nursing Soohyun Nam, PhD, APRN, ANP-BC, FAHA, FAAN, Dr. Jeon, and Professor of Nursing Robin Whittemore, PhD, APRN, FAAN presented “Recruiting Nation-Wide Chinese Immigrants in the U.S. Remotely During COVID: Practical Experience From a Cross-Sectional Study With a Wearable Device.” 

Dr. Cong presented “Pain Sensation, Gut Microbiota, and Cytokines in Older Adults with and without Heart Failure” and “The Association between Psychological Factors and Self-care in Patients with Heart Failure: An Integrated Review.”

Dr. Poghosyan, Associated Dean for Global Affairs and Planetary Health LaRon E. Nelson, PhD, RN, FNP, FNAP, FNYAM, FAAN and Dr. Jeon presented “Racial and Ethnic Variation in COVID-19 Vaccination Uptake Among Medicare Beneficiaries with Cancer History.” 

Assistant Professor Zhao Ni, PhD, BMedSci, RN presented “Testing Chatbot Technology to Promote HIV Prevention in Malaysia During COVID-19.” 

Post-doctoral fellow Sayantani Sarkar and Dr. Poghosyan presented “Understanding the Role of Financial Security in Loneliness among Medicare Beneficiaries with Cancer History during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Population-Based Evidence.” 

Associate Professor S. Raquel Ramos, PhD, MBA, MSN, FNP, FNYAM and PhD student Baram Kangpresented “Exploring Cultural Relevance and Usability of a Virtual Environment for CVD Prevention in Black and Latinx Sexual Minority Men with HIV: A Qualitative User-Testing Assessment.” 

PhD student Serena Flaherty ’99 BA, ’06 MSN, RN, CPNP-PC, Dr. Nelson, and Dr. Sadler presented “Intersectional Experiences of Marginalized Young Mothers.” 

Professor of Nursing David Vlahov, PhD, RN, FAAN, post-graduate associate Dada Dada, Dr. Ramos, and Dr. Nelson presented “Strategies to Promote Equity in COVID-19 Vaccine Uptake for Black and Hispanic Communities.” 

Assistant Professor in Nursing Bridget Basile Ibrahim ’20 PhD, MA, RN, FNP-BC presented “Listening to Women: Operationalizing the Quality Maternal and Newborn Care Framework to Improve Quality of Perinatal Care and Improve Health Outcomes for Marginalized Women and Childbearing People.” 

DNP student Mindy Matthews, MSN, RN, CPHQ presented “Addressing Social Needs and Creating Community Linkage Pathways for Vulnerable Populations in Primary Care Practice Settings.”