Precision Science

Precision science is aimed at predicting symptom susceptibility, disease occurrence and progression, and developing tailored interventions.

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Precision science maximizes effectiveness by taking into account individual personal and environmental characteristics (e.g., how an individual’s type of lifestyle, co-existing diseases, biomarkers of risk, cognitive and emotional factors, and genetic and environmental factors) are associated with disease risk and progression. Precision science spans basic science through implementation science methodologies.

Within precision science, our researchers are addressing topics such as omics, physiological, psychological, and environmental factors, and also phenotypes, chronic disease, symptoms, self-management, and palliative care within a variety of health-related conditions.

Faculty

Terry A Badger

Terry Badger

Terry A Badger , PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FAPOS, FAAN

Eleanor Bauwens Endowed Chair

Professor, Nursing

Professor, Psychiatry

Professor, Public Health

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Research Impact

My research helps cancer survivors and their caregivers to reduce psychological distress and manage cancer symptoms during and after cancer treatment. I remove the barriers to receiving supportive care services by using the telephone to provide health education and counseling.

Tracy E Crane

Tracy E Crane

Tracy E Crane

Assistant Professor, Nursing

Assistant Professor, Public Health

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Janice D Crist

Janice D Crist

Janice D Crist , PhD, RN, FWAN, FAAN

Associate Professor, Nursing

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Research Impact

My interdisciplinary community-based participatory research (CBPR) matches the right community health system, with the right caregiving family, at the right time. With the ENCASA Community Advisory Council, we test culturally appropriate innovations; e.g., digital “graphic-novelas” to assist minority older adults to “age in place.”

Judith S Gordon

Judith Gordon

Judith S Gordon , PhD

Associate Dean, Research

Professor, Family and Community Medicine

Professor, Nursing

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Research Impact

I conduct research to help people engage in healthier lifestyle behaviors, primarily tobacco use cessation and prevention. Currently, I focus on reaching tobacco users in a variety of healthcare settings, and using integrative approaches and technology to reduce tobacco use.

Kathleen C Insel

Kathleen Insel

Kathleen C Insel , PhD, RN

Professor, Nursing

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Research Impact

My area of research focuses on cognitive function and how cognition is influenced by age, illness, and treatment; this also informs how cognitive function influences self-management. Using cognitive theories, we developed an intervention to improve medication adherence. We are now translating this intervention to an App.

Lois J Loescher

Lois J Loescher

Lois J Loescher , PhD, RN, FAAN

Associate Professor, Public Health

Director, PhD Program

Professor, Nursing

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Research Impact

I conduct cancer prevention and control research, primarily targeting skin cancer. I focus on technology-based, theory-driven behavioral interventions to: reduce individual skin cancer risk, train healthcare and service providers to reduce skin cancer risk in their clients, and educate adolescents to improve sun safety behaviors.

Marylyn M McEwen

Marylyn McEwen

Marylyn M McEwen , PhD, RN, FAAN

Associate Dean, Global Nursing

Professor, Nursing

Professor, Public Health

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Research Impact

I conduct research to decrease diabetes health disparities among adults of Mexican origin who reside in the AZ-Sonora border region. Specifically, I conduct community engaged, culturally tailored, family-based interventions targeting behavioral changes to improve type 2 diabetes self-management.

Helena W Morrison

Helena W Morrison

Helena W Morrison , PhD, RN

Associate Professor, Nursing

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Research Impact

I am working to improve stroke patient outcomes by informing novel sex-specific therapeutics. I investigate microglia cells—the brain phagocyte—under physiologic and pathologic conditions. My primary research inquiry focuses on discovering how sex, estrus cycle and ovarian function influences microglial morphology in the healthy brain and their phagocytic phenotypes after ischemic stroke.

Thaddeus Wesley Warren Pace

Thaddeus Wesley Warren Pace

Thaddeus Wesley Warren Pace , PhD

Associate Professor, Nursing

Associate Professor, Psychiatry

Associate Professor, Psychology

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Research Impact

I study mechanisms of stress-biological changes in cancer survivors who experience distress, fatigue and depression. Informed by this work, I also investigate effectiveness of novel integrative interventions for survivors designed to optimize psychosocial wellness. These include Cognitively-Based Compassion Training, a compassion meditation program, and curcumin.

Leslie S Ritter

Leslie S Ritter

Leslie S Ritter , PhD, RN, FAAN

William "Bill" Feinberg Endowed Chair for Stroke Research

Professor, Neurology

Professor, Nursing

Professor, Physiological Sciences - GIDP

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Research Impact

My research focuses on community-based models to support those who are living with stroke as a chronic condition. I am focused on identifying inflammatory mechanisms in the microcirculation of the brain during reperfusion after ischemic stroke.

Kimberly Denise Shea

Kimberly Denise Shea

Kimberly Denise Shea , PhD, RN, CHPN

Assistant Professor of Practice, Biomedical Informatics

Clinical Associate Professor, Nursing

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Research Impact

I conduct research that combines serious illness care (palliative and hospice) and technology, primarily in residential settings. Currently, I am focusing on tele-palliative care that uses mobile device instant video conferencing to reduce stress and time to symptom reduction.

Ruth E Taylor-Piliae

Ruth E Taylor-Piliae

Ruth E Taylor-Piliae , PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN

Associate Professor, Nursing

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Research Impact

My research focuses on increasing physical activity among older adults, especially those with heart disease and stroke. I use innovative interventions such as Tai Chi, to help them improve their physical and cognitive function, reduce fall rates, ameliorate negative symptoms, and enhance quality of life.

Shu Fen Wung

Shu Fen Wung

Shu Fen Wung , PhD, MS, RN, ACNP-BC, FAAN

Associate Professor, Nursing

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Research Impact

I conduct research to help clinicians and caregivers effectively and safely use of health technologies when caring for patients who are acutely ill or with multiple chronic illness. Currently, I focus on improving interactions between nurses and medical devices to lower medical device alarms and associated sensory overload among critical care nurses to improve critical care working environment.