Oliwier Dziadkowiec, PhD, Director of the Center for Nursing Research
, oversees the functions of the CNR, supervising the research assistants and coordinating the activities of the computer laboratory. Dr. Dziadkowiec assists with data analysis/interpretation and provides guidance to students and faculty in statistical/research design.
Sarah Schmiege, PhD, College of Nursing Statistician
, provides individual consultation on faculty research projects and grants. Dr. Schmiege has extensive experience evaluating data from randomized controlled trials, including the data complexities that frequently arise in such trials (e.g., missing data, fidelity/adherence problems, and longitudinal data collection/analysis). She excels in multilevel-model analysis, psychometric analysis, mediational analysis, and structural equation modeling.
CNR Research Assistants, Fall 2013
--Originally from Oman, Zeinab has been here at CU Denver for six months. Her plan is well-formed: she currently is stockpiling research experience for a career in Pediatrics; after completing her Master's program, she will return to her home country to fulfill a two-year work commitment (in exchange for her government's support in coming overseas); after two years in Oman, she will return to CU Denver to earn her PhD. And why CU Denver, of all possible places? Zeinab finds the community and the University to be accepting, tolerant, and comfortable--that's why.
--Tiffany is from Park City, Utah. The next few things you read here will follow more-or-less organically from that initial statement (see for yourself if you agree with me): she completed her undergrad study at the University of New Mexico, where she skied at the NCAA level (ah?); skiing continues to be one of her primary hobbies, as well as rock-climbing (eh?); she enjoys brewing beer (well?); she mines silver in her off hours (not really, this time); Robert Redford comes to her house for brunch every Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday (not to the best of my knowledge). But anyway, you get the point: she's pretty Park City-y and awfully mountain region-y, all making her perfectly Tiffany-y. At present, Tiffany is a first-year MPH student, focusing on Applied Biostatistics. Subsequently, her appreciation of stats/methodology will propel her to a PhD in Health Informatics, and ultimately, that degree will usher in a long life in academics/public health, where she will implement and adapt empirically supported treatments in community-based settings. Furthermore, too, as I see it, her appreciation of stats/methodology will help her implement and adapt empirically supported recipes in concocting unparalled home-based micro-brews.
Marina Tarasova--Marina is passionate about environmental health/safety and pays careful attention to her lifestyle choices; at the same time, she recognizes that many people live in environments and conditions that make the maintenance of healthy practices difficult or impossible. Therefore, after getting her Master's in Public Health/Epidemiology here at AMC, Marina wants to do occupational- and environmental-health research: after all, public health is best served by preventing the emergence of health problems; minimizing air- and food-borne pollutants obviates, in large part, the development of problems and preserves public health. Marina's CNR RA-ship has exposed her to all kinds of data analyses and all types of datasets--positioning her perfectly for the sweeping public-health work she aims to do. P.S.--if there's a moment when Marina is not in the CNR, there's a good chance she's doing yoga. P.P.S.--if you cannot find Marina in the CNR, and if a further hard-target search of all yoga studios still fails to turn her up, try looking anywhere pilates is conducted/undertaken/waged.
Uma Sitaula--Colorado is the only state for Uma, and CU is the only school for Uma in the state: Colorado--topographically and meteorologically--reminds her of her native Nepal; CU alone in CO has the FNP program in which Uma wants to matriculate. Studying at AMC to become a family nurse practitioner is giving Uma the breadth/depth of knowledge/skill to serve her mostly rural, mostly underserved home country. Furthermore, with her accountant husband handling the financial side--and with Uma, of course, handling the health-care delivery side--this little family unit will be able to function, too, as a little medical unit. But that's the long-term plan. The short-term sees her here. And the ultra-short-term probably sees her strolling a shopping mall with her husband, stopping, eying myriad goods, stepping forward again some meters, eying myriad more, and so on. Flanerie sets no uniform pace, after all, so the flaneur may live at her or his most lovely tempo. Seeing Uma equals seeing someone precisely where she should be. Exactly, precisely.