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OSKJ Panel

The O(li)S(arah)K(aren)J(ason) Panel: Your Last Line of Quality-Control Defense

OSKJ Panel 


            Oli                   Sarah                  Karen                Jason



OSKJ Mission 


OSKJ Mission  



 OSKJ Testimonials

1.     In applying for a competitive grant from Sigma Theta Tau International, I was pleased to learn of the grant support and review services out of ORS. I had never had support like this in the past when submitting grants. For the first time, I was feeling very supported in the submission of my grant. Not only were there fresh eyes reviewing the narrative and budget, but they made suggestions, improving the flow of the grant and the strength of the statements supporting the need for the funding request. Jason and Sarah both serve as reviewers of grants and they used their collective experience, knowledge and understanding to improve the final product that I submitted to STTI.
       Without their efforts, the grant submission would have been ok, but not outstanding. Thank you OSKJ!
       Karen L. Gorton, PhD, RN, MS, ATC


2.      Utilizing the OSKJ Panel was instrumental to ensuring a recently submitted proposal was written clearly, concisely and understandable to a broad audience. For example, I was asked questions that allowed me to provide clarifications within the proposal. I was also given suggestions on how to ensure the impact of my proposal was coming across to the reviewers as well as visibly adhering to the dictates of the call. As a result, the final product flowed more logically and cohesively. Not being a detail person it was also a great opportunity for basic fine tuning and editing. I am more confident in the quality and value of the submitted proposal after having it reviewed by the OSKJ Panel. I found this to be a valuable and positive service and highly recommend it to others.
       Sara Horton-Deutsch, PhD, PMHCNS, RN, FAAN, ANEF

Oliwier Dziadkowiec, PhD, Director of the Center for Nursing Research

Dr. Dziadkowiec 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.

What Oli brings to the OSKJ Panel: Nine years of academic research experience and two years of public-health administrative experience in applied statistics, data management, program evaluation, quality improvement, CBPR, and design
Specific areas of expertise: Statistics (Regression models, Factor analysis, Confirmatory Factor Analysis, SEM, System Dynamics Modeling, Social Network Analysis); Data Management (cleaning and transforming large datasets); Domains (mental health, community-based prevention programs, health-program implementation, and health-care quality-improvement design); phone, Internet, and paper-and-pencil survey development (writing survey questions, developing sampling methodology, administering surveys, and tracking response rates)
·         Strong background in applied inferential/non-parametric statistics and “Big Data” methods
·         Academic manuscript-preparation experience
·         Training from NIH/CDC in Systems Science
·         Served on advisory board of Institute for Translational Health Research at University of Washington
·         Invited by CDC to train state epidemiologists in analyzing the delivery of state tobacco programs
·         Trained in helping community organizations and nonprofits develop research and evaluation infrastructure, as well as assist in their mission and vision development.
·         Administrative experience includes creating budgets for contracts and grant applications, writing bids for projects including creating scope of work, business agreements, and methods sections
Greatest strengths: I have a good eye for (a) flaws in design and statistical analysis as well as for (b) checking proposals, manuscripts, and other scholarly products for appropriate flow of information and conclusions.

Sarah Trimmer, MPH, Post-Award Grants and Contracts Specialist

Sarah is responsible for budgetary oversight of the CON’s sponsored projects portfolio. She advises principal investigators on re-budgeting, no-cost extensions, and carry-forward requests. Additionally, Sarah oversees sponsored-program contract and sub-contract processes from negotiation to execution, including managing deliverables.


What Sarah brings to the OSKJ Panel: Seven years of academic research experience and administration in the nursing and public-health domains
Areas of expertise: (a) broad health-services research topics (access to care, health workforce issues, comparative effectiveness, health care payment and financing, EMR/tele-medicine); (b) health reform and economics; (c) politics, policy and advocacy; (d) health promotion and wellness; (e) rural health; (f) health disparities and social/physical determinants of health; (g) reproductive health; (h) Rx drug/tobacco/alcohol abuse
·         Strong background in academic health-research administration, including all aspects of budget/fiscal management, federal grant regulation/compliance, contract management, and reporting
·         Experience on numerous review panels for grants, abstracts, and policy reviews for a number of entities (Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services [CMS], American Public Health Association [APHA], and American Evaluation Association [AEA])
·         Development of implementation timelines, communication plans, and evaluation metrics in collaboration with principal investigators; active role in strategic planning of numerous programs and projects
Applied research skills—social science research methods and design; qualitative data coding and analysis; quantitative data entry, quality control and analysis; mixed methods; facilitation of focus groups and interviewing; development and analysis of survey tools; report writing; poster and abstract creation; preparation, editing and submission of IRB and grant proposals; research ethics; project technical assistance
Greatest strengths: I have a good eye for project feasibility, particularly how implementation activities align with the proposed budget. I’m also highly creative and can push the envelope as it relates to implementing high-impact, innovative ideas.



Karen H. Sousa, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor, Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship

Dr. Sousa (a) develops/applies advanced statistical methods (e.g., structural equation modeling [SEM]), (b) develops/tests conceptual models of complex health-care systems, and (c) advocates use of health-related quality of life (HRQOL) as a productive evaluative measure of nursing-care outcomes. Her teaching interests include nursing theory/conceptualization and psychometrics.

What Karen brings to the OSKJ Panel as Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship: Expertise in developing and applying statistical methods (e.g., Structural Equation Modeling) as components of analytical strategies that yield a greater understanding of complex nursing outcomes
Dr. Sousa has made outstanding contributions to nursing science in two important areas. The first is discovering the utility of a unique methodology, Structural Equation Modeling (SEM), for analyzing nursing-related phenomena. The second contribution is triggering a fresh examination of and advancing the consideration of health-related quality of life (HRQOL), a supremely relevant patient outcome. As a nursing pioneer in the application of SEM, she has demonstrated its uses in the areas of cluster analysis, instrument development, theory confirmation, construct validation, and establishment of conceptual equivalence in multi-group analyses (e. g., comparing English- and Spanish-speaking groups). Her work has led to numerous publications in highly ranked, peer-reviewed scientific journals and numerous consultations at academic institutions. In addition, until recently, nursing had not thoroughly tested conceptual models that capture HRQOL; Dr. Sousa’s program of research has developed an elegant conceptual model that captures HRQOL across and over time, allowing for exploration of care processes and identification of nursing best practices. She was appointed to the Research and Scholarship Advisory Council by the President of Sigma Theta Tau International as well as recruited to be the co-director of the International Society of Quality of Life Research Annual Conference.
Dr. Sousa has been a member of the Academy of Nursing since 2009 and is a member of the American Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau International, and the International Society for Quality of Life Research. Dr. Sousa was also recognized as an Emerging Leader at the University of Colorado in 2009.


Jason Weiss, MEd, Research Coordinator

Jason (a) develops/edits CON grant proposals and article submissions; (b) promotes ORS faculty and scholarship; (c) maintains College of Nursing Research webpages; and (d) handles communication/messaging/branding for the Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship, specifically, and for the Office of Research and Scholarship, generally.  


What Jason brings to the OSKJ Panel:  An educational path, a body of work experiences, and even a set of leisure activities homed in on the goal of becoming the finest speaker, writer, editor, analyst, teacher, and all-around English-language communicator possible 
Jason’s undergraduate training (BA—English) emphasizes grammar, composition, pedagogy, and logical reasoning; his Master’s work (MEd—English Education/Linguistics) focuses on (a) public speaking/presentation and (b) lexical, syntactic, and semantic analysis; the loci of his PhD work (ABD) are American literature, multimedia research/presentation and multimedia-research analysis, and argumentative/explicative composition.  All of this training has laid a solid foundation in language fundamentals, peerless editing, broad-base and/or small-bore research approaches, application of online databases and disparate media in research support, and proficiency in numerous composition formats.  
Having previously taught research-writing and English-language classes for nearly twenty years at both the community-college and university levels, Jason has worked in the CU system for the past three years: helping develop faculty profiles and research-promotion documents; assisting in authorship of scholarly publications and grant submissions; and handling communication/messaging/branding for the Office of Research and Scholarship (ORS).
Personal note: I keep up with linguistics research (especially the interplay between syntax and semantics [e.g., Ljiljana Progovac’s work]) and with research concerning the manufacture, storage, and manifestation of language. In addition, my familiarity with CON-related curricula (e.g., A&P I+II, Pathophysiology, Pharmacology) as well as with CON core competencies (e.g., Patient-Centered Care, EBP, Informatics) allows me to work more expertly on ORS projects.             




Demo #1 (PowerPoint)

Before OSKJ: SS-B_PP_Before.pdf

After OSKJ: SS-B_PP_After.pdf