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ORS Areas of Excellence

ORS Research Faculty, Categorized by Research Focus

The Office of Research and Scholarship Areas of Excellence (AE) Initiative establishes zones of common research interest among College of Nursing faculty members. 

  1. The Areas of Excellence are cross-functional: each AE integrates the perspectives, skill sets, and resources of various College of Nursing faculty members. The Areas of Excellence are inter-professional: they cultivate non-College of Nursing stakeholders.  
  2. In sum, the ORS Areas of Excellence provide each College of Nursing faculty member with a scholarly research home.


  1. AE1: Vulnerable Populations (Obesity across the lifespan, at-risk/homeless youth and ways of accessing primary care, biological/behavioral causes of labor dystocia, infants with GERD-like symptoms)       
  2. AE2: Contexts of Care and Patient Safety (Effects of nursing systems on patient outcomes, adherence to medication regimens, patient outcomes and nurse residency programs [NRPs], health and safety across the lifespan, prevention of adverse events in acute-care hospitals)  
  3. AE3: Biobehavioral Self-Management of Symptoms (Complementary therapies in labor and birth, functional health among geriatrics, post-cancer survivorship, cognitive-behavioral therapy for treatment of insomnia, transitions of care in elderly population)
  4. AE4: Healthy Lifestyles across the Lifespan (Obesity prevention and treatment guidelines, technology-based interventions, biobehavioral research, collaborating with diverse communities)