Faculty appointments

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The School of Nursing began the academic year with 12 new faculty members who have expertise in areas such as mental health and trauma, pulmonary and critical care medicine, nurse leadership, care for preterm infants, home health care and hospice, and perinatal, pediatric, and environmental epidemiology and policy.

Angela Amar PhD PMHCNS BC FAAN, associate professor of nursing, is a nationally acclaimed expert on mental health responses to trauma, violence against women and adolescent females, and forensics nursing. She was part of the inaugural class of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars program and is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.

Clinical Assistant Professor Hope Bussenius 93MN DNP FNP-BC is a family nurse practitioner who provides nursing care to vulnerable populations. She is co-founder of Eternal Hope in Haiti, an orphanage for medically fragile children. Since 1990, she has taught courses on health promotion and disease prevention related to malnutrition, parasitic infestation diseases, HIV/AIDS, and malaria at Brenau University, Emory, and Georgia State University.

Assistant Professor Charles Downs PhD RN ACNP-BC is an acute care nurse practitioner specializing in pulmonary and critical care medicine. His research focuses on understanding the cellular and molecular responses of the lung to injury. In 2011, he received the Patsy A. Perry Biological Nursing Research Award from the Western Institute of Nursing Research. Prior to joining Emory, he served as a postdoctoral fellow in the departments of Physiology and Pediatrics at Emory's School of Medicine.

Professor Bonnie Jennings DNSc RN FAAN has enjoyed a distinguished career as an Army nurse that afforded her a wealth of experience as a clinician, educator, researcher, administrator, policy-maker, and leader. She is widely recognized as one of the nation's top experts on nurse leadership, quality care, and patient safety. Among her military awards are the Distinguished Service Medal and the Army Nurse of the Year Award. In 2002, Jennings was the first in her field to serve as an American Academy of Nursing/American Nurses Foundation distinguished nurse scholar at the Institute of Medicine. 

Emory nursing alumna Mary Lambert 81MN DNP RN returns to the nursing school as a clinical associate professor. She is a longtime public servant, having worked at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Food and Drug Administration, the Health Resources and Services Administration, and the U.S. Army. Lambert is a captain in the U.S. Public Health Service and holds a DNP from Vanderbilt University. She has been active in the Nurses' Alumni Association for many years.

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Terri Marin 12PhD NNP-BBC is a research assistant professor in the School of Nursing. Marin, a neonatal nurse practitioner, is examining perfusion patterns in preterm infants. She has collaborated on research initiatives with leading investigators at Emory University Hospital Midtown and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. She recently received the Fabulous 40 Nursing Alumni Award from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Clinical Associate Professor Kathryn Moore DNP RN conducts research in the areas of volume resuscitation in trauma patients, hypothermia in trauma, and measuring initial clinical competency and sustainment of clinical competencies in health care providers. She is a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves and served with the 10th Combat Support Hospital in Baghdad. Prior to joining Emory, Moore was a clinical assistant professor at the University of Kentucky's School of Nursing.

As an adult nurse practitioner, Lisa Muirhead DNP RN APRN-BC ANP has focused her career on implementing health promotion and disease prevention strategies for vulnerable populations. Her practice areas have centered on addressing issues related to hepatitis C and spinal cord injuries among U.S. veterans and the management and care of individuals living with chronic pain. Muirhead is a clinical assistant professor in the School of Nursing.

Imelda Reyes 08MN DNP RN FNP-BC, clinical assistant professor, conducts research on identifying and managing overweight and obese children. She is a family nurse practitioner who has held clinical roles at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Emory Healthcare, and Sentara Healthcare. She served as a U.S. Navy officer from 2001 to 2006.

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Research Associate Professor Bryan Williams PhD is a nationally recognized epidemiologist and psychometrician. His research focuses on perinatal, pediatric, and environmental epidemiology and policy. Williams is best known for his research that demonstrated a link between prematurity and lower academic achievement. Prior to joining the School of Nursing, Williams served on the faculty at the Rollins School of Public Health and Emory School of Medicine.

Phyllis Wright DNP APRN-BC joined the School of Nursing as a clinical associate professor. She is a geriatric nurse practitioner who specializes in home health care, skilled nursing, and hospice. Wright has more than 30 years of experience in nursing. She comes to Emory from PricewaterhouseCoopers' health care practice, where she conducted national compliance audits, transformed post acute care practices, and served as the subject matter expert on geriatric nursing.

Katherine Yeager 84N 12PhD has been named a research assistant professor. As a clinician and nurse scientist, she develops nursing interventions for symptoms and self-management of advanced cancer. Her articles have been published in top journals including the Journal of Palliative Medicine, the Journal of Neuroscience Nursing, Epilepsy & Behavior, and Cancer Nursing.


Grant supports training in palliative care

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Carolyn Clevenger 02MN DNP RN, an expert in geriatric nursing, leads a new project to strengthen team-based palliative care in partnership with Emory University Hospital and the Emory Palliative Care Center. The project is funded by a $1.5 million, three-year grant for Nurse Education, Practice, Quality, and Retention—Interprofessional Collaborative Practice, funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration. The grant supports training for advanced practice nurses and physicians who will provide palliative care for nearly 7,000 patients during the next three years.

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