New Appointments

The School of Nursing appointed or promoted several faculty and staff members in recent months to support teaching, research, service learning, and partnerships in clinical care.

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Sandra Dunbar now serves as associate dean of academic advancement, a new position for developing academic leadership among Emory nursing faculty. She continues to serve as the Charles Howard Candler Professor of Cardiovascular Nursing.

A pioneer in her field, Dunbar currently leads three NIH studies on caregiver stress and enhancing quality of life among heart failure patients with diabetes. She joined the nursing school in 1988.

Dunbar received two major honors in 2010: the Outstanding Nurse Scientist Award from the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science and the Distinguished Researcher Award from the Southern Nursing Research Society.

Rob Hoover was named associate dean for finance and administration. Hoover established himself as a leader in the nursing school, serving as director and then assistant dean of admission and student services and as associate dean of enrollment management and student affairs. Hoover came to Emory from Samford University in 2004.

Lynell Cadray joined the nursing school as assistant dean of admission and student services. She is the former assistant vice chancellor of enrollment services and director of admissions at Louisiana State University’s Paul Herbert Law Center. Prior to joining LSU, Cadray was assistant dean of admission and financial aid at Emory’s School 
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Elizabeth Powell, associate director of alumni and constituent relations, works with faculty, students, and alumni to plan and implement programs and projects that engage nursing alumni and friends of the school. Prior to joining Emory, she managed events and coordinated marketing and public relations for Kilpatrick Stockton of Atlanta. Powell is a graduate of the University of Georgia.

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As the associate chief nursing officer for nursing research and evidence-based practice at Emory Healthcare (EHC) and assistant dean for strategic initiatives in the School of Nursing, Susan Shapiro works with practitioners and faculty to build nursing research across EHC. Shapiro comes to Emory from the University of California, San Francisco, where she directed research and evidence-based practice in the nursing department at the Medical Center and was a nurse scientist at the Center for Nursing Research and Innovation. Her research focuses on the role of emergency nursing in hospital settings.

Professor Ann Rogers holds the Edith F. Honeycutt Chair in Nursing. An expert in sleep disorders and chronic disease management, she led the Staff Nurse Fatigue and Patient Safety Study, which changed nursing policies in clinical settings across the country.

Today, Rogers leads an NIH study to identify the relationship between reduced sleep duration and increased body mass index. This study will lay the groundwork for comparing weight loss among healthy obese adults who sleep more than 7.5 hours per night with those who sleep less than 6.5 hours.

Rogers plans to partner with the Emory Sleep Center in the School of Medicine. Prior to joining Emory, she taught and collaborated with researchers in the schools of nursing and medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

Clinical associate professor William Puentes holds dual appointments in the nursing school and at Wesley Woods Center. Puentes’ research focuses on the development and testing of “reminiscence therapy” for both well elderly people and those with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease. Before joining Emory, Puentes was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania.

Assistant professor Tami Thomas is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar and a pediatric nurse practitioner. Her research focuses on population-specific risk factors for sexually transmitted infections and the human papillomavirus vaccine. She also studies cervical cancer prevention, health promotion, and health disparities. Thomas previously served on the nursing faculty at the Medical College of Georgia.

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Eun Seok (Julie) Cha, assistant professor of nursing, specializes in community health nursing, health promotion, and disease prevention. Through her research, Cha seeks to prevent and delay the progression of chronic conditions through self-management strategies. She is interested in diverse applications of social cognitive theory and the role of self-efficacy in behavior change. Cha comes to Emory from the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, where she collaborated on studies of methods to improve medication adherence in persons with chronic disease.

After serving as a visiting scholar and fellow for several years, Judith Wold 81MN now holds the title of clinical professor. She leads the Farm Worker Family Health Program, providing health care for migrant workers in South Georgia each summer, and the Zimbabwe Human Resource Information System project, a collaboration with the CDC and Georgia Tech to enhance the African nation’s health workforce capacity. She is also the nurse education consultant for the Atlanta-Tbilisi Partnership in the Republic of Georgia. Wold is the former director of Georgia State University’s School of Nursing.

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