My job

‘Nursing can’t be done alone’

When and why did you develop an interest in research? After completing my master’s thesis at Emory University in Georgia, United States, I realised that I enjoyed the precise and methodological approach of scientists in their pursuit of answering compelling health problems. I started out interested in children’s health and engagement of their families and I have maintained that initial interest in promoting health and preventing disease in children.

Write constantly and build collaborations, advises Linda McCauley, Dean of the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University

Who has been most influential in your career as a nurse and as a researcher?

My mother was a nurse and encouraged my love of healthcare, and supported my interest in providing people with the tools needed to stay healthy or cope with medical issues. A second influence was meeting epidemiologist Barbara Valanis (senior investigator emeritus for the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research in the US) through my doctoral programme. She inspired me to balance nursing and environmental science, taught me how to write successful grant applications and the importance of dissemination of knowledge. I am fortunate to have had many mentors in my professional career, but these two were the most influential.

Of your published research, which do you think


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