News Category: Research

Baby Steps in Genetic Research May Lead to Prevention of Preterm Births

Sept. 14, 2021

AUSTIN, Texas — It has long been known that the earlier a baby is born, the higher the risk of death or serious disability. Approximately one in 10 babies are born too early in the United States every year. In a recent study, researchers investigated one source — the vaginal microbiome — to look for solutions.

Three University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing students awarded grant from Jonas Philanthropies

Sept. 3, 2021

AUSTIN, Texas — Three UT Austin nursing doctoral students have been selected for the 2021–2023 Jonas Nursing and Veterans Healthcare scholar cohort. As such, they are among 76 of the nation’s most promising doctoral nursing scholars who are addressing the country’s most pressing health care challenges, according to Jonas Philanthropies.


Mobilizing Volunteers to Help Immunize the Austin Community

May 6, 2021

Meet Li-Chen Lin, PhD, RN, CNRN, and a UT Austin School of Nursing Clinical Assistant Professor of Adult Health Nursing. Dr. Lin (MSN ’03, PHD ’09) has focused her research on nurse’s work environments, resilience, role transitions, as well as quality and safety in healthcare. Her current projects aim to examine resilience among nurses working in long term care or rehabilitation settings and to investigate whether demographics, professional quality of life, and sleep quality are significant predictors of nurses’ resilience.

Filling Knowledge Gaps in Self-Management Research

May 6, 2021

Meet Heather Cuevas, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, FCNS. Dr. Cuevas (MSN ’03, PHD ’13) is a UT Austin School of Nursing assistant professor with a research focus on how cognitive problems interact with chronic illness, and how this interaction contributes to challenges with self-management and health in patients with type 2 diabetes. Her background as a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) encompasses diagnosis, treatment and management of a variety of endocrine disorders in the outpatient setting.

Fostering Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Within the Classroom

May 6, 2021

Meet Danica Sumpter, PhD, RN, UT Austin School of Nursing Clinical Assistant Professor, and one of this year’s Macy Faculty Scholars. Dr. Sumpter (BSN ’01) has been recognized for her innovations in teaching and was named a University Provost’s Teaching Fellow in 2019.

Ushering in our First Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Cohort

May 6, 2021

Meet Brittany Christiansen, DNP, APRN, CPNP-PC/AC, FNP-C, AE-C, CNE, Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of the Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program at The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing. Dr. Christiansen (MSN ’11, DNP ’17) was selected for the 2020 Novice Faculty Excellence in Clinical Teaching Award by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and received the 2020 Dean’s Excellence Award for Service at The UT Austin School of Nursing.

Study Finds that Sustained Care Intervention During Psychiatric Hospitalization Helps Individuals Quit Smoking for Extended Period After Hospital Discharge

May 5, 2021

AUSTIN, Texas — People with psychiatric disorders consume almost half (44.3%) of all cigarettes smoked in the U.S. and have lifespans 25 to 32 years shorter than the general population. Cigarette smoking is a major contributor to this reduced lifespan.

Faculty Serve in Kenya During the Pandemic

March 26, 2021

In addition to education, skills, and experience, nursing faculty need to be nimble, resourceful, and able to change directions quickly.

Faculty Member Selected as Macy Foundation Scholar Develops Anti-Racist Toolkit for Health Professions Educators

Nov. 10, 2020

Danica Fulbright Sumpter, PhD, RN, was washing dishes in her kitchen when a report on NPR about maternal mortality rates aired, and the story of a young Black woman who had died during childbirth, caused her to stop what she was doing.

Unique T32 Training Program Will Prepare Nurse Scientists to Provide Precision Health

Nov. 9, 2020

The UT Austin School of Nursing recently launched a new National Institutes of Health-funded T32 transdisciplinary predoctoral training program to provide future nurse scientists with critical skills and knowledge to develop and implement innovative, effective, and personalized interventions for the growing number of individuals struggling with multiple chronic conditions (MCCs).