Centers & Initiatives

AMEN Team

African American Mental Health and Wellness (AMEN) Program

The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing and Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (DDCE) are partnering with the City of Austin, Mt. Zion Baptist Church, and Rehoboth Baptist Church to develop the AMEN - African American Mental Health and Wellness Program with a new initiative to support the mental and physical health of African American residents.

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Assisted Living Facility (ALF) Quality of Care Study

The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing has partnered with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) to conduct a study of assisted living facility (ALF) residents. This study will focus on quality of care and quality of life in Texas ALF’s across the state. Representative administrators and residents from 300 urban/metro ALF’s as well as 150 ALF’s located in rural counties will be surveyed.

Dr. Nico Osier

BioBehavioral Laboratory

The BioBehavioral Laboratory provides state-of-the art laboratory services for researchers. These services are available to faculty at The University of Texas at Austin. The laboratory has state-of-the-art equipment to do many kinds of testing: immunological, endocrine, as well as genetics.

Cancer Neuroscience Laboratory

Brain Health Neuroscience Laboratory

The Brain Health Neuroscience Laboratory at The University of Texas at Austin seeks to improve the lives of patients with chronic medical conditions by studying how diseases and their treatments affect brain health including cognition, sleep, mood and stress.

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Center for Excellence in Aging Services and Long Term Care

The Center for Excellence in Aging Services and Long Term Care provides education and training to providers who work in long term care settings and lay learners interested in long term service and supports (LTSS). The partnership between the School of Nursing and the Health and Human Services Commission aims to share research based geriatric and disability best practices to improve the quality of care for all Texans in long term care.

TCRSS Team

Center for Health Equity Research (HER)

The Health Equity Research Center’s mission is to provide an environment that strengthens and expands collaborative intervention research in nursing and related disciplines by developing, testing, evaluating and disseminating innovative self-management solutions to improve patient-centered care and health outcomes of people with chronic conditions.

IPE team

Center for Health Interprofessional Practice and Education (IPE)

The Center for Health Interprofessional Practice and Education (IPE) leads The University of Texas at Austin’s efforts to transform health professions education by promoting innovative learning experiences, disseminating best practices, convening key health and education stakeholders, and championing impact-driven scholarship.

Community Health Worker Institute

Community Health Worker (CHW) Institute

The Community Health Worker (CHW) Institute was established to improve the quality of life and health outcomes of underserved populations/communities in Central Texas focused on health promotion, chronic disease self-management, mental health and women's health.

Digital Heart Health

Digital Heart Health

At the Digital Heart Health, we explore a combination of digital tools to provide support for knowledge and behavior for heart failure self-care by older adults over 55 years living in the community. We study how digital tools can provide information and support behaviors for taking better care of your heart condition.

NightRest Study Research Team

NightRest Study

Nighttime agitation causes suffering for people with dementia, distresses caregivers, and often results in prescriptions for harmful antipsychotic medications. A sleep disorder, restless legs syndrome (RLS), may be causing nighttime agitation. The study will investigate if treatment of RLS with the FDA-approved medication, gabapentin enacarbil (Horizant®), improves sleep and reduces nighttime agitation, restless legs syndrome symptoms, and the use of antipsychotic medications.

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Project HEALING

The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing, in collaboration with generous funding from the Neuropathy Alliance of Texas, is conducting a study to learn more about the experiences of people with peripheral neuropathy (PN). The purpose of this study is to better understand what is important to people with neuropathy.

CHPR Conference

St. David’s Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research in Underserved Populations

The Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research in Underserved Populations was established in 1999. In August of 2011, the St. David’s Foundation made a gift to the School of Nursing to create a permanent endowment to support the Center. In recognition of this gift, the Center was renamed the St. David’s Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research in Underserved Populations. The mission of the center is to improve the health of underserved people through applied research.

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Stress, Coping and Health in Motherhood Study

Researchers Lorraine Walker, EdD, RN, and Nicole Murry, PhD, RN, from The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing are conducting a study using an online survey to better understand stress, coping, and health among mothers of infants and young children between 2 and 22 months of age.