Phyllis Sharps honored for her commitment to diversity

Vinciya Pandian, Lauren Parker, Natalie Regier, and Janiece Taylor also recently recognized

Phyllis Sharps

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Phyllis Sharps, the Elsie M. Lawler Professor in the Department of Community-Public Health and associate dean for community programs and initiatives, was a finalist for the Provost's Prize for Faculty Excellence in Diversity and received a $10,000 honorarium. She was chosen for mentoring and supporting students, particularly minorities, and for her research in maternal and child health, which has led to effective interventions for vulnerable populations in the community.

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Vinciya Pandian, an assistant professor in the Department of Acute and Chronic Care, was inducted into the Sigma Nu Tau Entrepreneurship Honor Society. Nurse Entrepreneurs use their nursing education and business background to start ventures within the health care industry. Pandian has been collaborating with the Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering and mentoring Johns Hopkins Center for Bioengineering Innovation and Design students to develop clinical products that address nursing intervention needs.

Lauren Parker, a principal faculty member in the School of Nursing's Center for Innovative Care in Aging and an assistant scientist in the Bloomberg School of Public Health's Department of Health, Behavior and Society, has received a Research Supplement to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research from the National Institute on Aging. The research will examine the impact of adult day services on subjective and physiological measures of stress among black caregivers for a family member with dementia.

Natalie Regier, a research associate in the Department of Community-Public Health, received the NIH Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award (K23) for her project "Meaningful Activity Intervention for Individuals With Early-Stage Dementia: Involving the End User in Intervention Design." Through the grant, Regier will seek to improve dementia care and treatment planning by addressing the lack of research on interventions, specifically among persons with early-stage dementia and those frequently excluded from intervention research.

Janiece Taylor, an assistant professor in the Department of Community-Public Health, received a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Grant for her project "Communication Behaviors and Development of Pain and Depressive Symptoms Intervention Among Older African American Women."

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