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Fellowship Training Program

Multiple Morbidities in Vulnerable Populations: Nurse Scientist Training

Shirley M. Moore, Program Director

Predoctoral and postdoctoral fellowships that provide full tuition, stipend, health insurance and travel and book allowances are available in our Institutional National Research Service Award (T32), which is funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research, National Institutes of Health.

Goals and Objectives of the Training Program

These two-year traineeships prepare nurse scientists who are equipped to study the complex systems comprising and influencing the health of vulnerable populations with multiple morbidities. This innovative training program is based on complexity theory and emphasizes mixed methods and team approaches to conducting inquiry. With the guidance of a strong research mentorship program, fellows learn design and analytic approaches that stem from theoretical frameworks reflecting the complexity of humans and health. Fellows trained in this paradigm will learn not only philosophical underpinnings but also how to use complexity theory and mixed methods to frame and pose research questions, collect and analyze data, and interpret findings.

Learning objectives for trainees include:

  • Integrate theory and research from nursing and other disciplines to examine phenomena relevant to multiple morbidities in vulnerable populations.
  • Generate knowledge to extend and expand nursing science relevant to multiple morbidities in vulnerable populations.
  • Design, implement, and disseminate culturally-relevant research on vulnerable populations with multiple morbidities.
  • Provide leadership in enhancing and evaluating the impact of nursing research on nursing practice and health care policy.


All applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent resident status.

Predoctoral fellowship applicants must meet all requirements for and be accepted into the PhD program at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University. Postdoctoral trainees must show evidence of completion of an earned research doctorate (PhD, DNS, etc.). Doctoral training in nursing is preferred but not required. Postdoctoral trainees who hold a PhD in another discipline will be required to show proficiency in doctoral level nursing science.

Training Components

The program consists of: coursework, training seminars, supervised research practicum and independent research. Faculty members include nationally and internationally known, seasoned investigators and several promising newer investigators in nursing, medicine, epidemiology, physiology, sociology and psychology. Their individual and collective research gives ample opportunity for collaborative and independent investigation by the pre and post doctoral fellows.

Predoctoral Coursework

Two predoctoral coursework program options are available for obtaining a PhD under this training program: (1) a traditional format program for individuals who are MSN-prepared and (2) a BSN to PhD program for baccalaureate prepared nurses. Coursework for each of the PhD programs is described here.

All predoctoral trainees supported by this Institutional NRSA will undertake full time study. Specific to this training program, trainees will take two courses in addition to the usual PhD coursework and select program electives that support a program of research study addressing multiple morbidities in vulnerable populations. The additional courses are: NURS 615 Topical Seminar “Design Complexity,” a course that addresses complexity theory and its use in research, and PSCL 400 - Ethics for Professional Researchers . Additionally, students will be required to take topical seminars and statistical and methodological electives selected specifically to support this training program.

Postdoctoral Training

Postdoctoral training will consist of two years of full-time study. The program of study will be individualized and based on the fellow’s stated objectives for the training period and the advice of the fellow’s faculty mentor. Activities to be supported under this program include coursework and/or independent study with faculty members, in addition to research experiences that will enable the fellows to meet their stated objectives.

Postdoctoral trainees are expected to devote at least one-half time to research activities. Coursework will be selected as needed to enable the fellows to meet their stated objectives. A planned program of study and objectives for the training period will be developed early in the first semester of full-time postdoctoral study in consultation with the faculty mentor (see list of potential faculty mentors and their areas of research below). Postdoctoral fellows will be encouraged to take seminars focused on Complexity Design and Minority Health and Health Disparities research. Postdoctoral fellows will assume an independent research training role guided by the faculty mentor. Postdoctoral fellows also will be expected to disseminate their findings through presentations and manuscripts.

Research Seminars

Pre- and postdoctoral fellows will be expected to attend and participate in a biweekly research lecture series and monthly Journal Club meetings. Interdisciplinary research training opportunities at Case-affiliated hospitals also are available to all NRSA fellows. Using complexity theory as an overriding framework, the seminars and journal club sessions will focus on the translation of conceptual models of multiple fields and the integration of interdisciplinary perspectives, methodologies, and levels of analyses.

Training Faculty and Their Research Areas

Faculty Name

Research Areas


Shirley Moore
Recovery Following Cardiac Events; Health Behavior Change; Exercise Following Cardiac Events; Electronic Nursing Care; Gender Differences and Elder Recovery Following Cardiac Events


Barb Daly
End of Life Issues; Long-term Ventilation; Caregiving in Chronic Illness; Health Care Outcomes and Costs; Disease Management of the Chronically Ill


Marion Good
Study of Complementary Nursing Therapies for Pain and Stress: Acute Pain; Relaxation and Music for Postoperative Pain; Stress and Immunity; Integrated Research Reviews


Patricia Higgins
Adult Failure to Thrive; Long-term Ventilator Patients; Geriatrics; Philosophic Inquiry


Susan Ludington
Kangaroo Care; Physiologic Responses to Skin-to-Skin Care; Infant Stimulation; Early Development Issues


Judith Maloni
Pregnancy; Bedrest and High Risk Pregnancy; Effects on Inactivity and Exercise


Carol Musil
Health, Stress, Coping, and Family Functioning of Grandmothers by Caregiver Status; Stress, Mental and Physical Health of Community Dwelling Older Adults by Caregiver Status; Methodological Issues


Jaclene Zauszniewski
Promoting Resourcefulness in Maintaining Health and Functioning of Elders; Preventing and Treating Depression Across the Life Span; Instrument Development and Psychometrics; Informal Caregiving for Persons with Behavioral Problems


Faye Gary
Prevention of Mental Health Disorders; High Risk Behaviors; Homeless and Runaway Youth; Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity in Children; Depression in African-Americans


Elizabeth Madigan
Home Health Care Issues; International Health Care Issues; Resource Use and Patient Outcomes of Chronically Ill; Re-Hospitalization; Health Services Research


Amy Zhang
Psychosocial Behavioral Studies of Patients with Cancer; Depression in Cancer Patients; Quality of Life in Cancer Patients; Intervention to Urinary Incontinence of Prostate Cancer Survivors; Cancer Disparities


Nahida Gordon
Statistical Analysis


Sara Douglas
Long-term Ventilation; Caregiving in Chronic Critical Illness; Health Care Outcomes; and Disease Management of Chronically Critically Ill


Fellowship awards include full tuition, stipends for living expenses consistent with NIH guidelines (, family or individual health care insurance coverage, and travel and book allowances.

Application Procedures

Fellows will be accepted for support starting in either the fall or spring academic semesters. Applications must be received by April 1 for the fall semester and November 1 for the spring semester. Applicants must submit a letter indicating interest in applying for the fellowship, a one-page letter indicating the fit of their training objectives with the objectives of this training program, and their curriculum vita. Submit application materials to:

Program Director ( or

Shirley M. Moore, RN, PhD, FAAN
Professor of Nursing and Associate Dean for Research
Bolton School of Nursing
Case Western Reserve University
10900 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44106-4904

For more information, contact:

Dr. Shirley Moore: or 216-368-5978

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Research Information


Associate Dean for Research:

Shirley M. Moore, PhD, RN, FAAN

Assistant Dean for Research:

Sara L. Douglas, PhD, RN

Assistant Dean for Research Administration:

Margaret Roudebush

Assistant Director:

Sally Garrett Karyo

Center for Research & Scholarship Department Assistant:

Danielle Bunkley

Center for Research & Scholarship Department Assistant:

Hollie McGivern

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