Two SONHS Faculty Honored as “RWJF Nursing Scholars”


The School of Nursing and Health Studies is honored to have two Assistant Professors, Rosa Gonzalez-Guarda PhD, MSN, MPH, RN, and Martin Schiavenato, PhD, RN, recognized for their outstanding academic accomplishments.

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In a nationwide effort to reduce the shortage of nurse educators in our country, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) every year identifies 12 to 15 junior faculty who show “outstanding promise as future leaders in academic nursing” through its Nurse Faculty Scholars program. The School of Nursing and Health Studies is honored to have two: Assistant Professor, Rosa Gonzalez-Guarda PhD, MSN, MPH, RN,selected this year; and Martin Schiavenato, PhD, RN, selected in 2009. Both are being recognized for their outstanding academic accomplishments.
Rosa Gonzalez-Guarda, who served on the prestigious Institute of Medicine (IOM) and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) “Future of Nursing Committee”, will develop, implement and test an intervention program for preventing teen dating violence among Hispanics. “Being named a RWJF Nurse Faculty Scholar is a huge honor,” Gonzalez-Guarda said. “As a Nurse Faculty Scholar, I am looking forward to being connected to other scholars as well as an extraordinary network of mentors and resources. I am thrilled because so many of my professional role models through the years have had a connection to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Under the program’s guidance, I hope to become a better faculty member and leader in my institution and area of research.”
For her research project, JOVEN: Juntos Opuestos a la Violencia Entre Novios [Together Against Teen Dating Violence, 2011-2014] Gonzalez-Guarda will develop a community-based participatory intervention addressing the prevention of teen dating violence among Hispanic ninth graders. “Hispanic youth are at a higher risk for teen dating violence and in the future face greater risk of domestic violence,” Gonzalez-Guarda said. “From my previous experiences working to prevent domestic violence in the community, I know that this work is important to the health of the Hispanics and the country more broadly.”
Along with Gonzalez-Guarda, Martin Schiavenato’s clinical background is in neonatal and pediatric critical care. Schiavenato is particularly interested in the ways that technology can aid in pain assessment. He was funded by the RWJF Nurse Faculty Scholars program in 2009 for his research project, Developing a multidimensional pain-detection device for neonates and will work until 2012 to develop a bedside device to measure pain in premature infants. His research interests lie in the application of technology to assess pain in vulnerable groups such as premature infants and other pediatric and non-verbal patient populations.
Schiavenato’s laboratory applies novel tools to interpret physiologic and behavioral signals including facial expressions, in an attempt to decipher the presence and intensity of pain in humans who are unable to communicate it. His interdisciplinary lab brings together scientists, clinicians and students representing diverse fields such as nursing, biomedical engineering, psychology and medicine.
Schiavenato and Gonzalez-Guarda each receive a three-year $350,000 Nurse Faculty Scholar award from RWJF. They are two examples of the outstanding nurse educators on the faculty at the School of Nursing and Health Studies who are making a difference in the future of nursing by utilizing research skills, and education to improve patient care across our country.

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