PhD Student Awarded National Research Service Award

June 17, 2011 — A Doctoral student at the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies has been awarded the prestigious Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) for Individual Pre-doctoral Fellows in Nursing Research (F31) from the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR).

Aubrey Florom-Smith, a PhD student, applied for the NIH research grant to study a stress process model. “This research service award and project is a dream come true, allowing me to begin my career exploring an area of vital importance with so many unanswered questions.”

According to Florom-Smith, “gay and bisexual men with HIV infection may experience discrimination that negatively impacts their health. My dissertation will test a stress process model predicting depression and high risk sexual behavior. By looking at the pathways between different forms of discrimination and the outcomes of depression and high risk sexual behavior, within the context of social support and life events, I hope to better understand the possible influence of discrimination on these outcomes, and also to possibly identify potential points of entry for future intervention development.”

School of Nursing and Health Studies Dean and Professor Nilda (Nena) P. Peragallo Montano, DrPH, RN, FAAN, says “we are proud to see Aubrey moving forward with final approval for the Ruth L. Kirschstein Research Service Award. This is exactly the type of research project we want our PhD students to be involved in and the experience of working with the NIH will provide an outstanding learning experience and foundation for Aubrey’s future program of research development.”

The purpose of this program is to train future generations of outstanding nurse scientists who are committed to research careers in scientific health-related fields relevant to the programmatic interests of the NINR. This funding opportunity application encourages Individual Pre-doctoral Fellowship applications from institutions/organizations that propose to increase the number of nurses prepared with a doctoral degree in order to meet the demands for adequately trained behavioral, biological and bio-behavioral scientists.

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