What’s New in Grants?

WSU College of Nursing had nine new proposals submitted in April.  Six proposals were submitted in Spokane, two in Vancouver, and one in Yakima. Three of these proposals were for internal funding.

If you will be a co-investigator on a proposal with someone in another department/college, please let Kathy Bridwell in the Nursing Research Office know. Also be sure that Kathy and Brett Oglesbee are on the eREX as department contacts, and Tamara Odom-Maryon is on the eREX as the college approver.

The Research Office is here to help you with your submission. Let us know as soon as you decide to apply as we can help you explore funding opportunities and set up regular meetings to support your submission. Contact Kathy Bridwell for more information.


Demetrius AbshireDana Dermody

Demetrius Abshire and Dana Dermody were awarded $10,000 for their project titled, “Transitioning Into the Community after Hospitalization: Improving Physical and Psychosocial Well-Being through Self-Management of Physical Activity in Patients with Cardiovascular Disease” from the Empire Health Foundation 2016 Rural Aging Responsive Grant Cycle.


Celestina Barbosa-LeikerMichele Shaw

Celestina Barbosa-Leiker and Michele Shaw received $30,000 for their project titled, “ESD 101 Alternatives to Suspension Project” from the Spokane Regional Health District.




Shelly Fritz

Shelly Fritz was awarded $4,800 from Washington State University Vancouver Mini-Grant for her project titled, “Smart Home Technology to Support Healthy Aging: Adding a Clinician In-the-Loop.”





At the poster session at the WSU Vancouver Research Showcase, two DNP students won the graduate poster sessions. Millicent Mbua won first place. Eunjin Lipton was in the top 3.

Marian Wilson

Marian Wilson won the 2016 Excellence in Nursing Research Award from Sigma Theta Tau Delta Chi Chapter-at-Large. She also was awarded $5,000 from the Inland Northwest Community Foundation for her project, “Evaluation of a Way Forward,” a chronic pain peer program.

Did we miss your good news? Please let us know so we can share in our next newsletter!

Research Wisdom

Grant Writing Uncovered: Maximizing Strategies, Help, Opportunities, Experiences (GUMSHOE)

offered by the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN)

Faculty from WSU attended the GUMSHOE program April 18-20th.  This is a competitive program that required an attendee to complete the National Research Mentoring Network application, provide a letter of support from the applicant’s institutional mentor, submit a one-page specific aims page, provide two letters of recommendation from academic professionals, and a current curriculum vitae.  Twenty-one faculty grant writers were invited to attend, including 19 from the Pullman and Spokane campuses of Washington State University. Among the five from the College of Nursing who attended were Celestina Barbosa-Leiker, Jo Ann Dotson, Janessa Graves, Sean Murphy and Marian Wilson.  Their review of their experience is at the end of this brief overview.

The 3 day workshop was just the beginning of the six month program.  Over the next several months, the grant writer will meet regularly with their assigned senior GUMSHOE mentor to draft, revise and finalize their grant application.  After the first month, each mentee is connected with a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Program Officer to get further feedback on the content and appropriate Institute for their application, thereby, strengthening their submission.  By the end of the six months, grant writers will have a strong application that is ready for submission.

The feedback is consistent: this program offers a unique and on target experience for any faculty looking to improve their grant writing skills and chances to receive funding.  The next program will be convened in Spokane on October 19, 20, and 21. For interested faculty, the complete applications are due September 26, 2016.  For information please click here.

Feedback from your colleagues:

“GUMSHOE was phenomenal. The information presented, the continuous reviews provided by the coaches and peers, and the mentoring really made this workshop seem like it will be a game-changer for my career. I highly recommend this workshop for all faculty members writing and/or reviewing grants-from junior faculty to full professors.” Celestina Barbosa-Leiker

“The Grantwriting Uncovered: Maximizing Strategy, Help, Opportunities, Experiences (GUMSHOE) admitted its second cohort of students at the WSU Spokane campus in April 2016.  Unlike many programs that support only the writing of a grant, this program lives up to its name by providing help and opportunities as well as the experiences of supportive mentors and guides to negotiate the NIH grant world.  Program directors Drs. Spero Manson (University of Colorado), Dedra Buchwald (Washington State University) and Robert Freishtat (George Washington University) direct this effort supported by the National Research Mentoring Network that links mentors with early career faculty mentees.  Mentees receive training and support from the directors and their coaches over a six month period.  Coaches provide their mentees with personalized input on their proposals and development via face to face or phone contacts routinely through the program.  The program is intended to 1) improve the junior faculty’s grant writing skills, 2) guide participants to develop and submit a proposal to NIH within six months, and 3) improve the likelihood that submitted grants will be scored and potentially funded.” JoAnn Dotson

As one of 21 of the April 2016 cohort, I feel extremely honored to have been included in the group, and look forward to developing and submitting a proposal. “With four other College of Nursing faculty members, I participated in the GUMSHOE program this week. It was an informative, fast-paced three days and I highly recommend it for all CON junior faculty. In the program, there was a strong focus on writing and revising specific aims, however, there was also didactic instruction, lots of time for questions, and substantial time dedicated to small groups working with a mentor/coach. The expertise and teaching style of the instructor team was impressive (prepared, supportive, and freely giving of their time).  I left campus at the end of the three intense days with renewed enthusiasm for grant writing and developing creative, collaborative, and interdisciplinary grant applications.  The up-coming six month coaching and writing process will undoubtedly continue to support this.”  Janessa Graves

“The workshop was great. The instructor and the coaches were very knowledgeable and friendly. In addition to gaining insight on how to improve each component of a proposal, we developed a deeper understanding of what goes on behind the scenes once the proposal has been submitted. Probably the most valuable part of the workshop was the amount of one-on-one attention we received during the breakout sessions with our coaches.” Sean Murphy

“This is exactly the sort of guidance I was hoping for a year ago as new faculty with no experience in seeking federal funding. I would strongly recommend that any new faculty who are expected to seek grant funding attend this workshop (and perhaps also senior faculty who do not feel adept at grant seeking or in mentoring others – they would likely learn some things, too). The workshop was full of great insiders’ tips and multiple opportunities for writing and feedback. I am looking forward to the ongoing mentoring and feedback from the senior faculty, but even without that I feel so much more prepared to submit, revise and resubmit grants than before.

Because I was also selected to attend the workshop by Peg Atkisson last year, I wanted to let you know I saw quite a difference in the style, and in my opinion, GUMSHOE has a better approach. Although that workshop was helpful as a starting point, GUMSHOE offered access to multiple, high-quality, highly-successful experts from many domains, not just one person’s point of view. I expect this will lead to overall better results in grant success. I also appreciated hearing from NIH program officers and learning more about their role and how to interact with them. This is information people may take for granted who have been in the business for a long time, but for new NIH grant writers, we really need and want this detailed, step-by-step instruction. We also need encouragement and for others to take an interest in our work, which was also provided generously by the GUMSHOE faculty. Dr. Freishtat, the main speaker each day was extremely entertaining and knowledgeable. The assigned coaches were excellent as well.

I would fully endorse encouraging others to make the commitment to attend GUMSHOE. I think this is a step in the right direction to increase faculty and overall university success in external funding. Thank you for supporting the workshop, and for supporting me in attending. Please feel free to share this feedback with any stakeholders who are in a position to make this offering available to faculty.”  Marian Wilson

Research FYI

The National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education, in collaboration with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The John A. Hartford Foundation, the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, is soliciting proposals designed to accelerate the development of creative, robust and sustainable interprofessional initiatives in which graduate nursing and one or more other professions actively learn and work together with individuals and their families in community-based clinical settings. Due 7/15/16, a full description can be found here.

Washington State University’s Vice president for Research has issued Guidance on Cannabis Research, Teaching, and Outreach Activities. For more information click here.

Providence IRB has made changes to the CITI training courses required prior to conducting research. For more information click here.

For those submitting proposals using the SF424 forms after May 24, there are some changes to the application forms. Please make yourself familiar with the new Forms D. Here are some of the changes to look for:

  • New – “Data Safety Monitoring Plan” attachment (if applicable)
  • Modular budget – indirect costs section changed to dynamically add indirect costs
  • New – PHS Assignment Request Form (optional)
  • Planned Enrollment Report and Cumulative Inclusion Enrollment Report are combined into one form; some new questions

Biodegradable antigen-associated PLG nanoparticles tolerize Th2-mediated allergic airway inflammation pre- and postsensitization found that in mice, there is a long-term and possible cure for asthma suffers.

The value of my PhD – Looking back one year after graduating, in a blog from naturejobs, and is an honest account of the realities of life after a PhD.

Depression in Nurses: The Unspoken Epidemic, “According to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative (INQRI), nurses experience clinical depression at twice the rate of the general public. Depression affects 9% of everyday citizens, but 18% of nurses experience symptoms of depression.”

Prepregnancy Body Mass Index and Infant Mortality in 38 U.S. States, 2012–2013 found that prepregancy weight significantly increased infant mortality rates.

Need help or a little motivation to write that manuscript, finish that grant?  Shut Up & Write Tuesdays may be the answer. Started in San Francisco, academics would meet at a coffee shop for quite focus and coffee all to meet the end of writing. The website offers a similar virtual experience to take advantage of group support and structure.

Research – Just for Fun

Vocal Recognition of Owners by Domestic Cats and Social referencing and cat-human communication found that cats are able to use vocal cues to distinguish between humans and that cats make behavior changes aligned with the emotional message delivered by their owners.


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Research Puzzle

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Recent Publications

Burley, M. H., Daratha, K. B., Tuttle, K., White, J. R., Wilson, M., Armstrong, K., . . . Selinger, S. (2016). Connecting Patients to Prescription Assistance Programs: Effects on Emergency Department and Hospital Utilization. Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy, 1-7. doi:10.18553/jmcp.2016.15282

Colorafi, K. (2016). Connected Health: A Review of the Literature. mHealth, 2(13), 1-15. DOI:10.21037/mhealth.2016.03.09

Behtold D, Salvatierra GG, Bulley E, Cypro A, Daratha KB. . Geographic Variation in Treatment and Outcomes among Patients with AMI: Investigating Urban-Rural Differences Among Hospitalized Patients. J Rural Health. 2015 Dec 3. PMID: 26633577

Olson DJ, Gore JL, Daratha KB, Roberts KP. Travel Burden and Direct Medial Costs of Urologic Surgery.JHEOR 2016;4(1):47-54.

Fritz, R.L., Corbett, C.L., Vandermause, R., & Cook, D. (2016). The influence of culture on older adults’ adoption of smart home monitoring. Gerontechnology, 14(3), 146-156. doi:10.4017/gt.2016.

Klein TA, Panther S, Woo t, Odom-Maryon T, Daratha K. Childhood Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Prescribing by Prescriber Type and Specialty in Oregon Medicaid. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology (in press).

Did we miss your publication? Please let us know so we can share next in the next newsletter! Please send a link to your publication to Kathy Bridwell so she can post it on the research publications board.

Recent Presentations

Washington State University, College of Nursing was well represented this year at the annual Western Institute of Nursing (WIN) conference, held in Anaheim, CA.  For a complete list of those who participated please click here.

Holliday, C., Barbosa-Leiker, C., Wynne, M., Ford, C., Numkena, N., Paul. R., & Katz, J. R. (2015).

Lederhos, C., Ramsay, S., Fletcher, J., Branen, L. (2016, April) Intergenerational transmission of feeding practices and styles: Adult-controlled or cooperative feeding in parent-child relationships across generations. Poster presented at the Inland Northwest Research Symposium, Spokane, WA.

Orr, M., Lederhos, C., Martin, S., Roll, J., & McPherson, S. (2016, April) A Methodology for Understanding Relative Reinforcement in Co-Addiction Treatment: An Example with Alcohol and Tobacco Use. Poster presented at the Inland Northwest Research Symposium, Spokane, WA.

Mbua M, Doutrich D, Phalen B. A quality improvement project to improve care coordination and reduce hospital readmission in patients with chronic illnesses. Poster session presented at WSU Vancouver Research Showcase; 2016 April 14, Vancouver WA.

Murphy, S.M., Polsky, D. (In press). Economic evaluations of opioid use disorder interventions. PharmacoEconomics. doi: 10.1007/s40273-016-0400-5

Lee, J.D., Friedmann, P.D., Kinlock, T.W., Nunes, E.V., Boney, T.Y., Hoskinson, Jr., R.A., Wilson, D., McDonald, R., Rotrosen, J., Gourevitch, M.N., Gordon, M., Fishman, M., Chen, D.T., Bonnie, R.J., Cornish, J.W., Murphy, S.M., O’Brien, C.P. (2016). Extended-release naltrexone to prevent opioid relapse in criminal justice offenders. New England Journal of Medicine, 74, 1232-1242. doi:10.1056/NEJMoa1505409

Murphy, S.M., Campbell A.N.C., Ghitza U.E., Kyle T.L., Bailey G.L., Nunes E.V., Polsky D., (2016). Cost-effectiveness of an internet-delivered treatment for substance abuse: data from a multisite randomized controlled trial. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 161, 119-126. doi:10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2016.01.021

Nguyen-Truong, C.K. Y., Hsiao, C., Le, T. V., Tang, J., & Cheang, S. (to present on May 14, 2016). Unfolding Stories on the Spiral Model of Learning and the Empowerment Process in the Vietnamese Women’s Health Project. Creative Arts & Storytelling Presentation. Community-Campus Partnerships for Health 14th International Conference: Journey to Justice: Creating Change Through Partnerships. New Orleans, LA.

Nguyen-Truong, C., Lee-Lin, F., Hassouneh, D., Hsiao, C., Le, T. V., & Tang, J. (to present on April 28, 2016). Delayed or Not to be Screened for Cervical Cancer Among Vietnamese Women – Provider and Client Communication Interaction Approach. Electronic Poster Presentation. Oncology Nursing Society 41st Annual Congress. San Antonio, TX.

Nguyen-Truong, C., Hsiao, C., & Tang, J. (to present on April 29, 2016). Community Interactive Research Workshop Series – Community Members Engaged as Team Teachers to Conduct Research. Podium Presentation. Oncology Nursing Society 41st Annual Congress. San Antonio, TX.

Schiavenato, M. Notes from the trenches: Early stage company commercialization paths. [Invited, Panel Member]. 9th Annual Life Science Leadership Summit. March 31, 2016; Spokane, WA.

 McCabe, M., Ward, L. D., & Ricciardi, C. (2016). Web-based assessment of genomic knowledge among practicing nurses: A validation study. Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, 47(4), 189-196.

 Wilson, M., Barbosa-Leiker, C., Mason, A., Graham, K., Shuen, J.A., Wilson, M. “Testing an internet-based depression management program for people with chronic illnesses and depressive symptoms”, Inland Northwest Research Symposium, Spokane, WA, April 2016.

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Helpful and Interesting Links

National Institute of Health (NIH) News & Events – This month they highlight the results of a large multinational trial that found a vaginal ring provides partial protection from HIV.

The National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)News and Notes” – This month they present the NINR Workshop for Midcareer Scientists at Regional Nursing Research Society Conferences.

The NIH Extramural News is a blog written to address current issues related to research and NIH – This month they highlight the pending pending changes to NIH application forms.

Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) continues to provide funding and resources for improving access to health care. This month they remind us of the importance of organ donation.

Science Daily features breaking news and videos about the latest discoveries in health, technology, the environment, and more – from major news services and leading universities, scientific journals, and research organizations. – This month they share results from a study that found a breakthrough in understanding human skin cells offers a pathway for new anti-ageing treatments.

WSU Informer: Funding Opportunities Resource


Puzzle key: confidence, control, covariate, deviation “…in a footnote!”