Research Office

Coug Nurse Scholarly Review is WSU College of Nursing’s newsletter covering faculty research and efforts to improve health and healthcare through scholarly inquiry and investigation.

What’s New in Grants?

The College of Nursing and Nursing/Community Health investigators, in either the PI role or Co-I role, submitted three new proposals in August, totaling $2,353,890 in requested funds:

PI: Sterling McPherson, Co-Is: Celestina Barbosa-Leiker, Matt Layton, Mike McDonell, John Roll, Kawkab Shishani. Behavioral Pharmacotherapeutic Treatment for Alcohol and Tobacco Coaddiction. NIH. $2,290,684.

PI: Lonnie Nelson, Co-I: Dedra Buchwald. The First Annual Summit on Urban Native Elder Health and Health Care. NIH/NIGMS. $49,718.

PIs: Cindy Corbett, Josh Neumiller, Co-I: Brian Gates. Preserving Self: Empowering Older Persons Who Take Multiple Medications. WSU Fdn/Empire Health Foundation. $13,488.


Five new awards were received by College of Nursing and Nursing/Community Health/Health Policy Administration investigators in August, totaling $3,328,425 in funding:

PI: Dedra Buchwald, Co-I: Ka’imi Sinclair. Diet Intervention for Hypertension: Adaptation and Dissemination to Native Communities. NIH/NHLBI. $636,433.

PI: Dedra Buchwald, Co-Is: Lonnie Nelson, Ka’imi Sinclair. Native Elder Research Center. University of Colorado Denver: subcontract on NIH. $146,804.

PI: Dedra Buchwald, Co-Is: Amanda Boyd, Clemma Muller, Sean Murphy, Ka’imi Sinclair. Native-Controlling Hypertension And Risk through Technology (Native-CHART). NIH/NIMHHD. $2,078,480.

PI: Megan Moore & Joana Ramos. Co-Is: Carmen Gonzalez, Janessa Graves, Nathalia Jimenez, Martine Pierre-Louis, Monica Vavilala. Addressing Language Needs to Improve the Health Care Access and Utilization by Latinos in Washington (WA) State. Latino Center for Health, University of Washington (UW).

PI: Ka’imi Sinclair, Co-I: Lonnie Nelson. Strong Men, Strong Communities: Cultural Tradition to Improve Native Men’s Health. NIH/NIDDK. $466,708.

Other Good News

Linda Ward received the 2016 ISONG Founder’s Award for Excellence in Genomic Nursing Education at this year’s International Society of Nurses in Genetics (ISONG)’s annual congress.

Research Wisdom

Cindy Corbett, Associate Dean of Research

Colleagues, during the past four months, I’ve had the opportunity to participate in three NIH review groups and one joint NSF/NIH review group.  These experiences affirmed that the competition is stiff and the bar is very high. NIH funding has remained level since 2003 despite inflation and increasing numbers of applicants. In fact, at the NINR meeting I attended in May, the scientific review officer displayed the graph below and jokingly or (not?) stated this is why he now worked at NIH versus continuing his own career as an investigator. The graph shows that over a five year period, unique applicants have increased significantly from ~60,000 to ~90,000 investigators, but the number of awards during those same five year periods have remained virtually unchanged (see the full article with additional graphs).

Thus, to obtain NIH funding, we are challenged to submit virtually flawless applications. One strategy for doing so is to seek internal peer review on near-final drafts of your proposals.  I recently asked for internal peer review for a R21 proposal that was being resubmitted after a fairly good score in the prior submission.  We received important feedback to strengthen the revised proposal despite that fact that the team thought it was pretty strong before we asked for internal review.

The Research Office has an interactive template that can help you establish a writing timeline that includes time for internal peer review.  We can send it to you and/or help you complete it.  We can also help suggest or obtain internal reviewers. More good reasons to contact us as soon as you know you’ll be submitting a grant application!

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Research Spotlight

Marian Wilson studies opioid dependence in people with chronic pain. She is also recruiting patients from the methadone clinic for a study exploring non-pharmacologic methods of managing pain such as cognitive behavioral therapy, relaxation/meditation, and physical exercise.

Using an online pain self-management program, patients can choose and integrate alternative therapies while tracking their progress in decreasing both pain and the associated need for opioid use. Wilson says the program has shown positive results in prior studies.

“Fifty percent of our methadone clients have legitimate medical problems like cancer or rheumatoid arthritis that got them started on pain pills in the first place,” says Matt Layton, a fellow researcher.

Wilson agrees and said, “Serious gaps remain in understanding how the transition from ‘pain patient’ to ‘addict’ occurs.” As a result, people with chronic pain are often stigmatized and have difficulty in receiving appropriate care.”

Click hear to read the full article, The Epidemic, in the Washington State Magazine, by Rebecca Phillips.

Research FYI

Turn the Tide is the Surgeon General’s call to end the opioid crisis in the United States.  Click here to read Vivek H. Murthy’s (19th U.S. Surgeon General) letter and if inclined, sign the petition.

The WSU Office of Research and the Thomas S. Foley Institute for Public Policy & Public Service welcomes you to a day focused on the opportunities and constraints of cannabis research at Washington State University on Friday, September 30.  Robert MacCoun, who is the James and Patricia Kowel Professor of Law at Stanford Law School, will provide the keynote address and three panels will be followed by a summary session.  For more information click here.

Did you know you can upload all your manuscripts into The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI)?  Once you have all your manuscripts uploaded and categorized, the same site will generate an NIH formatted biosketch for you.  Check out the site here.

Washington State University Social & Economic Sciences Research Center will be offering Survey Design Clinics in fall 2016.  They accept walk in consultations only. Learn more.

Washington State University Office of Research Support and Operations is offering six How To series during the fall semester.  Learn more. 

The National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) is pleased to announce it is now accepting applications for its 2017 Graduate Partnerships Program. Click here for full details.

Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) has a blog and this month they delve into the obstacle of Engaging Clinicians in Patient-Centered Research.  Their helpful advice, while applicable to patient-centered research, is a good model for all research partners.

Higher Minimum Wages Lead to Healthier Newborns, According to Two New Studies by Elissa Strauss explores two articles with very similar findings; as minimum wage increases so do birth weights.  Additional improved outcomes included; increased fetal growth, reduced postnatal mortality, and maternal factors such as an increase in prenatal care and a decrease in smoking.

ScienceDaily shared research out of the University of Virginia in American Liberals and Conservatives Think as if from Different Cultures(T. Talhelm, J. Haidt, S. Oishi, X. Zhang, F. F. Miao, S. Chen.) Liberals Think More Analytically (More “WEIRD”) Than Conservatives. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 2014; 41 (2): 250 DOI:10.1177/0146167214563672).  An interesting read in how we form and evolve in our political thinking.

Research – Just for Fun

Face expression of lazy child to eat salad. shot in the kitchen room

Make a Face! Implicit and Explicit Measurement of Facial Expressions Elicited by Orange Juices Using Face Reading Technology,” Lukas Danner, Liudmila Sidorkina, Max Joechl, and Klaus Duerrschmid, Food Quality and Preference, vol. 32B, 2013, pp. 167–172, and “Consumer Facial Expression in Relation to Smoked Ham With the Use of Face Reading Technology. The Methodological Aspects and Informative Value of Research Results,” Eliza Kostyra, Bożena Waszkiewicz-Robak, Wacław Laskowski, Tadeusz Blicharski, and Ewa Poławska, Meat Science, vol. 119, September 2016, pp. 22–31 had conflicting findings regarding the relationship between the product and the expression.

Research Funnies



Research Puzzle

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Recent Publications

Altman, M. & Brinker, D. (2016). Nursing social entrepreneurship leads to positive change. Nursing Management 47(7): 28-32.

Sprint, G., Cook, D., Fritz, R. Schmitter-Edgecombe, M. (2016) Detecting health and behavior change by analyzing smart home sensor data. 2016 IEEE International Conference on Smart Computing (SMARTCOMP). Conference Paper. doi:10.1109/SMARTCOMP.2016.7501687.

Dyck, D.G., Weeks, D.L., Gross, S., Smith, C.L., Lott, H.A., Wallace, A.J., & Wood, S.M. (2016). Comparison of two psycho-educational family group interventions for improving psycho-social outcomes in persons with spinal cord injury and their caregivers: a randomized-controlled trial of multi-family group intervention versus an active education control condition. BMC psychology, 4(1), 1.

Graves, J. M., & Klein, T. A. (2016). Nurse Practitioners’ Comfort in Treating Work-Related Injuries in Adolescents.(June, 2016, online ahead of print). Workplace Health & Safety. doi: 10.1177/2165079916653612.

Klein, T., Panther, S., Woo, T., Odom-Maryon, T. & Daratha, K. Prescriber variance in childhood ADHD treatment: Findings from Oregon Medicaid 2012. (May 2016, online ahead of print) Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology. doi:10.1089/cap.2015.0255.

Klein, T. & Graves, J. (2016, in press). Psychiatric nurse practitioner diagnosis and cognitive recommendations for mild traumatic brain injury. Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association.

Wainwright, A., Klein, T. & Daly, C. (2016, in press). Competency development to support nurse practitioner prescribing of controlled drugs and substances in British Columbia. Policy, Politics and Nursing Practice.

Kaplan, L., Klein, T., Skillman, S., & Andrilla, C. H. (2016). Faculty supervision of NP program practicums: A comparison of rural and urban site differences. The Nurse Practitioner41(7), 36-42.

Branas, C.C., Kondo, M.C., Murphy, S.M., South, E.C., Polsky, D., MacDonald, J.M. (In press). The value of remediating blighted urban environments as a solution to firearm violence. American Journal of Public Health.

Neven, D., Paulozzi, L., Howell, D., McPherson, S., Murphy, S.M., Grohs, R., Marsh, L., Lederhos, C., & Roll, J. (In press). A randomized controlled trial of a citywide emergency department care coordination program. Journal of Emergency Medicine.

Delane, A., Bohórquez, J., Gupta, S., & Schiavenato, M. (2016). Lomb Algorithm versus Fast Fourier Transform in Heart Rate Variability Analyses of Pain in Premature Infants. 38th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society Conference Proceedings.

Recent Presentations

Dammeyer, K., Robinson, B. Braley, R., Fritz, R., Schmitter-Edgecombe, M. (August 2016). Aiding everyday activities with prompting technology: A qualitative analysis of dementia participants’ experiences. Pullman, Washington. Washington State University Summer Undergraduate Research Poster Symposium.

Helpful and Interesting Links

National Institute of Health (NIH) News & Events – This month they share the work NIH is doing to address the Zika virus.

The National Institute of Nursing Research “News and Notes” – NINR has released a new series of videos titled “Building and Sustaining a Scholarly Career”. The videos provide an overview of opportunities and dilemmas often encountered by mid-career scientists as they work to develop a sponsored project into a successful and sustained program of research

The NIH Extramural News is a blog written to address current issues related to research and NIH. This month, Sherri Cummins from the NIH Office of Extramural Research, discusses the various options for submitting grant applications to NIH on the Listen and Learn podcast.

Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) continues to provide funding and resources for improving access to health care. This month discuss the benefits of Title V funding for mothers and children.

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 scientists have demonstrated for the first time the ‘perfect storm’ of conditions that cells need to start forming cancer, helping to explain why some organs are more susceptible than others.

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Puzzle key: solved, charted, citation, experience, probability. …called research.