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APNA Research Grant Recipients

Ensuring the Future: Since 2008, the APNA Research Grants program has aided scientific research and contributions which add to the knowledge and practice of psychiatric-mental health nursing.
The call for proposals opens each year in March with a deadline in May. Recipients are generally notified in June and funding commences in July.

Announcing the 2022 APNA Research Grants Recipients

The APNA Board of Directors is pleased to announce the recipients of this year’s APNA Research Grants. Alicia Holod, BSN, RN, will receive funding for her work examining the relationship between polyvictimization and negative psychological symptoms in college students. Valerie Seney, PhD, MA, LMHC, PMHNP-BC will receive funding to support her research on the impact of stigmatization on individuals with substance use disorder and a reluctance to seek healthcare.

2022 APNA Research Grant Recipient

Polyvictimization and Associated Substance Use in College Students  

Alicia Holod, BSN, RN
PhD in Nursing Candidate at The Ohio State University College of Nursing

Alicia Holod, BSN, RN is a PhD in Nursing Candidate at The Ohio State University College of Nursing. She is a registered nurse who has spent several years working with survivors of trauma. Her research interests include victimization, substance use, and trauma-informed care. She has been working with her doctoral advisor, Dr. Bernadette Melnyk, on her dissertation, which is focused on use of substances to cope with polyvictimization during college. With the funding awarded from the APNA Research Grant, Alicia will be conducting a latent class analysis of nearly 200,000 college and university students across the United States – identifying typologies of victimization and associated mental health outcomes for students of differing race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, and disability status. Upon graduation, Alicia aims to further build upon her program of research, and work towards the development of trauma-informed interventions for those who have experienced polyvictimization and cumulative trauma.

2022 APNA Research Grant Recipient

Examining Shame as a Barrier to Seeking Care in Patients with Substance Use Disorder  

Valerie Seney, PhD, MA, LMHC, PMHNP-BC
Assistant Professor, College of Nursing and Health Sciences University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Valerie Seney, PhD, MA, LMHC, PMHNP-BC has over 20 years’ experience in working in mental health. First working as a mental counselor, then as a psychiatric-mental health nurse on both pediatric and adult inpatient units, and currently as psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner working in recovery. Dr. Seney also has over eight years’ experience as a nurse educator teaching at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, currently as an assistant professor. Dr. Seney’s area of research expertise focuses on psychiatric-mental health nursing, specifically substance abuse disorder (SUD), and caregiving engagement, both align with her dissertation work on acute care nurses working with those with mental illness and/or SUD and how these factors may be a barrier to timely care, leading to poor health outcomes.

Past APNA Grant Recipients

2021 APNA Research Grant Recipient

Nasreen Lalani, PhD, MScN, RN
Purdue University School of Nursing
WINGS: Wellness Intervention for Nurses Post Traumatic Growth and Self Care

2019 APNA Research Grants Recipients

Chrissy Agenor, MPH, RN-BC
University of Central Florida
A Proposal for a Grounded Theory Study of Flourishing in Recent Gulf War Era Veterans

Elizabeth DePalma, MSN, RN, PMHNP-BC
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus; United States Air Force
Implementation of a Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Training Intervention to Support College Student Mental Health by Improving Peers’ Readiness to Offer Help

Hyunhwa “Henna” Lee, PhD, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Epigenetic Effects of Preinjury Adversity on Functional Disparities after Mild Traumatic Brain Injury in Asian and Pacific Islanders

2018 APNA Research Grants Recipients

Nadia Ali Muhammad Ali Charania, Ph.D., RN
University of Michigan School of Nursing
Arab American Women with Recurrent Depression: Self-management Strategies and
Social Determinants

Elizabeth Hutson, MS, RN, PMHNP-BC
Ohio State University
#mindstrong to Combat Bullying a Cognitive Behavior Skills Building Intervention for Adolescents

Krista Scorsone MS, RN, PMPNP-BC
University of New Mexico College of Nursing
Exploring Perspectives of Medication Assisted Therapy

2017 APNA Research Grants Recipients

Jenna Brager, MS, BSN-RN
Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing
Perceptions, Use, and Impact of Digital Technologies for Strengthening Parenting

Brenda C. Fore, MHA, BSN, RN-BC, PMHN
Mission Health
Trauma Informed Care: Using Evidence-Based Education to Combat a Population Crisis

Allison McCord, BSN, RN
Indiana University School of Nursing
The Unfolding of Depressive Symptoms, Disease Self-Management, and Treatment Utilization for Latina Adolescents

2016 APNA Research Grant Recipient

Nicholas Guenzel, PhD, APRN
University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing
Relationships between Historical Trauma and Mental Health among Adult Urban American Indians

2015 APNA Research Grant Recipient

Kosuke Niitsu, MSN, APRN-NP, PMHNP-BC/PhD Student
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Genetic Influence on Resilience to Potentially Traumatic Events

2014 APNA Research Grants Recipients

Robin Osterman, PhD, RNC-OB, CNS
University of Cincinnati College of Nursing
Alcohol Use Biomarkers in Pregnant Methadone Users

Choochart Wong-Anuchit, PhD(c), RN
Saint Louis University School of Nursing
A Meta-analysis of Motivational Interviewing in People with Severe Mental Illness

2013 APNA Research Grants Recipients

Marian J. Hardwick, MS, RN
University of South Florida, School of Nursing
Accelerated Resolution Therapy for PTSD and Sleep Disturbance

Kerry Peterson, DNP, PMHCNS, PMHNP
Johns Hopkins University, School of Nursing
Evaluation of Two Dating Violence Prevention Programs on a College Campus

2012 APNA Research Grants Recipients

Esther Meerwijk, PhD(c), RN
University of California, San Francisco, School of Nursing
Heart rate variability and frontal EEG asymmetry as markers of psychological pain.

Andrea Warner Stidham, PhD, RN
Kent State University
The Relationship of PostTraumatic Growth to Depressive Symptoms and Physical Health in Spouses of U.S. Service Members Deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan.

2011 APNA Research Grants Recipients

Abir Bekhet, PhD, RN, H.S.M.I.
Marquette University
Effects of Positive Cognitions and Resourcefulness on Autism Spectrum Disorder Caregiver’s Burden

Nutchanart Bunthumporn, RN
Case Western Reserve University – PhD candidate
Effects of Biofeedback Training on Negative Emotions, Depressive Cognition, and Resourcefulness in Thai Elders

Carrie M. Carretta, PhD(c), APN, AHN-BC
Vanderbilt University – PhD candidate
Rape Trauma: A Study of Preferred Rape Disclosure Methods and Factors Influencing Psychological Outcomes in Rape Victims

Jennifer Rode, MSN, RN
University of Cincinnati – PhD candidate
The Protective Effects of Social Support on Postpartum Depression: Does Emotional Intelligence Matter?

Kimberly A. Williams, RN, DNSc, PMHNP-BC, ANP-BC
University of South Alabama
School Nurse Feasibility, Reliability and Validity Test of the SARA and SLICE® Tools for Self-Harm

2010 APNA Research Grants Recipients

Andrea N. Kwasky, DNP, PMHNP-BC, PMHCNS-BC
University of Detroit Mercy
Vitamin D and Depression:  Is There a Relationship in Young African American Women?

Betty D. Morgan, PhD, PMHCNS, BC
University of Massachusetts Lowell
Nursing Educational Needs for Caring for People with Serious Mental Illness (SMI) at End-of-Life

Mary Rosedale, PhD, PMHNP-BC, NEA-BC
College of Nursing, New York University
The structure of the lived experience of the expert electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) nurse and their meaning of expertise

2009 APNA Research Grants Recipients

Eileen Cormier, PhD, RN
Florida State University
How Parents Make Decisions about Medication to Treat Their Child’s ADHD Symptoms

Kimberly O. Hemphill, APRN-BC
Doctoral Student, University of Virginia
Determinants of Health Risk Behavior in Male Juvenile Offenders in Rural Arizona

Linda C. Lewin, PhD, APRN-BC
Case Western Reserve University
Parenting Among Women in Substance Abuse Treatment

2008 APNA Research Grants Recipients

Kathryn Anderson
Florida International University
Factors Affecting Health Promoting Screening, Treatment, Couple Relationships and Depression during Breast Cancer: Identifying Couple Risks, Needs, and Solutions from Ethnically Diverse Couples

Ursula Kelly
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Group Interventions for PTSD symptoms in immigrant Latina women exposed to Intimate Partner Violence

Mary Rosedale
New York University
The structure of the lived experience for persons having undergone rTMS for depression treatment

Marianne Smith
University of Iowa
Improving mood in Long-term Care: A Psychiatric Nurse Enhanced Model

Richard Zoucha
Dusquesne University
Understand the Meaning of Mental Health and Illness in an Urban Nicaraguan Community: An Ethnography