The SMSC was established with funding from NINR (P20NR010674) from 2007 to 2012 under the direction of Karen D. Marek, PhD, MBA, RN, FAAN who served as Director until 2010 followed by Rachel F. Schiffman, PhD, RN, FAAN. During this period, the SMSC achieved a number of outcomes, including a R01 to member scientist Polly Ryan, PhD, RN, CNS-BC, (R01NR013913) as well as multiple publications [1-6], and presentations.

The SMSC is committed to building on the relationships and infrastructure initiated with this prior funding, development, and sustained investments from the School of Nursing. For more information on Dr. Ryan’s study please visit Striving to be Strong.

1 Doering J. (2013). Theoretical contributions to a program of research promoting postpartum health. Applied Nursing Research, 26(2), 96-98. PMCPMC3620732. Link to article:

2 Doering J. (2013). The physical and social environment of sleep in socioeconomically disadvantaged postpartum women. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing, 42(1), E33-43. PMCPMC3546265. Link to article:

3 Kovach CR, Simpson MR, Joosse L, Logan BR, Noonan PE, Reynolds SA, Woods DL & Raff H. (2012). Comparison of the effectiveness of two protocols for treating nursing home residents with advanced dementia. Research in Gerontological Nursing, 5(4), 251-263. PMCPMC3475742. Link to article:

4 Marek KD, Stetzer F, Ryan PA, Bub LD, Adams SJ, Schlidt A, Lancaster R & O’Brien AM. (2013). Nurse care coordination and technology effects on health status of frail older adults via enhanced self-management of medication: Randomized clinical trial to test efficacy. Nursing Research, 62(4), 269-278. PMCPMC3706033.  Link to article:

5 Rodgers B. (2014). Breaking through limbo: Experiences of adults living with obstructive sleep apnea. Behavioral Sleep Medicine, 12(3), 183-197. doi:10.1080/15402002.2013.778203  Link to article:

6 Ryan P, Maierle D, Csuka ME, Thomson A & Szabo A. (2013). Computer-based intervention to enhance self-management of calcium and vitamin D intake in women.Western Journal of Nursing Research, 35(8), 986-1010.  Link to article: