Dr. Uba Backonja (she/her/hers; pronounced "oo-ba BAHTCH-cone-ya") does work in public and consumer health technology for health equity. She collaborates with individuals in the community to develop technologies and visualizations through co-design, user-centered design, and participatory design. Dr. Backonja enjoys working with students working on systematic reviews as well as quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods projects.
Chieh (Sunny) Cheng, RN, Ph.D is an Assistant Professor of the Nursing and Healthcare Leadership program at the University of Washington Tacoma. Her clinical background is in psychiatric and mental health nursing. As a nursing scientist, her program of research is in the promoting the mental health of individuals, families, and communities through early prevention. She is a co-investigator on interdisciplinary research teams focusing on understanding the experiences of individuals and families living with first episode psychosis and to develop personalized approaches that maximize health and well-being for individuals across life span and diverse populations.
Mental health and psychiatry nursing
Early identification and intervention for mental health conditions
Translation of research to community settings
Qualitative: grounded theory; content analysis
Quantitative: randomized control trials, advanced statistical analysis
Areas of scholarship: Emancipatory leadership/followership and environmental justice nursing. In this work I am particularly interested in anti-racist and feminist methodologies for structural transformation. I work with school nurses, public health nurses and other public health professionals in the south sound area and statewide on environmental justice issues such as asthma, adverse childhood experiences, climate change, and air pollution. I am a nationally recognized expert in the visual research method of photovoice. I have multi-year experience in applications of this method within a local community-based participatory research study with Latinas with children with asthma. I have an established partnership with south sound healthcare/nursing educators to mitigate the long-term effects of adverse childhood experiences in the next generation of healthcare leaders/followers.
In addition to her faculty appointment at the University of Washington Tacoma School of Nursing & Healthcare Leadership, Dr. Haerling has served as a Pro Tem Member of the State of Washington Department of Health Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission. She is a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator (CHSE) and an alumna of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars Program. Dr. Haerling’s research examining the reliability and validity of data produced using observation-based simulation participant performance assessment instruments is widely cited in the literature. Her ongoing research comparing the effectiveness and cost-utility of different experiential and simulation-based learning activities continues to contribute to the body of knowledge informing best practices in healthcare education. Her research mission is to help identify the most effective and efficient ways to prepare the next generation of healthcare professionals and contribute to the evidence-base supporting better healthcare education. She believes improving healthcare providers' education will support improved healthcare and a healthier nation and world.
Human patient simulation
Reliability/validity/psychometric assessment global health
Dr. Johnson [or Susan Johnson] does research primarily on the topic of workplace bullying and incivility among nurses. She views the problem holistically, and focuses on environmental, organizational and leadership factors that contribute to these behaviors.
Dr. Laing is trained as a developmental/health psychologist and conducts research that address health promotion and chronic disease prevention in low-resourced and economically disadvantaged communities. She is a health disparities researcher, and her scholarship is designed to support underserved communities in gaining access into existing healthcare systems. Dr. Laing’s work also explores a re-imagining of digital healthcare technologies to be more tailored to and maximally supportive of marginalized and disadvantaged communities.
My area of research is nursing professional development. Nursing professional development is a specialty and the nurses that practice the specialty are called nursing professional development practitioners. They are also known by a variety of other names such as clinical educators, educators, and staff development educators. NPD practitioners do not teach students but teach and develop other nurses and other health care providers in the practice setting. My two current research projects are: Exploring current and future nursing professional development (NPD) practice and Multi-Site NPD leader competency determination study.
Exploring current and future nursing professional development practice is a qualitative study that collects data on current and future NPD practice to inform the revision of the NPD scope and standards of practice. The multi-site NPD leader competency study’s purpose is to identify the competencies needed to successfully lead professional development across a multisite system. This knowledge will promote the development of education and other tools to facilitate successful role transition and integration of the multi-site NPD leader.
In my role as scholar and teacher at UWT, I share my passion for NPD with students. I have worked with students who have designed educational activities for a variety of different practice settings. Currently one of my students is designing an online educational activity to on Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for NICU. Another student has just completed presenting an educational activity that she designed on worker-on-worker violence at a virtual national conference with over 3000 participants. If you like teaching and developing other nurses and healthcare worker, check out nursing professional development. You can find research on nursing professional development in the Journal for Nurses in Professional Development and in the Journal for Continuing Education in Nursing.
Nursing professional development
Teaching and learning
Emergency care in the community
Descriptive surveys: comparative and correlational
Dr. David Reyes
Visualization of community & clinical data
Community health nursing
Quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods
Dr. Christine Stevens
Dr. Christine Stevens is an associate professor in the School of Nursing and Healthcare. As an activist-scholar, she uses community-based research to develop strategies to address food insecurity and homelessness among college students. Her latest research explores how COVID 19 affected UWT students and historically marginalized populations in Pierce Country.
Influences of race, class and gender on adolescent health
Community health nursing
Using technology in adolescent research
Food insecurity in adolescent populations
Factors that influence new RN retention within the first two years following graduation
Dr. Yuwen's research focuses on promoting health and wellbeing among marginalized children and their family caregivers. Her team is currently developing and testing two technology-enabled health interventions: Sleep Innovations for Preschoolers with Arthritis - SIPA (https://depts.washington.edu/sipa/) and Caring for Caregivers Online - COCO (https://cocobot.care/).
Pediatric chronic conditions
Interpretive/qualitative: inductive content analysis, grounded theory