Research Overview

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A rich array of interprofessional research opportunities are available at the School of Nursing. Faculty lead innovative research and evidence-based practice projects with students, interdisciplinary colleagues, community partners and clinical affiliates.

Research that Empowers Health, Improves Lives

  • At the University of Minnesota School of Nursing, our innovative research and evidence-based practice projects are addressing health issues across the lifespan in local, state, national and global contexts.
  • Founded in 1909 and recognized as the birthplace of university-based nurse education, the University of Minnesota School of Nursing continues to lead the profession into the future.
  • With a mission to generate knowledge and educate leaders to shape the future of nursing and advance health care to improve the health and wellbeing of all, the school and its research are addressing health issues and improving health.

Faculty research

Our faculty are identifying solutions that lead to less invasive, more effective and less costly care. The discovery of new interventions and prevention strategies are empowering health and improving lives locally and globally.

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Changing lives through research

Alzheimer's, childhood obesity, diabetes, peripheral artery disease, opioid addiction and refugee trauma are just a few of the areas where University of Minnesota School of Nursing faculty are testing new treatments, interventions and educational programs to advance health in our community and around the world.

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Research Funding


1st in NIH funding in the Big 10 Academic Alliance for schools of nursing in 2020


15th in NIH funding among nursing schools in the nation, in 2021. Along with Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing, received nearly $5.5M in NIH funding in 2021.

Faculty Grants

Internal funding is available on a competitive basis through the Office of Vice President of Research, the University's Clinical and Translational Research Institute, the Office of Academic Clinical Affairs, and centers and programs across the University to support pilot studies and launch faculty toward external funding success.

Hub of Health Care Innovation

  • The University has one of the largest, more comprehensive academic health centers in the nation. While robust scholarly inquiry is central to the School of Nursing's mission, it is enhanced by interprofessional collaboration with schools and colleges within the University and its health sciences schools comprised of pharmacy, medicine, public health, dentistry and veterinary medicine.
  • As a top-10 public research institution conducting groundbreaking research across a broad range of fields and disciplines, the campus is situated at the hub of innovation in health care, with geographical access to world-class hospitals and clinics, as well as high-tech medical corporations.

Research Areas of Excellence

School of nursing research addresses health issues across the life span in local, state, national and global contexts. Areas of excellence include:

  • Health promotion among vulnerable populations
    • Assistant Professor Sarah Hoffman, PhD, MPH, RN-BC, ACRN, is developing family-centered interventions to promote mental health among immigrants and refugees.
    • Additional health promotion among vulnerable populations research being conducted by School of Nursing faculty include how family meals can prevent childhood obesity, healthy youth development interventions to reduce risky behaviors and preventing falls in older adults.
  • Prevention and management of chronic health conditions
    • Assistant Professor Dereck Salisbury, PhD, is developing exercise interventions for the prevention and treatment of peripheral artery disease and Alzheimer's disease.
    • Additional prevention and management of chronic health conditions research being conducted by School of Nursing faculty include exercise interventions to improve functioning in patients with peripheral artery disease, promoting healthy transitions into adulthood for youth with chronic illness, and telehealth and mobile app interventions for children with chronic conditions and their family caregivers.
  • Symptom management
    • Professor Diane Treat-Jacobson, PhD, RN, MSVM, FAHA, FAAN, is discovering exercise interventions that help people with peripheral artery disease (PAD) walk longer, with less pain. Her focus includes promoting early detection and raising awareness of PAD.
    • Additional symptom management research being conducted by School of Nursing faculty include development of mobiles health strategies to monitor symptoms and improve health outcomes, management of urinary and fecal incontinence, and memory care.
  • Health/nursing informatics and systems innovation
    • Assistant Professor Lisiane Pruinelli, PhD, is using big data science to determine how to determine how to maximize healthy outcomes for liver transplant patients.
    • Additional health/nursing informatics and systems innovation research being conducted by School of Nursing faculty include developing analytic and predictive models to improve patient outcomes, improving quality and patient safety in multiple settings (e.g., acute care, home health, long-term care) and developing and testing natural data and informatics standards.


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High energy atmosphere provides a fun backdrop for research ranging from child resiliency to COVID-19 and heart health

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Horning receives NIH funding to evaluate Twin Cities Mobile Market 


Lee awarded NIH grant to evaluate Summer Food Service Program


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Diana Treat-Jacobson, PhD, RN, FAAN
Associate Dean for Research
6-118 Weaver Densford Hall

Emily Yund
Grant Assistant
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Margaret Celebrezze, MA, MPH
Executive Assistant
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Michelle Mathiason Moore, MS
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Elaine Pioske
Grants Manager
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Olga Gurvich, MA
Lead Biostatistician
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