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School of Nursing Welcomes Three Senior Researchers

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Emily J. Hauenstein, Ph.D., L.C.P., M.S.N., R.N., associate dean for research, School of Nursing

The University of Rochester School of Nursing is pleased to announce the recent addition of three senior researchers to its faculty: Emily J. Hauenstein, Karen F. Stein and Ding-Geng (Din) Chen.

Nationally recognized researcher Emily J. Hauenstein, Ph.D., L.C.P., M.S.N., R.N., is the School’s new associate dean for research and director of the Center for Research and Evidence-Based Practice. A nurse, clinical psychologist and professor, Hauenstein comes to Rochester from the University of Virginia School of Nursing, where her ongoing National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded research, numerous publications and presentations have focused on health services and intervention. Specifically, she designs intervention programs to address the mental health needs of disadvantaged women in rural, impoverished communities.

Hauenstein is currently mid-way through a three-year NIH-funded project titled, “Changing Narratives in Women of the Rural South,” through which she is evaluating the power of storytelling as a means for women to express their feelings, develop coping mechanisms and alleviate severe depressive symptoms related to negative and traumatic life experiences. In contrast to more conventional talk therapy, study participants are encouraged to tell autobiographical accounts of their life struggles that consider how they can connect to a more optimistic future.

Karen F. Stein, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N.

“Women who have suffered emotional traumas often have trouble with identity loss and are unable to recall key memories that might help them to understand their situations,” says Hauenstein. “By having them share their personal accounts in this way, my goal is to help them moderate painful memories and repair the holes in their life stories. In doing so, they may come to see that life has many more dimensions to it than the sadness and confusion they feel.”

Hauenstein plans to build on her results with further studies and hopes her research will inform a growing body of literature demonstrating the use of storytelling as an effective mental health approach across a variety of populations. She is especially interested in the opportunity to collaborate with faculty at the School of Nursing and across the Medical Center, and in exploring the potential that the School of Nursing’s newly constructed bio-behavioral laboratory holds to support the identification and study of bio-markers, and the conduction of field research.

A native of Niagara Falls, N.Y., Hauenstein received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Rochester, her master’s degree in nursing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Virginia.

Biostatistician Ding-Geng (Din) Chen, Ph.D.

Karen F. Stein, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., a leading nurse researcher in the area of child and adolescent psychology, has also joined the School as a Brody endowed professor. Most recently having served as professor of nursing at the University of Michigan School of Nursing and associate professor of psychiatry in the Medical School’s Department of Psychiatry, Stein brings significant contributions to the School of Nursing’s research, teaching and service missions.

Stein’s broad scope of funded research and lead-authored publications specifically focus on the etiology of eating disorders and other at-risk behaviors, including alcohol abuse, in young adults. Her active research explores the role of self-cognition in the development of anorexia and bulimia nervosa, and how self-cognition interventions may promote recovery and well-being in eating-disordered patients. She also has experience with ecological momentary assessment methodology to measure health behaviors. She is currently R01 funded for her work to determine the role of self-cognition in the development of disordered eating, alcohol and tobacco use in Mexican-American women. 

Stein earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Connecticut, her master’s degree from Boston University and her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. She also serves as editor for the Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, as well as a reviewer for more than a dozen professional journals. 

Noted biostatistician Ding-Geng (Din) Chen, Ph.D., has also joined the School of Nursing faculty as a professor, research consultant and collaborator, bringing vast experience in biostatistical research and clinical trial development and methodology. He has an additional appointment as professor in the Department of Biostatistics and Computational Biology at the School of Medicine and Dentistry.

He has authored and co-authored more than 70 journal publications in biostatistical methodologies and applications in biomedical trials and gene microarray. Most recently, he co-authored two books, “Clinical Trial Methodology,” and “Clinical Trial Data Analysis Using R,” published by Chapman & Hall/CRC. He is a member of the American Statistical Association and Chair-elect for STAT section of the American Public Health Association. He is an associate editor of the Journal of Statistical Computation and Simulation and serves on the editorial board for several other journals.

Prior to coming to Rochester, Chen served as the Karl E. Peace endowed eminent scholar chair in biostatistics and professor of biostatistics at the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health at Georgia Southern University. He also held previous faculty appointments at South Dakota State University and the University of South Dakota Stanford School of Medicine.

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