Meet the current Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Doctor of Philosophy students.

Michelle Camicia Michelle Camicia, R.N., M.S.N.
Contact: mecamicia@ucdavis.edu

Research area of interest: Decision making during care transitions for individuals with a disability

Current work: Director of operations, Kaiser Foundation Rehabilitation Center, Kaiser Permanente
Jacquie De Mellow Jacqueline DeMellow, R.N., M.S.N.
Contact: jmdemellow@ucdavis.edu

Research area of interest: Improving access to health care for those with a poor understanding of their illness, exploring effective decision making and developing leadership to maintain a healthy work environment in critical care units

Current work: Clinical nurse specialist, St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Stockton, California
Sarina Fazio Sarina Fazio, R.N., M.S.
Contact: safazio@ucdavis.edu

Research area of interest: Health-care quality and safety and innovations in disease management

Current work:
Clinical nurse, intensive care unit, UC Davis Medical Center
Michelle Burke Parish72.jpg Michelle Parish, M.A.
Contact: micburke@ucdavis.edu

Research area of interest: Addressing inequities in health care, improving mental health care and conducting research through technological approaches that are accessible, effective and equitable

Current work: Clinical research project manager, Department of Psychiatry, UC Davis Medical Center
Ronit Ridberg Ronit Ridberg, M.S.
Contact: raridberg@ucdavis.edu

Research area of interest: Developing a prevention-based model created at the intersection of health care, nutrition and sustainable agriculture

Current work: Director of business development, Capay Valley Farm Shop, Esparto, California
Claire Valderama-Wallace Claire Valderama-Wallace, R.N., M.S.N., M.P.H.
Contact: cvalderamawallace@ucdavis.edu 

Research area of interest: Fostering social justice identities among nursing students and promoting collaboration to address pressing community health concerns such as violence, human trafficking, and the cycle of incarceration and recidivism

Current work: Community health nursing clinical instructor and lecturer, California State University, East Bay, Hayward, California

Christy Adams Christy Adams, M.P.H., R.N.
Contact: cmadams@ucdavis.edu

Research area of interest: Community-based injury prevention, with special focus on reducing fall risk and injury among older adults

Current work: Trauma prevention and outreach coordinator, UC Davis Health
Emma Blackmon Emma Blackmon, M.S, R.N.
Contact: ejblackmon@ucdavis.edu

Research area of interest: Hospital readmissions among cancer patients

Current work: Clinical nurse, UC Davis Medical Center
Karen de Sola-smith Karen de Sola-Smith, M.A.
Contact: kmdsmith@ucdavis.edu

Research area of interest: Quality of care, access to care and improving communication among caregivers; social justice issues affecting access and quality of care

Current work: Behavior specialist and therapist, Hope Technology School, Palo Alto, California
Charlie Dharmasukrit, M.S., R.N. Charlie Dharmasukrit, M.S., R.N.
Contact: cdharmasukrit@ucdavis.edu

Research area of interest: Wearable technology in chronic-disease management

Current work:
Clinical nurse, orthopaedics and trauma, UC Davis Medical Center
Karla L. Hodges M.S., R.N. Karla L. Hodges M.S., R.N.
Contact: khodges@ucdavis.edu

Research area of interest: Physical activity and minority health, specifically in African-American women and children and minority health disparities

Current work: Health care quality and risk consultant
Nicole Mahr, M.S, R.N. Nicole Mahr, M.S, R.N.
Contact: nmmahr@ucdavis.edu

Research area of interest: The role of patient-provider relationships on health outcomes after treatment in an acute-care environment; effects of inter- and intraprofessional relationships on health care quality and safety; and a nurse's role in antimicrobial stewardship and adherence to treatment regimens for infectious diseases

Current work: Clinical resource nurse and infection preventionist, UC Davis Medical Center; site coordinator for grant to reduce surgical site infections
Victoria Ngo Victoria Ngo
Contact: vxngo@ucdavis.edu 

Research area of interest: Health information technology, health disparities, care coordination, primary care workforce development and health care quality improvement in disease management

Current work: Project manager, Collaborative Cancer Care Coordination Research Group, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis
Angela Usher, M.S.W. Angela Usher, M.S.W.
Contact: aeusher@ucdavis.edu 

Research area of interest: Integrating behavioral health and medical care, the impact of chronic disease on patient sexual health and relationships, and the psychological and social resiliency factors in patient immune functioning

Current work: Licensed clinical social worker, psychosocial support services, UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center
Brenda Achelpohl-Chagolla, M.S.N., R.N.

Brenda Achelpohl-Chagolla, M.S.N., R.N.
Contact: bchagolla@ucdavis.edu

Area of special interest in health care: Obstetrics, interdepartmental collaboration

Previous health care experience: More than 20 years of nursing experience as a labor and delivery nurse, educator, clinical nurse specialist, perinatal safety specialist and manager

Gennifer De Paoli, M.S.N., R.N.

Gennifer Holt, M.S.N., R.N.
Contact: gaholt@ucdavis.edu

Area of special interest in health care: Nursing education, specifically diversifying the nursing profession

Previous health care experience: Critical care nursing, specializing in adult intensive care unit and flight nursing; clinical nursing instructor at CSUS

Cynthia Matsumoto, M.S., R.N.

Cynthia Matsumoto, M.S., R.N.
Contact: cmatsumoto@ucdavis.edu

Area of special interest in health care: Informatics, palliative care, end-of-life care, quality of care

Previous health care experience: Extensive health care experience as a bedside nurse, informatics nurse, insurance case manager and working for a cardiovascular information system

Adebola Olarewaju, M.S.N., N.P., R.N.

Adebola Olarewaju, M.S.N., N.P., R.N.
Contact: olarewaju@ucdavis.edu

Area of special interest in health care: Pediatrics

Previous health care experience: Worked as a neonatal intensive care nurse and as a pediatric nurse practitioner, currently works as a UC Davis pediatric nurse practitioner

Regina Orozco, M.S.N., R.N.

Regina Orozco, M.S.N., R.N.
Contact: msrorozco@ucdavis.edu

Area of special interest in health care: Obstetrics: Labor and delivery, postpartum, well newborns, breastfeeding; nursing education

Previous health care experience: 12 years as obstetrics nurse, multiple nurse faculty roles

William Randall, M.S.N., R.N.

William Randall, M.S.N., R.N.
Contact: warandall@ucdavis.edu

Area of special interest in health care: interprofessional communication and collaboration as it impacts patient safety (especially nurse and physician dynamics)

Languages other than English: Spanish

Previous health care experience: More than 30 years as a critical care registered nurse (emergency department, intensive care units, flight nursing, trauma unit, pediatrics emergency department), nursing education, legal nursing consulting

Kenneth Russell, M.S.N., M.S.C.S., R.N.

Kenneth Russell, M.S.N., M.S.C.S., R.N.
Contact: karussell@ucdavis.edu

Area of special interest in health care: Informatics, telehealth, mobile applications, social justice (health care inclusion, disparity, access)

Previous health care experience: Registered nurse, case manager, multiple global medical missions, Albert Schweitzer Fellow

Danica Loralyn Taylor, M.S., M.P.H.

Danica Loralyn Taylor, M.S., M.P.H.
Contact: dltaylor@ucdavis.edu 

Area of special interest in health care: Health disparities, parenting and influence on health outcomes, women's health, pain management in end-of-life care

Languages other than English: Spanish

Previous health care experience: Planned Parenthood health educator reproductive health specialist, Drug Free Communities program coordinator

Victoria Keeton, M.S., R.N., C.P.N.P, C.N.S.

Victoria Keeton, M.S., R.N., C.P.N.P, C.N.S.
Contact: vfkeeton@ucdavis.edu

Area of special interest in health care: Childhood obesity, Latino populations and social determinants of health

Previous health care experience: Pediatric nurse practitioner for 13 years, nursing faculty for 12 years

Everlyne Ogugu, M.S.N., R.N.

Everlyne Ogugu, M.S.N., R.N.
Contact: egogugu@ucdavis.edu

Area of special interest in health care: Cardiovascular health, application of the concept of caring (to patients and their families) within hospitals and in the community and empowering communities to stop gender-related violence

Previous health care experience: Nursing supervisor, Female Medical-Surgical Unit, Kendu Adventist Hospital, Kendu Bay, Kenya (2000–2001); staff nurse in Critical Care Unit and in Medical Surgical Unit and nurse educator in Critical Care Nursing, Kenyatta National Hospital, Nairobi, Kenya (2001-2012); lecturer, examination officer and department head, Mount Kenya University School of Nursing, Thika, Kenya (2012-2017)

Emily O'Shaughnessy, M.S.

Emily O'Shaughnessy, M.S.
Contact: eknorr@ucdavis.edu

Area of special interest in health care: Cardiology, cardiac rehabilitation, exercise physiology and exercise stress testing

Previous health care experience: Exercise physiologist volunteer in cardiac rehabilitation, Sutter Memorial Hospital (2011–2012); physical therapy aide, Sutter Medical Foundation (2012); exercise physiologist for cardiac rehabilitation, UC Davis Medical Center (2013–present)

Elbina Rafizadeh, M.S.N., R.N.

Elbina Rafizadeh, M.S.N., R.N.
Contact: erafizadeh@ucdavis.edu

Area of special interest in health care: Population health; promoting wellness in vulnerable populations, such as foster youth; behavior change for disease prevention and end-of-life issues

Previous health care experience: Senior public health nurse case manager for seniors and children with chronic disease and disabilities (24 years) and adjunct lecturer in nursing and health science at California State University East Bay, Mission College and Santa Clara University (present)

Tina Rylee

Tina Rylee
Contact: tlrylee@ucdavis.edu

Area of special interest in health care: Health technology, behavioral health in nurses and patients and reducing readmissions

Previous health care experience: Research assistant in Nursing Research and Analytics Department, Dignity Health (present)

Sayantani Sarkar, R.N.

Sayantani Sarkar, R.N.
Contact: tsarkar@ucdavis.edu

Area of special interest in health care: Telenursing, nursing management and leadership, health disparities and care of patients with dementia

Previous health care experience: Sister tutor, a role similar to a program director, in Khristiya Seva Niketan Nursing Training School, Sarenga, India

Angela Todd, M.S.N., R.N., F.N.P.

Angela Todd, M.S.N., R.N., F.N.P.
Contact: artodd@ucdavis.edu

Area of special interest in health care: Women's health, reproductive health, adolescent health and health care in the LGBTQ community

Previous health care experience: Intensive care and critical care units and lead clinician, Planned Parenthood in Napa

Jonathan Trask, M.S., R.N.

Jonathan Trask, M.S., R.N.
Contact: jstrask@ucdavis.edu

Area of special interest in health care: Adopting new technologies at the bedside and critical care

Previous health care experience: Full-time registered nurse in a medical surgical intensive care unit and emergency medical technician in multiple 911 service areas