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NIH Clinical Center Senior Staff

Gwenyth R. Wallen, PhD, RN


Gwenyth Wallen, RN, PhD is Deputy Chief Nurse Officer for Research and Practice Development and the Chief of Nursing Research and Translational Science at the National Institutes of Health, Clinical Center. Her clinical research specializations include health behavior and health disparities research with special emphasis on methodology and measurement in end-of-life care, integrative health and vulnerable populations. Prior to beginning her career as a clinical nurse scientist and nursing administrator she held advance practice roles as the Clinical Specialist for Neonatology and Clinical Manager of the Level III NICU at the Washington Hospital Center, in Washington, DC. Dr. Wallen also served as a post-doctoral research associate in the Department of Family Studies at the University of Maryland coordinating evaluation research for three state and local Responsible Fatherhood programs.

Dr. Wallen is a member of the Eunice Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) Institutional Review Board. She serves as an Adjunct Associate Professor for Behavioral and Community Health, University of Maryland, School of Public Health and an Adjunct Clinical Instructor, University of Michigan, School of Nursing. Dr. Wallen has a BS in Nursing from the University of Maryland, a MA in Business Management and Supervision from Central Michigan University, and a PhD in Health Education from the University of Maryland. In 2008 she completed the 2-year University of Arizona Fellowship in Integrative Medicine as part of her developing portfolio of integrative health research.

Selected Honors and Awards

  • National Institutes of Health/Clinical Center Director's Award for Education (2002)
  • National Institutes of Health/Clinical Center Director's Scientific Award (2005)
  • U.S. Public Health Service Chief Nurse Officer Award for Outstanding Contributions to Nursing (2007)
  • National Institutes of Health Clinical Center Director's Teaching/Training Award (2011)
  • U.S. Public Health Service Hasselmeyer Award for Nursing Research Initiatives (2012)
  • National Institutes of Health Director's Award for Administration, NIAMS National Multicultural Outreach Initiative (2012)
  • National Institutes of Health Director's Award for Mentoring (2012)
  • National Institutes of Health Clinical Center Director's Science Award (2012)
  • National Institutes of Health Clinical Center Director's Science Award (2013)
  • National Institute of Heart Lung and Blood, Director's Award for Diversity in recognition of exceptional work to expand the diversity of the populations recruited in NHLBI protocols (2014)
  • National Institutes of Health Graduate Partnership Program Mentorship Award (2015)
  • National Institutes of Health/Clinical Center Director's Award for Education (2015)

Selected Publications

Brockie, T., Dana-Sacco, G.M., Wallen, G.R., Wilcox, H.C., Campbell, J.C. (2015). The Relationship of Adverse Childhood Experiences to PTSD, Depression, Poly-Drug Use and Suicide Attempt in Reservation-Based Native American Adolescents and Young Adults. American Journal of Community Psychology. DOI: 10.1007/s10464-015-9721-3.

Matlock, A.M., Gutierrez, D., Wallen, G.R. (2015). Ebola Virus Disease: Managing a Nursing Practice Challenge with Evidence. Nursing Management, 46(2): 20-2.

Matlock, A.M., Gutierrez, D., Wallen, G.R., Hastings, C. (2015). Providing Nursing Care to Ebola Patients on the National Stage: The National Institutes of Health Experience. Nursing Outlook, 63: 21-24.

Wallen, G.R., Middleton, K.R., Ames, N., Brooks, A.T., Handel, D. (2014). Randomized Trial of Hypnosis as a Pain and Symptom Management Strategy in Adults with Sickle Cell Disease, Integrative Medicine Insights, 9: 25-33.

Slota, C., Ulrich, C.M., Miller-Davos, C., Baker, K, Wallen, G.R. (2014). Qualitative Inquiry: A Method for Validating Patient Perceptions of Palliative Care While Enrolled on a Cancer Clinical Trial. BMC Palliative Care, [Epub ahead of print] Sep 5;13:43. doi: 10.1186/1472-684X-13-43.

Brooks, A.T., Wallen, G.R. (2014). Sleep disturbances in individuals with alcohol-related disorders: a review of the cognitive-behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) and associated non-pharmacological therapies. Substance Abuse: Research and Treatment, 8: 55-62.

Wallen, G.R., Brooks, A.T., Whiting, B., Clark, R., Krumlauf, M.C., Yang, L., Schwandt, M.L., George, D.T., & Ramchandani, V.A. (2014). The Prevalence of Sleep Disturbance in Alcoholics Admitted for Treatment: A Target for Chronic Disease Management. Family & Community Health, 37(4):288-97.

Wallen, G.R. (2014). Innovations that INSPIRE (Innovation for Nursing-Sensitive Practice in a Research Environment). Nursing Management, 45(9): 23-25.

Wallen, G.R., Minniti, C.P., Krumlauf, M., Eckes, E., Allen, D., Oguhebe, A., Seamon, C., Darbari, D.S., Hildesheim, M., Yang, L., Schulden, J.D., Kato, G.J., Taylor VI. J.G. (2014). Sleep Disturbance, Depression and Pain in Adults with Sickle Cell Disease. BMC Psychiatry. Jul 21;14(1):207. [Epub ahead of print].

Brooks, A.T., Andrade, R. E., Middleton, K.R., and Wallen, G.R. (2014). Social Support: A Key Variable for Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Management in Hispanic Patients with Rheumatic Diseases. Clinical Medicine Insights: Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Disorders, 7:21-26.

Brooks, A.T., Silverman, L., Wallen, G.R. (2013). Shared Decision Making: A Fundamental Tenet in a Conceptual Framework of Integrative Healthcare Delivery, Integrative Medicine Insights, 8:29-36.

Ames, N.J., Peng, C., Powers, J.H., Leidy, N.K., Miller-Davis, C., Rosenberg, A., VanRaden, M., Wallen, G.R. (2013). Beyond Intuition: Patient Fever Symptom Experience. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, Epub ahead of print DOI: pii: S0885-3924(13)00229-7.

Wallen, G.R., Middleton, K.R., Miller-Davis, C., Tataw-Ayuketah, G., Todaro, A., Rivera-Goba, M., Mittleman, B. (2012). Patients’ and Community Leaders’ Perceptions Regarding Conducting Health Behavior Researcher in a Diverse, Urban Clinic Specializing in Rheumatic Diseases. Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action, 6 (4): 405-415.

Wallen, G.R., Middleton, K.R., Miller-Davis, C., Tataw-Ayuketah, G., Todaro, A., Rivera-Goba, M., Mittleman, B. (2012). Rheumatic Disease Patients, Community Leaders and Health Behavior Researchers: Partners in Research. Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action, 6 (4): 403-404.

Brooks, A.T., Krumlauf, M., Whiting B., Clark, R., and Wallen, G.R. (2012). Are you sleeping? Pilot Comparison of Self-Reported and Objective Measures of Sleep Quality and Duration in an Inpatient Alcoholism Treatment Program. Substance Abuse: Research and Treatment, 6:135-139.

Ulrich, C., Knafl, K.A., Grady, C., Ratcliffe, S., Miller-Davis, C., Wallen, G.R. (2012). Developing a Model of the Benefits and Burdens of Research Participation in Cancer Clinical Trials. American Journal of Bioethics Primary Research, 3(2):10-23.

Wallen, G.R., Baker, K., Stolar, M., Miller-Davis, C., Ames, N., Yates, J., Bolle, J., Pereira, D., St. Germain, D., Handel, D. Berger, A. (2012). Palliative Care Outcomes in Surgical Oncology Patients with Advanced Malignancies: A Mixed Methods Approach. Quality of Life Research, 21(3): 405-415.

Bevans, M., Hastings, C., Wehrlen, L., Cusack, G., Matlock, A.M., Miller-Davis, C., Tondreau, L., Walsh, D., Wallen, G.R. (2011). Defining Clinical Research Nursing Practice: Results of a Role Delineation Study. Clinical and Translational Science, 4(6):421-427

Ames, N., Sulima, P., Yates, J., McCullagh, L., Gollins, S., Soeken, K., Wallen, G.R. (2011). The Effects of Systematic Oral Care in Critically Ill Patients: A Multicenter Study. American Journal of Critical Care, 20(5):e103-14. (Winner of the USPHS 2012 RADM Faye G. Abdellah Publication Award for Nursing Research)

Bevans, M., Wehrlen, L., Prachenko, O., Soeken, K., Zabora, J., Wallen, G.R. (2011). Distress Screening in Allogeneic Hematopoietic Stem Cell (HSCT) Caregivers and Patients. Psycho-Oncology, 20(6):615-22.

Wallen, G.R., Middleton, K.R., Rivera-Goba, M., Mittleman, B. (2011). Validation of English and Spanish-language Patient Reported Outcome Measures in Underserved Rheumatic Disease Patients. Arthritis, Research and Therapy. Jan 5;13(1):R1. [Epub ahead of print].

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