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Research Staff

Gwen Wallen

Gwenyth R. Wallen, PhD, RN
Deputy Chief Nurse Officer, Research and Practice Development Chief.
Nursing Research and Translational Science Clinical Nurse Scientist

Gwenyth Wallen, RN, PhD is currently the Deputy Chief Nurse Officer of Research and Practice Development and the Chief of Nursing Research and Translational Science at the NIH Clinical Center. Dr. Wallen's research focus can be categorized into four major areas: 1) health behavior in the context of health disparities and chronic care management; 2) integrative self-care approaches to pain and symptom management; 3) respondent burden as an ethical issue in clinical research and 4) mixed methodologies and measurement. Prior to beginning her career as a clinical nurse scientist 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 NICHD Institutional Review Board. Extramurally, Dr. Wallen holds adjunct faculty positions in the graduate schools of nursing at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and the University of Michigan. She also holds an adjunct associate professor position in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health at the University of Maryland, School of Public Health.

Dr. Wallen has a BS in Nursing from the University of Maryland, a MA in 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.

Current research activities:

Principal Investigator:

14-CC-0143: Sleep Disturbance and Relapse in Individuals with Alcohol Dependence: An Exploratory Mixed Methods Study

07-CC-0011: Hypnosis as a Pain and Symptom Management Strategy in Patients with Sickle Cell Disease

03-CC-0301: Health Beliefs and Health Behavior Practices among Minorities with Rheumatic Disease

Lead Associate Investigator:

13-CC-0280: A Description of the Oral Microbiome of Patients with Severe Aplastic Anemia

12-CC-0145: Pilot Study of Yoga as Self-Care for Arthritis in Minority Communities

Associate Investigator: 

13-H-0183: Cardiovascular Health and Needs Assessment in Washington D.C.: Development of a Community-Based Behavioral Weight Loss Intervention

11-CC-0083: Beyond Intuition: Quantifying and Understanding the Signs and Symptoms of Fever

11-CC-0201: The Effect of Music Listening on the Amount of Opioids Used in Surgical Intensive Care

11-H-0252: Exploratory Studies of Psychophysical Pain Phenotyping and Genetic Variability in Sickle Cell Disease

05-AA-0121: Assessment and Treatment of People with Alcohol Drinking Problems Nursing Led Amendment Sleep Quality and Daytime Function in Patients Undergoing Inpatient Treatment for Alcohol Dependence

04-CC-0070: Exploring Patient-Provider Trust Among Individuals with End-Stage Renal Disease

02-CC-0053 (OHSRP 5443): A Randomized Study Evaluating the Process and Outcomes of the Pain and Palliative Care Team Intervention

01-H-0088: Determining the Prevalence and Prognosis of Secondary Pulmonary Hypertension in Adult Patients with Sickle Cell Anemia Nursing Led Amendment Sleep Quality, Depression and Pain in Patient with Sickle Cell Disease

91-CH-0127: Ovarian Follicle Function in Patients with Premature Ovarian Failure

Publications


Margaret Bevans

CAPT Margaret F. Bevans, PhD, RN, AOCN®, FAAN
Program Director, Scientific Resources
Clinical Nurse Scientist

CAPT Margaret Bevans is the Program Director for Scientific Resources and a Clinical Nurse Scientist with Nursing Research & Translational Science within the Nursing Department of the NIH Clinical Center. The objective of her clinical research is to translate theoretical and experiential knowledge into effective interventions to improve the health outcomes of cancer patients, specifically hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) recipients and their caregivers. Prior to beginning her career as a clinical nurse scientist she completed her post-doctoral research in collaboration with The Catholic University School of Social Services testing the feasibility of a cognitive behavioral education intervention in cancer family caregivers. Her research expertise extends to understanding the practice of HSCT nursing and its implications on patient and family outcomes as well as survey methodology and measurement.

Dr. Bevans received her B.S. from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland in 1986 and started her career at the NIH in 1988. She began working in Hematology & Blood and Marrow Transplantation (BMT) in 1992. Dr. Bevans' graduate education was at the University of Maryland receiving her MS in 1993 and her PhD in 2005. She serves as Affiliate Assistant Faculty at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) and Adjunct Nursing Professor at the University of Maryland. In 2014, Dr. Bevans became a Fellow of the American Academy of Nurses.

Dr. Bevans' clinical responsibilities at the NIH Clinical Center include membership on the NIH Clinical Center Ethics committee and the NIH Intramural BMT Consortium. In addition, she serves as the co-lead for the annual NIH Family Caregiver Day that highlights the needs of the population and provides resources to active caregivers at the NIH Clinical Center.

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Principal Investigator:

17-CC-00106: Biomarkers of cardiometabolic risk in cancer caregivers

15-CC-N206: Family Caregiving Role Adjustment and Dyadic Mutuality: A Mixed Methods Study

14-CC-0201: A randomized controlled trial to determine the effectiveness of a stress reduction intervention in caregivers of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT) recipients

14-CC-N006: Web-Based Patient Reported Outcome Measurement Information System to Explore Burden, and Stress in Cancer Caregivers (BaSiC2)

11-CC-0265: A Pilot Study to Examine Physiological and Clinical Markers of Chronic Stress in Caregivers of Allogeneic Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant Recipients

08-CC-0220: A Phase II clinical trial to determine the effectiveness of problem solving education in caregivers and patients during allogeneic HSCT

05-CC-0216: Prospective Assessment of Functional Status, Psychosocial Adjustment, Health Related Quality of Life and the Symptom Experience in Patients Treated with Allogeneic Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation

Associate Investigator:

16-C-0047: A Phase 1 Trial of Pomalidomide in Combination With Liposomal Doxorubicin in Patients With Advanced or Refractory Kaposi Sarcoma

14-H-0180: Ultra Low dose IL-2 Therapy as GVHD Prophylaxis in Haploidentical Allogeneic Stem Cell Transplantation

13-H-0144: Peripheral blood stem cell allotransplantation for hematological malignancies using ex vivo CD34 selection – a platform for adoptive cellular therapies

12-C-0047: A Phase I/II Study of the Safety, Pharmacokinetics and Efficacy of Pomalidomide in the Treatment of Kaposi Sarcoma in Individuals With or Without HIV

12 –H-0242: Eltrombopag added to standard immunosuppression in treatment-naïve severe aplastic anemia

12-CH-0083: The Effectiveness of Botulinum Toxin on Persistent Pelvic Pain in Women With Endometriosis

11-H-0134: A Pilot Study of a Thrombopoietin-receptor Agonist (TPO-R agonist), Eltrombopag, in Moderate Aplastic Anemia Patients

11-HG-0218: A Natural History Study of Patients with Hereditary Inclusion Body Myopathy (HIBM)

2010 OHSRP #5246: Clinical Research Nurse (CRN) Role Delineation Survey Study

10-H-0154: Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation for severe aplastic anemia and other bone marrow failure syndromes using G-CSF mobilized CD34+ selected hematopoietic precursor cells co-infused with a reduced dose of non-mobilized donor T-cells

10-CH-0083: A Phase I Trial of Safety and Immunogenicity of Gardasil (Registered Trademark) Vaccination Post Stem Cell Transplantation in Patients With and Without Immunosuppression

08-H-0046: Co-Infusion of umbilical cord blood and haploidentical CD34+ cells following nonmyeloablative conditioning as treatment for severe aplastic anemia and MDS associated with severe neutropenia refractory to immunosuppressive therapy

05-H-0130: Long-term Evaluation and Follow-up Care of Patients Treated With Stem Cell Transplants

Publications


Nancy Ames

Nancy J. Ames, PhD, RN
Nurse Researcher

Dr. Nancy J. Ames is a Nurse Researcher in the Nursing Research and Translational Science section of Nursing Department at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center. Previously, Dr. Ames was the Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist in Clinical Center Nursing Department. She received her Bachelor's in Nursing from the University of Maryland and spent 2 years after graduation in the United States Army. She has worked in numerous critical care units and spent more than 30 years practicing critical care nursing, specializing in pulmonary critical care and care of the patient who is receiving mechanical ventilation. Nancy came to the NIH in September of 1997 and has focused on bedside education and consulting as a method of improving care in the critical care units. In 2009, she received her PhD from the University of Maryland Baltimore. Her dissertation topic and research interests include oral bacteria and describing this complex component of the human microbiome and its relationship to pulmonary infection.

She has participated in numerous national critical care conferences as a speaker. She is a member of the National Human Genome Research Institutional Review Board and assisted in the development and implementation of a educational course for the clinical research nurse (Fundamentals for the CRN). She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau.

Current research activities:

Principal Investigator:

16-CC-0162: Longitudinal Changes in the Oral and Gut Microbiome of Individuals With Alcohol Dependence

13-CC-0161: A Description of the Oral Microbiome of Patients with Severe Aplastic Anemia

2012 OHSRP #11724: The Factors Influencing the Use of Hazardous Drug Safe Handling Precautions among Nurses Working in an Acute Care Oncology Research Setting

11-CC-0201: The Effect of Music Listening on the Amount of Opioids Used in Surgical Intensive Care Patients

11-CC-0083: Beyond Intuition: Quantifying and Understanding the Signs and Symptoms of Fever

07-CC-0153: Effects of Peripheral Blood Stem Cell Transplantation on the Microbial Flora of the Oral Cavity

Publications


Alyson Ross

Alyson C. Ross, PhD, RN
Nurse Researcher

Dr. Alyson Ross is a Nurse Researcher with the Nursing Research and Translational at the NIH Clinical Center since March, 2013. She received her PhD in Nursing from the University of Maryland in 2012. She started her career as a registered nurse in 1985 and received a M.S. in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing from Vanderbilt in 1989. She completed an IRTA Predoctoral fellowship at the NIH from November 2010 until February of 2012. She was an Associate Professor at the University of Maryland School of Nursing from 2012 – 2014. In addition to her background in nursing and research, Dr. Ross has been practitioner of yoga since 1990, and has been certified as an Iyengar Yoga Instructor since 2001.

Dr. Ross's focus in research is in two main areas: a) the relationship between stress and health behaviors and b) the impact of mind-body techniques such as yoga to reduce stress and change health behaviors. Her dissertation research examined health behaviors in yoga practitioners through a national survey. The primary findings were published in 2012 in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, “Frequency of yoga practice predicts health: results of a national survey of yoga practitioners.” She has presented nationally on the health benefits of mind-body techniques, particularly the effects of yoga practice on stress and health behaviors. Dr. Ross is a member of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, the American Holistic Nurses Association, and Sigma Theta Tau.

Current research activities:

Principal Investigator:

2016 OHSRP #13187: National Survey of Nurse Coaches

2016 OHSRP #13263: Nurses and Self-Care: A Survey of Nurses' Participation in Health-Promoting Activities

2015 OHSRP #12989: Yoga Therapy in the Community: A National Survey of Yoga Instructors

2014 OHSRP #12583: Yoga and Weight Loss: A Qualitative Study

Lead Associate Investigator:

14-CC-0201: A randomized controlled trial to determine the effectiveness of a stress reduction intervention in caregivers of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT) recipients

Publications


Kimberly R. Middleton

Kimberly R. Middleton, MS, MPH, RN
Nurse Specialist, Research

Ms. Middleton has served as a Nurse Specialist (Research) within the Nursing Research and Practice Development Service of the Nursing Department at the NIH Clinical Center since 2007. In this role she serves as associate investigator and database manager within the Health Disparities Portfolio. Additionally, she currently serves as the principal investigator on clinical trial# NCT01617421, A Pilot Study of Yoga as Self-Care for Arthritis in Minority Communities. The protocol was published in 2013 in Health and Quality of Life Outcomes. Her current research interests focus on health behavior, emphasizing methodology and measurement in vulnerable populations.

Ms. Middleton received her BS in Nursing from Howard University. She began her nursing career in 1991 in adult brain injury at the National Rehabilitation Hospital. She has worked in medical/surgical nursing, case management/utilization review, and as adjunct clinical faculty. She obtained her MPH in health policy and management from Columbia University in 1998 and has work experience within the field of public health at the local, state and federal level.

Ms. Middleton recently completed her MS in Survey Methodology from the University of Maryland/Joint Program in Survey Methodology and was admitted into their PhD program in 2014. Prior to beginning her career with NIH, she worked as a Health Scientist for the CDC/National Center for Health Statistics focusing on establishment based surveys related to pediatric emergency department preparedness and ambulatory care. She has presented nationally within the realm of public health, behavioral health and nursing. She is additionally trained and registered as an RYT500 in Hatha and Kripalu yoga. Ms. Middleton is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, American Public Health Association, and the American Statistical Association.

Current research activities:

Principal Investigator:

12-CC-0145: Pilot Study of Yoga as Self-Care for Arthritis in Minority Communities

Publications


Alyssa T. Brooks

Alyssa T. Brooks, PhD
Scientific Program Specialist

Dr. Alyssa Todaro Brooks is a Scientific Program Specialist at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center Nursing Department (NIH CCND). She received her B.S. in Biobehavorial Health with Honors from Penn State University in May of 2010 with minors in French and Psychology. Dr. Brooks was a pre-doctoral research fellow in the Nursing Department from 2010 to 2015. She completed her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland School of Public Health, Department of Behavioral and Community Health in May of 2015. She then served as a post-doctoral fellow in the Nursing Department from June of 2015 through December of 2017, when she accepted her current position.

Dr. Brooks is an emerging investigator in the field of biobehavioral health research. Her research focuses include: 1) sleep disturbances among individuals who are alcohol-dependent in various phases of recovery, 2) qualitative and mixed methodological approaches to understanding health behavior, 3) chronic disease management in vulnerable and diverse populations, and 4) exploring the effects of alcohol on the oral/gut microbiome. She is responsible for recruitment and consent of new participants, administering and collecting patient-reported outcome-based measures and objective sleep measures (actigraphy), and analysis of both qualitative and quantitative data. Through regular collaboration both inter- and extra-departmentally, she conceptualizes and develops manuscripts and presentations to facilitate dissemination of research findings.

Dr. Brooks also serves as a mentor for post-baccalaureate, pre- and post-doctoral, and summer research trainees in the implementation and monitoring of research protocols. She has authored 22 peer-reviewed papers and is first author on seven. She has presented her work in poster, oral, and symposium formats at research conferences across the country and is an active member of the Society for Behavioral Medicine and the Research Society on Alcoholism.

In addition to her role at the NIH, Dr. Brooks is an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland, School of Public Health and at George Washington University, Department of Psychology. Courses taught include Maternal, Child, & Family Health; Health Psychology; Urban Public Health; and Social, Political and Ethical Issues of Public Health.

Current research activities:

Lead Associate Investigator:

14-CC-0143: Sleep Disturbance and Relapse in Individuals with Alcohol Dependence: An Exploratory Mixed Methods Study

16-CC-0162: Longitudinal changes in the oral and gut microbiome of individuals with alcohol dependence

Publications


Team

Team group photo

CDR Mike Krumlauf, BSN, RN; Gwenyth Wallen, PhD, RN; Nicole Farmer, MD; Jumin Park, PhD, RN; Li Yang, MS; Alyssa Brooks, PhD; Ralph Thadeus S. Tuason, BSN, RN, CNRN; Zivile Goldner, MA, MPH; Sarah Mudra, BS, BA; Alyson Ross, PhD, RN; CAPT Margaret Bevans, PhD, RN, AOCN®, FAAN; Stephen Klagholz, BS.

Not pictured: Nancy Ames, PhD, RN; Brenda Roberson, RN; Kimberly Middleton, MS, MPH, RN; Shravya Raju, BS; Avery Perez, BS.

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