Alumni News

October 2020

Ph.D. Class of 2020

  • Amisha Parekh de Campos will be recognized as the Hospice and Palliative Credentialing Center’s 2021 Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse of the Year! A colleague nominated her for the work she did for her Ph.D. and the time she spent working with COVID patients in March and April.

DNP Class of 2020

  • Paulina Miklosz, MS, APRN, successfully completed the final presentation of her DNP project on Oct. 8. The title of her project was: "A Group Diabetes Education Program for Uninsured Hispanic Adults with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus." Her committee members are: Drs. Joy Elwell (Major Advisor), Mark Lazenby (Associate Advisor), and Ovanes Borgonos (Mentor). Please join us in welcoming Dr. Miklosz to the UConn community of scholars. Congratulations may be sent to Dr. Miklosz at

DNP Class of 2019

  • UConn Today story highlighted Christine Rodriguez's work establishing a training course to help health care providers create a welcoming environment for transgender and gender nonconforming patients. Her research is funded by a Wood/Raith Gender Identity Living Trust fellowship through the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

DNP Class of 2017

  • Elizabeth Mayerson successfully earned the NLN's Certified Nurse Educator credential in May. In addition to her responsibilities as an assistant clinical professor at SON, Dr. Mayerson practices clinically as a nurse practitioner at CannaHealth, providing medical marijuana certifications.

Faculty Accomplishments

  • Cheryl Beck received the Marcé Medal on Oct. 6, becoming just the fifth American and second nurse researcher to win the award from the International Marcé Society for Perinatal Mental Health. More about the award and Cheryl's work can be read in this UConn Today story
  • Ivy Alexander, Annette Jakubisin-Konicki, Liz Mayerson, 2020 Ph.D. graduate Zahra Barandouzi, master's student Christine Bottone, and adjunct clinical faculty member Matthew Witkovic coauthored a chapter in the 4th edition of Women’s Gynecologic Health.
  • Barbara O'Neill coauthored an article that appeared in EMS1, an online magazine for emergency medical service personnel. The title of the article is "COVID-19 Fatalities Among EMS Clinicians." She and her coauthors found that EMS personnel are at a higher risk of dying from COVID-19 than other health care or emergency services professionals.
  • Sharon Casavant will be presenting at the Institute for Brain and Cognitive Sciences Virtual Meet and Speak on Oct. 10. Her presentation is titled: "Predicting neurodevelopmental outcomes using telomere length."
  • Annette T. Maruca and Louise Reagan will be speaking at a virtual webinar hosted by the Eastern Nursing Research Society on Oct. 21 at 1 p.m. The presentation is titled: "Enhancing Health Equity for Criminal Justice-Involved Populations: Theoretical, Methodological, and Practice Perspectives."
  • An article in Consumer Affairs cited Natalie Shook's COVID-19 study on anxiety related to employment and finances during the pandemic.