Xiaomei Cong




Dr. Cong is a nurse researcher with longstanding clinical and research interests in symptoms science, such as the mechanisms of pain and stress, self-management of pain, and biobehavioral, genetic, and genomic markers associated with health outcomes. She is one of the first U.S. nurse scientists investigating cumulative pain/stress in early life and neurodevelopment using biobehavioral and multi-omic approaches. She has over 20 years of research experience and has led and participated in many biobehavioral and translational research projects funded by National Institutes of Health. Her research has been funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research, American Nurses Foundation, National Association of Neonatal Nurses, and other internal and external awards. The impact of her research is far-reaching in biobehavioral science, health care policies, and clinical practice. She has taught quantitative research design and statistics, nursing research, and leadership and scientific writing courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels. She has also served as a mentor to junior faculty and postdoc fellows and advised Ph.D., DNP, and undergraduate honors students. As a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN), she has served on various professional committees and also serves as a standing review panel member on the National Institute of Nursing Research Initial Review Group.

Research/Scholarship Interests

  • Stress and pain
  • Biobehavioral measurement
  • Genetic and genomic biomarkers
  • Gut microbiome
  • Symptom self-management
  • Neurodevelopment of preterm infants
  • Infant feeding
  • Early life


  • Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, January 2006
  • MSN, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai, Thailand, July 1996
  • BS, Peking University (previously Beijing Medical University), Beijing, China, July 1990

Honors & Awards

  • Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN)
  • NIH-NINR RO1 NR016928 (PI: Cong, X) – Multi-Omics Analysis of Pain/Stress Impact on Neurodevelopment in Preterm Infants
  • NIH-NINR 1K23NR014674  (PI: Cong, X.) – Early Life Experience Imprints Gut Microbiome in Preterm Infants

Selected Publications

National Center for Biotechnology Information bibliography

Google Scholar

A portrait of professor Xiaomei Cong.
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