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Research Grant Recipients

previous Research Grant Recipients

2017 awardee

Cherlie Magny-Normilus, Ph.D., FNP-C

Proposal titled Self Management of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: The Lived Experience of Adult Haitian Immigrants. Magny-Normilus completed her Ph.D. in Nursing at UMass Lowell December 2017.

2016 awardee

Marni Kellogg, Ph.D., RN

Marni Kellogg earned a Ph.D. in Nursing from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell in 2017, a M.S. in nursing education in 2011 from Salem State University, and a B.S.N. from Northeastern University in 1999. She has worked in pediatric nursing throughout her nursing career. She currently works as an Assistant Professor at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. Marni has taught nursing students working towards various degrees in nursing since 2008.

Previous research co-authored by Marni Kellogg entitled “The Lived Experience of Pediatric Burn Nurses Following Patient Death,” was the winner of Pediatric Nursing’s 2014 Donna Wong Literary Award. Marni is very interested in secondary traumatic stress and how the experience affects the nurse. As a result of the research she is presenting this evening, she has an accepted publication in the Journal of Nursing Measurement, and is revising a manuscript for the Journal of Pediatric Nursing which she hopes will be accepted. Moving forward, Marni plans to research secondary traumatic stress in pediatric nurses qualitatively, as well as explore the effectiveness of interventions for secondary traumatic stress in pediatric nurses.

2010 Awardee

Shellie Simons, Ph.D., RN, Assistant Professor

Shellie Simons received her Bachelor's degree from State University of New York at Plattsburgh and a Master's degree in medical surgical nursing from Boston University. In 2006, she earned a Ph.D. in nursing from University of Massachusetts Boston.

Shellie began her nursing care as a staff nurse on a medical-surgical unit. Several years later, she left the hospital setting and started teaching, first at the associate degree level and then at the baccalaureate level. After receiving the Ph.D., she began teaching at University of Massachusetts Lowell. Currently, she teaches senior level medical-surgical nursing.

She became interested in bullying and lateral violence while completing an internship with the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing. At that time, she completed a survey of 2200 graduating nursing students. The purpose of the study was to determine what graduating students were looking for in their first professional jobs. The item that was most important to these students was that "the people they worked with would be nice to them."

This surprising finding spurred Shellie to begin her investigation into workplace hostility and discovered that most of what was written was anecdotal and not research based. This led her to her dissertation topic of Workplace bullying and the relationship to intention to leave the organization.

Currently, Shellie is conducting a qualitative study of nurses who have experienced lateral violence and bullying in order to formulate and test an intervention to deal with this pervasive phenomenon.