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Eunji Cho is a postdoctoral fellow working under the mentorship of Dr. Terrah Akard. Her program of research has focused on the promotion of human flourishing in adolescents and young adults with life-threatening illnesses, including cancer. Her methodological areas of interest include qualitative, mixed-method, and intervention development research, applying creative approaches such as storytelling, expressive writing, photography, and mind mapping. Her clinical experience as a pediatric oncology nurse, her academic training, and her research experience has instilled in her a profound interest in creating nursing knowledge to improve the quality of life and well-being in young cancer populations. She received her doctoral degree from the Duke University School of Nursing under the mentorship of Dr. Sharron L. Docherty. Her dissertation study focused on the conceptual understanding of human flourishing in the context of adolescents and young adults with cancer and the development of a nurse-patient storytelling intervention to promote flourishing in this population. Her research highlights the healing power of storytelling and therapeutic partnerships between nurses and patients.
Her longstanding interest in the concept of human flourishing and dyadic storytelling intervention for nurses and young oncology patients has been directly related to her passion for promoting palliative care and survivorship care for adolescent and young adult cancer populations. During her postdoctoral training, she is planning to revise and optimize the storytelling intervention through stakeholder interviews and a feasibility/pilot test. She is also exploring the concept of human flourishing through multiple perspectives, including adolescents and young adults themselves, caregivers, and peers. Her long-term goal is to build a theory of human flourishing in youth with life-threatening illnesses and develop a novel, effective intervention to promote flourishing in this population.
Eunji Cho graduated her BSN program as a class valedictorian and received an MSN degree from the Korea University School of Nursing. She was a recipient of the Anam Scholarship at the Korea University and awarded the Corrine Barnes Research Grant from the Society of Pediatric Nurses and the Doctoral Scholarship from the Oncology Nursing Foundation during her PhD program. She has worked as a research assistant for multiple research projects and a teaching assistant as well as a part-time/guest lecturer for several undergraduate/PhD level courses. She completed the Certificate in College Teaching and the Certificate in Nursing Education courses during her doctoral training. She was also trained as a future faculty member as a Duke University Preparing Future Faculty fellow. She is a certified expressive writing facilitator.
Dr. Nadia Markie Sneed is a postdoctoral fellow under the primary mentorship of Dr. William Heerman, MD, MPH, in the Department of Pediatrics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Dr. Mariann Piano PhD, RN, FAAN, FAHA at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. She completed her doctoral training at the University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB) in the School of Nursing where she was awarded the Blazer Fellowship through the UAB Graduate School and the Graduate Teaching Fellowship through the UAB School of Nursing. Her dissertation focused on examining the associations between added sugar consumption and prediabetes risk in U.S. adults using data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). As part of her post-doctoral training, Dr. Sneed aims to develop a program of research that focuses on the development and implementation of family-centered and community-based dietary lifestyle interventions for prediabetes management and multi-generational prevention of type 2 diabetes. Dr. Sneed's postdoctoral fellowship is funded through the Vanderbilt Patient/ pRactice Outcomes Research in Effectiveness and Systems Science (PROgRESS) T32 Program supported by Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (PI: Christianne Roumie) and through the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing.