School of Nursing

During its more than 130-year history, the School of Nursing has been a driving force in advancing the science of nursing through innovative research, practical learning, and an unwavering commitment to the community. Today, it is one of the premier nursing schools in the country.


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Laura Allen, MA, MS, RN

Community and Public Health Nursing

Laura Allen oversees the Community and Public Health Environmental Initiative (CPHEI), a collaborative effort with the Maryland Family Network that provides health and environmental oversight for children from birth through age 5 and their families who are served by Baltimore City Early Head Start (EHS) and Head Start (HS) centers. Each semester, more than 25 students from the School of Nursing’s (SON) Bachelor of Science in Nursing, RN-to-BSN, entry Master of Science in Nursing, and Community/Public Health Nursing master’s specialty programs participate in CPHEI under her guidance. Allen also leads CPHEI’s growth, including overseeing the facilitation of health screenings and well-child exams for children in EHS and HS centers by SON advanced practice nursing students and clinical faculty.

Susan L. Bindon, DNP, RN, NPD-BC, CNE, CNE-cl, FAAN

Developing Nurse Educators

Dr. Bindon has special interest and expertise in teaching, learning, and developing nurse educators in academic and practice settings. She has an ability to translate complex concepts and convey them in a meaningful and accessible way. She leads a five-year statewide grant to prepare new and novice clinical nursing faculty — an urgent need as faculty and nursing shortages intensify. She teaches in the School of Nursing Institute for Educators’ graduate teaching certificate program and mentors other faculty in her role as associate dean. She is president of the Association for Nursing Professional Development and served as editor of the Journal for Nurses in Professional Development. She is a fellow in the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s academic nursing leadership program and was awarded the organization’s Excellence and Innovation in Teaching Award. She maintains a faculty practice as an education consultant in the University of Maryland Medical Center’s Office of Clinical Practice and Professional Development.


Substance Use Disorders

Dr. Burda’s work has focused on developing and collaborating on interprofessional solutions for patients with co-occurring psychiatric and substance use diagnoses. Her work has been published in multiple journals including the Journal of Addictions Nursing. She serves on the board of the International Nurses Society on Addictions as a director at large. In 2010, she co-developed the course Addictions, Society, and the Role of the Nurse, which has become one of the most popular undergraduate electives at the School of Nursing. In 2020, she collaborated with colleagues to develop a 12-credit online graduate certificate in addictions for nurses. Dr. Burda currently has two federal interdisciplinary grants: a U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration grant to build a behavioral health workforce to meet the needs of those with substance use disorders and comorbid conditions, and a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration grant focused on addiction workforce expansion through buprenorphine waiver training and longitudinal experience in opioid use disorder care.

Luana Colloca, MD, PhD, MS

Pain Research

Pain Modulation

Dr. Colloca has conducted groundbreaking studies that have advanced scientific knowledge of the psychoneurobiological bases of endogenous pain modulation systems, including the discovery that the vasopressin system is involved in the enhancement of placebo (and nocebo) effects with a dimorphic effect. Her current line of research focuses on basic and translational aspects of orofacial chronic pain, translational mechanisms of expectancy, observationally induced hypoalgesia, genomics, brain mapping, and immersive virtual reality. As a result, Dr. Colloca has developed an international reputation as a leading scientist in advancing knowledge of the neurobiological mechanisms of descending pain modulation and placebo and nocebo effects with an integrative approach that includes psychopharmacological, neurobiological, and behavioral approaches.

Kelly Doran, PhD, RN, FAAN

Health Disparities

Worksite Wellness

Cardiovascular Health

Dr. Doran runs the health suite at the UMB Community Engagement Center (CEC), which has been serving West Baltimore residents for five years. Dr. Doran and other School of Nursing faculty serve as clinical instructors and preceptors to graduate and undergraduate nursing students who are joined by medical, social work, and pharmacy students in the CEC’s health suite. Students gain community-based experience and opportunities to interact with neighbors outside the hospital. Dr. Doran’s expertise is in interprofessional education and nurse-run clinics to improve social determinants of health and health outcomes with underserved populations. Her research focuses on worksite wellness programs with health care workers, health promotion interventions to improve cardiovascular health, and interventions to improve health outcomes with populations experiencing health disparities.

Susan G. Dorsey, PhD, RN, FAAN

Chronic Pain

Pain Research

Dr. Dorsey is a multiple principal investigator for UMB’s P30-funded Center for Pain Studies (focusing on cancer treatment-related pain) and its Center to Advance Chronic Pain Research. Her group studies the molecular, cellular, and genetic factors associated with the development and persistence of chronic pain. More people suffer from chronic pain than cancer, heart disease, and diabetes combined. Although people who suffer from chronic pain cost the United States more than $600 billion annually, there are few effective treatments that can reduce or eliminate chronic pain without significantly disrupting a person’s quality of life. Dr. Dorsey’s team seeks to solve this problem.

Elizabeth Galik, PhD, CRNP, FAAN, FAANP

Care of Dementia Patients

Dr. Galik is a nurse practitioner who specializes in improving care practices for older adults with dementia and their caregivers. Her externally funded research tests the impact of non-pharmacological interventions designed to optimize function and physical activity, improve mood, and manage behavioral symptoms among long-term care residents living with dementia. She also has expertise in the recruitment, retention, and measurement of cognitively impaired research participants, particularly involving the measurement of physical activity, using actigraphy. She has served as an expert advisor to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid’s national initiative to improve behavioral health and minimize the inappropriate use of antipsychotic medications among nursing home residents and hospitalized older adults with dementia.

Robyn Gilden, PhD, RN

Environmental Health

Climate Change

Dr. Gilden is an expert in pesticides and their health effects, including how seemingly safe household products can harm the immune, reproductive, and nervous systems. She is adept at translating scientific information into understandable language for health care providers and the public and in helping communities understand the health risks of contaminants in soil and water. Dr. Gilden is on the steering committee of the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments and works to develop online resources that help nurses launch new studies in environmental health and create a network of nurse researchers, educators, and practitioners.

Shannon K. Idzik, DNP, CRNP, FAANP, FAAN

NP Scope of Practice

Endocrine and Diabetes Management

Dr. Idzik is an expert in nurse practitioner practice, education, and policy. She has led numerous legislative initiatives related to the full scope of practice and removing scope-of-practice barriers for nurse practitioners. She is a past president of the Nurse Practitioner Association of Maryland and has represented the profession as a member of the Chesapeake Regional Information System for Our Patients clinical advisory board. She serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Doctoral Nursing Practice. Dr. Idzik also is an expert in endocrine and more specifically diabetes management. She was elected to serve for the past three years on the National Clinical Care Commission, a federal advisory board that made recommendations to Congress on improving diabetes care in the United States. She has practiced in a variety of settings including endocrinology, bariatric surgery, primary care, and chronic disease management. She was awarded the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) State Award for Excellence in 2012 and was selected as a fellow of the AANP in 2014 and a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing in 2017.

Louise S. Jenkins, PhD, RN, FAHA, ANEF

Nursing Education

Dr. Jenkins co-founded the Institute for Educators in 2004 to address an urgent statewide nursing faculty shortage. Under her leadership, over 1,000 nurses have been prepared as faculty in academic institutions or educators in clinical institutions. This growth has dramatically increased the number of nursing school graduates becoming licensed in Maryland. This and other statewide initiatives have been recognized through the awarding of multiple grants totaling nearly $7 million. Dr. Jenkins also co-developed the Teaching in Nursing and Health Professions Certificate Program, which has equipped additional graduate students with essential skills for teaching current and future nurses. She led the development and implementation of a Faculty Mentorship Program at the School of Nursing and is exploring avenues for supporting new nursing faculty. She serves on the UMB Campus Instructional Technology Stakeholders Group and is a member of the Steering Committee for the UMB Graduate School’s interprofessional PhD in teaching in health education. She is a fellow of the American Heart Association and past chair of the Council on Cardiovascular Nursing of the American Heart Association. She also is a fellow of the National League for Nursing’s Academy of Nursing Education.

Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN

Interprofessional Education

Workforce Development

As a nationally recognized leader and past president of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Dean Kirschling has a comprehensive understanding of the trends in health care delivery, nursing workforce, and strategies for equipping nurses for health care in the 21st century. She brings particular expertise in interprofessional education and workforce development, especially in rural environments. Dean Kirschling’s clinical focus includes mental health nursing with an emphasis on end-of-life care.

Eun-Shim Nahm, PhD, RN, FAAN, FGSA


Care Coordination

Dr. Nahm’s research focuses on the use of technology-based interventions to engage patients, caregivers, and community-dwelling older adults in their care and to promote the management of chronic conditions. She has conducted numerous studies in the nursing informatics field, including qualitative, measurement, theory testing, usability studies, and longitudinal intervention trials. In her most recent R21 study, Dr. Nahm and her team investigated the effects of a theory-based patient portal e-learning program on selected health-related outcomes in older adults with chronic illnesses. She also leads online cancer survivorship studies in collaboration with oncologists and oncology nurses. Dr. Nahm has published more than 65 peer-reviewed journal articles and seven book chapters in her area

Yolanda Ogbolu, PhD, CRNP-Neonatal, FNAP, FAAN

Health Equity

Social Determinants of Health

Social Isolation

Dr. Ogbolu has expertise in research seeking global and local solutions for advancing health equity. Funded projects address the social determinants of health, community social isolation, cultural competency, and health disparities in neonatal outcomes. She is a member of the Baltimore City Social Determinants of Health Taskforce, the first such legislatively mandated committee in the nation. She is experienced in building nurse capacity globally through partnerships with nursing colleges and programs. As department chair, Dr. Ogbolu is responsible for overseeing teamwork within six of the school’s units, including the Office of Global Health, the Clinical Simulation Labs, the Standardized Patient Program, the Institute for Educators, the Wellmobile Program, and the Office of Professional Education. She also leads the development of a global learning network to advance health equity.

Lynn M. Oswald, PhD, RN


Dr. Oswald conducts research on neurobiological factors that underlie interrelationships among stress, childhood trauma, impulsive behavior, and risks for substance use disorders.

Barbara Resnick, PhD, RN, CRNP, FAAN, FAANP


Functional Status

An internationally recognized expert in gerontology, Dr. Resnick focuses on developing innovative interventions to motivate older adults to engage in healthy behaviors, particularly with regard to function and physical activity as well as other behaviors such as adhering to recommended immunizations and to managing pain and other symptoms commonly noted in aging, and to implement these in real-world settings. These interventions are designed to optimize recovery, health, function, and physical activity regardless of age or underlying co-morbidities. Examples include helping individuals recover from orthopedic events or, for individuals with and without dementia, to optimize their participation in personal care activities and ambulation and engage in physical activity.

Alison Trinkoff, ScD, MPH, RN, FAAN

Musculoskeletal Injuries

Long-Term Care

Dr. Trinkoff’s longitudinal study of more than 2,600 registered nurses examined the relationship among long work hours, needlestick injuries, and musculoskeletal disorders. More recently, her research has focused on the implications of nurses’ work environments on patient outcomes. She has been studying long-term care settings, including certified nursing assistant preparation and training, nursing home leadership, and their impact on resident care outcomes.