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Tonya Roberts

Meet Tonya Roberts '03, MS'08, PhD'12 whose early experience in long-term care facilities influenced her path to a PhD & guided her research.

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Nursing Research

A Tradition of Translational Research

We believe that nursing is a powerful instrument for improving the human condition. Researchers at the UW–Madison School of Nursing investigate, innovate, collaborate across disciplinary boundaries, and translate research into effective solutions. Nursing practice in all forms and the health needs of communities inform our research, connecting research back to improving both the prevention of illness and injury and the delivery of care. The integration of research and practice fosters the discovery of knowledge and the development of tools and strategies to improve care across settings, including schools, acute care, and long-term care.

The Wisconsin Idea

Guided by the Wisconsin Idea and through partnerships across the state, the nation, and the globe, our research is relevant and responsive to real world problems.

Reducing Health Disparities

The School is committed to promoting equity and reducing health disparities. We conduct, support and promote equity-based research that explicitly addresses disparities in access, quality, and outcomes.  We engage participants and partners from diverse communities across the state and the nation, particularly those most affected by issues of health equity.

We research new and better ways to deliver health care, improve health, and achieve positive outcomes.

Linda D. Scott, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FNAP, FAAN, Dean and Professor, UW–Madison School of Nursing

Research Funding

Funded research projects 2019-2020

$2.5 million
5-year average annual research funding received

New proposals submitted for funding 2019-2020

“If we can have a better understanding of the real symptom experiences [of young cancer patients], then we can provide families what they need to know to make decisions about treatment.”

Kitty Montgomery, PhD, RN, PCNS-BC, CPHON, Assistant Professor, UW–Madison School of Nursing

News & Recognition

Grants & Recognition

  • photo of Barb King

    Dr. Barb King and Dr. Diane Farsetta | Grant Award

    Dr. Barb King, PhD, RN, APRN-BC, FAAN and Dr. Diane Farsetta, PhD, Co- Project Leads, were awarded a two-year contract for the project Engaging Older Adults as Advisors to Improve Health Research and Address Disparities.

  • Dean Linda D. Scott, PHD, RN, NEA-BC, FNAP, FAAN

    American Academy of Nursing Selects Dean Linda D. Scott President-Elect

    Linda D. Scott, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FNAP, FAAN, Dean and Professor, UW–Madison School of Nursing, will assume the role of President-Elect for the Academy. Inducted into the Academy in 2008, Dr. Scott previously served two terms on the Academy’s Board of Directors

  • Angela Fernandez

    Dr. Angela Fernandez | Grant Award

    Dr. Angela Fernandez (site PI) and Dr. Lonnie Nelson (PI, Washington State University (WSU), College of Nursing) were awarded a Diversity Supplement to an R01 grant to support the study Measurement of Nature Contact: The Influence of Cultural Practices on Sleep Health and Chronic Disease among Rural and Urban American Indians.

  • Rachel Gicquelais

    Dr. Rachel Gicquelais | Grant Award

    Dr. Rachel Gicquelais, PhD, was awarded a COVID-19 Response Research and Education grant to support the study Responding to dual epidemics of COVID-19 and overdose among people who inject drugs in Wisconsin

  • Madelyne Greene, PhD

    Dr. Madelyne Greene | Grant Award

    Dr. Madelyne Greene was selected to be a UW BIRCWH scholar (Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health).

  • Dr. Linsey Steege | Grant Award

    Dr. Linsey Steege, PhD, was awarded a grant to support the study Sleep and Fatigue during Covid-19 in Health Care Workers (SAFE-CARE study 2).

  • More Recent Recognition

Research & Researchers

Follow Our Research

“I have witnessed firsthand in my clinical practice the impact of mental health disparities on minority communities. I believe my life purpose is to help people understand, appreciate, and engage in their healthiest life, physically and mentally.”

Earlise Ward, PhD, Professor, UW–Madison School of Nursing and Faculty Director, Morgridge Center for Public Service