Currently, Dr. Howard holds a joint appointment with Northeastern University, Bouve College of Health Sciences, School of Nursing and the Institute for Aging Research, Hebrew Senior-Life. In previous years, she conducted several small pilot projects testing interventions to improve the cardiovascular health status of older adult women, living in the community building on her in-patient nursing experience with cardiac patients. Since her joint appointment at IFAR, her area of research has expanded to examine health care interventions for maintaining the health, well-being, and quality of life among older adults living in the community. Through the IFAR affiliation, she has worked with senior scientists to examine interRAI and COLLAGE assessment data and plan health care interventions addressing unmet needs among older adult populations.
Dr. Rachel Jones was the principal investigator on two National Institute on Nursing Research funded grants that focused on HIV prevention in urban women and use of smartphones to deliver soap opera videos to reduce HIV risk; and one from the National Library of Medicine to tailor HIV prevention video feedback. She is an Associate Professor at Northeastern University, School of Nursing and a Faculty Scholar at the Institute on Urban Health Research and Practice. Her primary scientific interests are reducing women’s HIV risk through innovative methods and theories. Dr Jones is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.
Dr. Jones’ formative research had indicated that unprotected sex serves relationship promoting needs in young adult urban women. In the genre of Entertainment-Education, she and her team scripted and filmed a 12-episode soap opera video series, Love, Sex, and Choices, as an intervention to reduce HIV risk behavior. This intervention was tested in a randomized controlled trial. Interviews were conducted using audio computer assisted self-interview (ACASI). The soap opera episodes were streamed weekly to smartphones opening-up a new channel to address health disparities. This work is published in several peer reviewed journals. Dr. Jones is an ad hoc reviewer for an NIH Special Emphasis Panel (Behavioral and Social Consequences of HIV/AIDS) Study Section. She has received several awards, including 2013 recipient of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care Excellence in HIV Prevention Award, 2012 Presenter of Distinction by the Congress for the Advancement of Nursing Science, membership as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing (2010), Lester Z. Lieberman Humanism in Healthcare Award from the Healthcare Foundation of NJ (2010); Esteemed Woman in the Field of Women and HIV/AIDS from Women and AIDS (NJWAN) (2009), and the New York Times Nurse Educator of the Year (2007). She holds a BSN from Case Western Reserve University, MS in family primary care (FNP) from Pace University, and PhD from New York University.
Dr. Polcari’s research and career focuses on developmental risks and protective factors that contribute to anxiety, depression and behavioral health problems in children, adolescents and young adults, particularly related to parenting influences that prevent or promote recovery from childhood stress and adversity. She is an Advance Practice Board Certified Clinical Nurse Specialist for adult and child/adolescent psychiatric mental health specialties. Dr. Polcari directs the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program, and leads the Advanced Nursing Education HRSA grant with the goal of educating APRNs to provide and promote culturally competent care to vulnerable children, adults and older adults, and their families with acute and chronic mental illness.
Dr. Polcari has maintained a long-term affiliation with a multidisciplinary team of allied professionals at McLean Hospital and has contributed to the growing body of knowledge that early abuse exerts persistent deleterious effects on brain development. Recently, she has proposed an intervention to modify cognitive consequences of early emotional stress that lead to later mental health risks.