PhD Students

Ariel Smith

Ariel Smith, PhD Student

Ariel Smith is a recent graduate from the University of Miami Traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program. Ariel Smith served as a research assistant the Center of Excellence for Health Disparities Research: El Centro, where she worked on a research study that was focused on evaluating the impact of nursing student health fairs on health outcomes and health literacy among high risk populations. Ariel Smith was also a recipient of the Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training (MHIRT) Scholarship. The scholarship provided her with the opportunity to participate in a health disparities research experience in Melbourne Australia at the Australian Catholic University, where she conducted a study that focused on health equity among an elderly population with Atrial Fibrillation. After her experiences at El Centro and in the MHIRT program, she decided to further her education by pursuing her PhD in Nursing from University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies.  Ms. Smith received the prestigious McKnight Doctoral Fellowship and Jonas Scholar Fellowship that not only serves to support her doctoral studies, but also provides mentorship and various opportunities to increase her skill set as a researcher. Ariel is currently working on the JUEGA study, examining middle school girls and their engagement in risky sexual and social behaviors. After completing the PhD program, Ms. Smith plans to implement effective interventions geared toward treating mental health problems among youth involved in the juvenile justice system.

Chante Washington-Oates

Chante E. Washington-Oates, PhD Student

Chante Washington-Oates received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies (UMSONHS). She is currently a PhD candidate with a concentration in minority health disparities at the UM SONHS. She is a proud member of the Dr. Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society, the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society, and the McKnight Doctoral Fellowship Cohort.  Her research concentrates on the examination of multi-level psycho-social protective factors that mitigate risks among adolescents and families affected by mental disorders.  She has presented at the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science 2016 State of the Science Congress on Nursing Research, and at the 2014 Minority Health and Health Disparities Grantees Conference.  She is currently developing manuscripts that present findings and lessons learned from conducting community-based and/or family research with vulnerable populations affected by HIV and/or mental disorders.

Most recently, Mrs. Washington-Oates was awarded the Beta Tau Chapter Sigma Theta Tau International Graduate Research Award for her dissertation research. She is also a recipient of various other awards/scholarships, including the Graduate Student Leader, Medical Faculty Association, Martin Luther King Jr., Black Nursing Association, and Edith and Abraham Freedman awards and scholarships. 

Her research experience includes working on two El Centro studies; one focused on helping minority youth and their families who suffer from mental disorders and the severe family conflicts that result from them. The second, “SET-Recovery,” a randomized controlled trial testing a nurse-led, home-based, family strengthening health care program for mothers in mental health outpatient treatment and their children, focused on improving the health of mothers and children, reducing relapse, and improving family relationships.  As a PhD student, Mrs. Washington-Oates believes that the ongoing faculty support, professional collaborations with interdisciplinary scientists, student resources, and exemplary faculty mentorship at UM SONHS and El Centro, has equipped her with the knowledge and skills necessary to become an independent, nurse-scientist and scholar.

Mrs. Washington-Oates plans to use her research to accomplish her ultimate goal of developing community agencies worldwide that can provide efficacious, ecologically-based, protective-focused primary, secondary, and tertiary adolescent-tailored evidence-based prevention services.

Emmanuela Ojukwu

Emmanuela Nneamaka Ojukwu, PhD Student

Emmanuela Nneamaka Ojukwu is a PhD student at University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies (UM SONHS). She is a General Scholarship Recipient from South Carolina State University (SCSU), where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with her BSN in 2014. During this time, she was inducted into the Golden Key International Honors Society and received a Shining Star Award from Palmetto Health Baptist, Columbia, SC, working as a student nurse technician in 2013. 

Her research interest lies within the areas of Women’s Health and Infectious Diseases, particularly HIV/AIDS. Her interest in women's health was spurred by the appalling state of maternal-infant health in her home country, Nigeria. The decision to focus on HIV came after a summer-long clinical experience working with HIV-infected youth and their mothers, wherein she discovered a yawning gap for strategies to improve levels of adherence and engagement in care among HIV-infected African Americans/Blacks. She has so far presented her research on a Concept Analysis in Being Lost to Follow-Up/Disengagement in Healthcare and Research at international conferences both in Canada and the United Kingdom.

Ms. Ojukwu is currently working on a manuscript pioneered by data obtained from an El Centro study, “Factors related to HIV testing among Older Hispanic Women”. Her experiences as a research assistant and teaching assistant at UM SONHS, under the supervision of excellent nurse researchers, have equipped her with the skills needed to become a successful nurse scientist and educator in the future. For her dissertation, she will explore factors related to engagement in HIV Care among women. Upon graduation, she hopes to continue work that improves women's health and infectious diseases, as well as serve as an educator to the younger nursing population.

Esther Mathurin

Esther Mathurin, PhD Student

Esther Mathurin, MS, RN, FNP-BC, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholar, is pursuing her PhD at the University of Miami School of Nursing & Health Studies (UM SONHS). She is interested in identifying barriers that inhibit HIV prevention behaviors in the Haitian community, and in the relationship between stigmatizing attitudes towards HIV and prevention behaviors. She earned both her Bachelors of Science in Nursing and her Masters of Science in Nursing from the University of Miami. 

A daughter of Haitian immigrant parents and an immigrant herself, Mathurin began her nursing career at the age of eighteen, as a graduate of Homestead Senior High School's Practical Nursing Program. She first worked as a licensed practical nurse with the elderly population at Brookwood Gardens Nursing Home in Homestead, Fl. Shortly afterward, she began working as a mental health nurse at Dade Correctional Institution in Florida City, FL. After earning her BSN, she completed a graduate nurse residency program and worked as floor nurse and relief charge at Penthouse North/South, a medical-surgical telemetry unit at the University of Miami Hospital. Mathurin returned to UM a year later to obtain her master’s degree. While in graduate school, she worked as mental health and medical registered nurse at South Florida Reception Center (SFRC), a correctional facility in Doral, FL. After completing her master’s degree, Mathurin joined the UM SONHS as a clinical instructor.

As a PhD student, Esther developed a concept analysis of Disengagement in HIV Care, which was presented at the McKnight 2016 Mid Year Research and Writing Conference.  Later this year, she will present the results of a research study which examines sexual negotiation among Hispanic men who have sex with men at the annual conference of Association of Nurses in AIDS care.  Working at El Centro has given Esther the opportunity to participate and gain exposure in diverse research experiences.

Jessica Roman

Jessica Roman, PhD Student

Jessica Roman, originally from the Bronx, NY, is a PhD student at the University of Miami School of Nursing & Health Studies (UM SONHS).  She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Florida in 2009, with distinctions. For her contributions in Hispanic-Latino community health, she was awarded the University of Florida Association of Hispanic Alumni, Colonel Glenn A. Farris Scholarship. Additionally, she is a recipient of the University of Florida College of Nursing Louis Malasanos Scholarship.  In 2012, she obtained a Master of Science in Nursing from the Johns Hopkins University, and was inducted into the Nu Beta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International.  Jessica is an ANCC-certified Family Nurse Practitioner with clinical experience in pediatric and adult populations.  She is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses.  Jessica’s interest in the UM SONHS PhD program stems from aspiring to understand and solve the complex, multi-factorial challenges that immigrant minority patients face in accessing healthcare and adhering to medical treatments.  While working in El Centro, she was an assessor for SEPA III, a randomized controlled trial assessing the effectiveness of an HIV prevention intervention for Hispanic women, and is currently a facilitator for JUEGA, a study assessing the effectiveness of a program that aims to reduce risky behaviors in Latin adolescent girls.  Her dissertation is focused on predictors of cervical cancer screening practices among Hispanic women.  Taking an active role in these studies and through faculty mentorship at El Centro and UM SONHS, Jessica feels motivated to contribute to the knowledge of nursing science and educating the next generation of nurses. After graduation, she hopes to continue her involvement with health disparities research to improve the health of underserved minority populations.

Kristin Levoy

Kristin Levoy, PhD Student

Kristin Levoy is a PhD student at the University of Miami School of Nursing & Health Studies (UM SONHS) and a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholar.  She earned both her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing from the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill.  Kristin’s clinical expertise is in oncology nursing.  She started her nursing career at Duke University Medical Center in 2003 as an oncology nurse intern in the adult hematology-oncology inpatient unit.  Kristin also worked in outpatient care with the gynecologic oncology division at Duke University Medical Center, first as a nurse clinician, and later as a research clinical trials nurse.  While practicing in North Carolina, Kristin received the Graduate of the Last Decade award from the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Nursing in 2007.  Additionally, Kristin worked for the South Miami Gynecologic Oncology Group after relocating to Miami, FL in 2009.  There she was the chemotherapy nurse coordinator managing the comprehensive care of all the active chemotherapy patients for the office. 

In 2012, Ms. Levoy pursued a master’s degree in nursing education and nursing leadership.  During this time, Kristin conducted a poster presentation, “‘Let’s Get Physical’:  Developing an Evidence-Based Exercise Protocol for Blood and Marrow Transplant (BMT) Survivors” at the BMT Tandem Meetings in 2015.  Kristin has most recently been employed as a lecturer for UM SONHS.  In this position, she served as the course coordinator for the evidence-based practice and population-focused undergraduate nursing courses, as well as a clinical instructor in both acute and community-based settings across the curriculum.  Kristin had the honor of receiving the 2016 Faculty Clinical Excellence Award during her time as a lecturer. 

While coordinating the population-focused nursing course, Kristin was able to forge and renew partnerships with multiple community agencies, as well as help facilitate research that El Centro was conducting on the long-term health impacts of community-based health fairs her students were implementing.  Kristin has been inspired by the concerted efforts El Centro makes in health disparities research, using knowledge generated to promote the health of vulnerable populations and to develop interventions as an avenue toward health equity. 

As a PhD student, Kristin plans to focus her research in the area of end-of-life decision-making.  She is interested in the learned perspective of caregivers after experiencing the loss of a loved one.  Following in the footsteps of El Centro, Kristin hopes to examine caregiver issues at the end-of-life through the lens of vulnerable populations.  She feels this research will inform health care providers of more culturally-tailored, family-centered approaches to the timing and content of end-of-life discussions.

Lila de Tantillo

Lila de Tantillo, PhD Student

Lila de Tantillo was inspired to become a nurse scientist by her Abuela, who always encouraged her to pursue a career in research. As a PhD candidate at the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies (UM SONHS), Lila is driven by her Uruguayan culture’s spirit of La Garra, renowned for perseverance in the face of overwhelming odds. Lila received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Miami in 2013 and graduated Summa Cum Laude, receiving the Excellence in Leadership award. During her studies, she was recognized with the Helen Fuld Scholarship, the American Society of Critical-Care Nurses Scholarship, the Oncology Nursing Society Scholarship, and the Robert Wood Johnson (RWJ) New Careers in Nursing Scholarship. She was also recognized by the RWJ Foundation as a winner of the “I believe this about nursing” essay contest.” Lila was inducted as a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society and now serves as chair of publicity for the local Beta Tau chapter. She is also active in the community as an advocate for food allergy awareness.

For her dissertation, Lila is investigating medication adherence among heart failure patients. She has presented her research at the Basic Cardiovascular Sciences (BCVS) Scientific Sessions of the American Heart Association, with an abstract of her findings published in the flagship journal Circulation Research. In addition, she has been a co-author for a publication in the Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health using El Centro data from SEPA, an HIV-prevention initiative for Hispanic women.

Lila was previously educated at Yale University, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Literature and Political Science (double major) and Columbia University School of Journalism, where she received a Master of Science. Lila’s career in newspaper journalism includes serving as a staff writer at the Washington Post and the Miami Herald. Most important, Lila is the mother of two cherished children.

Madeline Fernandez

Madeline Fernandez-Pineda, PhD Student

Madeline Fernandez-Pineda is a Cuban American PhD student at the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies (UM SONHS). She obtained a BA in chemistry in 2012 and a BSN in 2013 from the University of Miami. In 2013, she was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) Honor Society of Nursing and has been a member ever since. Madeline has also served as the student member for the SONHS Academic Technology Committee since early 2015.

Madeline is interested in improving women’s health throughout the life-span. Specifically, she is interested in breastfeeding, prevention of sexually transmitted infections, and prevention of falls among the elderly. Mrs. Fernandez-Pineda has presented research findings at several conferences including the SONHS Academic Technology Conference, and at the National Hispanic Science Network. She co-authored a paper titled “Assessment of breastfeeding clinical skills among nursing students using the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE)”, published in Investigación en Educación Médica. She is currently working on two El Centro studies: one regarding knowledge and perceptions of HIV-infected men who have sex with men about Human Papilloma virus, and another focused on adapting an HIV prevention intervention (SEPA) for both men and women migrant workers in South Florida.

The knowledge and experience gained in the classroom setting together with the collaboration on several studies conducted at El Centro, have equipped her with fundamental skills to become a researcher in top institutions. Her dissertation will explore several factors that may influence Hispanic parents' decision to vaccinate or not vaccinate their children against HPV. After obtaining her doctoral degree, Madeline Fernandez-Pineda hopes to continue her research in women’s health at a research oriented institution as well as provide education and mentorship to future nurse researchers.

Mary Ernst

Mary Ernst, PhD Student

Mary E. Ernst is a PhD student at University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies. She was born in Philadelphia, PA but has lived in Miami for over 25 years. Mary received a Florida Honors Scholarship from the University of Miami, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1989. Mary achieved her Master of Science in Nursing from Florida International University in 1998 and was the recipient of the Fe Lozada Codina, Clinical Excellence Award in Child Health Nursing. Mary worked as a pediatric nurse at Miami Children’s Hospital (MCH) from 1989 to 2010, with experiences in med-surg, the GI lab, and the intensive care unit as a bedside nurse. Mary received the Nursing Research Award in 2003 from MCH and was first author on “Nurses’ Job Satisfaction, Stress, and Recognition in a Pediatric Setting”, published in Pediatric Nursing in 2004. Mary also had articles published in Nursing Spectrum, The Florida Nurse and The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing. After obtaining her MSN, Mary worked as a Clinical Nurse Specialist and later Nursing Director of the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at MCH. Mary was Nursing Faculty at City College, an Associate Degree Nursing program from 2011 -2014, teaching Fundamentals, Pediatrics and Leadership. As a result of her pediatric experience, Mary has chosen to focus her research on parental stress and coping. Mary’s dissertation is entitled “Appraisal, Coping Strategies and Level of Distress in Ethnically Diverse Mothers with a Child in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit”. Mary has received research grants from the Nurses Charitable Trust and the Florida Nurses Foundation to assist with her dissertation study. Mary plans to graduate in 2017 and pursue an academic research position in which she can positively impact clinical outcomes for children and families and mentor future nursing professionals.

Monika Cintulova

Monika Cintulova, PhD Student

Monika Cintulova is a PhD student at University of Miami School of Nursing & Health Studies (UM SONHS). Monika, originally from Czechoslovakia, embarked on her journey to become a registered nurse in 2008, following in her mother’s footsteps. As an undergraduate student and recipient of the Florida Blue Foundation Scholarship, Monika worked as a Research Assistant at UM SONHS under the mentorship of senior nursing faculty and researchers associated with the Center of Excellence for Health Disparities: El Centro. During this research experience, Monika worked on analyzing results from a study focused on transgender women’s satisfaction with healthcare services. She presented the preliminary findings at the Nursing Consortium of South Florida Annual Conference in September 2015. In December of the same year, Monika graduated with highest honors from Miami Dade College where she attained her baccalaureate degree in Nursing (BSN), and was a member of the BSN Honor Society. For her continuous commitment to community service, Monika was recently presented with the President’s Volunteer Service Award.

Monika’s interest in research was solidified through her involvement with El Centro at UM SONHS and its initiatives. She looks forward to participating in another exciting project - Understanding Disparities in HIV Prevention and Treatment Among Transgender (TG) Women in South Florida - The Practices, Attitudes, and Knowledge Among Transgender Women (PAKTRAW) Study. The findings from this pilot study could help identify the ways to eliminate barriers in preventive and routine HIV care of transgender women in South Florida.

As a PhD Student recipient of the Jonas Nurse Scholar Program Scholarship, Monika aspires to become a competent researcher in sexual minority health disparities at local, national, and global levels.

Myrthle Henry

Myrthle Henry, PhD Student

Myrthle Henry is a family and community-oriented PhD student at University of Miami School of Nursing & Health Studies. She values healing and empowerment through discovery and sharing. She completed her Bachelors of Science in Nursing at the College of the Bahamas, and has rotated through primary and tertiary levels of care in the Bahamian Health Care Sector. Myrthle aspires to impact the next generation of nurses through imparting her knowledge and strong passion for competent and compassionate nursing care. She has worked in the capacity of a Registered Nurse with Psychiatric and Substance Abuse patients, which fueled her interest in research regarding substance use disorders among adolescents and emerging adults. Since enrollment, she has worked as a Research Assistant reviewing literature on various topics such as Caregiver Burden, Transnational Motherhood, Extreme Binge Drinking, College Drinking and Smoking and Tobacco Policies. She has also worked as a Teaching Assistant for various Undergraduate and Masters Level Courses. Myrthle believes that El Centro’s outstanding researchers are playing a tremendous role in providing her with the exposure, mentorship, training, development, and support, to accomplish her educational and professional goals.

Narciso Rodriguez

Narciso Quidley-Rodriguez, PhD Student

Narciso Quidley-Rodriguez is a PhD student at the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies. He obtained a BA and MA in history from California State University, Los Angeles. He received his BSN from the University of Miami in 2014. During this time, he was awarded a Robert Wood Johnson Nursing scholarship and a Helene Fuld scholarship. At the culmination of his BSN, he was presented with the VITAS Innovative Hospice Compassionate Heart Award. His interest in history influences his understanding of current health disparities of marginalized populations. He is interested in working with members of the LGBT community to improve physical, mental, and social health. Mr. Quidley-Rodriguez has presented research findings at several conferences including the National Hispanic Science Network and the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association. His published works include “Physical, Psychosocial, and Social Health of Men who Identify as Bears: A Systematic Review” in the Journal of Clinical Nursing and “A Literature Review of Health Risks in the Bear Community, a Gay Subculture” in the American Journal of Men’s Health. Currently, Mr. Quidley-Rodriguez is working on two El Centro studies. One study focuses on sexual negotiation among Hispanic men who have sex with men and the other study explores the coming-out experiences of Hispanic LGB young adults. Working at the UMSONHS under the guidance of experienced researchers has given him the skills and knowledge to conduct original research. His dissertation will explore sexual decision making among men who identify as bears, a gay subculture. After obtaining his PhD, Narciso Quidley-Rodriguez hopes to continue researching the health of men identifying as bears and instructing future nurse researchers.

Winifred Adebayo

Oluwamuyiwa Winifred Adebayo, PhD Student

Oluwamuyiwa Winifred Adebayo is a PhD student at the University of Miami School of Nursing & Health Studies (UM SONHS). She is originally from Nigeria, and came to the United States at the age of 16 to begin her college education. She obtained her BSN from South Carolina State University (SCSU) in 2013. During her time at SCSU, she was awarded a full General Scholarship and was a member of the Honors College and the Golden Key International Honors Society. At the completion of her BSN, she worked at the Regional Medical Center Emergency Room, which increased her understanding of health disparities. Her passion for the health of youth and the burden of HIV/AIDS among them inspired her to pursue a career in HIV/AIDS research. Ms. Adebayo is interested in working with youth to decrease the rates of HIV infection. Ms. Adebayo has presented research findings at several conferences including the Ninth Health Disparities Conference and the World Nursing Conference. During her stay at University of Miami, she has worked on various El Centro projects: an NIH-R01 grant for a culturally tailored HIV prevention intervention among Hispanic women (SEPA), an evaluation of the Miami-Dade County Human Trafficking Collaborative Project, on the creation of a measure for Community-Based Organization Engagement (CBOE), and on a Measures Library dedicated to gathering translated measures for research with the Hispanic population. Her experience with researchers at the UM SONHS has provided her with a strong foundation and skills to conduct her own research. Consequently, her dissertation will focus on the factors that influence proactive HIV testing among youth. Upon completion of her PhD, Ms. Adebayo plans to continue research that improves the health and health outcomes of youth; she aspires to be leader and researcher, who will challenge the state of HIV/AIDS research positively.

Ryann Fierro

Ryann Danielle Fierro, PhD Student

Ryann Danielle Fierro is a PhD student at the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies (UM SONHS). She obtained a BS in microbiology, and a BSN and MSN in nursing from The University of Texas-El Paso. Her interest lies in mental health and trauma disparities among marginalized populations. She seeks to conduct research in the areas of child and adolescent mental health, substance abuse and violence to improve physical, mental, and social health. Ms. Fierro has presented research findings at several conferences, including the Sigma Theta Tau National Research Conference. Currently, Ms. Fierro is a research assistant working on an El Centro study (SET-Recovery), which focuses on improving health outcomes among mothers in substance abuse and/or mental health treatment, and their children. Her dissertation will explore trauma and victimization among mothers in substance abuse and/or mental health treatment and how it may lead to poor health outcomes.  After obtaining her PhD, Ryann Danielle Fierro hopes to continue conducting research with children and adolescents that suffer from substance abuse or other mental health conditions.

Summer DeBastiani

Summer DeBastiani, PhD Student

Summer DeBastiani is a PhD student at the University of Miami School of Nursing & Health Studies (UM SONHS).  Before matriculation into her program, DeBastiani’s two most recently held positions were as a Lecturer at the UM SONHS and a Health Scientist, in the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She holds a Master of Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from West Virginia University (WVU), where she was an instructor in WVU’s Homeland Security Program.  An experienced critical care nurse, DeBastiani also has experience in the preparedness arena, including research on citizen preparedness in West Virginia, instructing FEMA preparedness planning courses nationally, and providing health and human services domestically and internationally to at-risk and vulnerable populations. She has held clinical positions at WVU Hospital, in the Jinja province of Uganda, where she worked for an American-based non-governmental health care organization in malaria prevention and treatment and as a nurse volunteer with Nepal’s Himalayan Rescue Association. She also worked as a home health nurse in in New Zealand, where she continues to hold her nursing license. Ms. DeBastiani is certified as a critical care nurse by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. She has authored publications in the Journal of the American Medical Association, among others, and delivered presentations at national venues in her area of expertise, public health and emergency preparedness. Ms. DeBastiani was recently awarded the Centers for Disease Control’s Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response’s Best Publication Award for 2016.  Ms. DeBastiani has enjoyed working with El Centro through many different capacities.  Currently, Ms. DeBastiani works with the JUEGA study as a research assistant.  Ms. DeBastiani’s dissertation focus surrounds the exploration of population level prevention measures for suicide, particularly among veterans. After obtaining her PhD, Summer DeBastiani hopes to continue researching suicide prevention and hopes to return to a tenure track nursing faculty position.

Ubong James

Ubong James, PhD Student

Ubong James is a PhD student at the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies (UM SONHS). A native of Nigeria, Ubong obtained his BSN from South Carolina State University in 2014. During this time, he was a recipient of the South Carolina Palmetto Gold Nursing Scholarship. The lessons from his undergraduate classes on nursing research and psychiatric/mental health nursing piqued his interest in conducting research to improve mental health among adolescents. Mr. James has worked as a research assistant in the JUEGA study, a peer resistance intervention that aims to improve health outcomes among Hispanic adolescent girls. Working in the JUEGA study has influenced his interest in examining risk factors for depression among Hispanic adolescent girls. After obtaining his PhD, Ubong James hopes to continue researching adolescent mental health and teach psychiatric/mental health nursing classes.