Taylor is the Inaugural Recipient of a Nurse Faculty Scholar Award

Jacquelyn Taylor, assistant professor at Yale School of Nursing, was one of 15 junior faculty in the nation to receive an inaugural Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar award.

The goal of the new program is to develop the next generation of national leaders in academic nursing through career development awards for outstanding junior nursing faculty.

Taylor’s three-year, $350,000 grant will support her work to identify gene-environment factors that affect the onset, development and severity of hypertension among African Americans and to develop nursing interventions to reduce the risks associated with hypertension.

“Nursing interventions that focus on gene-environment aspects of chronic disease could decrease the prevalence and improve quality of life among patients at risk for high blood pressure,” says Taylor.

The award will also support Taylor’s participation in a training program toward academic leadership across the domains of scholarship, university, professional and community service, and translating evidence into policy and practice initiatives.

Her mentors for this research are Margaret Grey and Barbara Guthrie at Yale School of Nursing; Dr. Richard Lifton at Yale School of Medicine; and Sharon L.R. Kardia at the University of Michigan, School of Public Health.

Taylor has previously won awards and fellowships from the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Nursing Research and National Institute on Aging, among others.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars program aims to strengthen the academic productivity and overall excellence of nursing schools by providing mentorship, leadership training, salary and research support to young faculty. The program is run out of the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. Jacquelyn C. Campbell, the Anna D. Wolf chair and professor in the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, directs the program.

For more information, visit the website at www.nursefacultyscholars.org.

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