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Research Fellows

The Center for Nursing at the Foundation of New York State Nurses’ Cathryne A. Welch Center for Nursing Research (CNR) offers the Nursing Research Fellowship program through sponsorship from ANA-NY.  The goals of the program are to increase understanding of the professional association and to prepare Fellows for involvement in research activities.

The program, which is two years long, consists of regular educational, research, and general association experiences.  These include activities that allow for observation and/or participation in association research meetings and business.  The Research Fellow must also be a member of ANA-NY.  They may attend meetings of the Center for Nursing Research and participate in their activities.  One Fellow is selected each year.  Under special circumstances, an additional Fellow may be funded.

A member of the Center for Nursing Research will serve as his or her research coach.  Travel expenses and overnight accommodations, as needed, will be provided by the Fellow’s sponsor.


Current Research Fellow


2018 – Sydney Meadows


My name is Sydney Meadows, and I am incredibly excited to have been chosen to serve as the 2018 Research Fellow. I earned my Bachelor’s in Psychology at Binghamton University in 2010, followed by several years working as a lab manager in the Binghamton Mood Disorders Institute. In this role, I coordinated multiple grant-funded studies examining vulnerabilities for anxiety and depression in children and adults. Desiring more direct patient care, I changed course and completed my Bachelor’s in Nursing at Binghamton University. I have worked in pediatrics since starting my nursing career at Upstate University Hospital, where I currently work as a staff nurse in the pediatric ICU.

Since entering the field of nursing, I have realized that a number of obstacles exist that can make nurse involvement in various levels of nursing inquiry challenging. I currently serve as the chair of the Nursing Research and Innovation Council at Upstate, where we are working to remove some of these barriers. Our current focus is to make EBP more accessible to bedside nurses through a mentorship model supported by comprehensive education. Our hope is that with a supportive network in place, we can better empower our nurses to effectively make practice changes that improve patient outcomes. As a research fellow, my goal is to assess the effectiveness of this educational initiative in improving and sustaining EBP beliefs and utilization.


Past Research Fellows


2017 – Cyd Villalba
2016 – Kathleen Pecoraro
2015 – Stephen Stewart
2014 – Jessica M. Jackson
2012 – Linda D. Young
2012 – Melinda Barry
2010 – Denise Famolaro
2009 – Christopher Kowal
2008 – Toni Heer
2007 – Chris Malmgreen
2007 – Connie Randolph
2006 – Terri Torsney
2005 – Patrice Keegan
2004 – Barbara Brown
2003 – Anne Cardinale
2003 – Mintie Majar
2001 – Mary Beth Holz
2000 – Susan Chu Lai
1999 – Kathleen Shedlock
1997 – Ann Bove
1996 – Janet Smolowitz
1996 – Maureen Murray