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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 Fellows


2018 – Sydney Meadows




2017 – Cyd Villalba


My name is Cyd Charisse Villalba, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve as the 2017 Research Fellow. I received my Masters in Nursing Informatics at the University of Maryland Baltimore and my Bachelors in Nursing at Binghamton University. At both universities, I met talented and passionate nursing professionals who generously gave both time and insights to their students. I was encouraged to strive high, dive deep and live broadly. My teachers, fellow students, colleagues, friends, and family all had a hand in all that I attempted and achieved.

Dr. Frances Srnka-Debnar, Dr. Nancy Staggers, Dr. Eun-Shim Nahm and Dr. Kenrick Cato were instrumental in solidifying my interest in nursing research and publication. Each encouraged me and provided key guidance in focusing my objectives and in seeking learning opportunities. As a Data Delivery Project Lead at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, I work with hospital staff in fulfilling data requests required for regulatory, operational, and process improvement initiatives. In this role, I realized a grave need for clinicians to comprehend and mitigate the caveats associated with data analytics – especially as it pertains to data visualizations. In my role as a nursing research fellow, I hope to empower nurses by highlighting best-practice standards in the presenting, interpreting, and consuming data.


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