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April 2009 Issue

Cynthia Loveland Cook, PhD, joined UC in late 2008 as the College of Nursing’s new associate dean for research.
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Nursing Research Set to Expand Under Newly Appointed Leader

By Angela Koenig
Published April 2009

The College of Nursing has over $1 million in research funding, has submitted 18 extramural grant proposals in the last six months and has a strong presence in national nursing publications—all under the dynamic leadership of Dean Andrea Lindell, PhD.

That leadership and the support for nursing research in the College of Nursing, says Cynthia Loveland Cook, PhD, is what drew her attention to UC and to her recently appointed position as associate dean of research.

“The faculty here are engaged in exciting research that will have an important impact locally and nationally,”
Cook says of current research studies on topics such as violence against providers in emergency departments, religiosity in adult transitions, nursing education, health behaviors, substance abuse, homelessness and health disparities.

And with the College of Nursing so close in proximity to other colleges within UC’s Academic Health Center, “it becomes a wonderful setting for interdisciplinary research,” she says.

Although Cook comes from Saint Louis University, where she was a professor in the school of social work for 10 years, she has her own multidisciplinary background: a bachelor’s of science degree in nursing and a master’s degree in social work and a dual doctorate in social work and social psychology.

Clinically, she worked as a nurse in the U.S. Navy and practiced as a social worker in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). On the research side, she was director of the Center for Nursing Research at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and a research scientist in the VA’s Health Services Research and Development Service.

Since arriving in late 2008, Cook is just beginning to settle into her new position and is already facilitating an inclusive approach to research that falls under the college’s newly titled Institute for Nursing Research and Scholarship.

“If you look at UC’s Strategic Plan, Goal 2 is to expand research and that happens to tap into my skills in program development, mentoring and research,” she says.

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