To create opportunities for collaborative research among faculty from the School of Nursing (SON) and the Medical Center practice partners that meets the UMNursing partners' strategic goals.


  • To sustain a research agenda consistent with UMNursing strategic priorities.
  • To achieve a sustained funding strategy for the research agenda.

UMNursing Funded Research:

Since formation of the UMN partnership, 7 pilot studies have been DRIF funded. Of these, 4 studies led to 5 federal research grants (Table 1). As part of the funding requirements, proposals must include a UMMC nurse and a SON faculty who serve as Co-Principal investigators.

Erika Friedmann, PhDErika Friedmann, PhD (Associate Dean for Research, University of Maryland School of Nursing)

Erika Friedmann, PhD, has conducted nursing research at the University of Maryland School of Nursing for several decades. She has consistently demonstrated her commitment to advancing world health and supporting excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service through her publications, presentations and invited lectures, service to national and international organizations, and mentoring of nurse scientists and doctoral candidates.

Dr. Friedmann's research and scholarship reflect her broad interest in the interaction of social, psychological, and physiological factors in health and health-related behavior. She is internationally recognized for her research on anthrozoology, the study of human-animal interaction. Her findings have significant implications for nursing and health care with respect to cardiovascular health, depression, stress responses and anxiety, the functional status of individuals with cognitive impairment, and healthy aging. Her expertise in analytical techniques and as a statistician/methodologist have brought rigor to research studies and graduate education in nursing.

Dr. Friedmann has championed interdisciplinary science and collaboration throughout her career. She is committed to fostering nursing research, including enhancing and supporting grant productivity and funding of faculty and graduate students. As a professor, her primary teaching areas are in research methods and statistics. She is an active member of the School of Nursing's organized research center on Biology and Behavior Across the Lifespan.

She received both a Bachelor of Arts and a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania. She was professor and chair of the Department of Health and Nutrition Sciences at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York prior to coming to UMSON in 2003.

Jennifer Day

Jenni Day, PhD, RN (Director of Nursing Research, University of Maryland Medical Center)

Jenni Day, PhD, RN was previously the Nurse Scientist at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, with appointments as a Consulting Associate at Duke University School of Nursing and Adjunct Faculty at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. Dr. Day served as a member of the Johns Hopkins Medicine Institutional Review Board. Prior to coming to Baltimore, she was a clinical nurse in the Medicine Intensive Care Unit at University of North Carolina Health Care in Chapel Hill, NC.

As Nurse Scientist, Dr. Day mentored clinical nurses in both evidence-based practice and nursing research. Her research focus is on older adults and family caregivers; her work on compassion fatigue has received NIH funding.

Dr. Day has presented and published on these topics, and engaged clinical nurses in nursing research and PhD and DNP-prepared nurses partnering for improved patient outcomes. She has been the Principal Investigator on several nursing-led studies, including the site PI for the Magnet-sponsored, multi-site research study.

Dr. Day received her Bachelors of Arts from the University of Virginia, Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Johns Hopkins University, and Doctor of Philosophy from Duke University.

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