To create collaborative research opportunities for faculty at University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) and University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS), including University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC), and practice partners that contribute to the fulfillment of 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 the formation of the UMNursing academic-practice partnership, 12 pilot studies have been funded. Of those studies, six have resulted in federal research grants. See UMNursing research activities.

As part of the funding requirements, proposals must include an UMMS nurse and an UMSON faculty member who serve as co-principal investigators. In addition, a patient care services (PCS) staff member may serve as a study principal investigator, in which case there must be three (3) principal investigators (a PCS staff member, an UMMS nurse and an UMSON faculty member).

Erika Friedmann

Erika Friedmann, PhD
Professor and Associate Dean for Research
University of Maryland School of Nursing

Dr. Friedmann has been conducting nursing research at University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) 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, 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 healthcare 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, particularly as it pertains to enhancing and supporting grant productivity and funding of faculty and graduate students. As a professor, her primary teaching areas are research methods and statistics. She is an active member of UMSON's Biology and Behavior Across the Lifespan Organized Research Center.

Dr. Friedmann received both a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining UMSON in 2003, she was professor and chair of the Department of Health and Nutrition Sciences at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York.

Jennifer Day

Jenni Day, PhD, RN
Director of Nursing Inquiry
University of Maryland Medical Center

Dr. Day provides leadership in the development, implementation and evaluation of research programs and evidence-based practice across University of Maryland Medical Center’s (UMMC) Downtown and Midtown campuses. She leads a team of UMMC nurse scientists and encourages the professional development of clinical nurses. She mentors clinical nurses in both evidence-based practice and nursing research and is the advisor to UMMC’s inquiry-focused nursing shared governance councils. She chairs the research council and provides system-level research leadership for the 13-hospital University of Maryland Medical System entity. 

Dr. Day’s research focuses on improving workplace culture and promoting nursing self-care. Most recently, she studied moral distress and resilience in nurses related to the COVID-19 pandemic. She has also presented and published content on engaging clinical nurses in nursing research and the best practices of nursing research councils. She was co-author of the research evidence appraisal chapter of the third edition of the Johns Hopkins Nursing Evidence-Based Practice: Model and Guidelines textbook. She has been the principal investigator on several nursing-led studies and represents nursing on the University of Maryland, Baltimore Institutional Review Board.

Prior to joining UMMC in 2017, Dr. Day was a nurse scientist at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. She has more than eight years of experience leading nursing research in the clinical setting and more than 15 years of nursing experience. She is an adjunct assistant professor at University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON). Alongside UMSON’s associate dean of research, she leads the research arm of UMNursing, the UMMC-UMSON academic-practice partnership. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Virginia, her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Johns Hopkins University and her Doctor of Philosophy degree from Duke University.

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