The Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden proudly welcomes three new assistant professors, Ji-Young An, Rahshida Atkins, and Terri-Ann Kelly; and visiting clinical instructor Jennifer Sipe, to our learning community. All four are accomplished scholars, nurse scientists, and clinicians whose diverse range of expertise enriches the School of Nursing–Camden’s academic excellence, lends innovation to its research agenda, and helps drive Rutgers University–Camden’s commitment to advance nursing education, scientific discovery, and health promotion.
Dr. Ji-Young An explores consumers’ online health information seeking behaviors, visualizes the pattern of data, and utilizes big data through social network and decision tree analysis. Dr. An’s recent research emphasizes the role of wearable technology and augmented reality in health care. Dr. An comes to Rutgers–Camden from Inje University in Seoul, Korea, where she was a professor of u-Healthcare Design and a senior researcher of Global Health. She recently was a visiting professor with the University of Hawaii’s Health Behavior Change Research at the Office of Public Health Studies and Stanford University’s Office of Innovation & Technology at the Graduate School of Education. She has served as a full-time faculty member at New York University and a tenure-track assistant professor at Rutgers University Newark and New Brunswick. Dr. An received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Korea University College of Nursing. She earned her master’s degree from Seoul National University Graduate School of Public Health, and her doctoral degree from New York University.
Dr. Rahshida Atkins seeks to identify and prevent depression and effectively manage depressive symptoms by examining the relationship between depressive symptoms and physical activity in disadvantaged mothers. Dr. Atkins explores cultural and psychosocial factors contributing to depression in this vulnerable at-risk group of women and actively disseminates her findings across peer-reviewed journals. She has extensive clinical expertise as an advanced practice nurse working with disadvantaged families in underserved communities. Her distinguished professional and educational journey includes selection as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholar, a diverse cadre of PhD-prepared nurses who are committed to long-term leadership careers. She returns to Rutgers–Camden where she formerly served as an assistant professor with the School of Nursing–Camden and a family nurse practitioner with the Rutgers/LEAP Health and Wellness Center. Dr. Atkins received her bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees from Rutgers University. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.
Dr. Terri-Ann Kelly, a nurse scientist with expertise in health disparities and a certified personal trainer, focuses her program of research on strategies to encourage African Americans to adhere to a healthful diet, and engage in appropriate aerobic and muscle strengthening activities to protect their health. Specifically, Dr. Kelly seeks to develop theoretically grounded interventions, which are culturally competent, sustainable, and tailored to address relevant environmental and socio-cultural contexts in which individuals make decisions. Dr. Kelly’s clinical experience includes roles as a surgical trauma, and psychiatric nurse. She has served as an immersion instructor at Thomas Jefferson University, a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania, and an adjunct faculty member at Temple University. Dr. Kelly received her bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from the University of Connecticut, and her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from Villanova University. She earned her doctoral degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.
Jennifer Sipe studies the intersection of veteran’s health and homelessness. Ms. Sipe joins Rutgers–Camden as a visiting clinical instructor and is currently an adjunct faculty member at Villanova University. From 2006 until June 2017, she served as an assistant professor of nursing at La Salle University’s School of Nursing and Health Sciences. Prior to joining La Salle, she gained 15 years of experience in medical intensive care and cardiac surgical nursing, and held positions in hospital administration and health care consulting. As a nurse practitioner, she has provided primary care services for adolescents, adults, and older adults. In addition, she holds 12 years as a legal nurse consultant to attorneys in matters relating to medical malpractice cases. Ms. Sipe received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from La Salle University. She is pursuing a doctoral degree in health policy at the University of the Sciences.