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Past Research Testimonials
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Jill DeMirci, PhD, RN, IBCLC

I was humbled and honored to be a recipient of a 2016 AWHONN research grant. The grant enabled our research team to gather critical data on feasibility and acceptability of a breastfeeding support intervention within a high risk population (infants in NICU undergoing surgery). Findings were used to support a pilot trial of the intervention, which is currently ongoing. AWHONN’s commitment to supporting investigators get research projects off the ground is commendable. Without programs like this, it would be impossible to gather the preliminary data necessary to move promising research ideas forward.



Irene Yang, PhD, RN

AWHONN has played a significant role in launching my research career. In 2015, I was the recipient of the AWHONN Novice Researcher Award. Not only was this recognition personally encouraging to me as a brand new researcher, the funds allowed me to conduct a pilot project which eventually lead to an NIH Career Development Award investigating the relationship between the subgingival microbiome, inflammation, and preterm birth in pregnant African American women. I am proud to be a member of AWHONN and sincerely grateful for its commitment to cultivating research and practice aimed at promoting maternal newborn health.



Lynn Clark Callister, PhD, RN, FAAN

It is a privilege and an honor to be the recipient of a 2010 AWHONN Research Grant to fund our research on help seeking behaviors in Hispanic immigrant women with symptoms of postpartum depression. This grant has enabled our research team not only with the opportunity to conduct the research, but also the opportunity to create educational material on symptoms of postpartum depression and community resources available to get help, which will be printed in Spanish and made available to postpartum Hispanic women in community clinics in Utah. Our next step is to design an intervention for these vulnerable women to overcoming barriers to seeking help.  The findings from our study were presented at the AWHONN National Convention in Denver, Colorado in June 2011. The findings have also been published in the 2011 July/August issue of the Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing. 

The staff of the AWHONN Research Office have been very helpful and supportive throughout the process of application, conduct of the research, and accountability for the grant. Their professional conduct, positive reinforcement, and encouragement have made our work possible.



Antonia Rae Torrey, PhD, RN

I am the grateful recipient of the 2010 AWHONN Novice Researcher Award. This grant was enormously helpful in several ways. First, I found the application process itself extremely beneficial. Development of my research budget required precise forecasting of the expenses that would be generated by conduction of my study. This undertaking compelled me to clarify and specify the manner and timeline in which my study would eventually occur and fostered my preparation for the actual data collection phase. I also appreciated having the opportunity to attend the AWHONN convention when formally receiving my grant; it was exhilarating and inspiring to be surrounded by so many nurse scholars.

The design of my study was relatively costly, requiring a significant number of research personnel to function in key roles. The funds that I received from this grant enabled me to conduct my research thoughtfully, efficiently, and systematically. The acknowledgement of my work inherent in receipt of this grant has meant a great deal to me and is a welcome obligation that motivates and sustains my forward progress as a nurse scientist.


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