Associate Professor Emerita
Doctor of Nursing Practice Department
Advanced Practice Nursing
Parkway Building, Rm 379
As Chair of the Department of Doctoral Programs in Nursing (PhD and DNP) and a certified psychiatric mental health clinical nurse specialist, my research focuses on stress, health and caregiving. My work with the aging population and my community-based research include vulnerable family caregivers for individuals with chronic and neurodegenerative illnesses, particularly those caring for persons with Alzheimer`s disease and related dementias. My research experience includes: 1) training at the National Institute on Aging (NIA) - Summer Institute in Minority Aging Research; 2) training at the Geriatric Nursing Research Institute at NYU as Hartford Foundation Nurse Scholar; 3) Minority Investigator Grant from NIA/NIH on Interventions for Dementia Care R01 grant (Dr. Laura Gitlin, PI); 4) 5-year R01 grant (Dr. Murasko, PI) on Immune responses to influenza vaccination in older adults- a community based research study.; 5), provided technical oversight on the implementation of a Data Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB) to ensure the integrity of the data on a project to monitor and track fluid consumption using wireless device in at-risk older adults; and 6) served as the Principal Investigator in an NINR/NIH R15 (Academic Research Enhancement Award) 3- year research project to determine the effects of a multicomponent intervention in family caregivers of persons with Alzheimer's disease and patient outcomes. This study focused on enhancing resourcefulness, a factor that may protect caregivers from health risk. Because of the heterogeneity of the informal caregiving population, research investigating protective factors for caregiver health is critical. Overall, my research experience involves collaboration with scientist from other disciplines that includes immunology, neurology, medical anthropology, public health, and biomedical engineering.
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Dr. Gonzalez was a recipient of the Research Development Award from the American Nurses Association, Ethnic Minority Fellowship Programs and a fellow at the SAMSHA. Dr. Gonzalez was selected to participate in the summer institute on minority research in aging funded by NIA. She received a Supplement Grant from the National Institute on Aging to examine similarities and differences in coping and resourcefulness in African American and Caucasian family caregivers of person with dementia, and synergy grant from Drexel University to determine the feasibility of enhancing resourcefulness in family caregivers. She received the Academic Research Enhancement Award (R15) from the National Institute for Nursing Research to determine the effects of enhancing resourceful skills in family caregivers of persons with Alzheimer's disease on caregiver and patient outcomes.