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Please meet the Women's Walking Program research team. We are an interdisciplinary team consisting of researchers, clinicians, statisticians, and community experts.
 
Women's Walking Program Research Team  
  JoEllen Wilbur, PhD, APN, FAAN Principal Investigator, Professor, and Associate Dean for Research I am the Principal Investigator for the Women’s Walking Program. In this role, I work with the team to design the studies, write the grants, make sure the study plans are followed, and report study findings at conferences and in academic journals. Throughout my research career, my studies have been on midlife women's symptoms, heart health, and physical activity. Since the early 1990’s, my research has focused on heart health and physical activity in midlife African American and Latina women.
Diana M. Ingram, PhD, MPH
Project Director and Assistant Professor I have been managing studies for the Women’s Walking Program since 2003. In my role as Project Director, I coordinate enrollment, work with our community partners, recruit and supervise program staff, and oversee scheduling. My research interests are in health disparities and community-based behavioral interventions with diverse and vulnerable populations, particularly African Americans and Latinas. I also teach research design and mentor graduate students at Rush and serve as an editorial board member for a scientific journal.
    Co-Investigator, Nurse Practitioner, and Professor I am a Co-Investigator on the most recent study in the Women’s Walking Program: the Women’s Lifestyle Physical Activity Program. In this role, I performed health assessments and helped monitor health status of many of the women participating in the study. I am a nurse practitioner and have taught at Rush University College of Nursing since 1980. My research and clinical interests focus on preventing heart disease, promoting healthy exercise, and managing hyperlipidemia and hypertension.  I also volunteer for the American Heart Association as a speaker on preventing heart disease.
    Co-Investigator, Nurse Practitioner, and Professor  
I am a Co-Investigator on the Women’s Walking Program research team. In this role, I performed health assessments and helped monitor health status of many of the women participating in the Women’s Lifestyle Physical Activity Program. I am an adult nurse practitioner and have taught at Rush University College of Nursing since 2009. My research and clinical interests focus on health promotion in adults. In my clinical practice, I provide care for uninsured adults.
 
    Co-Investigator, Professor, and Department Chair
I am a Co-Investigator on the Women’s Walking Program and have been associated with this program of research since 1991. I have been with Rush University College of Nursing since 2009 and am Chair of the Department of Community Systems and Mental Health Nursing. My research interests include immigrant and minority women’s health, and I am particularly interested in cultural competence for health professionals. Over the years, I also have worked as an educator, nurse practitioner, and psychotherapist.
 
Co-Investigator, Statistician,  and Associate Professor I am a Co-Investigator on the Women’s Walking Program, where my role is to analyze the data generated by the participants. As a statistician and faculty member of the Rush University College of Nursing since 1987, I have published over 150 peer-reviewed articles. I also serve on the board of an academic nursing journal and am a charter member of Mushu Statistics Group, a collaborative work group dedicated to applying novel statistical approaches to solve practical research problems. 
   
Judith McDevitt, PhD, RN
Nurse Project Coordinator and Clinical Associate Professor I am a Nurse Project Coordinator on the Women’s Walking Program research team. In this role, I performed health assessments for women participating in the Women’s Lifestyle Physical Activity Program. Currently, I assist with publications and help plan what to do next with all we have been privileged to learn. My association with the Women’s Walking Program dates back to 1991, when I was a graduate student research assistant. I joined Rush University College of Nursing in 2012.  
Phyllis Y. Pelt, MS, RN
Nurse Interventionist and Group Leader
In 2010, following my “failed” retirement as a national nurse educator, clinical instructor, and school health consultant, I joined Rush University College of Nursing Women’s Walking Program research team to serve as a nurse interventionist, motivational interviewer, and Group Leader. My association with the Women’s Walking Program began during the 1990’s, when I participated in an earlier study and taped interviews for study workshops/ DVDs. Throughout my association with the program, I have witnessed the determination and persistence of participants, who “step by step” incorporate physical activity into their daily personal lifestyles. African American women often must struggle to balance the diverse responsibilities and the needs of family and friends with their own desires to be healthy, often in unhealthy and frequently unsafe living and working environments. My commitment to sharing the outcomes of this program increases more and more as I learn about the challenges and how women work to resolve them.
   
Michael Schoeny, PhD
 
 
Statistician and Assistant Professor
My role on the Women’s Walking Program is to analyze the data generated by the participants. I currently am analyzing the step counts women reported during the most recent study, the Women’s Lifestyle Physical Activity Program. My research interests include social/ecological influences on health behaviors, research methods, and dissemination of evidence-based practices. My degree is in clinical psychology, and I joined Rush University College of Nursing in 2013  
   
Edith Ocampo, MS
 
Data Coordinator
 I joined the Women’s Walking Program research team in 2011. I manage study data, making sure it is accurate and complete and helping to run data analyses for presentations and academic papers. I have been affiliated with the Rush University in varying capacities since 2003 (volunteer, student, and employee). 
Alexis Manning, MA
Project Coordinator I joined Rush University College of Nursing in 2009 as a project coordinator for public health research projects, including the Women’s Walking Program. My role involves project management. I particularly enjoyed meeting participants in the study, witnessing their progress and hearing their inspiring stories of faith, perseverance, and wisdom. My research interests include physical activity promotion, Latino health, and the role of technology in promoting health behaviors.
   
Shannon Halloway, BSN, RN
 
Nurse Project Coordinator
I joined the Women’s Walking Program research team in 2012 to assist with health assessments. I am a nurse and doctoral student at Rush University College of Nursing. Hearing participants’ determination and commitment to the walking program has fueled my passion for physical activity community research. As a result of these inspiring experiences, I plan to study physical activity for my research career.   

 Group Leader Facilitators    
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Gwendolyn Odom, RN, MSN, EdD Candidate Sheon K. MacNeill, APN, NP-C Tiffany Potts, MA, PhD Candidate DeShuna Dickens, RN, MPH, MSN Nadia Robinson, RN, MSN, PhD Candidate
 
 Research Assistants    
         
   Kendra Julion, BA   Ashley Richardson, BA  
 
Co-Investigator Collaborators:
  
For more information about the Women's Walking Program, please e-mail us at women_walk@rush.edu
 
 
  


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