Sharon Horner, PhD, RN, FAAN
Dr. Horner is the director of the TCRSS Innovative Methods & Technology Core. Dr. Horner’s research focuses on improving health of families with children. She has received approximately $3.7 million over 18 years in federal funding for her primary work with school-aged children with asthma and their families who live in rural areas. She recently completed a study funded by the National Institutes of Health, National Institute for Nursing Research and National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (10R01 NR007770) to test her intervention in a stratified randomized control trial.
Bo Xie, PhD
Dr. Xie is the co-director of the TCRSS Innovative Methods & Technology Core. Her research reflects her interdisciplinary training in Medicine, Psychology, and Science and Technology Studies. She focuses on health informatics interventions that can promote older adults’ use of information and communication technologies (ICT) for health information and decision-making (i.e., e-health literacy) that may have important implications for patient-provider relationships and health outcomes.
Description of Core
The purpose of the IMTC is to support the work of the TCRSS to facilitate transdisciplinary collaboration among investigators in nursing and other disciplines to develop novel approaches for supporting self-management of persons with chronic diseases. Linking health behavioral research with laboratory research measures (biomarkers), clinical measures (e.g., from physiology labs, out-patient clinics), and computer and information science (e.g., data monitoring, symptom management) can provide more comprehensive data for evaluating the effects of interventions.
- To enable investigators to advance the science of self-management in chronic diseases through the application of advanced new technologies and methods, including hardware, software, and biological and analytical approaches.
- To facilitate innovative collection, aggregation, and analysis of data in target areas of self-management in chronic diseases (e.g., supporting health [sleep, nutrition quality] and symptom management [self-monitoring]).
- To stimulate dialogue among transdisciplinary investigators, potential pilot investigators, Center faculty, and the Executive Committee about the use of innovative methods and technologies as research approaches for addressing self-management needs of persons with chronic diseases.
- To enhance the capabilities of early nurse scientist investigators and those who are developing new research foci or skills to apply innovative technologies and research methods to build the science of self-management in chronic diseases.