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Teresa Ng, BSN, RN

I enjoy playing with my bunnies and fiancé. I am a third-year PhD student, and my research focuses on promoting resilience against suicidal ideations among high school adolescents. After graduating, I hope to pursue post-doctoral training at a research-intensive institution.


Mohammed Alanazi, MSN, RN

I am a PhD candidate at Michigan State University's College of Nursing, also working as a lecturer at Bisha University in Saudi Arabia. My research focuses on coping strategies of heart failure patients, with the potential to significantly improve patient and family quality of life. I have practical experience in nursing research, having served as a research project manager and assistant alongside funded faculty members from MSU's College of Nursing and James Madison College. My hard work has resulted in manuscript publications and abstract presentations at national and regional conferences, including MNRS, the American Heart Association, and the American Public Health Association. Beyond my academic accomplishments, I am an active member of the academic community, serving as the PhD student representative on the College of Nursing PhD Program Committee and as the president of the Doctoral Nurses Association.


Lauren Pageau, BSN, RN

I am originally from Jackson, MI, and I completed both my BSN and PhD at Michigan State. My dissertation focused on stress, coping, and early-onset hypertension among young, low-income adults. I am especially passionate about health promotion and cardiovascular disease prevention in this population. I love golfing when the weather allows and traveling to new places whenever possible! The photo of me is taken near the crater of Kīlauea at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.


Callie Harris, MSN, RN, CMSRN

I'm from the Lansing area, where I live with my spouse in a house full of fur babies. I'm a long-time Spartan! I obtained my BSN from MSU way back in 2010, and I taught undergraduate clinicals here just before moving on to the PhD program in 2020. My research and service focus is on preventive health and health equity among sexual and gender minority people. In my free time, I'm re-learning to play the violin, which I played once upon a time in high school.


Muna Alali, MSN, RN

I am from Saudi Arabia; I love to travel and enjoy the beauty of nature. My research focuses on health promotion and risk reduction, particularly promoting physical activity to prevent weight problems in Saudi female adolescents.


Kornkanya Pengpala, MSN, RN

I'm originally from Bangkok, Thailand. I like to try new things such as travel, hiking, learning, and visiting museums. My research interest focuses on home-based care to improve physical function in adult post-intensive care unit patients who experienced mechanical ventilation during their ICU stay.


Hesam Varpaei, RN

I earned my bachelor's degree in nursing at Azad University of Medical Sciences in Tehran and completed my Master of Science in surgical nursing at Near East University (Nicosia, Cyprus). Currently, I am studying for a PhD in nursing and am also a graduate assistant at the College of Nursing. My research focus is on patients admitted to intensive care units (either surgical or medical) from diverse perspectives. I have a special interest in neurological, nutritional, and symptom assessment and management of this population. Currently, my studies are focused on postoperative delirium (POD) among patients undergoing cancer surgery (solid tumors). I am investigating how events after surgery (unpleasant symptoms) are associated with the development of POD.


Wachira (Kellen) Suriyawong, MSN, RN

My name is Kellen, and I'm from Thailand. In my spare time, I enjoy cooking and trying cuisines from around the world. My research focuses on examining the association between psychosocial factors and recommended lifestyle behaviors for blood pressure control among young and middle-aged adults with newly diagnosed hypertension. I believe that my research will have an impact on lowering the healthcare costs associated with hypertension or uncontrolled hypertension in this younger age group in Thailand!