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Design Decisions in Research

10. Author Biographies

Robin Whittemore, PhD, APRN, FAAN is an Associate Professor at Yale School of Nursing. She has conducted translational research on type 2 diabetes management and prevention. She has additional expertise in the development and testing of internet interventions for youth with type 1 diabetes and youth at risk for type 2 diabetes. Dr. Whittemore also has written numerous methodological papers. She received a BSN from the University of Bridgeport in 1978, an MSN from the University of Connecticut in 1991, and a PhD in nursing from Boston College in 2000.

Dr. Gail Melkus, EdD, C-ANP, FAAN, is the Florence and William Downs Professor in Nursing Research and Director of the Muriel & Virginia Pless Center for Nursing Research at New York University College of Nursing. Dr. Melkus is a nationally recognized expert in diabetes nursing care and research. Her sustained interest in eliminating health disparities among vulnerable populations earned her a reputation as a leader in the development and testing of culturally competent models of diabetes care. Dissemination, replication and translation of her work have contributed to reshaping the delivery of diabetes care. In collaboration with the Diabetes Research & Training Center of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, Dr. Melkus developed and implemented the first specialty concentration in diabetes care for advanced practice nurses in the country. Dr. Melkus received an undergraduate degree from the University of Bridgeport, a Master's degree in Community Health from SCSU, and a doctoral degree from Teacher's College Columbia University. She is the former Independence Foundation Professor of Nursing at the Yale University School of Nursing.