BRENNAN healthsystems LAB

Uba Backonja, RN


Currently a PhD student at the UW-Madison School of Nursing

BS in Anthropology (UW-Madison, 05) and Nursing (UW-Madison, 10) - RN

I will have my MS in Nursing in August 2011

Research Interests

  • Women’s health: The transition from adolescence to adulthood
  • Personal Health Records (PHRs): Capturing and tracking personal data on mobile devices by way of individual input and Global Positioning Systems (GPS)
  • Psychoneuroimmunology (PNI): Understanding the impact of stress on current and long-term health using the PNI model, and by way of integrating subjective data (PHRs) and objective data (biomarkers)

Focus of your Personal Work:

I am interested in the integration of PHRs and biomarkers to understand the impact of stress on women’s health using the PNI model, with the goal of developing tools and interventions that focus on health promotion and disease prevention. My dissertation will focus on investigating biomarkers related to stress.

Projects you are involved in:

  • Development of a study investigating Observations of Daily Living (ODL)
    • Presented at the Midwest Nursing Research Society Meeting (3/2011) and a poster at the American Medical Informatics Association (11/2010) about methodology development of the ODL study
  • Development of a theory-based online survey to assess motivators and barriers to sexually transmitted disease (STD) testing among college students
    • Presented a poster and at a symposium for the Midwest Nursing Research Society meeting (3/2010, 3/2011) about survey results
    • Developing a paper for a nursing journal discussing STD survey development by the investigators as well as results of the survey

Current Funding:

National Institute for Nursing Research (NINR)/National Institutes of Health (NIH) Graduate Partnership Program fellowship

Extracurricular Interest:

  • Travel
  • Cooking



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