Jennifer E Beauchamp, PhD, RN
Dr. Jennifer Sanner is an Associate Professor at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) Cizik School of Nursing in the Department of Nursing Systems. Dr. Sanner graduated with a PhD in 2011 and a MSN in Clinical Research Management in 2005 at the Cizik School of Nursing. Dr. Sanner is the Lead Investigator of the University of Texas System Health Biobank Consortium. Under Dr. Sanner’s leadership, genetic and omics-based biobanking efforts are expanding and speeding scientific discovery and translation across eight large academic research and clinical institutions. As a Principal Investigator of a funded research project to engage community stakeholders, Dr. Sanner’s community dialog will continue to influence policy development and informed decision making about genetic biobanking research. Dr. Sanner’s formal genetic training and numerous years of genetic biobanking experience promotes health based on personalized and genetic and omics health information. Her work serves as a model for other nurse scientists pursuing leadership in genetic initiatives. Specifically, Dr. Sanner is generating evidence in biobehavioral determinants of health by targeting neuropsychiatric health to improve health and symptom outcomes. She has numerous publications highlighting the presence of elevated symptoms of depression and associated heightened cardiovascular risks in individuals with acute coronary syndromes. Dr. Sanner’s research emphasizes the importance of understanding the mind-body connection in those living in the aftermath of cardio- and cerebrovascular diseases. Dr. Sanner is currently studying the impact of a dyadic, meditation intervention on symptoms of mood disorders and inflammatory response in high-risk stroke survivors and their informal caregivers.