(May 19, 2016) – UTHealth School of Nursing’s Martina R. Gallagher, Ph.D., R.N., assistant professor in the Department of Nursing Systems, has been selected as a Peer Mentor for the Behavioral Medicine and Sleep Disorders Research PRIDE Summer Institute. She will attend a week-long training program, July 25-29, offered by the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), which is a partnership between New York University (NYU) and the NYU Langone Medical Center.

When the training program is completed, she will mentor one or two researchers during the subsequent academic year on advancing their projects and developing a new NIH proposal or revising a proposal for resubmission.  She also will participate in quarterly meetings to assess the progress of mentees.

Gallagher, who also is the director of Global Health Programs, will receive an honorarium of $1,000.

“Over the course of a four-year period, we propose to coach about 20 scholars as Peer Mentors,” said Training Program Coordinator Jennifer M. Alexander, M.A.

The mission of PRIDE (“Program to Increase Diversity in Behavioral Medicine and Sleep Disorders Research”) is to instruct underrepresented scientists from diverse backgrounds in multidisciplinary approaches to research and strategies for achieving successful grant funding.

In 2012, Gallagher participated in the two-week PRIDE NIH Behavioral Medicine and Sleep Disorders Research Summer Institute at the SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York.