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Donna M. Zucker



RN, PhD, FAAN

Associate Professor                                                             
donna@acad.umass.edu                                          
http://works.bepress.com/donna_zucker/

 

Biography

Dr. Zucker received her Ph.D. from the University of Rhode Island, her master’s degree from Umass Amherst, and her baccalaureate degree from Mundelein College, Loyola University, Chicago, IL.  She completed a NINR Summer Genetics Research Institute Fellowship in 2012 and is a current Society of Gastroenterology Nursing Scholar.

Her program of research is focused on symptom identification and management of adverse events in person with hepatitis C particularly those in treatment, in recovery or incarcerated. She has developed an expertise in two areas: communicable disease prevention and behavioral modification for persons with substance abuse. The populations she works with are at high risk for acquiring hepatitis, HIV and return to substance abuse. As part of this work, she actively participates in the following professional clinical organizations: the Society of Gastroenterology Nursing, The Labyrinth Connection of Western MA, and MA Viral Hepatitis Coalition.  

Current research is focused on decreasing the disparity between available screening and treatment for HIV and HCV, and access by high-risk persons who are homeless, incarcerated and actively recovering. She and her collaborators hope to provide an innovative, cost effective, multi test point of care screening device to reduce barriers to access to treatment and wellness. Ongoing work continues in measuring biomarkers for stress response in offenders before and after participating in labyrinth walking, and measuring differences in outdoor and indoor labyrinth walking.

Dr. Zucker is recognized as an expert behavioral treatment for stress in offenders both in the US and abroad.  She is currently co-chair of the American Academy of Nursing Expert Panel on Emerging Infectious Diseases and the Eastern Nursing Research Society Research Interest Group on Criminal Justice, Violence and Trauma.  Additionally she belongs to two regional consortia on Correctional Health and Medicine:  University of Connecticut Center for Correctional Health Networks and the University of Massachusetts 5 Campus System – Cross-Campus Collaboration on Criminal Justice and Health.

 

Education

Diploma           Raritan Bay Medical Center, (1971), Nursing
BS                   Loyola University (1980), Biology
MS                  University of Massachusetts (1990), Nursing
PhD                 University of Rhode Island (1999), Nursing
Postdoc           University of Pennsylvania (2001-2002), Summer Research Institute - Center for Health Disparities - Susan Gennaro and Loretta Jemmott, Co-Directors
Certificate       NINR Summer Genetics Institute, (2012), NIH

 

Research Interests

Recovery from Addiction
Stress reduction
Hepatitis C
Symptom Management
Point of Care Testing
Epigenetics of Addiction
Case Study Method

 

Teaching

N810 Advanced Research methods
N700 Nursing History and Philosophy of Science
N642 Teaching in Nursing
N420 Nursing Research
FFY 197 Your Brain on Drugs

 

Grants/Funding

March 2014.  University of Massachusetts Office of Faculty Development and Center for Teaching, Flex Grant for Teaching and Faculty Development. $500, 1 year, Donna M. Zucker PI, 1% contribution.  Role:  Mentoring of Correctional Health Research Interest Group members from College of Nursing at the Eastern Nursing Research Society, April 2014, Philadelphia, PA.

March 2014. University of Massachusetts First Year Experience, Seminar Development – Your Brain on Drugs. $2000, 1 year, Donna M. Zucker PI, 20% effort.  Role:  One hour weekly seminar on Family Addiction, Spring 2014.

April, 2013.  Observation of Human Factors During a Routine Blood Screening.  Protocol Number:  2013-1589.  Christopher Salthouse  (PI), Donna M. Zucker, (Co- PI), Akshaya Shanmugan, RA.  University of Massachusetts School of Nursing Intramural seed funding.   20% effort.  Role: Administers laboratory testing.   $500.

September, 2012.  RWJF. New Careers in Nursing Supplemental Technical Grant, Donna M. Zucker, PI.  2% effort. Role:  Program Grant Manager for Student Expenses. $5,200. 

May, 2012.  RWJF. New Careers in Nursing Scholarships,  Donna M. Zucker, PI.  # 7006.   2% effort.  Role:  Program Grant Manager for Student Expenses.  $50,000   

March, 2012.  Jonas Foundation Scholarship, Donna M. Zucker, PI.  Award # OGCA 112-0767. 5% effort. Role:  BS to PhD student mentor  $10,000.

December, 2011.  Wrist monitoring of BP in offenders walking the labyrinth.

Intramural School of Nursing Scholarship Fund.  Donna M. Zucker, PI.  10% effort. Role:  Oversee reliability and validity testing for use in non traditional clinical settings.  $2,000.

June 2011.  Advanced Nursing Education Traineeship. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Award number  A10HP22131-01-00, 1 year, Donna M. Zucker, PI, 1% effort.  Role:  GPD reporting and administration functions of student traineeships.  $42,000.

May 2011.  Mellon Mutual Mentoring Team Grant.  University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 1 year, Genevieve Chandler, Erin Lamoureux, and Donna M. Zucker, Co-PIs 5% effort.  Role:  Co-facilitate the mentoring program in the College of Nursing. $9,951.

May 2011.  Green Labyrinth Planning and Construction. Hampshire Sheriff’s Office, Umass School of Nursing and Umass School of Landscape Architecture Design and Regional Planning. 1 year, Kathryn Callahan, PI, Donna Zucker, Lorraine Villemaire, Catherine Rigali and Patrick McGeough consultants, 5% contribution. Role:  Mentor for the Graduate Landscape Architecture student work. $15,000.

November 2010. Genentech Corporation. The Hepatitis C and HIV Prevention and Risk Reduction Program.  $23,000, 1 year, Donna M. Zucker, PI, 5% contribution. Role:  Oversee the grant and conduct all evaluations of project.

March 2010. University of Massachusetts Research Support Fund:  Labyrinth Walking to Enhance Wellness in Incarcerated Substance Abusers.  $800, 1 year, Donna M. Zucker, PI; Catherine Rigali, co-PI, Lorraine Villemaire, co-PI.  5% contribution.  Role:  To recruit, enroll and evaluate additional subjects for labyrinth walking course.

February 2010. University of Massachusetts Office of Faculty Development and Center for Teaching, Flex Grant for Teaching and Faculty Development. $500, 1 year, Donna M. Zucker PI, 1% contribution.  Role:  Present a research poster at a national addictions conference.

September 2009. University of Massachusetts First Year Experience, Seminar Development – Your Brain on Drugs. $2000, 1 year, Donna M. Zucker PI, 20% effort. Role:  One hour weekly seminar on Family Addiction, Fall, 2009.

August 2008.  International Nurses Society on Addictions - Labyrinth Walking to Enhance Wellness. $1000, 1 year, Donna M. Zucker PI, 10% contribution. Role:  To recruit, enroll and evaluate study of labyrinth walking study.

May 2008.  University of Massachusetts Public Service Endowment Grant -The Hepatitis C and HIV Prevention and Risk Reduction in Community Corrections Program. $13,513.90, 1 year, Donna M. Zucker PI, 10% contribution.  Role: Overall grant responsibility including recruitment, enrollment and evaluation of the study.

February 2008. Massachusetts Board of Higher Education Commonwealth of Massachusetts/Instruction Contract.  Nurse of the Future Competencies for Education and Practice:  Phase 1.  $10,000, 1 year, Mary Tarbell, Donna M. Zucker Co-PIs, 10% contribution.  Role:  Facilitate the Umass evaluation team, present findings and compile data for final report.

February 2008.  Massachusetts Board of Higher Education Commonwealth of Massachusetts/Instruction Contract.  Nurse of the Future Competencies for Education and Practice:  Phases 2 and 3. $110,000, 1 year, Grantee Springfield Technical Community College, Donna M. Zucker, data collector, 10% contribution.  Role:  Attend train the trainer workshops and participate in creating a program plan for seamless pathway curriculum AD to BS. 

September 2007.  University of Massachusetts - Mellon Mutual Mentoring Grant M3, Center for Faculty Development. $14,455, 2 years, Barton-Burke, M., Chandler, G., Jacelon, C. and Donna M. Zucker co-PIs, 10% effort.  Role: Co-facilitate the monthly meetings and workshops for mentees.  Complete end of grant report.

November 2006.  Valaent Pharma, International - Update on Hepatitis C Management Lectures to Hepatitis C One on One Support Groups.  $500, 1 year, Donna M. Zucker PI, 5% effort.  Role:  Organize lecture for area providers and support groups leaders, and members.

September 30, 2006.  Schering Plough - Hepatitis C Lectures to Tapestry Healthcare of MA.  $8,000, 1 year, Donna M. Zucker PI, 5% effort.  Role:  Organize and plan 8 area physician led HCV /HIV update lectures to area providers in Western MA.

September 2006. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in partnership with Northwest Health Foundation, and Irene E. and George A. Davis Foundation, Partners Investing in Nursing’s Future.  Regional Employment Board of Hampden County – CAN DO Partnership.  $400,000, 2 years, University of Massachusetts- Founding Member, Donna M. Zucker data collector, 10% effort.   Role:  Attended monthly meetings for planning the seamless progression curriculum for AD to BS nursing students.

June 2006.  Roche Pharmaceuticals - Mobile Outreach Service for Hepatitis C Prevention in Western Massachusetts. 1 year, Donna M. Zucker PI, 20% effort. Role:  Oversee the execution and evaluation of this study at four locations in Western MA. $9154.

June 2006.  Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Mobile Outreach Service for Hepatitis C Prevention in Western Massachusetts. 1 year, Donna M. Zucker PI, 20% effort.  Role:  Order, administer and track vaccinations for Hepatitis A and B in those at high risk in Western MA. In kind vaccine and serum testing value $44,000.

April 2006.  University of Massachusetts/Baystate Health Systems Collaborative Biomedical Research Program - Biofeedback for Fecal Incontinence in Rectal Cancer Patients. 1 year, Richard Arenas, Donna M. Zucker co-PIs, 10% effort. Role:  Create protocol and teaching plan for study. Order and test biofeedback equipment. $5.000.

December 2005.  Intermune, Inc. - Update on Hepatitis C Management in the Correctional Setting. 1 year, Donna M. Zucker PI, 5% effort. Role:  Educational series for communicable disease prevention- Hampshire County Jail. $1000.

November 2005.  Integrated Therapeutics Corp., Schering Plough - Educational Funds, Peer –Education at the Hampshire County Jail. 1 year, Donna M. Zucker PI, 10% effort.  Role: Oversee the execution and evaluation of this study in Hampshire County Community Corrections. $2500.

October 2005.  Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates, Inc. - Research Grant Award, Peer Education for Hepatitis C Prevention. 1 year, Donna M. Zucker PI, 10% contribution.  Role:  Oversee the execution and evaluation of this study in Hampshire County Jail. $2500.

September 2005.  Roche Pharmaceuticals - Unrestricted Educational Grant for Harm Reduction Manual. 1 year, Donna M. Zucker PI, 15% contribution. Role:  Create a website for a hepatitis C support group and create a harm reduction manual. $3800.

December 2002.  Roche Pharmaceuticals - Unrestricted Educational Award for Hepatitis C Support Groups. 1 year, Donna M. Zucker PI, 5% contribution. Role:  Conduct hepatitis C support groups. $1000.

June 2002.  Roche Pharmaceuticals - Unrestricted Educational Award for Hepatitis C Support Groups. 1 year, Donna M. Zucker PI, 5% effort.  Role:  Create and conduct hepatitis C support groups $1500.

October 2001.  University of Pennsylvania Summer Nursing Research Institute Prime Grant No.3 - P30-NR05042-02S1 - Adherence to Treatment in Women with Hepatitis C. 1 year, Donna Zucker PI, 20% effort.  Role:  Overall responsibility for conduct and evaluation of focus group studies in three counties in MA. $4,551.95.

August 2001.  University of Massachusetts Professional Development Grant - Online Instruction Fellows Program. 2 years, Donna M. Zucker co-PI, 10% effort.  Role:  Monthly group meetings with grantees to develop best practices for online learning and creation of a faculty manual. $18,000.

June 2001.  University of Massachusetts Joseph P. Healey Endowment Grant - An Exercise Intervention to Prevent Hepatitis - Related Fatigue. 1 year, Donna M. Zucker PI, 20% effort.  Role:  Oversee the execution and evaluation of this study in Western MA. $8098.

September 1999.  University of Massachusetts School of Nursing, Isenberg School of Management, and School of Public Health Sciences - A Three-School Proposal for Offering Multiple Professional Degrees with Online Access. 3 years, Donna M. Zucker co-PI, 10% effort.  Role:  Online teaching early adopter group charged with converting face to face programs to hybrid and online programs. $207,000.

 

Publications

            Zucker, D.M., Dion, K. & McKeever, R.P.  (2014). Concept clarification of grief in parents of children with an addiction.  Manuscript under review. 

            Zucker, D.M. & Bailey, D. Jr.  (2014).  Hepatitis C testing in the birth cohort 1945-1965.  Have you been tested? Manuscript accepted for publication in Nursing Outlook, Sept./Oct. issue. 

            Zucker, D.M. & Redulla, R. (2014).   Optimal medical management of minimal hepatic encephalopathy: A systematic review protocol.  The JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports, ISSN 2202-4433.  

            Zucker, D.M., Villemaire, L, Rigali, C & Callahan, K. (2013).  Evolution of a labyrinth walking program in corrections.  Journal of Forensic Nursing, 9 (2), 101-104.

            Choi, J. & Zucker, D.* (2013).   Self-Assessment of nursing informatics competencies for Doctor of Nursing Practice students.   Journal of Professional Nursing, 29 (6), 381-387.

            Zucker, D.M. (2012). Policy brief:  Hepatitis C screening and testing. Nursing Outlook, 60, (July/Aug) p. 229-30.

            Zucker, D.M., Sharma, A. (2012).  Labyrinth walking in corrections.  Journal of Addictions Nursing, 23:47–54, DOI: 10.3109/10884602.2011.645253

          Zucker, D.M., Choi, J.C. & Gallagher, E. (2011).  Mobile Outreach Strategies for Screening Hepatitis and HIV in High Risk Populations.  Public Health Nursing.  DOI: 10.1111/j.1525-1446.2011.00970.x          

        Zucker, D.M. (2009).  An intervention to prevent symptoms associated with hepatitis C: a pilot study.  Applied Nursing Research,  doi:10.1016/j.apnr.2008.04.003.

       Zucker, D.M. (2009).  Peer education for hepatitis C prevention.  Gastroenterology Nursing, 32(1), 42-48.

       Zucker, D.M. & Rigali, C.  (2008). University and sheriff’s office create a model collaboration. Corrections Today, April, pp. 18-20.

       Koerbel, L & Zucker, D.M.* (2007). The suitability of mindfulness-based stress reduction for chronic hepatitis C.   Journal of Holistic Nursing, 25(4), 265-274.

       Kim, D., Kim, H., Schwartz-Barcott, D. & Zucker, D.M. * (2006).  The nature of hope in hospitalized chronically ill patients.  International Journal of Nursing Studies, 43:  547-556. 

       Zucker, D.M.  (2006).  A case of health disparity:  Treatment issues in women with hepatitis C.  Gastroenterology Nursing, 29 (2), 137-141.    

      Gapinski, M & Zucker, D. M.* (2005). Review of the literature:  Factors influencing the development of a hepatitis C exercise protocol.  Gastroenterology Nursing, 28(3), S10-S18.

       Zucker, D.M. & Borg, D. (2005). Plato’s Cave and Aristotle’s Games:  Dialogues Across the Disciplines.  Journal of Nursing Philosophy, 6(2), 144-147.

       Jacelon, C.J., Zucker, D.M.,* Stacciarini, J.M. & Henneman, E.A.  (2003).  Peer mentoring for tenure-track faculty.  Journal of Professional Nursing, 19(6), 335-338.

       Zucker, D.M.  (2003). Relapse in Hepatitis C:  A Case Study.  Clinical Excellence for Nurse Practitioners, 7(3), 53-59.

       Zucker, D.M.  (2002).  Chronic heart disease:  An approach for intervention.  Rehabilitation Nursing, 27(5), 187-191; 198.

       Hunter, A., Lusardi, P., Zucker, D.M., * Jacelon, C., & Chandler, G.  (2002).  Making meaning:  The creative component in qualitative research.  Qualitative Health Research, 12(3), 388-398.

       Zucker, D.M. & Miller, B. (2001).  Assessment of side effects in patients with chronic hepatitis C receiving combination therapy.  Gastroenterology Nursing, 24(4), 192-196.

       Zucker, D.M.  (2001).  Using case study methodology in nursing research. The Qualitative Report, 6(2), (http://www.nova.edu/ssss/QR/QR6-2/zucker.html)

       Zucker, D.M.  (2000).  Depicting death: Lessons on writing and professional development in nursing.  Journal of Nursing Education, 39(3), 142-144. 

 

Publications (Other)

Abstract

            Zucker, D.M. (2006). Hepatitis C prevention in a county correctional facility.  Gastroenterology Nursing, 29(2), p. 173.  SGNA’s 33rd Annual Course May 19-24, San Antonio, TX.

            Zucker, D.M. (2006).  Hepatitis C prevention in corrections.  Hepatology, 44(S1), pp. 588-691A. American Association for the Study of Liver Disease 56th Annual Meeting, November 11-15, San Francisco, CA. DOI: 10.1002/hep.21399.

Book Chapter

            Zucker, D.M. (2009). Teaching Case Study Research.  In M. Garner, C. Wagner, & B. Kawulich, Teaching Research Methods in the Social Sciences.  Oxon, UK:  Ashgate Publishing Limited. 

Interview

            Zucker, D.M. & Chandler, G.E. (2014).  Improve Nurse Retention, Increase Diversity, and Strengthen Quality of Care Through Nurse Mentorship.  Healthcare Business Insight Cost & Quality Academy. http://public.healthcarebusinessinsights.com/            

Website

            Zucker, D.M., Chandler, G.E and Kalmakis, K. (2014).  Chatauqua Nursing is an interactive website for PhD, DNP and now honors students, to promote student involvement, in research networking.  https://sharepoint.umass.edu/nursing/engage/SitePages/Home.aspx

White Paper

            Zucker, D.M & Salthouse, C. (February, 2013).  System for Field Screening for Hepatitis C White Paper. Presented to Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority in the Public Health Emergency Group in HHS.  U.S. Special Operations Command.

DVD'S/Video

            Rigali, C., Villemaire. L., Zucker, D.M. * & Callahan, K. (2013).  Pathway to Change: The Jail Labyrinth Project.  Viewed at YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJfvJgfzRsg

 

Honors/Awards

November 2010.  Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.
October 2008. University of Massachusetts School of Nursing Distinguished Alumni Award 
May 2004.  University of Massachusetts School of Nursing College Outstanding Teacher Award
June 2002.  Sigma Theta Tau International Information Technology for Knowledge Advancement Award, Chapter Leader Academy, Indianapolis, IN.
October 2001. Outstanding Continuing Education Faculty Award - University Continuing Education Association, New England Annual Conference, Falmouth, MA.

 

Professional Service

American Academy of Nursing, Member 2010 –present
            Member of the Fellow Selection Committee – 2012-2015
            Member of Expert Panel on Emerging Infectious Diseases 2012-
                        Co Chair 2014-
American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases  
            Clinical Research Committee, 2009-2011
            NP/PA Task Force 2005-2007
            AASLD, Education Committee Member 2003-2005
            Associate Member 2003-present
American Nurses Association/Massachusetts Association for Registered Nurses, # 01346166,     Member 2008-present
American Psychiatric Nurses Association, Member 2013-present
            Addictions Council Advisory Panel, 2014      
Correctional Health, Vulnerable Groups, and Substance Abuse - Chair, Research Interest            Group- University of         Massachusetts School of Nursing, Established June 2013.
Eastern Nursing Research Society, Member 1991 to present
            Nominating Committee, 2014-
            Co-Chair – Criminal Justice, Violence and Trauma Research Interest Group 2013-
            Membership Committee, 2006-2009
            Abstract Reviewer 2011; 2012
Labyrinth Connection of Western Massachusetts.  Member and Certified Labyrinth Facilitator,
            Steering Committee for Spring Program, 2014
            Member 2009-present
Massachusetts Department of Public Health- Viral Hepatitis Advisory Committee Member since 2005.
Massachusetts Viral Hepatitis Coalition 
            Member, 2002 -2008
            Steering Committee Member; 2011; 2005-2008; 2011-present
Massachusetts Public Health Association 
            Regional Committee Member 2004
Sigma Theta Tau, International Honor Society for Nursing
            Beta Zeta At Large Chapter
            Treasurer, 2009-Present
            Eligibility Committee 2002-present
            Member Involvement 2004-2005
            Chair, Finance Committee, 2004-2009
            Counselor, 2002-2004
            New England Region 15 Mentor, Fall 2001-Fall 2003
            New England Region V Coordinator, 1997-1999; re-elected 1999-2001
            International Finance Committee, member 1996-1997
Society for Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates
            Member 2004-present.
            Research Committee 2006-2012; 2013
            Co-Chair Research Committee 2010-2011; 2014-2015
            Chair, Research Committee 2011-12
University of Connecticut Center for Correctional Health Networks- member 2013.   Jail Labyrinth DVD posted on the Correctional Health Research page  http://nursing.uconn.edu/corporate-community-partnerships/correctional-health-services-research/correctional-health-research
University of Massachusetts 5 Campus System – Cross-campus Collaboration on Criminal Justice and Health, 2014. 
Western MA Nursing Collaborative (formerly Collaborating for the Advancement of Nursing: Developing Opportunities). Partners Investing in Nursing, Regional Employment Board, Springfield, MA.  Member 2007-2013.

 

Community Service

American Liver Foundation
            Walk for Liver Wellness 2006
            2007 Walk Co-Chair Western Massachusetts
Achieving Diversity Initiative.  Course content mapping and development.  Dr. Jean Swinney, PI 2013-2014. 
Embracing the Challenge Initiative. Cultural diversity workshop participation.  Dr. Jean Swinney, PI 2005-2006
Long Island Shelter for the Homeless, Boston, MA.  Labyrinth Walking workshop for staff and residents, July 2014.
People to People Ambassador Program in China June 6-21, 2007
Spiritual Spa Day – One-day workshop. Member of Planning Committee 2014
Town Meeting Member Amherst, MA. 2006-2011
Volunteer Hampden County Sheriff’s Office-Chicopee Women’s Facility 2008-2009
Volunteer Hampshire Sheriff’s Office 2004-present