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Graduate Assistantship to Study Health Disparities and Disease Self-Management

Dominique Bulgin, PhD, in the College of Nursing is seeking a Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) for a research project entitled, Understanding Facilitators and Barriers to Disease Self-Management for Men Living with Sickle Cell Disease.

The goal of the project is to identify facilitators and barriers to disease self-management for men living with sickle cell disease (SCD). The first expected outcome of this study is identification of the multilevel facilitators and intervenable barriers to SCD self-management for men. Our investigative team previously adapted and piloted an evidence-based self-management program for SCD. Thus, the second expected outcome is that data from this study will provide guidance for tailoring the intervention to better meet the needs of men with SCD.

The research team will be recruiting men living with sickle cell disease to participate in surveys and interviews over the course of 12 months. This GRA position covers tuition and stipend for 20/hour week from January 2023 through June 2023.

A PhD student interested in health disparities and health equity, disease self-management, intervention development, mixed method research, men’s health, and/or sickle cell disease is preferred. Ideally, the student would use this project as the basis for their dissertation, adding a research question(s) to complement the current project aims.

This position will take place remotely. Please contact Prof. Bulgin (dbulgin@utk.edu) if you are interested in or have questions regarding this GRA opportunity.