Faculty & Staff Profile

Faculty/Staff Profile




Marlene Z. Cohen, PhD, RN, FAAN      See CV
Professor,
Kenneth E. Morehead Endowed Chair in Nursing,
Associate Dean for Research

Contact Information
University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC)
College of Nursing - Omaha Division
Room 5071
985330 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-5330
United States of America
tel:(402) 559-5358
E-Mail: mzcohen@unmc.edu

Dr. Marlene Z. Cohen is the Kenneth E. Morehead Endowed Chair in Nursing and the Associate Dean for Research. Dr. Cohen received her bachelor's degree in nursing, her master's degree in psychiatric –mental health nursing and doctorate in clinical nursing research from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Research

Dr. Cohen's program of research focuses on understanding how the world is perceived by clients and patients, defining and promoting health and preventing disease; examining the influences of social and physical environments on health and illness; and addressing the effects of nursing care on patients and their families and helping refine specific therapeutic actions- both interpersonal and physical - that influence people's ability to respond to symptoms and health problems. For Cohen, this perspective translates into using science networks to pursue a continuing line of study consisting of multiple interlocking investigations that build on each other, replicate and extend previous work, and explore areas related to a central line of investigation. This is her way of trying to make a substantial contribution in a particular area of knowledge by asking probing questions that expand the evolving base of research findings in a focused area. Her scholarship has resulted in over 100 refereed publications. She has presented more than 180papers and presentations nationally and internationally, and has received funding as principal investigator, co-investigator, on 25 research grants, many of them funded by NIH.

Professional Service/Recognition

Member of Sigma Xi, Scientific Research Honor Society, Phi Kappa Phi, Interdisciplinary, Scholastic Honor Society, was a Fellow, Leadership for Academic Nursing Program, American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Fellow of the Academic Leadership Development Program, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, received the 2004 Excellence in Nursing Research Award, Sigma Theta Tau International, Zeta Pi Chapter, was nominated in 2004 and 2003 for the President’s Award for Mentoring Women, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, is a Fellow, American Academy of Nursing (FAAN), was an invited consultation, at the University of Rome, Italy, to establish clinical research priorities for the country, was both a member of the Hadassah Nurses Council National Advisory Board, and had invited consultation, Hebrew University School of Nursing and Hadassah Medical Organization, Jerusalem, Israel Member, Nursing Science: Adults and Older Adults Study Section, NSAA (Study Section), Center for Scientific Review, NIH, 2005- 2008

Research Funding

Recent Funding

Co-Investigator:
Director, Building Interdisciplinary Teams Core(C. Pullen, PI)
Interdisciplinary Healthy Heart Center: Linking Rural Populations by Technology
Granting Agency: National Institutes of Health/ National Cancer Institute (NINR)
Duration: 2009-2014
Grant #: P20 NR011404
Amount: $1,500,000
   
Co-Investigator:
(M. Balas, PD)
Implementing a nurse led program to improve delirium screening, prevention and treatment in intensive care units
Granting Agency: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Duration: 2010-2012
Grant #: 68221
Amount: $300,000
   
Co-Investigator:
(E. Bruera, PI; M.Z. Cohen, PI for subcontract)
Methylphenidate for fatigue in advanced cancer patients
Granting Agency: National Institutes of Health/ National Cancer Institute
Duration: 2006-2011
Grant #: R01 NR010162
Amount: $1,352,651
   
Co-Investigator:
(E. Bruera, PI; M.Z. Cohen, PI for subcontract)
Parenteral Hydration in Advanced Cancer Patients: A Randomized Controlled Trial
Granting Agency: National Institutes of Health/ National Cancer Institute
Duration: 2006-2011
Grant #: RO1 CA122292
Amount: $1,944,454
   
Co-Investigator:
(D. Zhukovsky , PI)
Symptom profiles in English and Spanish-speaking children with cancer- funded
Granting Agency: American Cancer Society
Duration: 2008 -2011
Amount: $140,435
   
Principal Investigator: Symptom management in blood and marrow transplantation
Granting Agency: National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Nursing Research
Duration: 2002-2005
Grant #: RO1 NR05188
Amount: $700,575
   

 

Florence Nightingale was the first among many to discuss the need to understand patients’ perceived needs in order to meet those needs effectively. My work has been designed to better understand patients’ experiences because the meaning that patient attribute to their experiences help create the needs they have and how these needs can best be met.