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Jing Wang, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN

Professor and Vice Dean for Research, Hugh Roy Cullen Professor, UT Health San Antonio School of Nursing, San Antonio, TX, USA

Director, Center on Smart and Connected Health Technologies, UT Health San Antonio, San Antonio, TX, USA


Wang's research uses mobile and connected technology to support seniors aging in place and to optimize behavioral lifestyle interventions and improve patient-centered outcomes in type 2 diabetes and obesity, especially among the underserved communities. Through interprofessional collaborations, her research also spans patient safety, usability evaluation on electronic health record systems, and health promotion in Mexican-American and Asian-American populations.  

Research Focus

Aging in place, mobile health, connected health, telehealth, diabetes education, lifestyle interventions, living lab, self-regulation, behavior change, usability evaluation, clinical decision support, interprofessional education, patient-generated health data, patient reported outcomes.

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Tracey L Yap, PhD, RN, CNE, WCC, FAAN

Associate Professor, School of Nursing, Duke University, Durham, NC, USA


The overarching goal of her research is to improve the quality of care delivered by nursing staff, regardless of setting, and she aims to advance nursing’s ability to improve health care outcomes by increasing the mobility/movement of individuals through nursing’s use of cueing approaches, such as reminder messages and behavioral alerts. More specifically, she aims to understand and improve the processes that facilitate nursing staff implementation of evidence-based mobility/movement best practices that target common, yet seemingly intractable geriatric conditions, such as facility-acquired pressure ulcers.

Research Focus

Geriatric nursing, pressure ulcer/injury prevention, nursing subculture, implementation science

Yun Jiang, PhD, MS, RN

Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA


I have a multidisciplinary background across the specialty of Health Informatics, Nursing, Gerontology, and Pharmacy. My research interest focuses on informatics and data-driven solutions for patient health self-management.  

Research Focus

My research interests include health self-management, health decision making, cancer treatment adherence and toxicity self-reporting, eHealth/mHealth application, clinical notes analysis, natural language processing, and machine learning.

Yaguang Zheng, PhD, MSN, RN

Assistant Professor, Boston College Connell School of Nursing, Chestnut Hill, MA, USA


My professional background combines technology-based intervention, behavioral intervention for weight loss and type 2 diabetes

Research Focus

My research interests focus on improving self-management skills and lifestyle behavioral changes using technology for adults with diabetes or obesity. In particular, my work focuses on developing a theory-based mobile health behavior intervention for older adults with type 2 diabetes to improve their self-management of disease. I am also interested in examining long-term patterns of technology-based self-monitoring behaviors.

Leanne Lefler, PhD, MSN, RN

Associate Professor, College of Nursing, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Arkansas, USA


Dr. Leanne Lefler, PhD, APRN is a board-certified Advanced Practice Nurse and Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist. Her expertise focuses on health promotion in older adults by reducing cardiovascular risk, improving physical activity and self management of chronic disease. She has received federal, foundation, and other funding for this work. Recent research includes modifying individual health by promoting equity & building a culture of health within communities. She is a fellow in the American Heart Association and was named a Culture of Health Nurse Leader by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation & AARP.

Research Focus

Health promotion, older adults, cardiovascular disease