GSN Faye Glenn Abdellah Center

Faye Glenn Abdellah Center for Military and Federal Health Research

Joan Wasserman, DrPH, RN

Associate Dean for Research

(301) 295-1466




The purpose of the Faye Glenn Abdellah Center for Military and Federal Health Research is to create a dynamic research environment that facilitates faculty and student research and scholarship. The goal is to support both new and experienced scientists, increase extramural research funding, foster transdisciplinary and interdisciplinary research, increase peer-reviewed publications, and develop and mature programs of research that are relevant to military and federal health.

Established on 17 November 2008, Faye Glenn Abdellah Center team members provide a variety of research services to faculty and students. Although not limited to the following, the Associate Dean for Research, Grants Program Manager, and Research Program Manager use multifaceted approaches to help faculty and students:

  • Identify intramural and extramural grant funding opportunities.
  • Develop a research budget.
  • Prepare and edit a grant application.
  • Ensure grant applications conform with funding agency guidelines and requirements
  • Prepare documents and coordinate USU Office of Sponsored Projects approval for a grant application submission.
  • Facilitate hiring actions for study personnel and consultants.
  • Manage fiscal aspects of intramural and extramural grant awards and maintain financial records.
  • Purchase supplies, equipment, and other research materials.
  • Manage research laboratory activities.
  • Prepare Memorandums of Understanding, Assurance Documents, Data Use Agreements, Letters of Support, and other research documents.
  • Review and edit manuscripts and book chapters.
  • Identify dissemination opportunities at international, national, regional, and local meetings.
  • Coordinate External Affairs review and approval for release of papers, abstracts, presentations, and posters.
  • Recognize faculty and student research accomplishments.

Faye Glenn Abdellah Center team members sponsor meetings and work groups that are designed to generate a rich exchange of ideas and propel nursing science. Collectively, nurse scientists discuss potential research topics and collaborations, sharpen research methods, hone grant applications, constructively critique each other’s work, share research results, and relate research findings to clinical practice, education, management, policy, and/or military doctrine.

Finally, the Associate Dean for Research sponsors an intramural research grant each year. The intent is to encourage and support a small research or pilot investigation that will lead to the submission of a larger grant application for intramural or extramural funding.