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Nancy Jallo

Nancy Jallo, PhD, RNC, FNP-BC, WHNP-BC, CNS

Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Community Nursing
1100 East Leigh Street, Room 3035
Richmond, VA 23298-0567
(804) 628-3365
E-mail: njallo@vcu.edu


TEACHING:

I have extensive experience in perinatal and women’s healthcare and have practiced in a variety of settings, ranging from in-patient hospital settings, ambulatory care clinics, to case management in the United States and Europe. As a practicing clinical nurse specialist as well as family and women’s health nurse practitioner, I am familiar with the challenging stressors and symptoms experienced by families. I believe nursing has a tremendous role in delivering quality care and advancing the health and well-being of families. I teach primarily in the undergraduate and graduate masters-level programs. I also serve as a doctoral student advisor.

RESEARCH:

My biobehavioral program of research focuses on improving maternal and infant outcomes with a particular emphasis on maternal stress, associated stress responses, personal resilience and biologic pathways as well as epigenetic factors influencing outcomes in at-risk women.  A focus of my biobehavioral research is developing and testing innovative, easy to implement interventions to promote well-being, influence biobehavioral mechanisms, and improve health outcomes.  I have tested guided imagery, a complementary and alternative therapy, in different populations with positive results and continue to study the effects and mechanisms of this powerful therapy.

SERVICE:

My service is consistent with my research goals of improving maternal and infant outcomes. I volunteer for the Virginia Chapter of the March of Dimes as a program services member as well as a member on the Board of Directors for the Virginia Chapter of the March of Dimes.  I also volunteer with Physicians for Peace as the Medical Operations Committee Chair as well as a member of the Executive and Board of Directors. I am a member of the Virginia Council of Nurse Practitioners (VCNP), Association for Women’s, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nursing (AWHONN), Southern Nursing Research Society (SNRS), and Sigma Theta Tau.

EDUCATION

  • B.S. The University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
    Nursing
  • M.S.N The Catholic Univerisity of America
    Maternal Child Concentration
  • Post-Master's Certificate Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA
    Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA
    Women's Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Ph.D. University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
    Nursing

AWARDS/HONORS

  • VCU Institute of Women’s Health 10th Annual Women’s Health Research Day Building Interdisciplinary Bridges in Women’s Health Research Award 2014
  • Virginia Chapter of March of Dimes Outstanding Leadership in Program 2011
  • Virginia Chapter of March of Dimes Volunteer of the Year 2010
  • Virginia Chapter of March of Dimes Volunteer Hall of Fame 2006
  • Nursing Practice Award Recipient Epsilon Chi Chapter 1998

RESEARCH FUNDING

  • 2014-2015 PI: “A Pocket Computer Delivered Stress Coping Intervention for Hospitalized Pregnant Women at High Risk for Preterm Birth”. Funded through Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing Intramural Grant Program
  • 2011-2012 Project Director: “Guided Imagery Effects of Pregnancy Symptoms and Outcomes” Epigenetic Amendment. Funded through Virginia Commonwealth School of Nursing
  • 2010-2011 Co-investigator: University of San Diego School of Nursing “Maternal Stress”; funded through intramural funding provided by the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, University of San Diego (Howland, PI) and the Center for Biobehavioral Clinical Research, School of Nursing, Virginia Commonwealth University(P30 NR011403; M.Grap, PI)
  • 2010-2012 Project Director: “Guided Imagery Effects of Pregnancy Symptoms and Outcomes”; funded through Grant #P30 NR011403 (Grap, PI), Center of Excellence for Biobehavioral Approaches to Symptom Management; National Institute of Nursing Research, NIH
  • 2010-2011 PI: “Guided Imagery Effects of Pregnancy Symptoms and Outcomes” funded through A.D. Williams foundation, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • 2008-2009 PI: “The Effects of Guided Imagery on Maternal Stress during Hospitalization for Preterm Labor” funded through Sentara Norfolk General Hospital and Virginia Chapter of the March of Dimes

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • Jallo, N. Ruiz, J.R., Elswick, R.K., & French, E (2014). Guided Imagery for Stress and Symptom
    Management in Pregnant African American Women, Evidenced Based Complementary and Alternate Medicine, http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/840923.[R,D] PMID:24719646
  • Newnam, K.M., McGrath, J.M., Estes,T., Jallo, N., Salyer, J., & Bass, W.T. (2013). An
    integrative review of skin breakdown in the preterm infant associated with nasal continuous positive airway pressure. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic & Neonatal Nurses, 42(5), 508-516. [R,S] PMID:24020476.
  • Jallo, N., Lyon, D.E., Kinser, P.A., Kelly, D.L., Menzies, V., & Jackson-Cook, C. (2013).
    Recruiting for Epigenetic Research: Facilitating the Informed Consent Process. Nursing Research and Practice, 935740.doi:10.1155/2013/935740 Epub 2013 Jun 6. [R,D] PMID:23840949 PMC:3690242
  • Jallo, N., Cozens, R., Smith, M.W., & Simpson, R.I. (2013). Effects of a guided imagery
    intervention on stress in hospitalized pregnant women: a pilot study. Holistic Nursing Practice, 27(3):129-139. [R,D] PMID:23580099
  • Baker, B., McGrath, J., Pickler, R., Jallo, N. & Cohen, S.(2013). Competence and
    responsiveness in mothers of later preterm infants versus term infants. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic & Neonatal Nurses, 42(3):301-310.[R,D,S] PMID 23601024.
  • Ruiz, R.J., Picker, R.H., Marti, C.N., & Jallo, N. (2013).  Family cohesion, acculturation,
    maternal cortisol and preterm birth in Mexican American Hispanic Women.  International Journal of Women’s Health, 5:243-252. [R,D] PMID:23696717 PMC:3658537
  • Schaffer, L., Jallo, N., Howland, L., James, K., & Glaser, D. (2013). Guided Imagery: an
    innovative approach to improving sleep quality. Journal of Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing, 27(2):151-159. [R,D] PMID:23618936.
  • Ruiz, RJ., Jallo, N., Murphey, C., Marti, C.N., & Pickler, R. (2012). Second trimester maternal
    plasma levels of cytokines IL-1Ra, Il-6, and IL-10 interact to Predict Preterm Birth.  Journal of Perinatology, 32:483-490. [R,D] PMID:22460542 PMC:3386355
  • Matsuda, Y., McGrath, J.M. & Jallo N. Use of the Sexual Relationship Power Scale in
    Research: An Integrative Review (2012). Hispanic Health Care International,10(4):175-189. [R,S].
  • Menzies, V. & Jallo, N.  Guided imagery as a treatment option for fatigue: a literature review
    (2011). Journal of Holistic Nursing, 29:279-286. [R] PMCID:PMC3709599
  • Jallo, N.,Bourguignon, C.,Taylor, A.G., Ruiz, J., & Goehler, L. (2009). The biobehavioral
    effects of relaxation guided imagery on maternal stress. Advances in Mind-Body Medicine, Winter-Spring; 24(4), 12-22. [R,D] PMDI:20671330.           
  • Lyon, D., Cheng, C.Y., Howland, L., Rattican, D., Jallo, N., Pickler, R., Brown, L., &
    McGrath, J. (2010). Integrated review of cytokines in maternal, cord, and newborn blood: part 1 – Associations with preterm birth. Biologic Research in Nursing, 11(4); 371-6. [R] PMID: 20034950.
  • Pickler, R.H., Brown, L.F., McGrath, J., Lyon, D.E., Rattican, D., Cheng, C.Y., Howland, L., &
    Jallo, N. (2010). Review of cytokines in maternal, cord, and newborn blood: Part II-Associations with early infection and increased risk.  Biologic Research in Nursing, 11(4); 377-86. [R] PMID: 20028689.

SELECTED PRESENTATIONS

  • Jallo, N. (2014, April). Recruiting for Epigenetic Studies: Challenges and Strategies. Podium
    presentation at the Eastern Nursing Research Society 26th Annual Scientific Sessions, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Jallo, N. (2014, February). Biobehavioral Research Interest Group Panel: Biobehavioral
    Perspective on Telomere Length and the Exposome. Podium presentation at the 28th Annual Conference of the Southern Nursing Research Society, San Antonio, TX.
  • Jallo, N. (2014, February). Symposium Gene X Environment: Research Methodologies and
    Frameworks of Epigenetics and Cellular Aging: Recruiting for Epigenetic Research. Podium presentation at the Annual Conference of the Southern Nursing Research Society, San Antonio, TX.
  • Jallo, N. (2013, October). Pregnancy Complications and The Stress Response: Strategies for
    Coping. Podium presentation at the Physicians for Peace International Medical Education, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
  • Jallo, N. (2013, Feb-March). The Effect of Treatment Expectations on Outcomes of a Guided
    Imagery Intervention in Pregnant African American Women. Podium presentation at the Southern Nursing Research Society 27th Annual Conference, Little Rock, AR.
  • Ruiz, J & Jallo, N. (2013, Feb-March). Statistical Interaction of Plasma Cytokines in the
    Prediction of Preterm Birth in Hispanic Pregnant Women. Podium presentation at the Southern Nursing Research Society 27th Annual Conference, Little Rock, AR.
  • Jallo, N. (2013, Feb-March). Lessons Learned and Challenges in Biobehavioral Research.
    Panel discussion and podium presentation at the Southern Nursing Research Society 27th Annual Conference, Little Rock, AR.
  • Jallo, N. (2012, September). Prevalence and Correlates of Depressive Symptoms in Pregnant
    African American Women. Podium presentation at the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science’s  2012 State of the Science Congress on Nursing Research, Washington, DC.
  • Ruiz, R & Jallo, N. (2012, February). Acculturation, Depressive Symptoms, CRH, Cortisol and
    Preterm Birth. Podium presentation at the Southern Research Nursing Society 2012 Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.
  • Jallo, N. (2011, June.) Effects of Guided Imagery on Maternal Stress during Hospitalization for
    Preterm Labor. Podium presentation at the AWHONN Annual Conference, Denver, CO.
  • Jallo, N. (2010, November). Prematurity: A Global Perspective. Podium presentation at the
    Datta Meghe Institute of Medical Sciences University, Acharya Vinoba Bhave Rural
    Hospital, Sawangi Wardha, India.
  • Jallo, N. (2010, November). Maternal Infections and early onset neonatal sepsis. Podium
    presentation at the Sepsis 2010 Conference, Nagpur, India.

POSTER PRESENTATIONS

  • Jallo, N. (2014, May). Guided Imagery Effects of Pregnancy Symptoms and Outcomes. Poster
    presentation at the National Institutes for Nursing Research P30 Center Directors Meeting.
  • Jallo, N. (2014, April). Stress Coping Intervention in African American Pregnant Women, Poster presentation at the VCU Institute for Women’s Health 10th Annual Women’s Health Research Day, Richmond, VA.
  • Jallo, N., Toledo, L. Chiu, K., Lopez, R. (2014, April). Addressing Health Disparities: A
    Mentoring Approach with Pregnant and Parenting Teens in the Dominican Republic,
    Poster presentation at the VCU Global Health Showcase, Richmond, VA.
  • Jallo, N. (2014, February). African American Women’s Perceptions of Guided Imagery during
    Pregnancy. Poster presentation at the 28th Annual Conference of the Southern Nursing Research Society, San Antonio,TX.
  • Jallo, N. (2013, September). Longitudinal Patterns of Maternal Distress in Pregnant African
    American Women.  Poster presentation at the 16th Annual Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health Premier Women’s Health Conference, San Diego, CA.
  • Jallo, N. (2012, March). The Role of the Nurse Practitioner in Reducing Infant Mortality. Poster
    presentation at the Virginia Council of Nurse Practitioners 2012 Annual Conference, Hot Springs, VA.
  • Ruiz, R., Jallo, N., Murphey, C., Marti, N.C.  (2012, February). Family Cohesion, Cortisol, and
    Preterm Birth. Poster presentation at the Research Nursing Society 2012 Annual
    Conference, New Orleans, LA.
  • Murphey,C,  Marti, N., Ruiz, RJ, & Jallo, N. (2012, February). Racial Discrimination, Il-10, and
    Preterm Birth. Poster presentation at the Southern Research Nursing Society 2012 Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.
  • Jallo, N. (2012, February). Understanding Mothers of Late Preterm Infants, Poster presentation
    at the Southern Research Nursing Society 2012 Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.
  • Jallo, N. (2011, October). Guided Imagery Effects on Pregnancy Symptoms and Outcomes.
    Poster presentation at the National Institute of Nursing Research’s 25th Anniversary Scientific Symposium, Washington, D.C.
  • Jallo, N., Ruiz, R, Murphey, C. (2011, October). Biobehavioral Model for Developing and
    Testing Stress Reduction Interventions in Acculturated Pregnant Hispanic Women. Poster presentation at the National Institute of Nursing Research’s 25th Anniversary Scientific Symposium, Washington, DC.
  • Howland, L.C., Jallo, N., Picker, R., Glaser, D., & Connelly, C. (2011, October). Use of Guided
    Imagery to Reduce Stress Among Mother of Hospitalized Preterm Infant. Poster presentation at the Council of Advancement of Nursing Science 2011 Special Topics Conference and Poster Session, Washington DC
  • Jallo, N. (2011, April). Depressive Symptoms in Pregnant African American Women. Poster
    Presentation at the Virginia Commonwealth University Institute for Women’s Health Research Day, Richmond, VA.
  • Jallo, N. (2010, October). Stress and Anxiety as Predictors of Prenatal Depression in Pregnant
    African. Poster presentation at the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women
    Health Annual Conference, Desert Springs, CA.
  • Jallo, N. (2010, September). Effect of Imagery and Imaging Ability on Maternal Anxiety. Poster
    presentation at the Council for Advancement of Nursing Science, Washington, D.C.
  • Jallo, N. (2010, March). Relationship Between Maternal Stress, Anxiety, and Depression in
    African American Women. Poster presentation at the Virginia Council of Nurse Practitioners Annual Conference, Reston, VA. 
  • Jallo, N. (2010, February). Exploring the Effects of Guided Imagery on Maternal Affective
    Symptoms. Poster presentation at the North American Society for Psychosocial Obstetrics and Gynecology 36th Annual Meeting, Richmond Virginia.