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Nancy Jallo, Ph.D., RNC, FNP-BC, WHNP-BC, CNS, FAAN

Associate Professor
Department of Family and Community Health Nursing

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1100 East Leigh Street, Room 3035
Box 980567
Richmond, VA 23298-0567

Phone: (804) 628-3365
Email: 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 University 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

  • Writing Award for the Mixed Methods Research article “Treatment Fidelity in Mind-Body Intervention”, Journal of Holistic Nursing (JHN) Excellence in Research, 2020
  • VCU L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs Office of Public Policy Outreach Translational Research Fellow 2017- present      

RESEARCH FUNDING

  • 2020-2021, Co-PI (Brown, L. F.) “Effect of Cannabis on Brain Connectivity Associated with Maternal Attachment: A Pilot Study in Postpartum Women”, Funded through VCU Clinical and Translational Science Award. $24,967.
  • 2020-2025, Co-I: A Multisite Randomized Controlled Trial of an Internet-Based Program for Preventing and Reducing Perinatal Depressive Symptoms (“Mamma Mia”) Funded through Grant 1R01HD100395-01, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (Kinser, PI), 10%

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • Jallo, N., Brown, L., Elswick, R.K., Kinser, P., & Salisbury, A. (in press). Happiness in pregnant African American women: what are the biobehavioral correlates? Journal of Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing.[R,D)
  • Kinser, P., Jallo, N., Huberty, J., Jones, E., Thacker, L., Moyer, S., Laird, B,, Rider, A., Lanni, S., Filip, D., & Haga, S. (2020). Study protocol for a multisite randomized controlled trial of an internet and mobile-based intervention for preventing and reducing perinatal depressive symptoms. Research Nursing and Health, 1-11. [R] https://doi.org/10.1002/nur.22092
  • Kinser P, Jallo, N, Thacker, L., Aubry, C., & Masho, S. (2019). Enhancing accessibility of physical activity during pregnancy: a pilot study on women's experiences with integrating yoga into prenatal care. Health Services Research Managment Epidemiology April:4:6 ;6:2333392819834886. doi: 10;1177/2333392819834886. eCollection 2019 Jan-Dec. PMID:30993148
  • Jallo, N., Tacker, L.R., Menzies, V., Stojanovic, P., & Svikis, D.S. (2017).  A Stress coping app for hospitalized pregnant women at risk for preterm birth. MCN American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing, Sep/Oct, 42(5), 257-262. doi:             10.1097/NMC.0000000000000355.
  • Howland, L.C., Jallo, N., Connelly C.D., & Pickler, R.H.(2017).  Feasibility of a relaxation         guided             imagery intervention to reduce maternal stress in the NICU. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing. Jul-Aug: 46(4), 532-543. doi:      10.1016/j.jogn.2017.03.004. Epub 2017 May 17.
  • Kinser, P., Pauli, J., Jallo, N., Shall, M.., Karst, K., Hoekstra, M., & Starkweather, A (2017). Physical activity and yoga-based approaches for pregnancy-related low back and pelvic pain. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing, Mar 13. pii: S0884-2175(17)30012-6. doi: 10.1016/j.jogn.2016.12.006. [Epub ahead of print] PMID:28302455[R].
  • Ameringer, S., Elswick, R.K., Menzies, V., Robins, J., Starkweather, A., Walter, J., & Jallo, N.(2016). Psychometric Evaluation of the PROMIS Fatigue-Short Form across Diverse Populations, Nursing Research, July-Aug; 65(4): 279-289. PMID: 27362514 [R,D]
  • Bell, K. & Jallo, N. (2016). Reproduction.  In: J. Giddens (Ed) Concepts for Nursing Practice (2nd ed), 198-207. St. Louise, Missouri: Elsevier [I,D]
  • Masho, S., Price, S., Kinser, P., & Jallo, N. (2015). Racial disparities in the association between stress and preterm birth. Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice, Fall, 8(4), 80-92. [R,D]
  • Cartagena, D., Ameringer, S.W., McGrath, J.M., Masho, S.W., Jallo, N., Myers, B.J. (2015). Factors contributing to infant overfeeding in low-income immigrant Latina mothers. Applied Nursing Research, Nov 28(4), 315-321. doi: 10.1016/j.apnr.2015.03.007. Epub 2015 Mar 13. PMID:26608432.[R,D].
  • Jallo, N., Elswick Jr., R.K., Kinser, P., Masho, S., Price S.K., & Svikis, D.S. (2015).  Prevalence and predictors of depressive symptoms in pregnant African American women. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, Nov36(11)860-860.doi: 10.3109/01612840.2015.1048014. PMID:26631857.[R,D].
  • Jallo, N., Salyer, J, Ruiz, RJ, French, E. (2015) Perceptions of Guided Imagery for Stress Management in Pregnant African American Women. Archives in Psychiatric Nursing, Aug 29(4) 249-54.[R,D].
  • An, K., Jallo, N., Menzies, V., Kinser, P., Robins, JL, Starkweather, A. (2015). Integrative review of co-occurring symptoms across etiologies of chronic liver disease and implications for symptom management research and practice. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, Jul:47(4):310-7. doi: 10.111/jnu.12146. Epub 2015 Jun 15.
  • Menzies, V., Jallo, N., Kinser, P., An, K., Robins, J., Driscoll, C., Starkweather, A., Bajaj, J., & Lyon, D. (2015). Shared symptoms and putative biological mechanisms in chronic liver disease: Implications for biobehavioral research. Biological Research for Nursing, published online 18 July 2014, DOI: 10.1177/1099800414541541 [R]
  • Newnam, K.M., McGrath, J.M., Salyer, J., Estes T., Jallo, N., Bass W.T. (2015). A comparative effectiveness’ study of continuous positive airway pressure-related skin breakdown when using different nasal interfaces in the extremely low birth weight neonate. Applied Nursing Research, 28(1), 36-41. [R,D]. PMID: 25017108.

SELECTED PRESENTATIONS  

  • Kinser, P., McGuire, D., Ameringer, S., Robins, J., Orr., S, Sargent, L., & Jallo, N. Paper: “Mentoring and Being Mentored: Resources for a Successful Research Trajectory for Early and Mid-Stage Research Faculty”. Southern Nursing Research Society 32 Annual Conference, Atlanta, Georgia. March 2018 
  • Toledo, L. Chiu, K., Jallo, N., Quintanar, L, & Lopez, R. Poster:“Increasing Perinatal Health Education and Mentoring among Pregnant and Parenting Adolescents in the Dominican Republic-Data Analysis and Lessons Learned”. American Public Health Association Annual Meeting and Exposition, San Diego, California. November 2017 
  • Jallo, N. Thacker, L., Svikis, D., & Stojanovic, P. Poster: “Developing a Mobile Device Delivered Stress Coping App for High Risk Hospitalized Pregnant Women: Lessons Learned”. 38th Annual Meeting & Scientific. Sessions Society of Behavioral Medicine, San Diego, California. April 2017
  • Jallo, N. Perinatal Stress Research, Panel Discussion, March 31, 2017, CIM Research Buzz Presentations, 2017 38th Annual Meeting &Scientific Sessions Society of Behavioral Medicine, San Diego, CA.
  • An, K. & Jallo, N. Salivary Biomarkers in Understanding the Bio in Biobehavioral Research: Ideas to Discovery. Podium Workshop Presentation, February 22, 2017, 2017 Southern Nursing Research Conference, Dallas, Tx.
  • Jallo, N. Kinser, P., Sturgill, J.,& Elswick, R.K. Lessons Learned from Using Biomarkers in Nursing Research, Podium Symposium Presentation, February 25, 2017 Southern Nursing Research Conference, Dallas, Tx.
  • Jallo, N. Developing and Testing a Mobile App Stress Coping Intervention for Hospitalized High-Risk Pregnant Women, Podium Presentation, September, 2016 Council for Advancement of Nursing Science State of the Science, Washington, DC
  • Biernacki, P. & Jallo, N. Integrating Quality and Safety Active Learning Strategies throughout a Nurse Practitioner Curriculum, Podium Presentation, April, 2016, National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF), Seattle, WA.
  • Kinser, P. & Jallo, N. Study Findings for Mind-Body Interventions for Perinatal Depression,Podium Presentation, March, 2016, Society of Behavioral Medicine 37th Annual Meeting and Scientific Session, Washington, D.C.
  • Jallo, N. Noninvasive Salivary Biomarker Analysis of Perinatal Stress, Podium Presentation, February, 2016 Southern Nursing Research Society, Williamsburg, VA.
  • Jallo, N. Stress and Anxiety in Pregnant African American Women, Podium Presentation,Institute for Women’s Health, Podium Presentation, April, 2016, Richmond, VA.
  • Kinser, P., & Jallo, N. Screening and Intervention for Perinatal Depression, Podium Presentation, Building Bridges, Forging Partnerships, August, 2015, VCU, Richmond, VA.
  • Jallo, N., Stojanovic, S. Thacker, L., & Ramus, R. A Pocket Computer Delivered Stress Coping Intervention for Hospitalized Pregnant Women at High Risk for Preterm Birth. Poster Presentation. November 17, 2015, March of Dimes Prematurity Prevention Convention 2015. Arlington, VA
  • Toledo, L. & Jallo, N. Resource Mothers Improve Health Outcomes in the Dominican Republic, Poster Presentation, November 2, 2015, American Public Health Association Annual Meeting and Exposition, Chicago, Il. 
  • Jallo, N. (2015, February). Happiness in Pregnant African American Women: What are the Biobehavioral Correlates? Podium Presentation, February 2015, Southern Nursing Research Society, Tampa, FL.
  • Jallo, N. (2015, February). “Omics in Nursing.” Biobehavioral Research Interest Group (RIG) annual meeting panel facilitator, February 2015, Southern Nursing Research Society, Tampa, FL.
  • Jallo, N. (2015, February). Hospital Acquired Infections: Quality Improvement Challenges and Strategies. Podium Presentation February, 2015. Hospital Materno-Infantil San Lorenzo de Los Mina, Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic.

POSTER PRESENTATIONS

  • Jallo, N. Thacker, L., Svikis, D., & Stojanovic, P. Developing a Mobile Device Delivered Stress Coping App for High Risk Hospitalized Pregnant Women: Lessons Learned. Poster presentation April 1, 2017. 38th Annual Meeting &Scientific Sessions Society of Behavioral Medicine, San Diego, CA.
  • Jallo, N. The Role of the Childbirth Educator in Reducing Infant Mortality. Post presentation October 21, 2016. 2016 Annual Lamaze Conference, West Palm Beach, Florida.
  • Kinser, P. & Jallo, N. Diverse Women’s Perspectives on Mind-Body Practices throughout Pregnancy and Beyond. Poster presentation April 1, 2017. 38th Annual Meeting &Scientific Sessions Society of Behavioral Medicine, San Diego, CA.
  • Jallo, N., Elwick, Jr., Kinser, P., Masho, S., Price, S., Svikis, D., & Kornstein, S. The Perfect Storm: Interaction of Stress and Anxiety as Predictors of Depressive Symptoms in Pregnant African American Women. Poster presentation April 27, 2016, Institute for Women’s Health Research Day, Richmond VA.
  • Naidoo, D., Jallo, N., & Thacker, L. Predictors of the Efficacy of a Guided Imagery Stress Management Intervention in Pregnant African American Women. Poster Presentation April 27, 2016, Institute for Women’s Health Research Day, Richmond VA.
  • Price, S.,Coles.,  Kinser, P., Jallo, N., Kornstein, S., & Masho, S. Integrating Behavioral Health with Centralized Intake for Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV): Lessons from a Multi-Community System Enhancement Pilot, Poster Presentation, April 14, 2016, Women’s Health 2016 24th Annual Congress, Washington, DC
  • Jallo, N., Stojanovic, S. Thacker, L., & Ramus, R. A Pocket Computer Delivered Stress Coping Intervention for Hospitalized Pregnant Women at High Risk for Preterm Birth. Poster Presentation. November 17, 2015, March of Dimes Prematurity Prevention Convention 2015. Arlington, VA
  • Toledo, L. & Jallo, N. Resource Mothers Improve Health Outcomes in the Dominican Republic,  Poster Presentation, November 2, 2015, American Public Health Association Annual Meeting and Exposition, Chicago, Il.
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