Interview by Kimberly Lawson, MPH
Dr. Lufei Young is an Associate Professor of Physiological and Technological Nursing at Augusta University. Dr. Young’s primary research interest focuses on identifying and developing effective and personalized self-management strategies to promote cardiovascular health and reduce risk factors in population living with multiple chronic and complex conditions. Her secondary research interest is to develop team-based system and data sharing network in rural healthcare setting to support self-management of population with chronic conditions. Dr. Young has extensive training and expertise at the following research methodologies: cost-effective analysis, meta-analysis, systematic review and structure equation modeling. Her future research goal is to develop program research in discovering interactions between genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors, leading to implementation of effective self-management strategies to promote cardiovascular health and healthy aging.
Dr. Young is a recipient of an Intramural Grant, and was a mentee in NRMN’s SETH Grant Writing Coaching Group. She was attracted to NRMN SETH by “fantastic and experienced mentors, peer support, and research networking.” On a biweekly basis, Dr. Young was able to meet with four other research scholars and a coach, to work on the development of their respective grant proposals.
How did the Health Disparities Learning Collaboratory support your coaching group engagement and accountability?
All meetings, communications and important documents have been arranged and disseminated through the Health Disparities Learning Collaboratory [HDLC]
What impact will your grant have on your institution and department?
My grant will help 1) generate preliminary data for subsequent proposals; 2) develop and establish practice-based research network; 3) mentor junior faculty and PhD-students in their research capacity; and 4) create collaborative opportunities among researchers from basic, public health, nursing, medical and psychology science fields.
If someone called you and asked, “Why should I become involved with NRMN?,” how would you respond?
NRMN shaped and inspired me daily. It helps me become an accountable, fully engaged, competent and productive research investigator.
Have you participated in other similar programs in the past? If so, how was your experience with NRMN different or unique?
Compared to other similar program I participated in the past, NRMN fosters sustained mentor-mentee relationship, emphasize peer interactions, and conduct regular evaluation to hold researchers accountable for their productivities.
How has your experience with NRMN changed the way you approach your career in the sciences?
I was a hard-working researcher. NRMN taught me how to work smarter with the following tips: have a SMART goal, stay focused to approach the goal, not to give up when distracted, defeated and delayed, find and keep good playmates (collaborators), and be persistent and consistent with the goal