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Faculty appointments

Jennifer Adamski DNP APRN ACNP-BC, clinical assistant professor, comes to Emory from Northeast Georgia Medical Center, where she served as director of advanced practice and lead advanced practice provider for critical care medicine. She has held a variety of nurse practitioner positions at Sacred Heart Hospital (Pensacola, Florida), Johns Hopkins Hospital and the R. Adams Cowlet Shock Trauma Center (Baltimore), and Memorial Regional Hospital (Hollywood, Florida). She earned a DNP from the University of South Alabama, a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Pittsburgh, a master’s degree in anesthesia from LaRoche College, and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Carlow University. 

Clinical Assistant Professor Molly Bachtel DNP FNP-C specializes in primary care and urgent care services. Bachtel has held several clinical positions at Emory, including serving as a nurse practitioner in the Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine. She also was director of student health at Oxford College and an NP at the Emory Clinic. Bachtel earned a DNP from Vanderbilt University, a master’s degree in nursing from Emory, and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the Medical College of Georgia.

Rasheeta Chandler ARNP FNP-BC joins Emory as an assistant professor after serving on the nursing faculty at the University of South Florida. Her research interests include HIV prevention in adolescents and behavioral health, supported by funding from the National Institute of Nursing Research. Chandler received a PhD and master’s degree in nursing from the University of South Florida and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Florida A&M University.

Yvonne Commodore-Mensah PhD RN is a research assistant professor whose interests include studying the cardiovascular disease risk of West African immigrants and the impact of acculturation on CVD risk. Her career goal is to reduce cardiovascular health disparities in underserved populations through community-engaged research. She comes to Emory from Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, where she was a research associate. Commodore-Mensah earned a PhD in nursing from Johns Hopkins and graduated with honors from Fairleigh Dickinson University School of Nursing.

Professor Vicki Hertzberg PhD BS is an internationally recognized expert on “big data” and its impact on health care, including measuring social contacts in emergency departments and infectious disease transmission on airliners. Her research has been funded by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, the National Institute of Environmental Health, and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease. Prior to joining the nursing faculty, Hertzberg served as associate professor of biostatistics and bioinformatics in the Rollins School of Public Health for 20 years. She chaired the department from 1995 to 2001.

Nadine Matthie PhD RN, research assistant professor, most recently was a postdoctoral trainee at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she developed a program of research in self care and management. Her work is aimed at improving self-care behaviors and decreasing the frequency of pain crises and resulting hospitalizations in young adults with sickle cell disease. Matthie received a PhD and master’s degree in nursing from the University of South Florida and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Florida State University. 

Trisha Sheridan DNP WHNP-BC SANE-A CFN, clinical assistant professor, is a forensic nurse and a nationally known expert on sexual assault. She comes to Emory from Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Nursing, where she held a joint appointment as the forensic nurse coordinator at Baylor Scott & White Hospital. She is a board-certified sexual assault nurse examiner, forensic nurse, and women’s health nurse practitioner. 

Janice Withycombe PhD RN CCRP, assistant professor, specializes in childhood cancer therapies. Since 2002, she has led clinical trials as a research nurse at Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital in Columbia, South Carolina, with funding support from the National Institutes of Health, the American Cancer Society, and private foundations. She received a PhD in nursing from the University of Arizona, a master’s degree in nursing from the University of South Carolina, and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Clemson University. 

Kathryn Wood PhD RN FAHA, associate professor, previously served as associate professor at Duke University’s School of Nursing. She has clinical experience in the operating room, emergency, critical care, electrophysiology lab, and cardiovascular ICU settings. Her research interests include symptoms and quality of life in arrhythmia patients, gender differences in symptoms, access to care for patients with supraventricular arrhythmias, and outcomes of ablation in patients with atrial fibrillation.

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