Global Health Nursing Research

The Center for Global Health Nursing works to promote preeminent nurse-led research to create ethical, long-term, and sustainable improvements to health and healthcare, locally and globally. UW School of Nursing faculty members are involved in research in the North America, Africa, South America and Asia.



Meet our CGHN Research Faculty

Sarah Gimbel PhD, MPH, BSN
Professor in the Child Family and Population Health Nursing Department

Dr. Gimbel, an implementation scientist, has worked in resource limited countries for over 20 years, including six years when she was seconded into the Ministry of Health in Mozambique as a technical advisor for AIDS treatment roll out. Her research is informed by her extensive experience working within public health settings in low income settings, and she strives to provide accessible models, tools and approaches for frontline health workers and managers to improve the quality and reach of their clinical care services. Her clinical areas of interest include HIV/AIDS, cardiovascular diseases, and oneHealth. She currently leads a R01 from NHLBI/NIH in Mozambique (R01HL142412) and is a co-investigator on three additional R01s, two in Mozambique (R01HD092449/NICHD, R01MH113435/NIMH) and one in Peru (R01NS080645/NINDS).



Sarah Iribarren, PhD, RN
Associate Professor in the Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Informatics Department

Dr. Sarah Iribarren’s program of research focuses on developing innovative patient-centered approaches to bridge gaps between patients and health care professionals to improve clinical outcomes. In particular, her efforts have focused on TB and HIV prevention and treatment management within low- and middle-income settings and amongst disadvantaged populations. Dr. Iribarren is currently the Principal Investigator of an NIH K23 (K23NR017210) to develop and pilot test the TB-Treatment Support Tools mobile intervention and MPI on an NIH R01 (R01AI147129) to further refine the intervention and evaluate its impact by a randomized controlled trial. She is also a co-investigator on a PAHO funded study to understand the utilization of health services and the needs for sexual and reproductive health of Venezuelan migrant women in Quito, Ecuador. She is also providing support to a HRSA grant to enhance the BSN curriculum and create modules related to health informatics and patient and provider-centered technologies to assist in managing chronic & substance-use conditions. During doctoral studies, Dr. Iribarren was a Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholar in Argentina, where she worked with research teams and regional and national leaders to understand the challenges of TB management, particularly within vulnerable populations.


Pamela Kohler PhD, MPH, RN
Professor in the Child Family and Population Health Nursing Department

Dr. Kohler is an Associate Professor with a joint appointment in Psychosocial and Community Health and the Department of Global Health (Schools of Public Health and Medicine), and co-directs the UW Center for Global Health Nursing. She completed her nursing training at Johns Hopkins University, and worked clinically in HIV care and Emergency Departments. She received my PhD in Nursing and MPH in Health Services from the University of Washington. Her research explores social and programmatic barriers to uptake of services along the HIV care continuum including prevention of mother to child transmission (PMTCT), referral to and retention in HIV care programs, and access to sex education for pregnancy and STD prevention. She is particularly interested in improving HIV testing and treatment services for adolescents in resource-limited settings and in working with healthcare workers to improve the quality of HIV and STI service delivery. She leads an intermediate-level field epidemiology training program in Tanzania and evaluate STD/HIV treatment and prevention programs and policies in sub-Saharan Africa through the International Training and Education Center for Health (I-TECH).


Jillian Pintye RN, MPH, PhD
Assistant Professor in the Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Informatics Department

Dr. Jillian Pintye’s research focuses on HIV and STI prevention and treatment, particularly within maternal child health and family planning settings. Dr. Pintye is engaged in a suite of studies related to pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV prevention among young women in Kenya, including both clinical epidemiology and implementation science studies. Dr. Pintye is currently the Principal Investigator of an NIH R01 grant that will systematically quantify infant pre- and postnatal PrEP exposure and assess birth, bone, growth, and neurocognitive outcomes following PrEP exposure into early childhood. Dr. Pintye is the co-Principal Investigator of an NIH R21 grant which aims to evaluate in utero transfer of antiretroviral drugs used by mothers living with HIV during pregnancy. She is also a co-investigator on multiple implementation science evaluations of point-of-care STI diagnostics, PrEP provider training, and approaches to enhance the reach and quality of PrEP delivery for young women. Prior to graduate school, Dr. Pintye was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Botswana, where she developed a passion for HIV prevention among women and children