Miriam O. Ezenwa, PhD, RN

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor
Bio

Dr. Ezenwa is an expert on health disparities in pain management. The long-term goal for her program of research is to reduce health disparities in pain management. Her current emphasis area is the pain of sickle cell disease, a condition in which significant pain management disparities exist. Her findings that race, perceived discrimination, and hopelessness contribute to inadequate pain management in primary care led her to examine other explanatory factors for the disparities such as perceived injustice. Central to her work is use of computer technologies for pain measurement and delivery of a pain reduction intervention in sickle cell disease. Dr. Ezenwa will continually tap her knowledge of racial and ethnic disparities in pain management as she works with adults with sickle cell disease.

Current Area of Teaching
  • NURS 526
Selected Honors & Awards
  • 06/2001-09/2001 Columbia University-Taub Institute for Research on Alzheimer’s Disease and the Aging Brain Summer Research Award Winner
  • 12/2001 Joseph Goldberg Scholarship, The Scholarship and Welfare Fund
  • 10/2001-05/2002 Philip and Aida Siff Educational Foundation Scholarship
  • 12/2001-05, 2002 Rudin Scholarship, Hunter Bellevue School of Nursing
  • 06/2002 University of California at San Francisco Summer Academic Enrichment Program Participant
  • 06/2002-08/2002 University of Washington, Seattle, STAR (Stipend for Training Aspiring Researchers) Scholar
  • 06/2001-05/2003 Hunter College, New York Ronald E. McNair Scholar
  • 11/2001-05/2003 John F. Kennedy, Jr. Institute for Worker Education Scholar
  • 02/2002 Class of 1955 Scholarship, The Scholarship and Welfare Fund
  • 08/2002 –05/2003 Dorothy G. Fowler, The Scholarship and Welfare Fund
  • 11/2002 Ellen Lloyd Gallagher Scholarship
  • 01/2003 National Collegiate Nursing Awards Recipient
  • 05/2003 Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing-Alpha Phi Chapter Academic Excellence Award
  • 05/2003 Graduated Cum Laude; Hunter College-CUNY
  • 09/2003 – 08/2004 Advanced Opportunity Fellow
  • 01/2005 American Pain Society Scholar
  • 08/2007 – 08/2008 Gwen Shapiro Graduate Fellowship Award Recipient
  • 10/2011 – 03/2012 Mayday Pain & Society Fellow
Selected Publications
  • Ezenwa, M. (2003). Degree of Success: Mentorship in Black and White. Minority  Nurse, 60-64 
  • Ezenwa, M.O., Ameringer, S., Ward, S.E., & Serlin, R.C. (2006) Racial and Ethnic  Disparities in pain management. Journal of Nursing Scholarship (38)3, 225-233.
  • Johnson, J.E. & Ezenwa, M.O. (2008). Preparatory Sensory Information. In Ackley, B., Ladwig, G., Swan, B.A., and Tucker, S. (Eds.), Evidence-based Nursing Care Guidelines: Medical-Surgical Interventions, pp. 635-644.
  • Krause, M.R., Serlin, R.C., Ward, S.E., Rony, R.Y., Ezenwa, M.O., & Naab, F. (2010). Testing Mediation in Nursing Research: Beyond Baron and Kenny. Nursing Research, 59 (4), 288-294.
  • Ezenwa, M.O. (2012). Recommendations by Patients with Sickle Disease. Minority Nurse, 48-49
  • Huang, H.Y., Ezenwa, M. O., Wilkie, D. J., & Judg e, M. K. (In press). ResearchTracking: Monitoring Gender and Ethnic Minority Recruitment and Retention in Cancer Symptom Studies. Cancer Nursing.
  • Wilkie, D. J., & Ezenwa, M.O. (2012). Pain and Symptom Management in Palliative Care and at End of Life. Nursing Outlook, (60)6, 357-364.
  • Ezenwa, M.O. & Fleming, M.F. (2012). Racial Disparities in Pain Management in Primary Care. Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice, (5)3, 12-26. Available at: http://digitalscholarship.unlv.edu/jhdrp/vol5/iss3/1
  • Ezenwa, M.O. and Huguet, A. (In press). Socioeconomic Disparities in Paediatric Pain Management. In McGrath, P.J., Stevens, B., & Zempsky, W. (Eds.), Oxford Textbook of Paediatric Pain.
Current Research

College of Nursing Internal Research Support Program (M.O. Ezenwa, PI): 11/2011-11/2012
Cognitive Interview for a Perceived Injustice Measure
The goal of the project is to use the Cognitive Interview, think-aloud method, to modify Perceived Injustice Measure for use in patients with sickle cell disease

The UIC Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy (M.O. Ezenwa, PI): 5/2012-5/2013
Mayday for Pain: Public Discourse and Advocacy for Change
The goal of this project is to educate patients with sickle cell disease and their families on advocacy and public policy for better SCD pain treatment

The UIC Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy (M.O. Ezenwa, PI): 8/2012-12/2013
Mayday for Pain: Public Discourse and Advocacy for Change
The goal of this funding is to buy out a course time for Dr. Ezenwa to carry out the project on educating patients with sickle cell disease and their families on advocacy and public policy for better SCD pain treatment 

College of Nursing Internal Research Support Program (M.O. Ezenwa, PI): 11/2013-11/2014
Feasibility of Stress Reduction Intervention in Sickle Cell Disease
The goal of the project is to determine study feasibility of using modern technology to deliver a stress reduction intervention in patients with sickle cell disease