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Faculty Research & Scholarship

As part of a Carnegie R1 research university, the UNM College of Nursing hosts rigorous research programs aimed at advancing nursing science and practice. The school is home to four main research areas:

  • Rural health
  • Health policy and public health
  • Data science
  • Biobehavioral health

Our faculty’s interests are many with one common vision. To develop solutions for the most important nursing challenges pertaining to human health and health equity.

Given the public health impact of substance use disorders during pregnancy, it is critical to investigate the mechanisms that underpin alterations in fetal development resulting in adverse perinatal outcomes.
Sharon Ruyak, PhD, CNM, Assistant Professor

Meet Some of Our Faculty Researchers

Experienced researchers making an impact on health outcomes.  Our faculty bring experience and expertise that is passed on to our students. 


Our research is fueled by curiosity.

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