Minority Health Research

Welcome from Jeanne-Marie R Stacciarini, PhD, RN, Associate Professor, Chair  and Tracie W. Kirkland, DNP, APRN-ANP-BC, PNP-BC, Chair-Elect of the Minority Research Interest Group.

The mission of the Minority Health Research Interest Group is to promote the health of minority individuals, groups, and communities through support, collaboration, and mentorship to minority health researchers.

We offer networking opportunities, peer support, and inspiration to others interested in this area of work and research. We encourage all members to participate. We welcome all interested parties in our area of work--researchers, clinicians, academicians, and students to our RIG. Be sure to “sign-up” by logging in to the Members-Only section and choose which RIG(s) to join. There is no fee to participate and you can join up to three RIGs as part of your membership benefits. Just “click” on the topic and the Kellen company will do the rest!

Our recent activities and/or current projects and/or opportunities include:


1. Annual Business Meeting

  • Evaluate needs of RIG members. Plan for future conferences. Election of officers. RIG presentations.

2. Student Poster Award and Eligibility Criteria

The purpose of this award is to recognize excellence in minority health nursing research and to reward the work performed by our student RIG members.


  • Research demonstrates adherence to professional standards related to quality, rigor, and scholarship.
  • Research has the potential to significantly enhance minority health nursing knowledge and improve patient care outcomes.

Award Guidelines:

  • Be a student member of SNRS in good standing.
  • Be a member of the SNRS Minority Health RIG.

Selection Procedure:

  • Posters are scored based on the following content: background, research question/hypothesis/specific aims, framework /theory, clear sample or population, clear subject selection, instruments, outcomes measured, results, discussion, aesthetics, and poster design.
  • Each item is rated on a scale: 0 (not present), 1 (poor), 2 (good), and 3 (excellent).
  • Winners are notified at the conference and receive a certificate and monetary award.

3. RIG Sponsored Mentorship Forum

  • Senior faculty help guide PhD students and new/junior faculty members in various areas surrounding work/life balance and career/research trajectories.

4. Pre-Conference Workshops

  • RIG member ideas welcome. The Program Committee will review proposals and make recommendations to the Board of Directors for approval. 

5. Research Symposia

  • RIG member ideas welcome. The symposia offering is competitively reviewed for selection for the Annual Conference program following the criteria listed in the general call for abstracts.

Jeanne-Marie R Stacciarini, PhD, RN

Dr. Stacciarini teaches undergraduate Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing and Nursing Research for undergraduate and graduate students. She also has experience teaching undergraduate and graduate students in Brazil. In 2011, Dr. Stacciarini received the College of Nursing International Educator of the Year Award and in 2012-2013 she received the College of Nursing Teacher of the Year Award.

Dr. Stacciarini’s research interests are in the area of mental health promotion among minorities, community-based participatory research for minorities, rural and international populations. She uses mixed-methods research and social network analysis. In recognition of her work with underserved populations, in 2012 she received the Southern Nursing Research Society (SNRS) Award for Research in Minority Health and the 2014 APNA Award for Excellence in Research.

Dr. Stacciarini holds membership in the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau and the Southern Nursing Research Society. She has been a mentor for the UF University Minority Mentor Program and she was also the mentor for the Mentoring Program at the 2013- People’s Scientific Conference to Promote Health and Eliminate Health Disparities.

Area of expertise
Dr. Stacciarini has clinical expertise in Psychiatric Nursing and Mental Health.

Dr. Stacciarini received her BSN in Nursing at the Catholic University of Goiás (Brazil). She received her master in Psychiatric Nursing and Mental Health at the University of São Paulo/ College of Nursing Ribeirão Preto and her PhD in Psychology at the University of Brasilia (Brazil). During her PhD she received a Fulbright Scholarship and came to the US as a visitor scholar at the Psychology department/University of Massachusetts.

Email: jeannems@ufl.edu

Tracie W. Kirkland DNP, APRN, ANP-BC, PNP-BC

Tracie Kirkland is an Assistant Professor at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, AR.  She currently teaches in the graduate department BSN-DNP Program Role Development Course. She previously taught undergraduate pathophysiology and was clinical coordinator for Foundations. She is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse certified as a pediatric and an adult nurse practitioner. She maintains a practice in the NWA Community. Her research interest is diabetes and prediabetes screening and the effects of early lifestyle changes in preventing complications. She can be contacted at tkirland@uark.edu.