Scholarship and Research

Part of one of the world’s most distinguished research universities, the Yale School of Nursing is proud of its role in advancing human knowledge. The School was founded with a mission embracing service and scholarship as two interdependent endeavors. The commitment to these endeavors remains strong. The faculty recognize and accept a responsibility to shape health care delivery systems to improve the health of all people. In educating nursing leaders, the School relies on a rich tradition of excellence in clinical practice, as well as an expanding portfolio of innovative research.

A fundamental principle that guides research at the School is the integration of theory and practice. Faculty research at YSN is changing clinical practice in several fields, such as palliative care and symptom science, self-management of chronic illness, maternal-child health, omics/genetics, global and planetary health, biobehavioral research, cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, mental health, sleep disorders, and HIV/AIDS, as well as health policy and the challenges associated with health disparities.

YSN investigators serve as leaders and team members in these multidisciplinary and multi-site endeavors. The scope of these projects is often much larger than single-site or single-investigator studies. The promise of these larger studies is a greater impact on the health and well-being of vulnerable populations.

YSN faculty are leaders in dissemination and translation of research from the laboratory to practice and into the community. With transdisciplinary colleagues, YSN faculty are conducting leading-edge translational research to address the most pressing needs of vulnerable people in the community. These include, but are not limited to, the challenges of HIV/AIDS, obesity, mental health, and diabetes. YSN partners with the Yale Center for Clinical Investigation (YCCI)—Yale’s Clinical and Translational Science Award—through YCCI’s community outreach and engagement core.

YSN faculty and students are active collaborators and leaders with a variety of Yale University centers and institutes. Among these are the Yale Child Study Center, Yale Cancer Center, the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS, and the Program on Aging/Pepper Center.