Nursing faculty Dr. Pickering receives Rising STAR Award

Carolyn E.Z. Pickering, Ph.D., assistant professor in the School of Nursing, has received a Rising STAR Award from the UT System, a first for the School of Nursing. The award for early-career investigators comes with a $250,000 grant.

Carolyn E.Z. Pickering, Ph.D.

Dr. Pickering, who came to UT Health San Antonio in 2016 from Michigan State University College of Nursing, has worked extensively in the area of geriatrics. She has published 13 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals, including The Gerontologist, which is the 3rd highest ranked journal in the field of gerontology and the International Journal of Nursing Studies, which is the top ranked journal in nursing.

In addition to her own research, Dr. Pickering also serves as a research mentor to undergraduate nursing and dental students, and is a member of the Alamo Area Council of Governments ‘Older Relative Caregivers’ committee.

Dr. Pickering’s plan for the Rising STARs Award is to develop a community research collaboratory to accommodate the unique needs of persons with dementia and their caregivers and better support their participation in research. The space will also accommodate clinical services and activities and will be an ideal site for experimental learning and interdisciplinary education across UT Health San Antonio professional schools.

“Dr. Pickering’s research program will be of crucial importance for … our new comprehensive Biggs Institute for Alzheimer’s and Neurodegenerative Diseases,” said President William L. Henrich, M.D., MACP, in supporting her award. “Dr. Pickering’s research will be a key component of this institute, and her research collaboratory will serve as a test site for developing interventions that will inform best practices for caregiver health and  dementia care.”

The UT System Board of Regents authorized the Science and Technology Acquisition and Retention (STARs) program in 2004. Multiple types of STARs awards support enhancement of UT institutions across the state.

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