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Nurse Scientist Partnership

The Kaiser Permanente Nurse Scientist Partner position functions primarily at the local service area/medical center level but the appointment/position is established through the regional office of the Southern California Nursing Research Program. This position is a collaborative and reciprocal partnership between a faculty member at a college or university and the Kaiser Permanente (KP) Southern California Nursing Research Program. The purpose of the position is to advance nursing science and improve patient outcomes through the development of both the nurse scientist and KP nurses.

In return for contributing their scientific expertise and time, the Nurse Scientist is given a non-funded appointment which potentially allows for access to internal research resources. This access is subject to Kaiser Permanente rules and regulations.

The goal of the Nurse Scientist Partner is to nurture the development of nurses to participate in research and to develop the knowledge and evidence that supports best nursing practices

For more information, please contact:


Lina Najib Kawar, PhD, RN, CNS
Nurse Scientist
Transnational Research; Regional Nursing Research Program
393 E. Walnut Street
Pasadena, CA 91188

Phone: 626.405.5111
Email: Lina.N.Kawar@kp.org


Our current Nurse Scientist Partners:

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Felicitas Dela Cruz – Photo Coming Soon

Felicitas Dela Cruz
Baldwin Park






Marilyn Smith-Stoner

Marilyn Smith-Stoner

Marilyn Smith-Stoner

Phone: 951-534-9014
Email: nursestoner@gmail.com





Lynn Doering

Lynn Doering, RN, DNSc, FAANLAMC

Lynn Doering, RN, DNSc, FAANLAMC
Professor and Chair,
Translational Sciences Section
UCLA School of Nursing

UCLA School of Nursing
Factor Building 4-266
700 Tiverton Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90004

Office: 310-825-4890
Email: ldoering@sonnet.ucla.edu

Dr. Doering’s research emphasis is on depression, immune dysfunction, and inflammation in cardiac patients, including screening and treatment of affective disorders. She focuses broadly on the care of patients with ischemic heart disease and on biological outcomes of behavioral interventions. Dr. Doering has a distinguished record of NIH and national funding, serves as a regular grant reviewer for the National Institute of Nursing Research, and is an active member of the American Heart Association Council on Cardiovascular Nursing and the Heart Failure Society. Her clinical background and expertise is in critical care and cardiopulmonary nursing.

Asma Taha

Asma A. Taha, RN, PhD, CPNP-AC/PC, CNS, CCRN

Asma A. Taha, RN, PhD, CPNP-AC/PC, CNS, CCRN
Moreno Valley
California State University San Bernardino
Assistant professor of Nursing & Assistant program director

Office  909.537.3394
Email: ataha@csusb.edu

Asma  Ali Taha, RN, PhD, CNS, CPNP, CCRN is currently an assistant professor at California State University San Bernardino and acute care nurse practitioner at Loma Linda University Medical Center, California.  Her research experience is primarily in two areas: Pediatric with neurosurgical disorders such as traumatic brain injury and spina bifida, and global nursing issues. Her research is  published in the Journal of Neuroscience Nursing and the journal of translational Stroke Research. 
Dr. Taha serves as a reviewer for research abstracts for podium and poster presentations at the Southern California Nursing Odyssey Research Conference held each fall.  She is also a revewer for the journal of clinical nursing research. 
Dr. Taha has been an advance practice nurse in the United States since 2004. Beside her state certification, she is nationally certified as a pediatric clinical care specialist, primary care and acute care pediatric nurse practitioner and pediatric critical care registered nurse.




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Ellen Daroszewski

Phone: 909-469-5518
Email: ellen.hstreetclinic@gmail.com

Dr. Daroszewski is a tenured Professor in the School of Nursing at CaliforniaBaptistUniversity. She has practiced in a variety of nursing settings since beginning her nursing career in 1973. She has been an educator since 1985 and has taught nursing at the ADN, BSN, MSN, and doctoral levels. She has earned a BS in Psychobiology from UCLA, a BSN and an MSN in nursing education from CSU Dominguez Hills, and a PhD in nursing from UCLA. She completed post-MSN acute care NP training at CSU Los Angeles. She is certified as a Public Health Nurse, and has two advanced practice certifications, as an NP and as a CNS. She received Board Certification as an acute care NP in 2001. Dr. Daroszewski spent three years as a Vulnerable Populations Fellow at UCLA and is most interested in primary prevention and the health of vulnerable populations in the community. She has practiced, built capacity for health, and conducted research with a variety of vulnerable populations including poor and underserved ethnic populations, undocumented populations, and marginalized and homeless populations. She has been a consultant for many community based health promotion and prevention program development efforts. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Community Clinic Association of San Bernardino County (CCASBC) and the H Street Clinic. The H Street Clinic is a nurse-managed primary care community clinic in San Bernardino, one of the poorest and underserved areas in urban America. Dr. Daroszewski studies preventive lifestyle modifications, and served as PI for the recently completed Restaurant Research Study which examined the effect of ethnic restaurant food on the blood pressure and serum lipids of healthy adults. She is currently engaged in a children’s health literacy research project transforming a dedicated children’s clinic waiting room area to a health literacy-based environment.


Rosie Curtis

Rosie Curtis

Rosie Curtis
Panorama City

Phone: 818-590-8724
Email: rcurtis@westcoastuniversity.edu




Aurelis Macabasco O'Connell

Aurelia Macabasco O’Connell

Aurelia Macabasco O’Connell
Woodland Hills

Phone: 310-794-4338
Email: amacabascooconnell@apu.edu





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Pam Kohlbry – Photo Coming Soon

 Pam Kohlbry

Kaiser San Diego



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