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New Appointments: School of Nursing welcomes four new faculty members to its ranks

Posted: Oct. 16, 2013

Sung-Heui Bae

Sung-Heui Bae, PhD, MPH, RN

Sung-Heui Bae has been named assistant professor of the School of Nursing. She completed her PhD at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and more recently was a research assistant professor at the University of Buffalo, Buffalo, New York.

Her research focuses on the causes and consequences of nursing workforce behavior on nursing practice and patient outcomes, micro- and macro-level health-care organizational behavior, and workgroup process, effectiveness and inter-group behavior in health-care organizations. Bae’s recent completed studies include “Nursing Overtime” and “Nurse Turnover, Workgroup Process and Patient Outcomes.”

MiYong T. Kim

MiYong T. Kim, RN, PhD, FAAN

MiYong T. Kim was named professor of the School of Nursing and associate vice president for community health engagement for the University of Texas at Austin. She completed her PhD at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona, where her dissertation supervisor was Dr. Terry Badger, School of Nursing alumna (PhD 1986).

A former professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing in Baltimore, Maryland, Dr. Kim’s research focuses on reducing cardiovascular health-related disparities among underserved ethnic minority populations, particularly in hypertension and diabetes control, cancer prevention and mental health. Recently, Kim trained more than 500 rural village doctors in Northern China to treat chronic diseases and other public health problems. She is currently the principal or co-investigator on several research projects funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research/National Institutes of Health.

Elizabeth Ann Loika, DNP, PNP, FNP

Elizabeth Ann Loika, has been appointed associate professor of clinical nursing and director at the UT Austin School of Nursing’s Family Wellness Center.

After serving in nursing leadership roles for 20 years, she retired from the United States Air Force in 2003. While serving as a flight nurse, she participated in numerous humanitarian evacuations, including the Beirut Marine barrack bombings casualty evacuation, Berlin bombing casualty evacuation, Afghanistan civilian refuge evacuation, and Bosnian refugee casualty care. She served in Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom and was the Child Sexual Abuse Consultant for the Pacific Theater before retiring with the rank of Lt. Colonel. More recently, she was a founding faculty member of the Keiser University Graduate School Master of Science in Nursing program.

Cara Calloway Young

Cara Calloway Young, PhD, RN, FNP-C

Cara Calloway Young was appointed assistant professor of family nurse practice. She completed the MS in Nursing at Vanderbilt University in 2006 and began working as a family nurse practitioner. At the same time she continued her graduate education, completing both a PhD in nursing and a two-year post-doctoral fellowship at Vanderbilt University.

Her research interests focus on adolescent mental health with an emphasis on mental health promotion and prevention. Research projects have included cross-sectional and longitudinal examinations of factors associated with development of depressive and anxiety symptoms in adolescents.