About the People

The Bridge to the Doctorate Program is a collaborative training program between Winston Salem State University and the Duke University School of Nursing to increase the number of doctorally prepared minority nurses in the United States.  Funded by the National Institute of General Medical Science, (NIGMS), National Institute of Health (NIH), this five year project provides support to institutions helping students make the critical transition in their development as scientists from master's degree programs to PhD programs. Ultimately, the purpose of the Bridge program is to increase the pool of master’s degree students who go on to research careers in the biomedical and behavioral sciences and will be available to participate in NIH-funded research.

The Bridge Partnership:

Bridge Program Faculty and Staff

Deb Brandon, PhD, RN, CCNS, FAAN
Duke University School of Nursing
Associate Professor 
debra.brandon@duke.edu 
Meet the Mentor

 

Peggy Valentine
Winston Salem State University
School of Health Sciences, Dean
MS, Howard University
pvalentine@wssu.edu

 

Janice Collins-McNeil, PhD, MSN, APRN, CPHN, FNP, BC
Winston Salem State University
School of Health Sciences, Division of Nursing
Associate Professor, DNP Coordinator
NIH Health Disparities Scholar
mcneiljc@wssu.edu

Leslie Barnhouse
Duke University School of Nursing
Program Coordinator for the Bridge to the Doctorate Program
leslie.barnhouse@duke.edu

 

Christina Hale
Winston Salem State University
Graduate Program Associate
halecl@wssu.edu

 

Elijah O. Onsomu, PhD, MPH, MS, CHES.
Winston Salem State University
School of Health Sciences, Division of Nursing
Assistant Professor
onsomue@wssu.edu
Meet the Mentor

Theresa M. Valiga, EdD, RN, CNE, ANEF, FAAN
Duke University School of Nursing
Professor, Director of Institute for Educational Excellence
terry.valiga@duke.edu