Gwenyth Reid Wallen, PhD, RN

Gwenyth Wallen is currently the Chief of the Research and Practice Development Service. Her clinical research specializations include health behavior and health disparities research with special emphasis on methodology and measurement in vulnerable populations. Prior to beginning her career as a clinical nurse scientist she held advance practice roles as the Clinical Specialist for Neonatology and Clinical Manager of the Level III NICU at the Washington Hospital Center, in Washington, DC. Dr. Wallen also served as a post-doctoral research associate in the Department of Family Studies at the University of Maryland coordinating evaluation research for three state and local Responsible Fatherhood programs. She began her career as a staff nurse in Pediatric Oncology at the NIH Clinical Center in 1980.     

Dr. Wallen is a member of the NICHD Institutional Review Board. She is also currently serving as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies where she teaches a graduate level course in measurement and research methodology. Dr. Wallen has a BS in Nursing from the University of Maryland, a MA in Management and Supervision from Central Michigan University, and a PhD in Health Education from the University of Maryland. 

Current research activities: Principal Investigator: 02-CC-0053 A Randomized Study Evaluating the Process and Outcomes of the Pain and Palliative Care Team Intervention; Associate Investigator: 02-CC-0146 A Pilot Study Evaluating the Assessment Process for Constipation in Pediatric Oncology Patients Who are Receiving Vinca Alkaloids and/or Narcotics;  Principal Investigator: 03-CC-0301 Health Beliefs and Health Behavior Practices, Including Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use, Among Minorities with Rheumatic Disease; Associate Investigator: 04-CC-0070 Exploring Patient-Provider Trust Among Individuals with End-Stage Renal Disease.