Current and Former Nursing PostDocs



Windy Alonso, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Windy Alonso first joined UNMC in July 2017. She obtained her PhD degree in Nursing from Penn State University. Windy's research focuses on identifying outcome disparities for patients with advanced heart failure undergoing ventricular assist device therapy. She will be working on a secondary analysis of data from UNMC maintained by the Interagency Registry of Mechanically Assisted Circulatory Support to identify differences in clinical and patient-reported outcomes related to rural vs. urban residency. Windy’s goal is to be an independent nurse scientist at a research intensive institution to develop and test interventions aimed at addressing outcome disparities for rural patients with advanced heart failure.



Alyson Hanish, PhD, MSN, RN

UNMC College of Nursing, Nurse Specialist/Instructor

Dr. Hanish obtained her PhD from the University of Iowa and first joined UNMC in June 2015 as a joint position with MMI and CON for the first year and 100% at the CON in the second year of the postdoc. Her long-term research goals are to contribute to evidence-based guidelines for sleep interventions for children and adolescents and further explore the interaction between sleep-related phenotypes, biology, and genetics in children and adolescents at-risk for sleep disturbances. Dr. Hanish has been a faculty member at UNMC since 2017. Faculty Bio


An-Yun (Emily) Yeh, PhD

An-Yun (Emily) Yeh first joined UNMC in September 2015. She obtained her PhD degree in Nursing from the University of Michigan. Her research interests include sleep and cognitive function in older adults. The topic of her dissertation is the relationship between sleep disturbances and episodic memory in older adults and the role of cognitive reserve and depressive symptoms in this relationship. Her next research endeavor will be on the topic of how oxidative stress influences brain activity and cognition and the role of sleep and physical activity in this relationship in hypertensive patients. The long-term goal of her research is to investigate the physiological mechanism of cognitive dysfunction in hypertensive patients and possible interventions (i.e., improve sleep or physical activity) to maintain their cognitive function.