Crystal M. Epstein
Crystal Epstein

Crystal M. Epstein

Ph.D. in Nursing

NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual Predoctoral Fellowship (2016-2017)

Each NIH Institute offers Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual Predoctoral Fellowships (F31 NSRAs) intended to enable promising predoctoral students to obtain individualized, mentored research training from outstanding faculty sponsors while conducting dissertation research in scientific health-related fields relevant to the missions of the participating NIH Institutes and Centers. Crystal M Epstein, Ph.D. Candidate in Nursing, has been awarded a 1.5-year F31 NSRA from the National Institute of Nursing Research for her project entitled “Stress, Coping, and Health Behaviors During Pregnancy.” Crystal’s research aims to explain the relationship between dimensions of lifetime stress and the stress hormone cortisol in pregnant women. Additionally, the study will examine how coping styles help pregnant women to better manage stress and improve their health behaviors to achieve the goal of having a healthy baby.  Crystal completed her dissertation research under the supervision of Julia F. Houfek, Ph.D., R.N., A.P.R.N.-C.N.S., Professor in the College of Nursing – Omaha Division, receiving the Ph.D. degree in December 2017.