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Curriculum Vitae
Part I
PERSONAL DATA
YVONNE Y. COMMODORE-MENSAH, PhD, RN
525 N. Wolfe Street
Baltimore, MD 21205
Assistant Professor
Johns Hopkins School of Nursing
[email protected]
Telephone: (410) 614-1519, (202) 465-2551
EDUCATION
Dates
Degree
Institution
Location
2014
Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
Johns Hopkins School of Nursing
Baltimore, MD
2008
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
(Honors)
Fairleigh Dickinson University
Teaneck, NJ
LICENSES AND CERTIFICATIONS
Year
Source/Type
2015 – Present
Registered Nurse, Georgia
2010 - Present
Registered Nurse, Maryland
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Year
Position
Institution
Location
2016 - Present Assistant Professor
Johns Hopkins School of Nursing
Baltimore, MD
2015-2016
Assistant Research
Professor
Emory University Nell Hodgson Woodruff
School of Nursing
Atlanta, GA
2015
Research Associate
Johns Hopkins University School of
Nursing
Baltimore, MD
2014-2015
Special Volunteer
NIH, National Institute of Diabetes and
Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
Bethesda, MD
1
Year
Position
Institution
Location
2012-2014
Program Manager
Johns Hopkins University School of
Nursing Helene Fuld Leadership Program
for the Advancement of Patient Safety &
Quality (Dr. Cheryl Dennison, PI)
Baltimore, MD
2012-2013
Project Data
Manager
Johns Hopkins University School of
Nursing, “An Automated System of
Prevention of CVD in HIC Care Settings
(ASPIRE),” (Dr. Jason Farley, PI)
Baltimore, MD
2012
Research Assistant
Johns Hopkins University School of
Nursing, Hypertension Self-Care Profile
Instrument Development , (Dr. Haera
Han, PI)
Baltimore, MD
2011-2013
Graduate Research
Associate
Johns Hopkins University School of
Nursing, Center of Excellence for
Cardiovascular Health
Baltimore, MD
2011-2012
Research Assistant
Johns Hopkins University School of
Nursing, Reducing disability via a bundled
psycho-social- environmental approach
(Dr. Sarah Szanton, PI)
Baltimore, MD
2010-2011
Research Nurse
Johns Hopkins University School of
Nursing, Nurse-Led Heart Failure Care
Transition Intervention for African
Americans (R21NR011056) (Dr. Cheryl
Dennison, PI)
Baltimore, MD
2008-2009
Registered Nurse
Inova Fairfax Hospital, Cardiac
Telemetry Unit
Falls Church, VA
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HONORS AND AWARDS
2016
American Heart Association Martha Hill New Investigator Award
2015
Dissertation Award, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing
Lawrence W. Green Paper of the Year Award for 2015 -Samuel, L. J., CommodoreMensah, Y., Himmelfarb, C. R (2013). Developing behavioral theory with the systematic
integration of neighborhood social capital concepts. Health Educ Behavior, Oct 2, [Epub
ahead of print]
PhD Manuscript Award for Best Published Paper
Winning Abstract Award (Data-based Category) Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses
Association Conference, April 2014
2014
3rd Place Poster Award (Data-based Category) Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses
Association Conference, April 2014
2014
A.T. Mary Blades Foundation Scholarship
2013
Professional Development Award, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing
2012
Graduate Teaching Assistant Award, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing
2010-2012
Jonas Scholar, Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence
2008
School of Nursing Faculty Recognition Award, Fairleigh Dickinson University
2008
Sigma Theta Tau, Epsilon Rho Chapter, Fairleigh Dickinson University
2008
Phi Zeta Kappa Honor Society, Fairleigh Dickinson University
2007-2008
Campus Service Grant, Fairleigh Dickinson University
2004-2008
Fairleigh Dickinson University Honors List
2004-2008
Colonel Dickinson Academic Scholarship, Fairleigh Dickinson University
RESEARCH
Research and Educational Grants
2017-2020-Johns Hopkins Clinical Research Scholars Program(KL2). (Yvonne Commodore-Mensah) PI,
75% effort
2016-2017 -African Immigrants’ Perceptions and Attitudes Toward Cardiovascular Health, Sigma Theta
Tau International Small Grants (Yvonne Commodore-Mensah) PI, 50% effort, Total Costs: $5,000
2012-2014 - Cardiovascular Disease Risk of West African Immigrants and the Effect of Acculturation
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(Yvonne Commodore-Mensah), PI 1P30NR011409, Center of Excellence for Cardiovascular Health,
$6,000, 100% effort
2013- Cardiovascular Disease Risk of West African Immigrants and the Effect of Acculturation (Yvonne
Commodore-Mensah), PI, Sigma Theta Tau Nu Beta Chapter Award, $1,000 , 100% effort
SCHOLARSHIP
Publications
Peer reviewed (*databased)
1. *Commodore-Mensah, Y. , Ukonu, N., Obisesan, O., Aboagye, J.K., Agyemang, C., Reilly, C.M.,
Dunbar, S.B., Okosun, I.S. (2016). Length of Residence in the United States is Associated with a
Higher Prevalence of Cardiometabolic Risk Factors in Immigrants: A Contemporary Analysis of the
National Health Interview Survey. Journal of the American Heart Association.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1161/JAHA.116.004059
2. *Obisesan, O.,Thompson, E., Akinola, O., Obisesan, A., & Commodore-Mensah, Y. (2016).
Association between non-cigarette/smokeless tobacco and hypertension in the National Health
Interview Survey: A pseudo-panel analysis. International Journal of Public Health Science.
3. Himmelfarb, C. R., Commodore-Mensah, Y., & Hill, M. N. (2016). Expanding the role of nurses to
improve hypertension care and control globally. Ann Glob Health. 2016 Mar-Apr;82(2):243-53. doi:
10.1016/j.aogh.2016.02.003
4. *Obisesan, O., Kuo, W. H., Brunet, M., Obisesan, A., Akinola, O., & Commodore-Mensah, Y. (2016).
Predictors of obesity among Nigerian immigrants in the United States. Journal of Immigrant &
Minority Health, [Epub ahead of print], PMID 26995179
5. *Commodore-Mensah, Y. Hill, M.,Allen, J., Cooper, L. A., Blumenthal, R., Agyemang, C.,&
Himmelfarb, C. D. (2016). Sex differences in Cardiovascular disease risk of Ghanaian and Nigerianborn West African immigrants in the United States: The Afro-Cardiac Study. Journal of American Heart
Association, 5(2), doi: 10.1161/JAHA.115.002385., PMCID PMC4802474
6. Commodore-Mensah, Y., Dennison Himmelfarb, C. R., & Agyemang, C. (2015). Cardiometabolic
health in african immigrants to the United States: A call to re-examine research on African-descent
populations. Ethnicity and Disease, 25(3), 373-379, PMID 26675140
7. Commodore-Mensah, Y., Sampah, M.E., Berko, C.A., Cudjoe, J., Abu-Bonsrah, N., Obisesan, O.,
Agyemang, C., Adeyemo, A.,& Dennison Himmelfarb, C. (2015). The Afro-Cardiac Study:
Cardiovascular disease risk and Acculturation in West African Immigrants in the United States:
Rationale and Study Design. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health. Oct 1, [Epub ahead of print],
PMID 26429573
8. Shillam, C., Ho, G., & Commodore-Mensah, Y. (2014). Online Biostatistics: Evidence-Based curriculum
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for master's nursing education. Journal of Nursing Education, 53(4):229-32.
9. Dennison Himmelfarb, C. R., Commodore-Mensah, Y., & Hayman, L. L. (2014). New cardiovascular
prevention guidelines offer a new approach and effective strategies. Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing,
29(2), 102-4.
10. Commodore-Mensah, Y., Samuel, L. J., Himmelfarb, C. R., & Agyemang, C. (2014). Hypertension and
overweight/obesity in Ghanaians and Nigerians living in West Africa and industrialized countries: A
systematic review. Journal of Hypertension, 32(3), 464-72., PMID 24445390
11. *Commodore-Mensah, Y. Agyemang, C., Aboagye, J., Abu-Bonsrah, N., & Dennison Himmelfarb, C.
R. (2014). Cardiovascular disease risk among West African immigrants in the US: the AFRO-CardiAC
study. Circulation, 129, AP176, PMID 26429573
12. Samuel, L .J, Commodore-Mensah, Y., & Himmelfarb, C. R (2013). Developing behavioral theory
with the systematic integration of neighborhood social capital concepts. Health Educ Behavior,
;41(4):359-75, PMCID: PMC 4002661
13. Moscou-Jackson, G., Commodore-Mensah, Y., Farley, J., & DiGiacomo, M. (2013). Smoking cessation
interventions in people living With HIV infection: A Systematic review. Journal of the Association of
Nurses in AIDS Care, 25(1), 32-45, PMCID 4105340
14. Benita Walton-Moss, B., Samuel, L., Nguyen, T. H., Commodore-Mensah, Y., Hayat, M., & Szanton,
S. L. (2013). Community based cardiovascular health interventions in vulnerable populations: A
systematic review. Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 29(4): 293-307
15. *Han, H. R, Lee, H., Commodore-Mensah, Y., & Kim, M. (2013). Development and validation of the
hypertension self-care profile: A practical tool to measure hypertension self-care. Journal of
Cardiovascular Nursing, 29(3), E11-20, PMID 24088621
16. Commodore-Mensah, Y., & Dennison, C.R. (2012). Patient education strategies for hospitalized
cardiovascular patients: A systematic review. Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 27(2),154-174. PMID
22210147
Book Chapters
1. Commodore-Mensah, Y., Hill, M., Dennison Himmelfarb, C. (2017). Chronic Illness: Addressing
Hypertension and Health Disparities in Communities. In Using Nursing Research to Shape Health
Policy. Grady, P.A., Hinshaw, A.S.(Editors). Springer Publishing Company, New York, NY.
Research Abstracts and Proceedings
Abstracts (only if published separately, not in conference proceedings)
Turkson-Ocran, R-A, N., Ukonu, N.A., Commodore-Mensah, Y. Y. (2017) Abstract P275: Hypertension,
Diabetes, and Obesity Among African Immigrants in the 2010 - 2014 National Health Interview Surveys.
Circulation; 135:AP275
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Ukonu, N.A., Turkson-Ocran, R-A, N., Commodore-Mensah, Y. Y. (2017) Abstract P086: The Association
between Psychological Distress and Diabetes Prevalence among Foreign-Born Blacks in the United
States: An Examination of the 2010-2014 National Health Interview Survey. Circulation. 135:AP086
Commodore-Mensah, Y., Himmelfarb, C.D., Reilly, C.M., Dunbar, S.B. The Paradoxical Association
Between Acculturation and Cardiovascular Disease Risk in African Immigrants in the United States: The
Afro-Cardiac Study. Circulation. 2016;134:A19385
Commodore-Mensah, Y., Wells, J.W., Matthie, N., Dunbar, S.B., Does Ethnicity Matter? A Comparative
Analysis of Social Determinants of Hypertension and Diabetes Among African Americans, African
Immigrants and Afro Caribbeans in the 2010-2014 National Health Interview Survey. Circulation.
2016;134:A19229
Commodore-Mensah, Y. Dennison Himmelfarb, C.R. The AFRO-CardiAC study: Examining the
Cardiovascular Disease Risk Profile of West African Immigrants residing in the United States, Preventive
Cardiovascular Nurses Association, 2014, Atlanta, GA
Commodore-Mensah, Y. Agyemang, C., Aboagye J., Abu-Bonsrah, N., Dennison Himmelfarb, C.R.
Cardiovascular Disease Risk among West African Immigrants in the US: the AFRO-CardiAC study,
American Heart Association Epidemiology and Prevention (EPI) and Nutrition, Physical Activity and
Metabolism (NPAM) Scientific Sessions, 2014, San Francisco, CA
Commodore-Mensah, Y., Himmelfarb, C. R, Mark, H., Farley, J. E., Provider Management of CVD in an
Urban HIV Practice: Room for Improvement. , Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association, 2014,
Atlanta, GA
Commodore-Mensah, Y., Berko, C. A., Sampah, M. E., Cudjoe, J., Himmelfarb, C. D. The “Afro-Cardiac
Study” identifies High Burden of Cardiovascular Disease Risk in West African Immigrants in the United
States. American Heart Association Epi|Lifestyle 2015(Accepted December 2014), PMID 26429573,
Baltimore, MD
Commodore-Mensah, Y., Himmelfarb, C.R, Mark, H., Farley, J.E., Provider Prevention of CVD in an
Urban HIV Practice: Room for Improvement. Association of Nurses in AID Care (ANAC) Conference;
Atlanta, GA (November 2013)
Commodore-Mensah, Y., Himmelfarb, C.R, Mark, H., Farley, J.E., Prevalence of CVD Risk Factors
among an Urban Cohort of Persons Living with HIV. Association of Nurses in AID Care (ANAC)
Conference; Atlanta, GA (November 2013)
Conference Meetings/Presentations
International
2016
Commodore-Mensah, Y., Himmelfarb, C.D., Reilly, C.M., Dunbar, S.B. The Paradoxical
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Association Between Acculturation and Cardiovascular Disease Risk in African Immigrants in the
United States: The Afro-Cardiac Study. American Heart Association Scientific Sessions 2016,
New Orleans, LA. (Podium)
2016
Commodore-Mensah, Y., Wells, J.W., Matthie, N., Dunbar, S.B., Does Ethnicity Matter? A
Comparative Analysis of Social Determinants of Hypertension and Diabetes Among African
Americans, African Immigrants and Afro Caribbeans in the 2010-2014 National Health Interview
Survey. American Heart Association Scientific Sessions 2016, New Orleans, LA. (Poster)
2016
Ukonu, N., Obisesan, O., Aboagye, J., Amoakwah, K., Agyemang, C., Commodore-Mensah, Y.
Y. Acculturation is associated with a Higher Prevalence of Cardiometabolic Risk Factors in US
Immigrants: An Analysis of the 2010-2014 National Health Interview Survey. American Heart
Association Epi-Lifestyle 2016, Phoenix, AZ (Moderated Poster Presentation)
2016
Commodore-Mensah, Y. Y., Turkson-Ocran, R. A., Aboagye, J., Samuel, L. J., Reilly, C.
Hypertension, Overweight and Obesity among US Immigrants: An Analysis of the 2010-2014
National Health Interview Survey. American Heart Association Epi-Lifestyle 2016, Phoenix, AZ
(Moderated Poster Presentation)
2014
Commodore-Mensah, Y., Dennison Himmelfarb, C. R. The AFRO-CardiAC study: Examining the
Cardiovascular Disease Risk Profile of West African Immigrants residing in the United States,
Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association, 2014, Atlanta, GA (Podium)
2015
Commodore-Mensah, Y., Berko, C. A., Sampah, M. E., Cudjoe, J., Himmelfarb, C. D. The
“Afro- Cardiac Study” identifies High Burden of Cardiovascular Disease Risk in West African
Immigrants in the United States. American Heart Association Epi|Lifestyle 2015, Baltimore, MD
(Poster)
2013
Commodore-Mensah, Himmelfarb, C. R, Mark, H., Farley, J. E., Provider Prevention of CVD
in an Urban HIV Practice: Room for Improvement. Association of Nurses in AID Care
(ANAC) Conference, Atlanta, GA (Podium)
2011
Nguyen, T.H., Samuel, L., Commodore-Mensah, Y., Szanton, S. L., Walton Moss, B.
Community Based Cardiovascular Interventions in Vulnerable Populations: A Systematic Review.
International Network for Doctoral Education in Nursing (INDEN), University of Malta, Malta,
(Poster)
National
2016
Commodore-Mensah, Y. Social determinants of cardiometabolic risk factors (hypertension,
diabetes, hyperlipidemia) in African immigrants: A retrospective analysis of the 2010-2014
National Health Interview Survey. United States Conference on African Immigrant and Refugee
Health; East Elmhurt, NY (Oral Presentation)
2016
Commodore-Mensah, Y. Social, Economic and Cultural Determinants of Cardiovascular
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Disease Risk in African immigrants. Northwest Regional Conference on African Immigrant
Health. Seattle, WA (Plenary Session)
2016
Turkson-Ocran, R.-A., Obisesan O., Ukonu, N., Commodore-Mensah, Y. Cardiovascular
Disease Risk-Factors in African immigrants: An Analysis of the 2013-2014 National Health
Interview Survey, Seattle, WA (Oral Presentation)
2014
Commodore-Mensah, Y. Agyemang, C., Aboagye J ., Abu-Bonsrah, N., Dennison Himmelfarb,
C. R. Cardiovascular Disease Risk among West African Immigrants in the US: the AFROCardiAC study, American Heart Association Epidemiology and Prevention (EPI) and Nutrition,
Physical Activity and Metabolism (NPAM) Scientific Sessions, San Francisco, CA ( Oral
Presentation)
2014
Commodore-Mensah, Y., Himmelfarb, C. R, Mark, H., Farley, J. E., Provider Management of
CVD in an Urban HIV Practice: Room for Improvement, Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses
Association, 2014, Atlanta, GA (Poster)
2013
Commodore-Mensah, Y., Himmelfarb, C. R, Mark, H., Farley, J. E., Prevalence of CVD Risk
Factors among an Urban Cohort of Persons Living with HIV. Association of Nurses in AID Care
(ANAC) Conference, Atlanta, GA (Poster)
Manuscript Reviewer
2016
Ethnicity and Health
2015
Ethnicity and Disease
2015
Journal of American Heart Association
2015-present
BMC Public Health
2014
European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
2014
British Medical Journal (BMJ Open)
PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
Society / Association membership
2015-present
Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association, Abstract Committee Member
2011-present
American Heart Association (Cardiovascular Nursing Council), Member
2010-present
Representatives for Equal Access to Community Healthcare (REACH), Member
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2010-present
Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association, Member
2010-present
Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honors Society, Member
Prior Service at Other Universities
Emory University Service
2016
Atlanta Clinical & Translational Science Institute (ACTSI) Community Engagement Research
Program Committee, Member
Service at Johns Hopkins University
2011-2013
Diversity Committee, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, Invited Member
2013
Dean of Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing Search Committee, Invited
Member
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Curriculum Vitae
Part II
EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES
EMORY UNIVERSITY
Spring, 2016
NRSG 204: Introduction to Biostatistics
Instructor
Summer 2016
NRSG 315: Population Health: Community and
Public Health Nursing
Instructor
Summer 2016
NRSG 204: Introduction to Biostatistics
Instructor
MENTORING AND ADVISEMENT
Predoctoral Mentorship
Dissertation Committee Member
2015-2015
Olawunmi Obisesan, PhD, DHEd, MPH,
RN
2016-present Ruth-Alma Turkson-Ocran , MSN, MPH,
RN , PhD Student
2016-present
Debora Mukaz, MS
A.T. Still University College of Graduate
Health Studies, Cervical Cancer Screening in
African immigrants in the United States.
Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, Health
Behaviors in West African Immigrants in the
United States: The Role of Personal Factors,
2016-present, Dissertation Committee
Member
University of Delaware, Acculturation and
Diabetes Among
African Migrants in The United States (U.S),
2015-present, Dissertation Committee
Member
4.20.17 TG
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