The Walter Rand Institute for Public Affairs has selected its newest Faculty Fellow: Dr. Bonnie Jerome-D’Emilia.  An associate professor at Rutgers School of Nursing-Camden, Dr. Jerome-D’Emilia’s proposed research will  focus on breast cancer screening effectiveness and treatment variation in the southern counties of New Jersey as compared to the rest of the state.  Her current research involves evaluating breast cancer screening and treatment in New Jersey, particularly in regards to insurance status, and she recently completed an analysis  of five-years of breast cancer screening and treatment data from Cooper University Medical Center in collaboration with Dr. Debashis Kushary (Mathematics) and Dr. Patricia Suplee (School of Nursing).

Dr. Jerome-D’Emilia holds a PhD in Health Services Organization and Research from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Health Administration, an MPH in Health Administration from Columbia University School of Public Health, a nursing degree from State University of New York at Downstate College of Nursing, and a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from Brooklyn College.  Before coming to Camden, she taught for ten years at the University of Virginia, and held a one-year fellowship in Policy and Philanthropy at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  She is also an Associate Member of the Institute of Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research Mission Chair, and Board Member of the Susan G. Komen Central and South Jersey Affiliate, a member of the South Jersey Breast Disparities Initiative, and a member of the American Indian/Alaska Native National Partnership for Action Caucus.

Professor Jerome-D’Emilia has two sons, one daughter and a husband who serves as the Chief of Surgery at the Northern Navajo Medical Center, a hospital of the Indian Health Service in Shiprock, NM.  Her oldest son recently received his MFA in creative writing from University of San Francisco, and her younger son is pursuing a doctorate in clinical psychology at Long Island University.  Her daughter is a junior in high school and considering study in either medicine or genetics research.