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Melanie Turk, PhD, MSN, RN

Assistant Professor
School of Nursing
Nursing

Fisher Hall 518
Phone: 412.396.1817

Education:

PhD, Nursing, University of Pittsburgh, 2008
MSN, Nursing Research, University of Pittsburgh, 2008
BSN, Nursing, Duquesne University, 1995
Bio

Dr. Melanie Turk joined the School of Nursing as an Assistant Professor in August 2009. Her research interests include health promotion, weight loss, and weight loss maintenance with a focus on minority populations. Dr. Turk received her BSN from Duquesne University and her MSN and PhD from the University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Turk was recently awarded a $35,000 external grant from the Aetna Foundation to fund a multi-site research project in six ethnically-diverse communities of Pittsburgh. "Wise Choices: Healthy Eating Exercise for Older Adults" is a 12-week intervention aimed at helping community-dwelling older adults improve their eating habits and get more daily physical activity. Her research focuses on reducing health disparities and promoting health through weight management. She has also received internal funding from the Duquesne University Faculty Development Fund to learn about the perceptions and practices of Nigerian immigrants regarding healthy eating and activity in the U.S. She has over 50 published manuscripts and abstracts, 5 book chapters, and serves as a peer reviewer for 7 refereed journals and 4 regional, national, and international conferences.

Dr. Turk has been a nurse for 19 years and has practice experience in neurosurgery, trauma, and urology. Dr. Turk currently teaches in the BSN, MSN, and PhD programs. In her work with doctoral students, Dr. Turk accompanies DNP and PhD students on a study abroad immersion experience to develop an understanding of transcultural care from a global health perspective.

Research

Grants Awarded

Role: Principal Investigator
Period: 3/1/2014-2/28/2015
Type: Extramural Grant
Agency: Aetna Foundation
Title: Wise Choices: Nutrition and Physical Activity for Older Adults
Amount: $35,000

Role: Principal Investigator
Period: 5/1/2013-4/30/2015
Type: Duquesne University Faculty Development Fund
Agency: Duquesne University Office of Research
Title: Exploring African Immigrants' Perceptions and Practices Around Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Through Photovoice
Amount: total award: $9,939

Role: Principal Investigator
Period: 7/1/2010-7/1/2011
Type: Intramural Grant
Agency: Center for Nursing Research, Duquesne University School of Nursing Faculty     Development Grant
Title: Exploring the Correlates and Experiences of Weight Loss Maintenance
Amount:  total award: $4,999

Scholarship

Publications - Last 5 years

Peer-reviewed articles (*= based on empirical data)

*Turk, M., Fapohunda, A., & Zoucha, R. (2014). Using photovoice to explore Nigerian immigrants' eating and physical activity in the United States. Journal of Nursing Scholarship,47(1), 1-9. doi: 10.1111/jnu.12105.

Goodfellow, L.M., Zungolo, E., Lockhart, J.S., Turk, M., Dean, B. (2014). Success and challenges of a distance faculty model. Nursing Forum.

*Yang, K., Turk, M., Allison, V.L., James, K.A., Chasens, E. (2014). BMI self-perception and weight management behaviors among middle and late adolescent Americans. Journal of School Health.

Gregg, K., Houck, N., Irwin, R., Kattan, M.B., Kramer, N., Stayer, D., Wills, J., Zoucha, R., Turk, M. (2013). Fieldwork as a way of knowing: An Italian immersion experience. Online Journal of Cultural Competence in Nursing and Healthcare, 3(3), 1-15. doi:10.9730/ojccnh.org/v3n3a1.

*Choo, J., Turk, M., Jae, S-Y., Choo, I.H. (under review) Factors associated with health-related quality of life among overweight and obese Korean women. Women & Health.

*Turk, M.W., Elci, O.U., Wang, J. Sereika, S.M., Ewing, L.J., Acharya, S.D., Glanz, K., Burke, L.E. (2012). International Journal of Behavioral Medicine. Self-monitoring as a mediator of weight loss in the SMART randomized clinical trial. doi: 10.1007/s12529-012-9259-9.

*Turk, M.W., Sereika, S.M., Yang, K., Ewing, L.J., Hravnak, M., Burke, L.E. (in press, 2011). Psychosocial correlates of weight maintenance among black and white adults. American Journal of Health Behavior

Rao, G., Burke, L.E., Spring, B., Ewing, L., Turk, M., Lichtenstein, A.H., Cornier, M., Spence, D., Wang, J., Coons, M., Pandit, A., Klem, M.L. (2011). New and emerging strategies for the management of adult obesity in busy ambulatory settings: A scientific statement from the American Heart Association. Circulation, 124(10), 1182-1203

*Turk, M.W., Elci, O.U., Wang, J. Sereika, S.M., Ewing, L.J., Acharya, S.D., Glanz, K., Burke, L.E. (under review, International Journal of Behavioral Medicine). Self-monitoring as a mediator of weight loss in the SMART randomized clinical trial. 

Gregg, K., Houck, N., Irwin, R., Kattan, M.B., Kramer, N., Stayer, D., Wills, J., Zoucha, R., Turk, M. (under review, Online Journal of Cultural Competence in Nursing and Healthcare). Fieldwork as a way of knowing: An Italian immersion experience

Easterby, L.M., Seibert, B., Woodfield, C.J., Holloway, K., Gilbert, P., Zoucha, R., & Turk, M.W. (under review, Association of Black Nursing Faculty Journal). A transcultural immersion experience: Implications for nursing education,

*Choo, J., Elci, O.U., Yang, K., Turk, M.W., Styn, M.A., Sereika, S.M., Music, E., Burke, L.E. (2010). Longitudinal relationship between physical activity and cardiometabolic factors in overweight and obese adults. European Journal of Applied Physiology, 108, 329-336. 

Warziski Turk, M., Tuite, P.K., Burke, L.E. (2009). Cardiac health: Primary prevention of heart disease in women. Nursing Clinics of North America, 44(3), 315-325.

Warziski Turk, M., Yang, K., Hravnak, M., Sereika, S.M., Ewing, L.J., Burke, L.E. (2009). Randomized clinical trials of weight-loss maintenance: A review. Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 24(1), 58-80.

*Burke, L.E., Swigart, V., Warziski Turk, M., Derro, N., Ewing, L.E. (2009). Experiences of self-monitoring: Successes and struggles during treatment for weight loss. Qualitative Health Research, 19(6), 815-828.

*Acharya, S.D, Elci, O.U, Sereika, S.M., Music E., Styn, M.A, Warziski Turk, M., Burke, L.E. (2009). Adherence to a behavioral weight loss treatment program enhances weight loss and improvements in biomarkers. Patient Preference and Adherence, 3, 151-160.

*Burke, L.E., Sereika, S.M., Music, E., Warziski, M., Styn, M.A., Stone, A. (2008). Using instrumented paper diaries to document self-monitoring patterns in weight loss. Contemporary Clinical Trials, 29, 182-193.

*Warziski, M., Sereika, S.M., Styn, M.A., Music, E., Burke, L.E. (2008). Changes in self-efficacy and dietary adherence: The impact on weight loss in the PREFER study. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 31(1), 81-92.

*Burke, L.E., Warziski, M., Styn, M.A., Music, E., Hudson, A.G., & Sereika, S.M. (2008). A randomized clinical trial of a standard versus vegetarian diet for weight loss: The impact of treatment preference. International Journal of Obesity, 32, 166-176.

Book Chapters

Zoucha, R. & Turk, M. (in press). Using the Culture Care Theory as a guide to develop and implement a transcultural global health course for Doctor of Nursing Practice students for study in Italy. In M. R. McFarland & H. B. Wehbe-Alamah (Eds.), Culture Care Diversity and Universality Theory and Ethnonursing Research Method (3rd ed.). Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett.

Burke, L.E., Turk, M.W. (in press). Obesity. In K.A. Reikert, J.K. Ockene, & Pbert, L. (Eds.), Handbook of Health Behavior Change (4th ed.). New York: Springer.

Turk, M.W. (2011). Weight loss. In P. Prendergast & M. Shiffman (Eds.), Aesthetic Medicine: Art and Techniques. Berlin: Springer.

Burke, L.E., Tuite, P., Warziski Turk, M. (2009). Obesity: An overview of assessment and treatment. In S. Woods, E.S.S. Froelicher, S. Underhill Motzer and E.J. Bridges (Eds.), Cardiac Nursing (6th ed.). Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Warziski, M., Choo, J., Novak, J., & Burke, L.E. (2008). Obesity. In D. Moser & B. Riegel (Eds.), Cardiac nursing: A Companion to Braunwald's Heart Disease, St. Louis: Saunders, pp. 446-484.

Presentations - Last 5 years

Turk, M.W. & Zoucha, R. (October, 2011). The never-ending quest: Experiences of managing body weight after weight loss. (Competitive Review).  Poster presented at the Qualitative Health Research Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia.  

Warziski Turk, M., Sereika, S.M., Yang, K., Hravnak, M., Ewing, L.J., Burke, L.E. (September, 2010). Use of behavioral strategies for weight loss maintenance. Poster presented at the Congress for the Advancement of Nursing Science, State of the Science in Nursing Research, Washington, D.C. (Competitive Review).  Also presented at the National Institute of Nursing Research's 25th Anniversary Scientific Symposium, Washington, D.C. (October, 2010- Invited Presentation).

Turk, M.W., Sereika, S.M., Yang, K., Hravnak, M., Ewing, L.J., Burke, L.E. (March, 2010). An exploration of racial differences and predictors of weight maintenance after a behavioral weight loss trial. (Competitive Review). Paper presented at the Eastern Nursing Research Society Conference, Providence, RI.

Warziski Turk, M., Sereika, S.M., Styn, M.A., Elci, O.U., Burke, L.E. (October, 2008). Does weight loss maintenance differ for minorities compared to non-minorities? (Competitive Review).  Poster presented at the Congress for the Advancement of Nursing Science, State of the Science in Nursing Research, Washington, D.C.           

Burke, L.E., Warziski Turk, M., Styn, M.A., Music, E., Acharya, S., Elci, O.U., Sereika, S.M. (October, 2008). How weight self-efficacy impacts dietary adherence in a weight loss program. (Competitive Review). Paper presented at the Congress for the Advancement of Nursing Science, State of the Science in Nursing Research, Washington, D.C.    

Burke, L.E., Warziski Turk, M., Styn, M.A, Music, E., Sereika, S.M. (October, 2008). The association between self-efficacy and health-related quality of life (HRQOL) among participants in a weight loss study. (Competitive Review). Paper presented at the Congress for the Advancement of Nursing Science, State of the Science in Nursing Research, Washington, D.C.

Honors/Awards

April 2007 - Sigma Theta Tau, Ruth Perkins Kuehn Research Award

May 1995 - Summa Cum Laude, Duquesne University

May 1995 - Dean Johnson Gold Medal for General Excellence in Nursing