Our Trainees

Long Term Visiting Scholars

NUSARA PRASERTSRI

Dr. Nusara Prasertsri

Boromarajonani College of Nursing, Sanpasithiprasong, Thailand

Visiting Research Associate, School of Nursing
Visit: 01/2015 – 01/2016
Mentor: Dr. Ellen Lavoie Smith

Purpose of visit:

Dr. Prasertsri is a post-doctoral trainee in the University of Michigan School of Nursing Strengthening NCD Research and Training Capacity in Thailand program. Her research will focus on exploring symptom burden in patients with Chemotherapy Induced Peripheral Neuropathy (CIPN). She will also as analyze the relationship between psychical and psychological symptom burden, distress, and individual patient characteristics. Research findings will be implemented into practice in Thailand, where managing symptom burden is a significant challenge for CIPN patients.

Biography:

Dr. Prasertsri holds a PhD in Nursing from the University of Illinois at Chicago.  In her free time, she enjoys learning about history as well as exploring new places and things.


WARUNEE PHLIGBUA

Dr. Warunee Phligbua

Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand

Visiting Research Associate, School of Nursing
Visit: 01/2015 – 01/2016
Mentor: Dr. Debra Barton

Purpose of visit:

Dr. Warunee is a post-doctoral trainee in the University of Michigan School of Nursing Strengthening NCD Research and Training Capacity in Thailand program. Her research will focus largely on symptom management in cancer patients. She wishes to encourage cancer patients to take responsibility for symptom management and health promotion by assisting them in identifying and managing their own symptoms, from the time of diagnosis until palliative care. Dr. Warunee will also study the effects of hormone therapy and chemotherapy on quality of life in women with breast cancer. Her findings will be implemented into practice in Thailand.

Biography:

Dr. Warunee holds a PhD in nursing from Mahidol University, Thailand. In her free time, she enjoys traveling to new cities and places. She is looking forward to sightseeing and exploring Michigan this summer.


Natawan Khumsaen

Dr. Natawan Khumsaen

Boromarajonani College of Nursing

Visiting Research Associate, School of Nursing
Visit: 06/2015 – 06/2016
Mentor: Dr. Rob Stephenson

Purpose of Visit:

Dr. Khumsaen is a post-doctoral trainee in the University of Michigan School of Nursing Strengthening NCD Research and Training Capacity in Thailand program. Her research will focus on risky behaviors among vulnerable Thai populations and will examine the perception of HIV/AIDS as a chronic disease among late adolescents and MSM (men who have sex with men).

Biography:

Dr. Khumsaen holds a PhD from the Case Western Reserve University. She is a nursing instructor at Boromarajonani College of Nursing in Thailand. Her outside interests include traveling across the world, listening to music and reading about fashion trends.


Dr. Surasak Soonthornsoonthorn_profilepic

Sirindhorn College of Public Health, Suphanburi, Thailand

Visiting Research Associate, School of Nursing
Visit: 01/2016 – 1/2017
Mentor: Dr. Matt Davis

Purpose of visit:

Dr. Soonthorn is a post-doctoral trainee in the University of Michigan School of Nursing Strengthening NCD Research and Training Capacity in Thailand program. His research will focus on the cost of prescription medications for adults with multiple chronic conditions in various geographical locations in Thailand. Even with the implementation of Thailand’s Universal Healthcare Coverage in 2001, many patients are hindered from accessing the proper medications due to the increase in costs. In addition, the three Universal Healthcare Coverage plans could result in unequal distributions of higher cost medications. The result will fill a substantial knowledge gap by providing information on the cost of medications for the management of multiple chronic conditions in Thailand.

Biography:

Dr. Soonthorn holds a PhD from the Imperial College London. He is an instructor and a researcher at the Pharmacy Technique Department, Sirindhorn College of Public Health Suphanburi, in Thailand. His outside interests include traveling. He holds a deep curiosity for diverse cultures and languages.


Panan PichayapinyoDr. Panan Pichayapinyo

Mahidol University, Thailand

Visiting Research Associate, School of Nursing
Visit: 01/2016 – 1/2017
Mentor: Dr. Laura Saslow and Dr. Jim Aikens

Purpose of Visit:

Dr. Pichayapinyo is a post-doctoral trainee in the University of Michigan School of Nursing Strengthening NCD Research and Training Capacity in Thailand program. Her work will focus on using automated telephone calls to improve self-management in patients with type 2 diabetes in Thailand. The research will identify the relationship among psychosocial factors, self-management behavior and clinical outcomes. The results could significantly extend the ability to manage this growing epidemic for Thai nurses, and ultimately reduce the suffering and costs associated with diabetes in Thailand.

Biography:

Dr. Pichayapinyo holds a PhD from the Catholic University of America and is an associate professor in the Department of Public Health Nursing, School of Public Health at Mahidol University. In her spare time, she enjoys talking to people and reading books.


Wipasiri NaraphongDr. Wipasiri Naraphong

Boromarajonani College of Nursing, Saraburi, Thailand

Visiting Research Associate, School of Nursing
Visit: 06/2016 – 6/2017
Mentor: Dr. Debra Barton

Purpose of Visit:

Dr. Naraphong is a post-doctoral trainee in the University of Michigan School of Nursing Strengthening NCD Research and Training Capacity in Thailand program. Her work will focus on cancer-related fatigue and symptom management. The results will involve development of clinical trials (for the alleviation of cancer survivors’ symptoms in the Thai context) that would promote optimal care and the quality of life of cancer survivors.

Biography:

Dr. Naraphong holds a PhD from the University of Cincinnati and is a nursing instructor for undergraduates at Boromarajonani College of Nursing. In her spare time, she enjoys reading books and watching Sci-fi movies and tv-series.


Short Term Visiting Scholars

Wonpen KaewpanDr. Wonpen Kaewpan

Mahidol University, Thailand

Visiting Research Associate, School of Nursing
Visit: 07/01/2016 – 07/31/2017

Purpose of Visit:

Dr. Kaewpan is a post-doctoral trainee in the University of Michigan School of Nursing Strengthening NCD Research and Training Capacity in Thailand program. Her research work will focus on improving nursing systems geared towards long term health care for older adults with chronic diseases in Thailand. The research involves the development of healthcare management for patients with chronic diseases, health promotion and reduction of risk behaviors among those with susceptibility to chronic diseases. The research will also address quality improvement of the health service system for chronic diseases in the community through the performance development of nurses in charge as well as the enhancement of participation of the community. The results could significantly extend the ability to manage chronic diseases in the community and invigorate nursing’s role in providing efficient care.

Biography:

Dr. Kaewpan holds a DrPH from the Faculty of Public Health, Mahidol University, Thailand. She enjoys travelling both in Thailand and abroad to gain new experiences, reading novels and Dhamma books to explore great ideas for better work and a happy life. In her spare time, you can find her gardening flowers and listening to music.


Srisuda NgamkhamDr. Srisuda Ngamkham

Boromarajonani College of Nursing, Sawanpracharak Nakhonsawan, Thailand

Visiting Research Associate, School of Nursing
Visit: 07/01/2016 – 07/31/2017

Purpose of Visit:

Dr. Ngamkham is a post-doctoral trainee in the University of Michigan School of Nursing Strengthening NCD Research and Training Capacity in Thailand program. Her work will focus on cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT) in patients with cancer in Thailand. The research will identify how well CBT works for pain relief in patients with cancer. The results could significantly extend the ability to manage pain from cancer.

Biography:

Dr. Ngamkham holds a PhD from the University of Illinois at Chicago and is a nursing instructor in the Boromarajonani College of Nursing, Sawanpracharak Nakhonsawan. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling everywhere and takes photography in order to learn about differences in cultures, mankind and places around the world.


Wanicha PungchompooDr. Wanicha Pungchompoo

Chiang Mai University, Thailand

Visiting Research Associate, School of Nursing
Visit: 07/01/2016 – 07/31/2017

Purpose of Visit:

Dr. Pungchompoo is a post-doctoral trainee in the University of Michigan School of Nursing Strengthening NCD Research and Training Capacity in Thailand program. Her work will focus on chronic conditions especially in the area of the self-management for people living with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) in Thailand. The mixed method research will apply to her study. In the first phase, the research will identify the problems, needs, and the burden of symptoms in CKD patients with and without dialysis in Thailand. The second phase will develop the self-management model for the population in Thai context. The results could help patients living with CKD manage their symptoms, enhance their quality of life, and reduce the cost of care.

Biography:

Dr. Pungchompoo holds a Doctoral in Clinical Practice (DclinP) from the University of Southampton, School of Health Sciences in the UK. Her area of interests are in NCD, CKD, aging, palliative care and mixed method research. In her spare time, she enjoys reading books, exercising, playing with her dog and traveling.


Nantiya WatthayuDr. Nantiya Watthayu

Mahidol University, Thailand

Visiting Research Associate, School of Nursing
Visit: 07/01/2016 – 07/31/2017

Purpose of Visit:

Dr. Watthayu is a post-doctoral trainee in the University of Michigan School of Nursing Strengthening NCD Research and Training Capacity in Thailand program. Her work will focus on the role of community in Thai patients with chronic conditions such as diabetes and chronic kidney disease (CKD). The research will explore patient experiences in order to design an effective self-management program for patients with CKD. The results could help people delay the progression of CKD and improve quality of life by using the self-management program.

Biography:

Dr. Watthayu holds a PhD from the University of Maryland Baltimore, School of Nursing. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family, travelling, and reading.


Dr. Patraporn TungpunkomDr. Patraporn Tunpunkom

Chiang Mai University, Thailand

Visiting Research Associate, School of Nursing
Visit: 07/2015 – 08/2015

Purpose of visit:

Dr. Patraporn is a post-doctoral trainee in the University of Michigan School of Nursing Strengthening NCD Research and Training Capacity in Thailand program. Her research will be focused on a cross-comparison between the US and Thai adolescent in the relationship of common mental disease and non-communicable disease. The determinant and protective factors of psychological problems in child and adolescent is also her main focus leading to mental health promotion and prevention in this population.

Biography:

Dr. Patraporn Tungpunkom holds a PhD from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She is an associate professor in mental health care nursing at the faculty of Nursing, Chiang Mai University and the director of the Thailand Center for evidence based nursing, midwifery, and health science: a collaborating center of Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI), University of Adelaide, Australia. She is a licensed global trainer of comprehensive systematic review training. She loves meeting people from diverse cultural backgrounds and believes we all can learn something from one another. When she’s not conducting her research, you can find her outdoors exploring the natural beauties of the world.


Dr. Panarat Chenchob

Dr. Panarat Chenchob

Boromarajonani College of Nursing, Buddhachinaraj, Phitsanulok, Thailand

Visiting Research Associate, School of Nursing
Visit: 07/2015 – 08/2015

Purpose of visit:

Dr. Panarat is a post-doctoral trainee in the University of Michigan School of Nursing Strengthening NCD Research and Training Capacity in Thailand program. Her research will focus on engaging communities in order to promote health and prevent NCDs in high risk children and adults in urban settings in Thailand. She also serves as a facilitator and mentor in a primary care unit as principal investigator in Thailand.

Biography:

Dr. Panarat holds a PhD from Michigan State University. She is an instructor and researcher at Boromarajonani College of Nursing, Buddhachinaraj, Phitsanulok, Thailand. Her outside interests include sports, traveling and learning new things.