Dr. Wadas is an assistant professor at the University of Alabama with an expertise in cardiovascular and critical care practice. She received her PhD in Nursing with a focus on injury mechanisms from the University of Arizona and her DNP with a focus on acute care nurse practitioner practice from the University of Southern Indiana. She is board certified as a family, acute, and critical care practitioner. She is also a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners with recognition for acute care nurse practitioner education and policy to advance the role of the nurse practitioner at a national and state level. She has worked in various advanced practice roles, which include unit director for cardiovascular surgery, cardiovascular clinical specialist, and outcomes manager. She has successfully implemented quality improvement endeavors and advanced practice roles within service lines as well as within hospital wide systems as a consultant. Dr. Wadas developed the first national adult gero acute care nurse practitioner program with a registered nurse first assist speciality and also, a cardiovascular subspeciality. She served on various national committees that focused on role delineation of the adult-geo acute care nurse practitioner and the development of the first national adult gero acute care nurse practitioner certification exam. Dr. Wadas’ research focuses on health disparities in three main areas: cellular aging (telomere length and attrition), cardiovascular disease, and psychosocial factors among minority and/or underserved populations across the life span. The specific aims of her research program include:
- To develop methods that measure and model complexities of physiological and psychosocial relationship systems as it pertains to cellular aging and cardiovascular disease.
- To use such models to understand the intersection of cellular aging and physiological and the psychosocial context of individuals and families at risk for developing and/or advancing cardiovascular disease.
- To translate these findings into effective individual, family, and/or community interventions among minority and/or underserved populations.