Barb Rakel

Associate Dean for Research

Barb Rakel, PhD, RN, FAAN
Dr. Barbara Rakel's program of research focuses on pain management; identifying patients at risk for chronic post-surgical pain; and examining non-pharmacologic strategies (primarily Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation [TENS] and Acceptance Commitment Therapy [ACT]) to reduce movement-evoked pain and promote function in patients with acute and chronic pain conditions. She is an expert in measurement and randomized clinical trial methodologies.


Linda Hand


Linda Liu Hand, PhD
Dr. Hand coordinates the operations of the ONR and consults with faculty, UIHC nursing partners, and students who are developing research proposals, projects and manuscripts; leads and facilitates faculty, postdoc, and student initiatives to achieve goals for funding, scholarship and collaboration; and identifies resources needed to meet research objectives.



Dianne Rash

ONRS Budget Specialist

Dianne Rash
Dianne supports faculty and their research staff with start-up activities on newly awarded grants.  She assists faculty with small grants in their day-to-day grant management, including hiring personnel, purchasing, and guidance in account management.



Christopher Sang

ONRS Grant Developer

Christopher Sang
Chris is responsible for assembling and submitting research grants and for providing support for research space and for programming activities of the ONRS.




Yelena Perkhounkova


Yelena Perkhounkova, PhD
Dr. Perkhounkova works directly with faculty and postdoctoral fellows preparing grant proposals and conducting research. She helps to formulate research questions, choose an appropriate study design, and develop plans for analysis, data entry, and data management.



Maria Hein

Data Manager

Maria Hein
Maria provides data management support, including developing, cleaning and managing data files; designing and working with existing databases; building datasets from a variety of sources; assisting with statistical analysis; and preparing tables, charts, and other graphics for publication.