Marie L. Talashek, EdD, RN, CS
Department of Health Systems Science
UIC College of Nursing
845 South Damen Avenue (MC 802)
Chicago, IL 60612-7350
Research / Discovery
Dr. Talashek's research with adolescents focuses on identifying risk factors for early initiation of sex, unsafe sex behaviors, STI, and pregnancy along with studying the health disparities of minority adolescents. She is also studying HIV/AIDS and health worker practices in Africa. She developed an intervention to improve the use of universal precautions, patient teaching, and the provision of non-stigmatizing care for health workers in Malawi. These are being tested as part of and an intervention to mobilize health workers in the prevention of HIV/AIDS in rural Malawi. She has been honored for achievement in research by the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) and the Association of Community Health Nurse Educators (ACHNE).
Teaching / Learning
Dr. Talashek has had twenty-six years of teaching experience, twenty at UIC. She focused her early teaching to mentor family nurse practitioner students acquiring skills for managing acute and chronic illnesses. Most recently she has taught nursing theory and research for graduate students. She has received both the Silver Circle Award and the Graduate Student Teaching Recognition Award.
Service / Practice
Dr. Talashek serves on the Board of Directors for a not-for-profit clinic that specializes in care for STI and HIV/AIDS clients. She has been an active member in NONPF and ACHNE and served as an officer on the INA Interdivisional Council of Nurse Practitioners during the time that they lobbied successfully for prescriptive practices and recognition in Illinois.
Current Research Projects: