UTHSCSA Faculty Profiles v1.0

Jiwani, PhD, RN, Rozmin B.

School of Nursing
Office for Faculty Excellence

Dr. Rozmin Jiwani (PhD, RN) is an Assistant Professor/Clinical at the UT Health San Antonio, School of Nursing. She is a nurse-scientist with a long-term goal of becoming a geroscientist; her research focus is to develop interventions that will reduce frailty among older adults with chronic diseases. She has over 15 years of clinical experience as a registered nurse and as an advanced practice nurse in chronic diseases in adults. Her PhD project, which used a mixed-methods design, explored illness perception, coping behaviors, and appraisal regarding coronary artery disease among high-risk South Asians living in the U.S. She pursued this subject because of the incidence of premature death from coronary artery disease in her own family and community.

She then was awarded 2 postdoctoral fellowships to further her training in behavioral research in vulnerable populations with chronic diseases. Her first postdoctoral training at the University of North Texas Health Science Center - Texas Center for Health Disparities was supported by the National Institute of Health Funded Steps Toward Academic Research fellowship. This fellowship focused on acquiring fundamental concepts in biomedical and behavioral health disparity research. Her subsequent postdoctoral fellowship was based in the Geriatrics Research, Education, and Clinical Center at the South Texas Veterans Health Care System, with Dr. Sara Espinoza as her primary mentor. She was involved in several studies, including her NIA R01-funded clinical trial. In 2018, she began to work with Dr. Jing Wang, Vice Dean of Research for UT Health San Antonio, School of Nursing. She learned to use the Look AHEAD (Action for Health in Diabetes) behavioral lifestyle interventions to manage type 2 diabetes in vulnerable adults. In Jan 2019, she was selected as an RL5 Scholar from San Antonio Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center. She also received a competitive RL5 pilot award, and 75% of her time is protected for research.

She submitted the NIA-K23 award on 06/12/2020, status pending. For this award, under the guidance of her mentoring team, she seeks to enhance her training and skills in geroscience, inflammatory biomarkers, conducting behavioral lifestyle interventions enhanced with mobile health technology, and developing digital applications for frailty monitoring. With her training to date, rich research environment, and the skilled mentoring team at UT Health San Antonio, she is poised to be successful in her proposed K23, which will ensure her transition to becoming an independent nurse-researcher in translational geroscience. As a junior nurse investigator, Dr. Jiwani`s work has produced several poster presentations at local, national, and interventional levels, five published manuscripts, two in-review, and three are in preparation based on her RL5 pilot study. Her goal is to become an independent nurse scientist studying the influences of aging, frailty, inflammatory response related to chronic diseases, and the effect of behavioral lifestyle interventions that may lead to the extension of healthy aging.

9/2016 - Present Assistant Professor/Clinical UT Health San Antonio, School of Nursing, San Antonio, TX