Administrative Core


Shirley Moore, RN, PhD, FAAN

Director and Principal Investigator
FPB School of Nursing

Patricia A. Higgins, PhD, RN

Evaluation Director, SMART Center
Associate Professor
FPB School of Nursing

Jessica Surdam, MPH

Project Manager

Tanya Smith

Finance Manager

Core Directors


The Administrative Core under the direction of Dr. Shirley Moore provides the operational and financial oversight of the SMART Center and develops mechanisms to facilitate the interaction among the Cores and other faculty and centers within and outside the university. The Administrative Core oversees the Executive Committee and the External Advisory Committee. It provides strategic administrative oversight of the SMART Center, the other Cores (Pilot Studies and Neuroscience Cores, and FIND Lab) and SMART Center-sponsored studies. The administrative core contains an Evaluation component under the direction of Patricia A. Higgins, PhD, RN. Dr. Higgins directs process and outcome evaluation on the activities of the SMART Center.

External Advisory Board

The SMART Center has the resources of an External Advisory Board that meets annually to review the research and dissemination programs of the SMART Center. The External Advisory Committee is comprised of scientists with research related to self-management. To insure a wide perspective on the activities of the SMART Center, the members come from several disciplines contributing to the connections between behavior and brain function, including self-management strategies (Lorig, Pressler), brain neuroimaging (Woo) and neurocognitive science (Zull).

External Scientist Members

  • Kate Lorig, RN, Dr.P.H.: Professor Emerita, Stanford University
  • Susan Pressler, RN, PhD: Professor, Indiana University
  • Mary Woo, RN, D.N.Sc: University of California Los Angeles
  • James Zull, PhD: Case Western Reserve University