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The Haitian Diabetes Study (HDS) seeks to understand and overcome barriers to self-management activities of type 2 diabetes, especially among Haitian immigrants in the United States. Along with traditional survey methods, the research utilizes a variety of measures to capture a complete picture of self-management techniques.


Funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), the research provides a unique perspective on management of chronic conditions on a traditionally understudied population. Research is conducted at the Boston College William F. Connell School of Nursing.

Research and Team

Meet The Team


Cherlie Magny-Normilus, PI - Ph.D., RN, FNP-BC, FNYAM

Dr. Magny-Normilus is a research scholar at the Connell School of Nursing. Dr. Magny-Normilus is a board-certified family nurse practitioner who received her Ph.D. in Nursing with an emphasis in Health Promotion from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Additionally, Dr. Magny-Normilus completed a T32 funded postdoctoral fellowship in Self and Family Management of Complex Chronic Conditions at the Yale School of Nursing. Her program of research focuses on reducing health disparities among minority and vulnerable populations, particularly immigrants, through patient-focused observational studies of type 2 diabetes outcomes.

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Catrina Longhurst
Volunteer Research Assistant

Catrina Longhurst serves as Volunteer Research Assistant in the Haitian Diabetes Study. She previously created and produced podcasts and websites related to self improvement and social studies. Catrina has always been very passionate about education.  When she lived in Mexico, she was an elementary and middle school teacher. She has also served as a subcontractor for the DEA. Catrina holds a BS in Web Design and Development from BYU - Idaho.


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Julie Adams Sanders
Graduate Research Assistant

Julie Adams Sanders is a graduate student at CSON, and she serves as the GRA in the Haitian Diabetes Study. She is a board-certified nurse who received her BS. in biology and biotechnology from Endicott college and earned her MSN from Boston College. Julie has past research experience in pharmaceuticals, oncology, nutrition, and eastern medicine. Julie has a special interest in improving care quality and outcomes for populations with unique needs including Haitian immigrants.

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