Inese Verzemnieks, PhD, RN

Location: 5-637 Factor Building
Phone: (310) 206-9165

Faculty Research and Clinical Expertise

Research:  Parent-child interaction; parenting issues; video-feedback; child behavior problems. Clinical: Pediatric Nursing; Community Health, Patient education


N171 - Community/Public Health Nursing [MECN & BS]

N220 - Teaching and Learning Theories in Nursing [APN]

N223 - Growth and Development [Pediatric NP/CNS APN]

N464/N265B - Pediatric Tertiary Nursing [MECN]

Professional Activities

Project Director, Early Intervention Program for Adolescent Mothers (NINR - RO1-NR02325) 1993-1998

Project Director, Center for Vulnerable Populations Research (CVPR), UCLA School of Nursing (NINR P30-005041), 2006-present

Healthy African American Families II, Los Angeles, Member Diabetes Workgroup, 2006-present

Nursing Practice and Research Council, Ronald Reagan Medical Center, Member, 2009-present

Sigma Theta Tau International, Gamma Tau Chapter at Large Vice President, 2010-present


University of Washington, BSN, 1972, Nursing

Boston University, MS, 1977, Nursing (Maternal Child Health Clinical Specialist)

University of California, Los Angeles, PhD, 1998, Nursing (Cognate: developmental psychology)

Honors and Awards

Community Service Award, Southern California March of Dimes, 1989

Excellence in Education, Gamma Tau Chapter Sigma Theta Tau International, 1993

Honorary Service Award, PTA - Santa Monica-Malibu School District, 1996 and 2004


Koniak-Griffin, D., Verzemnieks, I. L., Anderson, N. L. R., Brecht, M.-L., Lesser, J., Kim, S., & Turner-Pluta, C. (2003).  Nurse visitation for adolescent mothers.  Two-year infant health and maternal outcomes.  Nursing Research, 52 (2), 127-136.

Koniak-Griffin, D., Anderson, N. L. R., Brecht, M.-L., Verzemnieks, I., Lesser, J., & Kim, S. (2002).  Public Health Nursing care for adolescent mothers: Impact on infant health and selected maternal outcomes at 1 year postbirth.  Journal of Adolescent Health, 30, 44-54.

Flaskerud, J. H., Lesser, J., Dixon, E., Anderson, N., Conde, F., Kim, S., Koniak-Griffin, D., Strehlow, A., Tullmann, D., & Verzemnieks, I. (2002).  Health disparities among vulnerable populations: Evolution of knowledge over five decades in Nursing Research publications. Nursing Research, 51 (2), 74-85.

Koniak-Griffin, D., Anderson, N. L. R., Verzemnieks, I., & Brecht,  M.-L. (2000).  A public health nursing early intervention program  for adolescent mothers: Outcomes from pregnancy through 6  weeks postpartum.  Nursing Research, 49, 130-138.

Koniak-Griffin, D., Mathenge, C., Anderson, N. L. R., & Verzemnieks, I. (1999).  An early intervention program for adolescent mothers: A nursing demonstration project.  JOGNN, Journal of  Obstetric, Gynecological, and Neonatal Nursing, 27, 51-59.

Koniak-Griffin, D., & Verzemnieks, I.  (1995).  The relationship between parental ratings of child behaviors, interaction, and home environment.  Maternal-Child Nursing Journal, 23 (2) 44-56.

Koniak-Griffin, D., Ludington-Hoe, S., & Verzemnieks, I.  (1995).  Longitudinal effects of unimodal and multimodal stimulation on development and interaction of healthy infants.  Research in Nursing & Health, 18, 27-38.

Koniak-Griffin, D., & Verzemnieks, I.  (1994).  Relationship between patterns of infant temperament, child behavior ratings, and interactions during toddlerhood.  Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 7 (4), 26-37.

Koniak-Griffin, D., & Verzemnieks, I.  (1992). Effects of nursing intervention on adolescents' maternal role attainment.  Issues in Comprehensive Pediatric Nursing, 14, 121-134.   Koniak-Griffin, D., Verzemnieks, I. L., & Cahill, D.  (1992).  Using videotape instruction and feedback to improve adolescents' mothering behaviors.  Journal of Adolescent Health, 13, 570- 575.

Medicus, L., Dracup, K., Verzemnieks, I., & Brill, J. (1989). Comparison of survivors and nonsurvivors in pediatric intensive care.  Pediatric Nursing, 15 (4), 412-415.

Verzemnieks, I. L., &  Nash, D. (1984)   Ethical issues related to pediatric care.  Nursing Clinics of  North America, 19 (2), 319-328.    Verzemnieks, I. L.  (1984)  Developmental stimulation for infants and toddlers.  American Journal of Nursing, 84 (6), 749-752.