School of Nursing

Faculty Research

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School of Nursing research is characterized by collaboration  and synergy among School Of Nursing researchers as well as colleagues from other disciplines. These brief descriptions of faculty research illustrate the breadth and depth of our work.

    Faculty’s areas of research and scholarship

    Sandra Banta-Wright, Ph.D, NNP-BC – Breastfeeding outcomes, inborn errors of metabolism, newborns.

    Patricia Barfield, Ph.D., PMHNP-BC - Pediatric mental health; rural collaborative practice.

    Katherine Bradley, Ph.D., R.N. - Social determinants of health; interprofessional education.

    Quin Denfeld, Ph.D., R.N. - Symptom biology, frailty, and quality of life in heart failure.

    Nathan Dieckmann, Ph.D. - Decision making, health numeracy, risk communication and statistical methods.

    Angela Docherty, Nurs.D., M.P.H., R.N. - Disparities in access and use of prenatal care; grading practices in nurse education.

    Martha Driessnack, Ph.D., P.N.P-B.C. - Child art-based inquiry; exploring the role of internal (genetic) and external (family) stories in building resilience in stress, disease, and illness.

    Cathy Emeis, Ph.D., C.N.M.- Vaginal birth after cesarean;lactation outcomes; promotion of physiologic birth.

    Elise Erickson, Ph.D., C.N.M. -- Physiologic birth; oxytocin system function; epigenetic modification; breastfeeding;postpartum hemorrhage;advanced statistical methods.

    Paula Gubrud-Howe, Ed.D. R. N. - Strategies for improving clinical judgment.

    Margo Halm, Ph.D., R.N. –Integrative nursing;clinical aromatherapy; evaluating nurse' EBP knowledge and skill.

    Lissi Hansen, Ph.D., R.N. - Treatment decisions, symptom management, and quality of life in end stage liver disease.

    Dena Hassouneh, Ph.D., R.N., A.N.P., P.M.H.N.P., F.A.A.N.- Intersectionality, social justice, and mental health; critical race, gender, and disability studies.

    Denise Hynes, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.N. -- Chronic disease management; quality/access to care; health services research;veterans' healthcare.

    Seiko Izumi, Ph.D., R.N. - Palliative care and end-of-life care for older adults with chronic illness.

    Hiroko Kiyoshi-Teo, Ph.D., R.N. - Patient safety;preventing falls and other hospital acquired conditions.

    Kathie Lasater, Ed.D., R.N., A.N.E.F. - Influencing the development of clinical judgment.

    Allison Lindauer, Ph.D., R.N. –Dementia;caregiving; technology support.

    Kristin Lutz, Ph.D., R.N. - Culture, disparities, and inequities in health and education.

    Glenise McKenzie, Ph.D., R.N. - Caring for people with dementia in assisted living residences.

    Deborah Messecar, Ph.D., R.N. - Family caregiving for older adults;returning veterans coping with chronic anxiety symptoms; interprofessional education.

    Nickolaus Miehl, Ph.D., R.N. -- Leadership in complex healthcare delivery systems;best-practices in healthcare simulation.

    Lyndsey Miller, Ph.D., R.N. –Dementia care planning and family caregiver support;dyadic research;interpersonal aspects of family health research; behavioral biomarkers.

    Darcy Mize, Ed.D., R.N. –Health concerns of rural elders and access to care.

    Rana Najjar, Ph.D., R.N., C.P.N.P. - OSCEs in nursing education;weight-based stigma and binge eating in low-income adolescents.

    Ann Nielsen, Ph.D., R.N. - Concept-based learning, development of clinical judgment, reflection as a learning strategy.

    Joanne Noone, Ph.D., R.N., C.N.E. - Health disparities;unintended pregnancy; parent-child communication; simulations in nursing education.

    Hector Olvera Alvarez, Ph.D., P.E. - The role of stress and the environment in the link between low SES and health disparity.

    David Oni, Ph.D., R.N. –Type 2 diabetes and diabetic foot care management in primary care.

    Lisa Osborne, Ph.D., C.R.N.A. - Anesthesia-related issues; traumatic brain injury patients.

    Linda Paul, Ph.D., R.N., C.M.S.R.M. –Preventing complications in adolescents with type 1 diabetes with use of online and mobile technology.

    Cynthia Perry, Ph.D., F.N.P.-B.C. - Health disparities;physical activity promotion; childhood obesity.

    Rachel Richmond, M.S.N., R.N. -- Attitudes toward homelessness;barriers to care; service learning.

    Tamara Rose, Ph.D., R.N. –Interprofessional practice and education;leadership and professional values.

    Amy Ross, Ph.D., R.N., C.N.S. - Immune responses in acute ischemic stroke and influences on infection and neurological outcomes.

    MinKyoung Song, Ph.D., R.N., F.N.P.-B.C. - Physical activity, health outcomes in the context of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

    Benjamin Schultz, Ph.D., A.C.N.P.- B.C., R.N. –Reducing symptom burden in ICU patients.

    Asma Taha, Ph.D., R.N. - Pediatric nursing, pediatric neurological/ neurosurgical population, global health.

    Ellen Tilden, Ph.D., C.N.M. - Decreasing non-evidence based cesarean delivery; establishing new evidence for labor dystocia; causal inference modeling; data mining; advanced statistical methods.

    Virginia Tilden, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N. –Increasing teamness in primary care delivery; interprofessional education.

    Michelle Van Ryn, Ph.D., M.P.H. - Factors affecting equity/inclusion in health care and in health professions training.

    Heather Voss, Ph.D., R.N. -- Emancipatory knowing in nursing education and service-learning pedagogy

    Kris Weymann, Ph.D., R.N. - Disrupted sleep and factors affecting outcomes and functional recovery.

    Kerri Winters-Stone, Ph.D. - Persistent health effects of cancer treatment; prescriptive exercise programs to improve health and longevity in cancer survivors.

    Gail Wolf, Ph.D., R.N. - Early proficient literacy skills impact on health and well-being.

    Peggy Wros, PhD., R.N. –Social determinants of health; interprofessional education.