Faculty Research

Nancy Findholt

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

  • Katherine Bradley, Ph.D., R.N. - social determinants of health, interprofessional education
  • Juliana Cartwright, Ph.D. - Quality of end-of-life care in long-term care settings, ethical issues in studying dying people and their families.
  • Quin Denfeld, Ph.D., R.N. - Symptom biology, frailty, and quality of life in heart failure.
  • Nathan Dieckman, Ph.D. - Decision making, health numeracy, risk communication and statistical methods.
  • Angie 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, child/family literacy, genetic/health literacy.
  • Cathy Emeis, Ph.D., C.N.M.- Vaginal birth after cesarean, lactation outcomes, promotion of physiologic birth.
  • Nancy Findholt, Ph.D., R.N.- Rural community-based approaches to childhood obesity.
  • Layla Garrigues, Ph.D, R.N. - Health disparities, patient safety, wound prevention (e.g. pressure ulcers, incontinence associated dermatitis), gerontology.
  • Paula Gubrud-Howe, Ed.D. R. N. - Strategies for improving clinical judgment.
  • 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., B.C., F.A.A.N.- Reducing depressive symptoms in women with physical disabilities.
  • 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 and preventing falls and other hospital acquired conditions.
  • Kathie Lasater, Ed.D., R.N., A.N.E.F. - Influencing the development of clinical judgment.
  • 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. - Families caregiving for older adults; returning veterans coping with chronic anxiety symptoms, interprofessional education.
  • 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 communications, simulations in nursing education.
  • Lisa Osborne, Ph.D., C.R.N.A. - Anesthesia-related issues; traumatic brain injury patients.
  • Cynthia Perry, Ph.D., F.N.P.-B.C. - Health disparities, physical activity promotion, childhood obesity.
  • 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.
  • Virginia Tilden, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N. - Treatment decision-making at end of life and end-of-life care; interprofessional education.
  • Michelle Van Ryn, Ph.D., M.P.H. - Factors affecting equity/inclusion in health care and in health professions training.
  • 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.