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Faculty Research Interests

Nursing

Ron Acierno PhD

Research Interests
Treatment outcome research
Telemedicine
Elder abuse prevalence and risk factors
Mental health effects of disaster
PTSD

Biography


Elaine J. Amella, PhD, RN, FGSA, FAAN

Research Interests
Geriatrics
Dementia
Nutrition
Family caregiving
End-of-life care
Adult day services
Community-based long-term care
Interprofessional animal model research in Alzheimer’s disease

Biography


Julie Barroso, PhD, ANP, RN, FAAN

Research Interests
Qualitative methods
Qualitative metasynthesis
Mixed methods
All aspects of HIV infection
Stigma reduction interventions for HIV-infected women
Interventions to reduce HIV-related fatigu
The use of technology in symptom management

Biography


Kathleen Cartmell, PhD, MPH

Research Interests
Health services research
Interventions to improve the coordination of cancer care (navigation, distress screening, survivorship care)
Interventions to improve clinical trial accrual
Dissemination and implementation research
Cancer prevention (tobacco cessation, HPV vaccines)

Biography


Melanie L. Cason PhD, RN, CNE

Research Interests
Mixed Methods
Quantitative Methods
Simulation Research
Competency Assessment
Clinical Judgement Measurement
Interprofessional Team Research
Healthcare Clients with Special Needs

Biography


Kenneth Catchpole PhD

Research Interests
Human factors
Patient safety
Human error
Quality improvement
Human-centered systems design
Teamwork & communicaton
Trauma care
Robotic surgery

Biography


Patrick J.Coyne  MSN, ACHPN, ACNS-BC, FAAN, FPCN

Research Interests
Palliative care
Pain and symptom management
Quality of life
International palliative care issues

Biography


Tatiana M. Davidson PhD

Research Interests
Mental health care disparities
Racial/ethnic minority youth mental health
Technology-based treatment delivery
Cultural-modification of evidence based treatments
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
Depression

Biography


Melba Alexandra Hernandez-Tejada, DHA, PhD

Research Interest
Telehealth
Elder Mistreatment
PTSD
Health Disparities
Improving Access and Health Care Utilization

Biography


Carolyn Jenkins, DrPH, APRN, BC-ADM, RD, RNC, FAAN
Ann Darlington Edwards Endowed Chair

Research Interests
Diabetes
Hypertension
Health disparities (African Americans)
Community health and coalition development
Provider/systems change
Patient education

Biography


Emily Johnson, PhD

Research Interests
Implementation science
Bariatric surgery
Disparities
Big data analysis

Biography


Teresa J. Kelechi, PhD, CWCNFAAN
David and Margaret Clare Endowed Chair

Research Interests
Geriatrics
Skin temperature self monitoring
Chronic venous disease
Biometrics
Cryotherapy
Leg ulcer prevention
Wound healing

Biography


Cristina López, PhD

Research Interest
Engagement in behavioral health services
Trauma focused mental health treatment
Ethnic minority family and youth risk prevention
Health promotion/prevention in underserved populations
Adolescent depression

Biography


Gayenell S. Magwood, PhD, MSN, RN

Research Interests
Health disparities
Health literacy
Quality of life
Multiple risk factor reduction in people at risk for and/or with diabetes
Community-based participatory research methods
Obesity

Biography


Sarah Miller, PhD, RN

Research Interests
Health Disparities in Asthma & COPD
Perception of Dyspnea
Psychophysiology
Complex Neuropathologies & Impaired Airway Defense Mechanisms
Psychological Comorbidities in Chronic Respiratory Diseases
Telehealth in Asthma & COPD

Biography


Martina Mueller, PhD, MS, RN

Research Interests
Development of applications for decision support in the care of premature infants using machine learning algorithms such as artificial neural networks

Biography


Wendy Muzzy, MRA, MLIS

Research Interests
Behavioral intervention technologies
Grant management
Human subjects protection
Veteran health research
Information science

Biography


Lynne Nemeth, PhD, RN

Research Interests
Health promotion/education/behavior
Evaluation of health information technology
Primary care quality and safety
Implementation science
Organizational change

Biography


Susan D. Newman, PhD, RN, CRRN

Research Interests
Spinal cord injury
Self-management of chronic conditions
Peer Navigation & Peer Mentoring
Community participation
Independent living
Disability-related health disparities
Community-engaged research
Intervention development and testing

Biography


Michelle Nichols, PhD, RN

Research Interests
Health promotion/disease prevention in underserved and vulnerable populations
Health disparities among racial and ethnic minorities
Community-based participatory research methods
Global Health
Ethics (clinical and research)
Children, adolescents, and families
Veteran and military health
Chronic health conditions (obesity, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome)

Biography


Shannon Phillips, PhD, RN

Research Interest
Children with Medical Complexity
Children and Adolescents with Sickle Cell Disease
Health Care Utilization
Access to Care
Rural Disparities
Community Health
Dissemination and Implementation of Evidence-Based Interventions for Health Promotion in Children, Adolescents, and Families

Biography


Suparna Qanungo, PhD

Research Interests
Global health and global communities with specific interest in low and middle income countries
Cancer Biology
Biochemistry and Pathophysiology of chronic diseases
Interprofessional Collaboration in Research and Practice
Advancing nursing and community research through telehealth applications
Literature review process
Research Data Management
Quality Improvement in Practice Settings

Biography


Kenneth J. Ruggiero, PhD

Research Interest
Technology applications in health care
Health promotion and disease prevention
Health and mental health disparities
Children and families
Traumatic stress
Disaster response and recovery
Self-management interventions
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
Depression

Biography


Georgette (Gigi) Smith, MSN, CPNP, APRN, PC

Research Interests
Pediatric epilepsy
Self-efficacy and self-management
Collective-efficacy and collective-management
Chronic illness issues and impact on child/family
Family-efficacy and Family-management
Self- and family-management

Biography


Teresa Maggard Stephens, PhD, MSN, RN, CNE

Research Interests
Resilience

  • Nursing Students & New Graduate Nurses
  • Holocaust Survivors
  • Post 9/11 Combat Veterans
  • Nursing Faculty
  • Healthcare Professions Students (Interprofessional Focus)
Best Practices in Online Learning
The Value of the BSN (RNBSN programs)
Social Media and Technology in Education
Quantitative Research Methods
Theory Development and Testing

Biography


Martha Sylvia, PhD, MBA, RN

Research Interests
Population health strategy, design, methods, implementation, management, and evaluation
Health services, translational, outcomes, and feasibility research
Quality improvement
Data analysis, structure, definitions, design, and management

Biography


Frank A. Treiber, PhD
Endowed Chair, Center of Economic Excellence (CoEE)

Research Interests
Health promotion/disease prevention
Predictive, preventive, personalized medicine
Gene x environment contributions to health disparities
Technology applications in primary, secondary and tertiary prevention interventions of chronic diseases

Biography


Kathy VanRavenstein, PhD, FNP-BC

Research Interests
Geriatric
Aging in Place
Dementia
Alzheimer's Disease
Physical Activity
Chronic Disease management
Telehealth
mHealth technology

Biography


Janelle L. Wagner, PhD

Research Interests
Epilepsy
Pediatric psychology
Psychosocial adjustment to pediatric chronic illness
Evidence-based psychosocial intervention
Self Management

Biography