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PhD Faculty Directory

Jacinda L. Bunch
Jacinda Bunch
Assistant Professor
Research Focus:
  • Patient safety
  • Team communication and dynamics
  • Health systems as high reliability organizations
  • Safety culture in acute hospital settings simulation
Catherine Cherwin
Catherine Cherwin
Assistant Professor
Research Focus:
  • Cancer symptom science
  • Gastrointestinal microbiome
  • Non-pharmacologic management of syptoms
Nai-Ching Chi
Nai-Ching (Allison) Chi
Assistant Professor
Research Focus:
  • Pain management and family caregiving
  • Palliative and hospice care
  • Technology-based interventions
Young-Eun Cho
Young-Eun Cho
Assistant Professor
Research Focus:
  • Biomarker research related to obesity and its cardiovascular complications
  • The role of placenta-derived extracellular vesicle (EVs) on gestational complications
  • Breast milk EVs miRNAs in obese mothers and their effect on childhood obesity
Kennith R. Culp
Kennith Culp
Professor
Research Focus:
  • International/minority health
  • Agricultural workplace hazards
  • Aging workforce
Sandra Daack-Hirsch
Sandra Daack-Hirsch
Associate Professor, Interim Executive Associate Dean
Research Focus:
  • Genetic disorders and families
  • Knowledge and perception of genetic information
  • Familial health risk—perception and communication
Karen Dunn Lopez
Karen Dunn Lopez
Associate Professor, Director, Center for Nursing Classification and Clinical Effectiveness
Research Focus:
  • Use of nursing standardized languages to generate new knowledge
  • Information technologies to augment health decision making 
  • Usability of health information technologies
Amany Farag
Amany Farag
Associate Professor
Research Focus:
  • Health care quality and safety
  • Leadership and nursing workforce
  • Organizational behavior and work environment 
Sue E. Gardner
Sue Gardner
Professor
Research Focus:
  • Wound healing
  • Wound infection
  • Diabetic foot ulcers
  • Chronic wound microbiome
  • Wound pain
  • Multimorbidity
  • Cancer survivorship
Stephanie Gilbertson-White
Stephanie Gilbertson-White
Associate Professor, Director, PhD Program
Research Focus:
  • Cancer symptom science
  • Palliative care
  • e-Health technologies and interventions
Patricia Groves
Patricia Groves
Assistant Professor
Research Focus:
  • Patient safety
  • Hospital safety culture
  • Nursing work
Keela Herr
Keela Herr
Kelting Professor in Nursing, Associate Dean for Faculty, Co-Director of the Csomay Center for Gerontological Excellence
Research Focus:
  • Pain in older adult -- assessment, treatment, and caregiver support
  • End-of-life and palliative care
  • Promoting evidence-based practice and translation science
Anna Krupp
Anna Krupp
Assistant Professor
Research Focus:
  • Improving long-term critical care outcomes
  • Nurse decesion-making
  • Evidence-based practice
Melissa Lehan Mackin
Melissa Lehan Mackin
Associate Professor
Research Focus:
  • Women's health
  • Sexual education
  • Developmental disability
Wen Liu
Wen Liu
Assistant Professor
Research Focus:
  • Mealtime difficulties, eating performance, function, and nutrition in dementia
  • Behavioral engagement, dyadic interaction, and dining environmental stimulation
  • Tool development and validation
Ann Marie McCarthy
Ann Marie McCarthy
Professor
Research Focus:
  • Children with chronic health conditions
  • Cognitive-behavioral interventions to alleviate child distress during painful procedure
  • School health/school nursing
Chooza Moon
Chooza Moon
Assistant Professor
Research Focus:
  • Sleep and circadian rhythms in aging
  • Lifestyle factors contribute to Alzheimer's disease and dementia
  • Sleep and cognitive impairment in cardiovascular disease
Sue Moorhead
Sue Moorhead
Associate Professor
Research Focus:
  • Standardized language development and use (NIC NOC)
  • Outcomes of care and effectiveness research
Barbara Rakel
Barbara Rakel
Professor, Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship
Research Focus:
  • Evaluating efficacy of non-pharmacologic pain management strategies
  • Movement-evoked pain versus resting (or overall) pain
  • Risk factors and prevention of acute to chronic postsurgical pain
Lisa Segre
Lisa Segre
Associate Professor
Research Focus:
  • Development and evaluation of maternal depression screening and treatment programs with an emphasis on low income and ethnic minority women
Barbara St. Marie
Barbara St. Marie
Assistant Professor
Research Focus:
  • Acute pain
  • Chronic pain
  • Coexistence of chronic pain and substance use disorder
Julie Vignato
Julie Vignato
Assistant Professor
Research Focus:
  • Perinatal mental health and preeclampsia
  • Perinatal biomarkers and biological mechanisms
  • Reproductive pain
Julie Zerwic
Julie Zerwic
Kelting Dean, Professor
Research Focus:
  • Cardiovascular symptoms and risk factors
  • Diversity in the nursing workforce
  • Holistic admissions