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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 management
  • Symptom clusters, gastrointestinal symptoms
  • Non-pharmacologic interventions
Nai-Ching Chi
Nai-Ching (Allison) Chi
Assistant Professor
Research Focus:
  • Family caregiving
  • End-of-life care
  • Pain management
  • Healthy aging technologies
Young-Eun Cho
Young-Eun Cho
Assistant Professor
Research Focus:
  • Biomarker research related to obesity and its cardiovascular complications
  • Differentially regulated exosomal miRNAs and proteins related to weight gain and vascular dysfunction
  • Peripheral blood biomarker research using single cell RNA-sequencing
M. Kathleen Clark
Mary Clark
Professor
Research Focus:
  • Biologically-based weight management interventions
  • Behavioral, biologic, and hormonal determinants of bone density and body composition
  • Depo-provera and bone mineral density 
  • Consequence of estrogen deficiency in premenopausal women
  • Women's health
  • Patterns of change in weight, fat mass, lean mass and fat distribution among young adult women
Kennith R. Culp
Kennith Culp
Professor
Research Focus:
  • International health
  • Agricultural workplace hazards
  • Cognitive functioning in older adults
  • Aging workforce
Sandra Daack-Hirsch
Sandra Daack-Hirsch
Associate Professor, Director, PhD Program
Research Focus:
  • Comprehension and communication of genomic risk
  • Genetic disorders and families
Karen Dunn Lopez
Karen Dunn Lopez
Associate Professor, Director of Research, 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
Assistant Professor
Research Focus:
  • Safety and quality
  • Work environment (climate and culture)
  • Nursing workforce
  • Nursing leadership
  • Organizational behavior
Sue E. Gardner
Sue Gardner
Professor
Research Focus:
  • Wound healing
  • Wound infection
  • Diabetic foot ulcers
  • Chronic wound microbiome
  • Wound pain
Stephanie Gilbertson-White
Stephanie Gilbertson-White
Associate Professor
Research Focus:
  • Stress response, cognitive and emotional appraisals, and coping in patients with advanced cancer.
  • Genotype-to-phenotype associations of pain and associated symptoms in cancer.
  • Timely introduction of palliative and supportive care in patients with chronic, life-limiting diseases.
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
Research Focus:
  • Pain in older adults
  • End of life care
  • Promoting evidence-based practice
  • Translation science
Anna Krupp
Anna Krupp
Assistant Professor
Research Focus:
  • Improving long-term critical care outcomes
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Implementation science
Melissa Lehan Mackin
Melissa Lehan Mackin
Assistant Professor
Research Focus:
  • Sexual and reproductive health
  • Impact of social context on sexual and reproductive health
  • Sexual education for special needs populations
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, Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship
Research Focus:
  • Pediatric psychology, children with chronic conditions, school health/school nursing
  • Cognitive-behavioral interventions to alleviate child distress during painful procedure
Chooza Moon
Chooza Moon
Assistant Professor
Research Focus:
Sue Moorhead
Sue Moorhead
Associate Professor, Director, Center for Nursing Classification and Clinical Effectiveness
Research Focus:
  • Standardized language development and use (NIC NOC)
  • Outcomes of care and effectiveness research
Barbara Rakel
Barbara Rakel
Professor
Research Focus:
  • Pain management in older adults
  • Hyperalgesia
  • Nonpharmacologic pain interventions
  • Acute care
  • Evidence-based practice
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
Marianne Smith
Marianne Smith
Associate Professor
Research Focus:
  • Improving the lives of older adults who experience depression, anxiety, and/or dementia by developing innovative and pragmatic ways to reduce disability and promote function
Barbara St. Marie
Barbara St. Marie
Assistant Professor
Research Focus:
  • Acute pain
  • Chronic pain
  • Substance use disorder
  • Coexistence of chronic pain and substance use disorder
  • Prescription opioid misuse
  • Palliative care
  • Primary care
Janette Taylor
Janette Taylor
Associate Professor
Research Focus:
  • Intimate partner violence (e.g., domestic violence)
  • Incarcerated women
  • Health disparities, underserved populations and women's health
Julie Vignato
Julie Vignato
Assistant Professor
Research Focus:
  • Perinatal mental health
  • Perinatal biomarkers and biological mechanisms
  • Reproductive pain
  • Preeclampsia
Julie Zerwic
Julie Zerwic
Kelting Dean, Professor
Research Focus:
  • Cardiovascular symptoms and risk factors
  • Diversity in the nursing workforce
  • Holistic admissions