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Faculty - Howard Butcher

Howard Butcher
Associate Professor
442 CNB

PhD in Nursing Science, University of South Carolina
MScN in Psych/Mental Health Nursing, University of Toronto
BSN, Thomas Jefferson University
BS in Biology, Lebanon Valley College 

Research Focus/Clinical Interests: 
  • Written emotional expressive as a meaning to enhancing health in informal family caregivers
  • Identification and treatment of mildsyndromes of depression in later life

Howard joined the College in 1998 after serving as a faculty member at Pacific Lutheran University where he was awarded the University's Faculty Excellence Award in 1996. In 1999, Howard was awarded the Rose and George Doval Award for Excellence in Nursing Education from New York University. Howard’s primary focus is gerontological mental health nursing.

In addition to publishing extensively in Rogerian Nursing Science, he has a deep interest in advancing nursing theory-based education, research and practice. He developed Unitary Field Pattern Portrait Research Method, an interpretive research method developed within Rogers' Science of Unitary Human Beings.

His areas of research include: Alzheimer Disease family caregiving; testing the effectiveness of structured written emotional disclosure (journaling) as meaning-making intervention for promoting psychological and physiological health; and mild syndromes of depression and dispiritedness in later life. Howard also has expertise in intervention testing research as well as qualitative research methods including: phenomenology, hermeneutics, thematic analysis, and ethnomethodology.

Howard is a former John A. Hartford Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity Postdoctoral Scholar (2002-2004) and his research has been funded by the John A. Hartford Foundation Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity Program, the National Institute of Nursing Research, Iowa Informatics Initiative, the Cancer and Aging Program, and the University of Iowa Geriatric Nursing Intervention Research Center to study the effect of structured written emotional disclosure on facilitating meaning making, reducing caregiver burden, and promoting health in family caregivers of persons with Alzheimer's disease and cancer.

Howard is on the Executive Board of the Center for Nursing Classification & Clinical Effectiveness and is a co-editor of NIC: Nursing Intervention Classification (6th Edition), which will be published in 2013.

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