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Research - Faculty Directory

The faculty at The University of Iowa College of Nursing, as well as associates at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, have wide-ranging research expertise. We welcome your interest in our work and have compiled the information on the following pages in order to facilitate finding those who share your interests. If you have any questions concerning research at the College of Nursing, please feel free to contact the Office for Nursing Research.The following files are easily viewable with your browser if the Acrobat Reader plug-in is installed.

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Faculty / UIHC Associates Research Focus

Lioness Ayres, PhD, RN  

Family management of chronic illness
Social context of Disability
Qualitative methods

Kathleen Buckwalter, PhD, RN, FAAN


Geriatric mental health
Caregivers of persons with dementia
Long-term care staff training
Rural delivery systems

Howard Butcher, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC


Written emotional expressive as a meaning to enhancing health in informal family caregivers
Identification and treatment of mild syndromes of depression in later life

Chatherine Cherwin

Catherine Cherwin, PhD, RN

Cancer symptoms
Symptom clusters

M. Kathleen Clark, PhD, RN, ARNP, FNP


Behavioral, biologic, and hormonal determinants of bone density and body composition
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

Martha Craft-Rosenberg, PhD, RN, FAAN

Children and family
Classification of nursing language

Laura Cullen

Laura Cullen, MA, RN, FAAN

Evidence-Based Practice
Translation research/implementation science

Kennith R. Culp, PhD, RN, FAAN

International health
Agricultural workplace hazards
Cognitive functioning in older adults
Aging workforce 

Sandra Daack-Hirsch, PhD, RN

Comprehension and communication of genomic risk
Return of genome-based testing results
Genetic disorders and families

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Faculty / UIHC Associates Research Focus

Amany Farag, PhD, RN

Safety and quality
Work environment (climate and Culture)
Nursing workforce
Nursing leadership
Organizational behavior

Sue E. Gardner, PhD, RN


Wound healing
Wound infection
Diabetic foot ulcers
Wound pain

Stephanie Gilbertson-White, PhD, APRN-BC

Stress response, cognitive and emotional appraisals, and coping in patients with advanced cancer
Timely introduction of palliative and supportive care in patients with chronic, life-limiting diseases

Ruth Grossmann, PhD, MNHP, RN

Impact of vitamin D supplementation on clinical outcomes in cystic fibrosis
Impact of nutrient dense diet on clinical outcomes in primary and secondary progressive multiple sclerosis

Patricia S. Groves, PhD RN

Patient Safety
Hospital Safety Culture
Nursing Work

Kirsten Hanrahan

Kirsten Hanrahan, DNP, ARNP

Neonates, Children, Parents, Families
Pain, non-pharmacologic interventions
Intravenous therapy, extravasations, hyaluronidase
Sacred cows
Healthy Nurses

Keela A. Herr, PhD, RN, AGSF, FAAN

Pain in older adults
End of life carePromoting evidence-based practices

Diane Huber, PhD, RN, FAAN, CNAA

Case and population health management and dosage of intervention activity
Nursing administration and nursing management minimum data set

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Faculty / UIHC Associates Research Focus

Charmaine Kleiber, PhD, RN, CPNP, FAAN

Pain, infants and children
Nursing interventions for children and women

Melissa Lehan-Mackin, PhD, RN

Sexual and reproductive health
Impact of social context on health
Health disparities

Wen Liu

Wen Liu, PhD, RN

Functional abilities (activities of daily living) for older residents in long-term care facilities
Eating performance and mealtime difficulties for long-term care residents with dementia
Dyad communication and interaction during mealtimes in long-term care setting
Measurement and statistics

Meridean L. Maas, PhD, RN, FAAN

Nursing interventions for persons with dementia in nursing homes and their family caregivers
Classification testing of outcomes that are responsive to nursing interventions
Nursing effectiveness research

Ann Marie McCarthy, PhD, RN, PNP, FAAN

Pediatric psychology, children with chronic conditions, school health/school nursing
Cognitive-behavioral interventions to alleviate child distress during painful procedure

Lou Ann Montgomery

Lou Ann Valjacic Montgomery, PhD, RN


Sibling support
Family centered care
Ergonomics for patient handling
Second degree prelicensure programs

Sue Moorhead, PhD, RN


Standardized language development and use (NIC NOC)
Outcomes of care and effectiveness research

Pamela Mulder, PhD, RN

Newborn behavior
Maternal-newborn interaction
Childhood obesity

Wen Liu, PhD, RN​

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Faculty / UIHC Associates Research Focus

Barbara Rakel, PhD, RN


Pain management in older adults
Nonpharmacologic pain interventions
Acute care
Evidence-based practice

Sandra L. Ramey, PhD, RN

Cardiovascular disease risk and morbidity reduction
Health promotion and biological markers of stress

Jill Scott-Cawiezell, PhD, RN

Health care organizational capacity to create and sustain improvement
Patient safety as it relates to critical working conditions
Medication safety practices

Lisa Segre, PhD

Development and evaluation of maternal depression screening and treatment programs with an emphasis on low income and ethnic minority women

Marianne Smith, PhD, ARNP, BC

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

Victoria Steelman, PhD, RN, CNOR, FAAN

Perioperative patient safety
Evidence-based practice


Elizabeth A. Swanson, PhD, RN

Nursing outcomes
Simulation in patient care

Barbara St. Marie, PhD, ANP-C, GNP-C, ACHPN

Coexisting Addiction and Pain in People Receiving Methadone for Opiate Addiction
Chronic Pain and Managing Risk with Prescribing Opioid Therapy in Primary Care
Advanced Practice Nursing and Chronic Pain Management
Prescriptive Decision Support for Persistent Pain and Risk for Opioids Misuse

Janette Taylor, PhD, RN, ARNP, WHCNP

Intimate partner violence (e.g. domestic violence)
Incarcerated women
Health disparities, underserved populations and women's health

Toni Tripp-Reimer, PhD, RN, FAAN

Qualitative methods

Sharon Tucker

Sharon Tucker, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC

Behavioral strategies to promote health/wellness, prevent disease, reduce stress and risks, particularly among working mothers and children
Evidence-based practice and translation science strategies

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Faculty / UIHC Associates Research Focus

Janet Williams, PhD, RN, FAAN


Genetic testing clinical and research incidental findings
Function and quality of life in Huntington disease
Genetic discrimination

Kristine Williams

Kristine Williams, PhD, RN, APRN-BC, FGSA, FAAN


Improving nursing care for older adults who require support in long-term care settings
Effective and person-centered communication
Non-pharmacological interventions for dementia care
Interventions to promote successful cognitive and functional health
Telehealth interventions to support family caregivers of persons with dementia

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