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Faculty Research Directory

 Lioness Ayres
Lioness Ayres
Associate Professor
Research Focus:
  • Family management of chronic illness
  • Children with physical disabilities
  • Qualitative and mixed methods research
Kathleen Buckwalter
Kathleen Buckwalter
Professor Emeritus
Research Focus:
  • Geriatric mental health
  • Caregivers of persons with dementia
  • Long-term care staff training
  • Rural delivery systems 
Jacinda L. Bunch
Jacinda Bunch
Associate
Research Focus:
  • Patient safety
  • Team communication and dynamics
  • Health systems as high reliability organizations
  • Safety culture in acute hospital settings simulation
Howard Butcher
Howard Butcher
Associate Professor
Research Focus:
  • Testing written emotional expressive as a meaning to enhancing health in informal family caregivers
  • Standardized language development and use (Nursing Intervention Classification [NIC])
  • Nursing intervention testing research
  • Identification and treatment of depression and dispiritedness in later life
  • Rogers science of unitary human beings research and practice methodologies
  • Interpretive and descriptive phenomenological methods
Catherine Cherwin
Catherine Cherwin
Assistant Professor
Research Focus:
  • Cancer symptom management
  • Symptom clusters, gastrointestinal symptoms
  • Non-pharmacologic interventions
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
Laura Cullen
Laura Cullen
EBP Scientist
Research Focus:
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Translation research/implementation science
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
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
Assistant 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.
Ruth Grossmann
Ruth Grossmann
Assistant Professor
Research Focus:
  • 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 Groves
Patricia Groves
Assistant Professor
Research Focus:
  • Patient safety
  • Hospital safety culture
  • Nursing work
Kirsten Hanrahan
Kirsten Hanrahan
Director, Nursing Services
Research Focus:
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
Diane L. Huber
Diane Huber
Professor, Director, Health Systems/Administration
Research Focus:
  • Innovation in nursing
  • Health Systems Administration
  • Case, Disease and Population Health Management
Charmaine Kleiber
Charmaine Kleiber
Associate Professor Emeritus
Research Focus:
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:
  • Antecedents, characteristics and consequences of compromised eating performance and low intake in dementia
  • Mealtime dyadic interaction and caregiver engagement
  • Dining environmental stimulation
  • Non-pharmacological interventions for optimal dementia mealtime care
  • Measurement and statistics
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
Pamela Mulder
Pamela Mulder
Assistant Professor (Clinical)
Research Focus:
  • Breastfeeding
  • Newborn behavior
  • Maternal-newborn interaction
  • Childhood obesity
Barbara Rakel
Barbara Rakel
Professor
Research Focus:
  • Pain management in older adults
  • Hyperalgesia
  • Nonpharmacologic pain interventions
  • Acute care
  • Evidence-based practice
Sandra Ramey
Sandra Ramey
Associate Professor of Instruction
Research Focus:
  • Biological markers of stress
  • CVD risk and morbidity
  • Health promotion and resilience intervention development
 Jill Cawiezell
Jill Scott-Cawiezell
Professor
Research Focus:
  • Patient Safety
  • International Health Care
  • Capacity Building
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
Victoria Steelman
Victoria Steelman
Associate Professor
Research Focus:
  • Perioperative patient safety
  • Evidence-based practice

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Elizabeth A. Swanson
Elizabeth Swanson
Associate Professor
Research Focus:
  • Nursing outcomes
  • Simulation in patient care

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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

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Toni Tripp-Reimer
Toni Tripp-Reimer
Professor
Research Focus:
  • Ethnicity and health behaviors
  • Ethnogerontology
  • Self-care
  • Chronic illness
  • Qualitative methods 

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Janet Williams
Janet Williams
Professor
Research Focus:
  • Disclosure of genetic information
  • Huntington disease

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