University of Nebraska Medical Center

Kevin Kupzyk, PhD

Assistant Professor, UNMC College of Nursing


Dr. Kevin Kupzyk has been with the UNMC College of Nursing since 2011. He completed his master’s degree in Quantitative Psychology at the University of Kansas and his doctoral degree in Educational Psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, specializing in quantitative methods in education. Dr. Kupzyk teaches quantitative research methods to graduate students and provides statistical support to researchers at the college. His duties have included writing methods, analysis, and power sections of grant proposals, statistical consulting & analysis, implementing surveys, data cleaning and database management, and collaborating in writing and preparing manuscripts for publication. His current research interests include multivariate statistics, assessment, longitudinal methods, structural equation modeling, latent growth curve modeling, power analysis, and multi-level modeling (mixed modeling).
  • 2003, BS, Colorado State-Pueblo
  • 2005, MA, Kansas University
  • 2011, PhD, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Research Interests
  • Multivariate statistics
  • Assessment
  • Longitudinal methods
  • Structural equation modeling
  • Latent growth curve modeling
  • Niitsu, K., Rice, M., Houfek, J., Stoltenberg, S., Kupzyk, K., & Barron, C. (in press, 2018). A Systematic Review of Genetic Influence on Psychological Resilience. Biological Research for Nursing.
  • Yates, B.C., Parks, E.O., Hug, A., Kupzyk, K., & Skradski, S.K. (in press, 2018). Changes over time in caregiving demand and difficulty in spousal caregivers of coronary artery bypass graft surgery patients. Applied Nursing Research, 39, 1-3.
  • White, L. L., Cohen, M. Z., Berger, A. M., Kupzyk, K. A., Swore-Fletcher, B. A., Bierman, P. J. (2017). Perceived self-efficacy: A concept analysis for symptom management in patients with cancer. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, 21(6), E272-E279.
  • Berger, A. M., Buzalko, R. J., Kupzyk, K. A., Gardner, B. J., Djalilova D. M., & Otte, J. L. (2017). Preferences and actual chemotherapy decision-making in the greater plains collaborative breast cancer study, Acta Oncologica, 56(12), 1690-1697.
  • Kupzyk, K. A., & Beal, S. J. (2017). Advanced issues in propensity scores: Longitudinal and missing data. Journal of Early Adolescence, 37(1), 59-84.
  • Young, L., Kupzyk, K., & Barnason, S. (2017). The Impact of Self-management Knowledge and Support on the Relationships Among Self-efficacy, Patient Activation, and Self-management in Rural Patients With Heart Failure. Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing.
  • Cohen, M. Z., Kupzyk, K. A., Holley, L. M., & Katzman, R. M. (2017). Measuring resilience in two generations: Psychometric properties of available instruments. Journal of Nursing Measurement, 25(2), 332-352.
  • Kotcherlakota, S., Kupzyk, K. A., & Rejda, P. (in press, Feb 2017). Years of Experience as a Predictor of Nurse Faculty Technology Use. Journal of Nursing Education.
  • Kwon, K., Hanrahan, A., & Kupzyk, K. A. (2017). Emotional expressivity and emotion regulation: Relation to academic functioning among elementary school children. School Psychology Quarterly, 32(1), 78-88.
  • Young, L., Kupzyk, K., Parker, B., McCall, A., Hergott, C., Blagg, M. (2016). Develop and test a palliative care screening tool for rural patients with serious chronic illnesses: a study protocol. International Journal of Clinical Trials, 3(4), 210-216.
  • Bilek, L. D., Waltman, N. L., Lappe, J. M., Kupzyk, K. A., Mack, L. R., Cullen, D. M., Berg, K., Langel, M., Meisinger, M., Portelli-Trinidad, A., & Lang, M. (2016). Protocol for a randomized controlled trial to compare bone-loading exercises with risedronate for preventing bone loss in osteopenic postmenopausal women. BMC Women’s Health, 16:59, 1-12
  • Tran, D-M T., Zimmerman, L. M., & Kupzyk, K. A. (2016). Validation of the Knowledge and Perception of Cardiovascular Risk Factors Questionnaires for college students. Journal of Nursing Measurement, 24(2), 202-214.
  • Kupzyk, K. A., Seo, Y., Yates, B., Pozehl, B., Norman, J., & Lowes, B. (2016). Use of the Late-Life Function and Disability Instrument for measuring physical functioning in patients with heart failure. Journal of Nursing Measurement, 24(2), 323-336.
  • Yates. B. C., Pozehl, B., Kupzyk, K., Epstein, C. M., & Deka, P. (2016). Are Heart Failure and Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery Patients Meeting Physical Activity Guidelines? Rehabilitation Nursing. doi: 10.1002/rnj.257
  • Bravo, K. S., Pozehl, B., & Kupzyk, K. A. (2016). Revision and psychometric testing of the Safe Administration of Medication Scale. Journal of Nursing Measurement, 24, 147-165.
  • Hulme, P.A., McBride, C.L., Kupzyk, K.A., & French, J.A. (2015). Pilot study on childhood sexual abuse, diurnal cortisol secretion, and weight loss in bariatric surgery patients. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, 24(4), 385-400.
  • Kupzyk, K. A., & Cohen, M. Z. (2015). Data validation and other strategies for data entry. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 37(4), 546-556.
  • Nielsen, J. W., Boomer, L., Kurtovic, K., Lee, E., Kupzyk, K., Mallory, R., et al. (2015). Reducing computed tomography scans for appendicitis by introduction of a standardized and validated ultrasonography report template. Journal of Pediatric Surgery, 50(1), 144-148.
  • Yates, B., Rowland, S., Mancuso, K., Kupzyk, K. A., Norman, J. F., Shurmer, S., & Tesina, K. (2015). Reducing cardiovascular risk in spouses of cardiac patients: A randomized controlled trial. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 37, 66-84.
  • Nielsen, J. W., Boomer, L., Kurtovic, K., Lee, E., Kupzyk, K. A., Mallory, R., Adler, B., Bates, D. G., Kenney, B. (2014). Reducing computed tomography scans for appendicitis by introduction of a standardized and validated ultrasonography report template. Journal of Pediatric Surgery, 50(1), 144-148.
  • Mathews, T. L., King, M. L., Kupzyk, K. A., & Lake, C. M. (2014). Findings and implications of developmental screening for high risk children referred to a tertiary developmental disability center. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 28(6), 507-515.
  • Sheridan, S. M., Knoche, L. L., Edwards, C. P., Kupzyk, K. A., Clarke, B.L., & Kim, E.M. (2014) Efficacy of the Getting Ready Intervention and the Role of Parental Depression. Early Education and Development, 25(5), 746-769.
  • Burt, J. D., Garbacz, A., Kupzyk, K. A., Frerichs, L., & Gathje, R. (2014) Examining the utility of behavioral health integration in well-child visits: Implications for rural settings. Families, Systems, and Health, 32, 20-30.
  • Seo, Y., Yates, B. Pozehl, B., Norman, J., & Kupzyk, K. A. (in press, 2014). Comparisons of Dyspnea, Fatigue, and Exercise Intolerance between Individuals with Heart Failure Having Higher versus Lower Knee Extensor Muscle Strength. Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy Journal
  • Beal, S. J., & Kupzyk, K. A. (2014) An Introduction to Propensity Scores: What, When, and How. Journal of Early Adolescence, 34(1), 66-92.
  • Mathews, T. L., Erkfritz-Gay, K. N., Knight, J., Lancaster, B. M., & Kupzyk, K. A. (2013) The effects of social skills training on children with autism. Children’s Health Care, 42 (4), 311-332
  • Knoche, L. L., Edwards, C. P., Sheridan, S. M., Kupzyk, K. A., Marvin, C. A., Cline, K. D., & Clarke, B. L. (2012). Getting Ready: Results of a randomized trial of a relationship-focused intervention on parent engagement in rural Early Head Start. Infant Mental Health Journal, 33, 439-458.
  • Sheridan, S. M., Knoche, L. L., Kupzyk, K. A., Edwards, C. P., & Marvin, C. (2011). A randomized trial examining the effects of parent engagement on early language and literacy: The Getting Ready intervention. Journal of School Psychology, 49, 361-383. doi:10.106/j.jsp.2011.03.001
  • Sheridan, S. M., Knoche, L. L., Edwards, C. P., Bovaird, J. A., & Kupzyk, K. A. (2010). Parent engagement and school readiness: Effects of the Getting Ready intervention on preschool children's social-emotional competencies. Early Education and Development, 21, 125-156.
  • Waltman, N. L, Twiss, J. J., Ott, C. D., Gross, G. J., Lindsey, A. M., Moore, T. E., Berg, K., & Kupzyk, K. (2010). The effect of weight training on bone mineral density and bone turnover in postmenopausal breast cancer survivors with bone loss: A 24-month randomized controlled trial. Osteoporosis International, 21, 1361-1369.
  • Summers, J. A., Marquis, J., Mannan, H., Turnbull, A. P., Fleming, K., Poston, D. J., Wang, M., & Kupzyk, K. (2007). Relationship of perceived adequacy of services, family-professional partnerships, and family quality of life in early childhood service programmes. International Journal of Disability, Development and Education, 54, 319-338.