University of Nebraska Medical Center

Roxanne Vandermause, PhD, RN

Director, PhD Program & Gladys E. Sorensen Endowed Chair in Nursing
Professor, UNMC College of Nursing


Roxanne Vandermause is a registered nurse, professor, and Gladys E. Sorenson Endowed Chair for Nursing at UNMC College of Nursing. Her research involves community-based projects to find solutions for barriers to health care, with an emphasis on issues related to addictions and mental health. She has been active in studying adolescent and women’s health, particularly related to Relational Health. Her expertise in qualitative methodologies and hermeneutic phenomenology has been sought nationally and internationally and has been the source of many research-practice partnerships. She joined UNMC following administrative roles at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, as PhD program director, associate dean of research, and dean of the College of Nursing. She is interested in working with faculty and students on qualitative and multi-method research approaches and advancing community-engaged research, practice, and education. She has mentored numerous PhD students and faculty colleagues in qualitative approaches and has published and disseminated broadly with students and colleagues.
  • 1981, BS, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • 1999, MS, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • 2005, PhD, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Research Interests
  • Community mental health
  • Relational Health
  • Hermeneutic phenomenological and multi-method approaches
Grant Support
  • May 2023-June 2023 Title: Addressing Non-suicidal Self-Injury Practice Guidelines: Current State of Affairs, Award Amount: $2,500, Role: Vandermause, R. (P.I.)
  • July 2022-July 2025 Title: Simulation Laboratory Construction Project. Congressional direct spending via HRSA, Award Amount: $2,500,000, Role: Vandermause, R. (P.I.)
  • July 2021-June 2022 Title: Simulation Laboratory Construction Project. Missouri Excel (MOExcel), Award Amount: $1,500,000, Role: Vandermause, R. (P.I.)
  • June 2017-May 2022 Title: Enhancing Capacity for Mental Health Research and Care in Cambodia, Paul (P.I.)
  • Mannarino, J. A., Carrico, A. W., Ean, Bruce, S., Vandermause, R., Kryah, R., Stein, E., Bertram, J., Shom, V., Paul, R. H. (2023). Protocol for a randomized control trial in Cambodian individuals with PTSD: Trauma- Informed Treatment Algorithms for Advancing Novel Outcomes (Project Titan). Contemporary Clinical Trials.
  • Li, F., Gu, C., Hu, Y., Vandermause, R., Fish, A. F., Zhou, Z., Yuan, X., Zhou, Q., Zhu, J., & Lou, Q. (2022). For the Good of the People: An Interpretive Analysis of Chinese Volunteerism in the Critical Matter of Care at the Start of the Pandemic. International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being. (in review)
  • Mott, R. L., Simons, J., Tummons, J., Vandermause, R., Ball, A., 5, Cletzer, D. A., Peckman, J. (2022). What is the meaning of youth livestock production? A hermeneutic phenomenological study. Journal of Agricultural Education, (3), 83-99. https://doi.org/10.5032/jae.2022.03083
  • Vandermause, R., Fish, A., Bender, A., Kuensting, L., Murphy, N., and Lavin, R. (2021) The “seeing place”: Teaching nurse practitioners through dramatization. Nurse Education Today, Volume 97. doi.org/10.1016/j.nedt.2020.104689
  • Kuensting, L.L., Beckerle, C., Murphy, N., Folta Fish, A., & Vandermause, R. (2020). Web-based training modules for nurse practitioner preceptors.  Journal of Nurse Practitioners, 16, e113-e115. doi:  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nurpra.2020.04.023
  • Stiles, B., Fish, A., Vandermause, R., & Malik, A. (2019). Identifying the complexity of diagnosing bipolar disorder: A focused ethnography. Issues in Mental Health Nursing. https://doi.org/10.1080/01612840.2019.1615584
  • Vandermause, R., Roberts, M., & Odom-Maryon. (2018). Relational Health in transitions: Adolescents in chemical dependency treatment. Substance Use and Misuse. doi: 10.1080/10826084.2017.1408655
  • Vandermause, R., Fougere, M., Liu, Y.H., & Odom-Maryon, T. (2018).  Relational Health and recovery: Adolescent girls in chemical dependency treatment. Journal of Addictions Nursing: 29 (1), p 4–12doi: 10.1097/JAN.0000000000000207
  • Stiles, B. M., Fish, A. F., Vandermause, R., & Malik, A. M. (2018). The compelling and persistent problem of bipolar disorder disguised as major depression disorder: An integrative review. Journal of American Psychiatric Nurses Association. doi.org/10.1177/1078390318784360
  • Smith, C. L, Vandermause, R., Severtsen, B., Wilson, M., Barbosa-Leiker, C., and Roll, J. (2018). Seeking chronic pain relief: A hermeneutic exploration. Pain Management Nursing. doi: 10.1016/j.pmn.2018.05.001
  • Community-based Clinical Education Initiative
  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging-multiple initiatives
  • Development and construction of Simulated Clinical Learning Laboratories