Doctoral Faculty in Nursing

Graduate Faculty

Promoting and managing health in at-risk populations and in chronic illness



Research Interests

Trina Aguirre, PhD, RN

  • Obesity
  • Food addiction
  • Latino mothers/children
  • Rural health
  • Health Disparities
  • Latino/Native American Health Disparities
  • Breastfeeding
  • Health Promotion

Windy Alonso, PhD, RN

  • Heart failure
  • Left ventricular assist devices and heart transplant
  • Self-management of chronic conditions
  • Exergaming
  • Chronic illness management in rural areas



(Eligible to chair dissertation)

  • Cardiovascular
  • Weight management
  • Symptom management
  • Care transitions
  • Vulnerable populations
  • Comparative effectiveness
  • Technology/Telehealth intervention delivery and monitoring

Lynne Buchanan, PhD, RN, APRN-NP

  • Adults & Elderly
  • Health behavior change models for primary care
  • Tobacco addiction and prevention in acute and primary care settings
  • COPD assessment and management in the patient centered medical home

Kristin Dickinson, PhD, RN, OCN

  Cancer Supportive Care
  • Fatigue
  • Quality of life
  • Genetics
  • Mitochondrial function
  • Oxidative stress

Nicholas Guenzel, PhD, RN

  • Mental Health
  • Addiction
  • Minority Mental Health Disparities
  • Native American Mental Health

Kelly Gonzales, PhD, APRN-NP, FNP-C

  • Safety, safe medication administration, medication reconciliation
  • Risk propensity
  • Quality improvement
  • Nursing education
  • Community / Population
  • Patient centered care
  • Chronic care management
  • Health promotion
  • Advance practice

Alyson Hanish, PhD, MSN, RN

  Pediatric Sleep & Genetics
  • Melatonin
  • Pineal Gland
  • Genetics & Circadian rhythms
  • Sleep interventions
  • Neurodevelopmental Disorders
  • Genetic testing in Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Genomic Incidental Findings (public perspective)

Breanna Hetland, PhD, RN, CCRN-K

  • Integrative, holistic interventions
  • Symptom management
  • Mechanical ventilation
  • Critical Care
  • Family Engagement
  • Patient and Family Self-Management
  • Technological platforms in the ICU

Amy Hoffman, PhD, RN, FAAN


(Eligible to chair dissertation)

  • Symptom Management
  • Self-Management
  • Fatigue
  • Pain
  • Oncology
  • Transitional Care
  • Rehabilitation
  • Research Methodology

Diane Brage Hudson, PhD, RN


(Eligible to chair dissertation)

  • Vulnerable families
  • Adolescent and emerging adults
  • Social support interventions
  • Health promotion
  • Health disparities
  • Parenting
  • Depressive symptoms
  • Technology
  • Health care utilization

Robin Lally, PhD, MS, BA, RN, AOCN, FAAN


(Eligible to chair dissertation)

  • Psychological adjustment to cancer
  • Breast cancer (screening to end of life)
  • Cancer survivorship
  • Psychological coping with cancer-related symptoms
  • Cognitive-behavioral interventions
  • Psychological support & supportive relationships
  • Qualitative – content analysis, grounded theory, focus group; Quantitative – observational and clinical trial

Terri Mathews, PhD, APRN-NP, BCBA-D


(Eligible to chair dissertation)

  • Autism Spectrum disorders
  • Generalization of skill acquisition
  • Parent/family training, peer modeling, access to care
  • Infant development, maternal stress and attachment

Libby Mollard, PhD, APRN-NP, IBCLC

  • Women’s health throughout the lifespan
  • Vulnerable populations
  • Reproductive transitions
  • Chronic illness in women
  • Technology use in intervention and care delivery
  • Qualitative methods

Tiffany Moore, PhD, RN


(Eligible to chair dissertation)

  • Maternal/Child Wellness
  • Stress and Allostatic load in preterm infants (PI)
  • Oxidative stress and inflammation in prenatal/neonatal populations
  • Feeding intolerance in (PI)
  • Probiotics & colonization in (PI)
  • Metabolomics and preterm birth

Janet Nieveen, PhD, RN

  • Cardiac patients
  • Behavior change for physical activity
  • Self-efficacy
  • Technology
  • At-risk adult populations
  • Rural population

Bunny Pozehl, PhD, RN, APRN-NP, FAAN


(Eligible to chair dissertation)

  • Heart failure patients (including those with a Left Ventricular Assist Device)
  • Exercise/Physical activity interventions
  • Self-efficacy/Adherence
  • Physical functioning
  • Care transitions for chronic disease management

Jill Reed, PhD, RN, APRN-NP

  • Obesity & weight loss
  • Healthy lifestyles including promoting healthy diet and physical activity
  • Rural populations
  • Motivation for weight loss/improving health status

Sheri Rowland, PhD, APRN-BC FNP

  • Cardiovascular risk reduction
  • Clinic/Primary care based fitness testing
  • Physical activity behavior
  • Hispanic/Latino cardiovascular health
  • Social Comparison
  • Health behavior self-management

Myra Schmaderer, PhD, RN

  • Self-Management
  • Patient Activation
  • Chronic Health
  • Heart failure
  • Multimorbidity

Marcia Shade, PhD, MNS, BS, RN

  • Geriatric nursing
  • Inappropriate use of medications/medication adherence
  • Adverse events of medications
  • Patient and medication safety
  • Rural populations of older adults
  • Self-management behaviors in older adults

Lani Zimmerman, PhD, RN, FAAN


(Eligible to chair dissertation)

  • Cardiovascular (CV) Population
  • At-risk CV populations
  • Symptom management for cardiac interventions
  • Self-management for risk factor modification or chronic disease management
  • Using technology to deliver interventions and monitor outcomes
  • Care transitions and health care utilization for chronic disease management

Health Systems and Quality (leadership, policy, administration)

Elizabeth Beam, PhD, RN

  • Personal protective equipment
  • Reflective practice
  • Biocontainment care
  • Nursing education
  • Education research
  • Simulation

Liane Connelly, PhD, RN, NEA-BC

  • Nursing administration/Leadership
  • Diversity and inclusion – workforce diversity
  • Mentoring
  • Reduction of lateral intimidation
  • Simulation/technology in education
  • Quality improvement

Janet Cuddigan, PhD, RN, CWCN, FAAN


(Eligible to chair dissertation)

  • Prevention and treatment of pressure injuries
  • Physiological measurements of pressure injury risk in critically ill patients
  • Evidence-based guideline development and implementation strategies
  • Implementation/evaluation of pressure injury programs
  • Secondary analysis of NDNQI database

Teresa (Barry) Hultquist, PhD, MSN, RN, PHCNS-BC, NE-BC

  • Mid-Life women
  • Health & weight management
  • Rural
  • Educational technology
  • Educational assessment and evaluation

Heidi Keeler, PhD, RN

  • Health Promotion Across the Lifespan
    • Adolescent Health and Health Risk Behaviors
    • Elder Care/Caregiving
  • Use of Dissemination and Implementation Science in Nursing Competencies
  • Use of Technology in the Maintenance of Nursing Practice and Competence

Nursing Education (undergraduate and graduate)


  • Nursing education
  • Simulations
  • Instructional strategies/concept based learning
  • Interprofessional education
  • Gerontological nursing
  • LTC nurse competencies/supporting LTC nurses
  • Caregiver education and support
  • Maintaining function in aging
  • Safety/Fall prevention

Suhasini Kotcherlakota, PhD

  • Nursing education
  • Education/Instructional design (Theories/Design/Technologies)
  • Teaching and Learning Strategies

Louise LaFramboise, PhD, RN


(Eligible to chair dissertation)

  • Critical care nursing
  • Education
  • Critical thinking
  • Predictors of program and NCLEX success

Kim Rodehorst-Weber, PhD, RN, AE-C

  • Faculties perceptions of moving to a concept based curriculum


Kevin Kupzyk, PhD

  • Statistician