Doctoral Faculty in Nursing

Graduate Faculty

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


Name

 

Research Interests


Sue Barnason, PhD, RN, APRN-CNS, CEN, CCRN, FAHA, FAEN, FAAN

 

(Eligible to chair dissertation)

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

Ann Berger, PhD, APRN-CNS, AOCNS, FAAN

 

(Eligible to chair dissertation)

  • Cancer Survivorship
  • Fatigue
  • Sleep intervention
  • Physical activity
  • Circadian rhythms
  • Quality of life
  • Rural/Urban population

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

Marlene Z. Cohen, PhD, RN, FAAN

 

(Eligible to chair dissertation)

  • Cancer & Palliative Care
  • Qualitative research – especially phenomenological methods
  • Experience of cancer, treatments, symptoms and quality of life
  • End of life and palliative care

Christine Eisenhauer, PhD, APRN-CNS, PHCNS-BC, CNE

 
  • Public health
  • Rural health
  • Rural Agriculture/Farm Culture
  • Weight Loss/Weight Maintenance
  • Rural Men’s health
  • Mobile health technologies

Kate Fiandt, PhD, APRN-NP, FAANP, FAAN

 

(Eligible to chair dissertation)

  • Nurse managed health clinics
  • Descriptions of users, description and correlation with outcomes, nursing interventions.
  • Vulnerable patients-correlates of risk for poor outcomes and interventions to modify risks
  • Integral Nursing Model

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

Kathleen M. Hanna, PhD, RN

 

(Eligible to chair dissertation)

  • Adolescents and Emerging Adults
  • Transitions
  • Self-management
  • Parent-youth relationships
  • Quality of life
  • Diabetes

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

Julia Houfek, PhD, RN, APRN-CNS

 

(Eligible to chair dissertation)

  • Smoking/Tobacco use, genetics
  • Nicotine addiction
  • Genetic contributions to psychiatric disorders, particularly tobacco use/nicotine addiction
  • Self-regulation theory
  • Mental representations of illness
  • Schema Theory, including self-schemas

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

 

(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

 
  • 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

Jana Pressler, PhD, RN

 

(Eligible to chair dissertation)

  • Infant growth and development
  • Neonatal caregiving
  • Birth injuries
  • Infants of diabetic mothers
  • Newborn macrosomia
  • Resuscitation and stabilization
  • Semiotics

Carol Pullen, EdD, RN

 

(Eligible to chair dissertation)

  • Rural, Mid-Life & Older Women
  • Weight reduction and weight maintenance
  • Health promotion
  • Cardiovascular risk reduction
  • Eating & activity
  • Technology
  • Tailored/Non-tailored messages

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

Myra Schmaderer, PhD, RN

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

Paula Schulz, PhD, RN

 

(Eligible to chair dissertation)

  • Cardiac Patients/Elderly Patients
  • Cardiovascular Risk in Rural Populations
  • Symptom management strategies
  • Dyads (caregiver)
  • Physical activity

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

Shirley Wiggins, PhD, RN

 
  • Pediatric pain management (chronic & acute)
  • Pain & sleep in the pediatric population
  • Mixed methods research with children experiencing chronic illness & their parents
  • Moving evidenced based nursing clinical practice guideline interventions into research to provide quality care outcomes.

Sue Wilhelm, PhD, RN

 
  • Promotion of breastfeeding in vulnerable populations
  • Nursing education

Deborah Wisnieski, PhD, RN

 
  • Women’s health and adolescent health
  • Adolescent sexuality
  • Women’s health
  • Eating disorders

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

Claudia Chaperon, PhD, RN, APRN-NP-BC

 
  • Interprofessional education in geriatrics
  • Geriatric palliative care
  • Gerontological NP practice
  • Implementation and dissemination science
  • Comprehensive Gero assessment
  • Transitional care
  • Sleep
  • Circadian rhythms

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

Mary Cramer, PhD, RN, FAAN

 

(Eligible to chair dissertation)

  • Evaluation Research
  • Outcomes & impact evaluation
  • Community-based participatory research

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

Sheila Ryan, PhD, RN, FAAN

 
  • Complex Adaptive Systems and QI
  • System thinking and redesign
  • Transformational Leadership
  • Social Determinants of Health

Cheryl Thompson, PhD, RN

 
  • Infomatics

Nursing Education (undergraduate and graduate)


Beth Burbach, PhD, RN

 
  • Nursing education
  • Simulation-based research
  • Teaching and learning theory
  • Clinical judgement

Beth Culross, PhD, RN, GCNS-BC, CRRN, APRN-CNS, FNGNA

 
  • 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

Connie Miller, PhD, RN

 
  • Education
  • Simulation & learning
  • Interprofessional education
  • Interprofessional simulation
  • Evaluation of clinical teaching strategies, including skills lab environment

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

 
  • Faculties perceptions of moving to a concept based curriculum

Julianne Sebastian, PhD, RN, FAAN

 
  • Nursing education
  • Organization of care delivery systems
  • Underserved populations
  • Academic nursing practice
  • Nurse-managed care centers
  • DNP program curricula

Lynnette Leeseberg Stamler, PhD, RN, FAAN

 

(Eligible to chair dissertation)

  • Teaching Learning/Educational Leadership
  • Patient education
  • Diabetes
  • Breast health
  • Professional failure to thrive
  • Critical thinking
  • Nursing education

Statistics


Kevin Kupzyk, PhD

 
  • Statistician