Faculty Research Interests

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Debra Barksdale

  • Cardiovascular health and responses
  • Hypertension
  • Cortisol
  • Stress and coping
  • Biobehavioral research methods
  • Black American adults
  • Diversity and discrimination in health care
  • Care of families and the underserved
  • Spirituality and health

Anna Beeber

  • Gerontological nursing
  • Health services research
  • Dementia care
  • Evaluating and improving the quality of care in long-term care settings
  • Nurse and direct care worker staffing in residential care/assisted living
  • Interventions to reduce inappropriate antibiotic prescribing in long-term care settings
  • Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly

Linda Beeber

  • Depression in mothers of young children
  • Interventions for depressive symptoms
  • Psych-mental health nursing
  • Depression in women with HIV disease
  • General linear models
  • Diversity and inclusiveness in nursing

Diane Berry

  • Obesity prevention and management in African American/Black, Hispanic/Latino and non-Hispanic white children and parents
  • Type 2 diabetes prevention and management in African American/Black, Hispanic/Latino and non-Hispanic white children and parents
  • Management of gestational diabetes and prevention of progression to type 2 diabetes in African American/Black, Hispanic/Latino and non-Hispanic white
  • Postpartum weight management in English and Spanish

Beth Black

  • High-risk pregnancy
  • High-risk labor & delivery
  • Maternal identity and role attainment
  • HIV in women
  • Life course theory (Elder)
  • Maternal-preterm infant interaction
  • Prenatal technology
  • Pregnancy

Jamie Crandell

  • Statistical methods

Noreen Esposito

  • Qualitative research methodology, ethnography, focus groups
  • Women and the health care system
  • Barriers and facilitators to health care for women
  • Sexual assault & substance abuse; intimate partner violence
  • Discrimination (race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation), women & health care
  • Cross cultural care, immigrant Hispanic women’s health, menopause and access to care

Cheryl Woods Giscombe

  • Stress & Coping
  • Psychoneuroendocrinology
  • Social determinants of health disparities
  • Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner interventions
  • Community-based & culturally relevant biopsychosocial interventions
  • Stress, coping, & diabetes risk and prevention in African American adults
  • Superwoman schema and emotional suppression in African American adults
  • Use of food to cope with sress and obesity risk in African American women
  • Culturally-relevant coping interventions for substance-related relapse prevention
  • Integrative/holistic interventions for health disparities (e.g. mindfulness meditation)

Jill Hamilton

  • Sociocultural determinants of health outcomes among African American cancer patients
  • Religion and spirituality
  • Social support among individuals with chronic illness
  • Measurement of coping in elderly minority cancer patients
  • Social support, spirituality
  • Older African Americans and chronic illness
  • Stress and coping theory
  • Middle range theories
  • Cancer survivorship
  • African American caregivers of cancer patients
  • Health disparities

Donna Havens

  • Hospital organization and outcomes
  • Evidence-based management and organization
  • Staff nurse decisional involvement
  • Nurse workforce
  • Magnet hospitals
  • Translating organizational research into practice
  • The nursing work environment
  • Implementation research

Eric Ashworth Hodges

  • Early childhood obesity prevention
  • Observational methods
  • Parenting
  • Early childhood development

Coretta Jenerette

  • Health related stigma in minority adults with sickle cell disease
  • Self-care management among adults with sickle cell disease
  • Self-care management for individuals with chronic illness
  • Health disparities among vulnerable minority populations
  • Theory-based interventions

Cheryl Jones

  • Nursing & health care systems
  • Quality & patient safety
  • Cost, quality, & outcomes of health services
  • Economics of care delivery
  • Nursing work environment
  • Health services research

George Knafl

  • Analysis of categorical data
  • Analysis of family data
  • Analysis of longitudinal data
  • Analysis of electronically monitored adherence data
  • Cluster analysis
  • Evaluation of survey instruments
  • Adaptive selection of statistical models
  • Mediation and moderation analyses
  • Nonparametric regression and classification

Kathleen Knafl

  • Family response to childhood chronic conditions
  • Family Management Style Framework
  • Qualitative and mixed methods research
  • Knowledge synthesis

Shawn Kneipp

  • Health disparities related to socioeconomic status, welfare policy, and women’s health
  • Relationships between stress, physiologic responses to stress, and chronic disease
  • Public health nursing interventions to improve health in vulnerable populations

Jennifer Leeman

  • Research translation to practice
  • Evidence dissemination
  • Mixed-methods literature synthesis
  • Policy and environment-level obesity prevention interventions

Mary Lynn

  • Instrument development, revision, adaptation
  • Defining and measuring quality of care
  • Statistical and research methods
  • Work satisfaction
  • Outcomes measurement
  • Transition programs for graduate nurses

Barbara Mark

  • Organization of acute care health systems
  • Organization theory
  • Outcomes and patient safety research

Deborah Mayer

  • Cancer survivorship care
  • Cancer care
  • Cancer survivor’s information seeking and lifestyle behaviors
  • Using technology to improve clinical outcomes

Merle Mishel

  • Middle range theories
  • Theory of uncertainty in illness
  • Uncertainty in illness scales
  • Uncertainty management interventions with cancer patients
  • Uncertainty in chronic illness
  • Theory-based interventions
  • Experimental designs
  • Psychosocial theories in acute and chronic illness
  • Psycho-educational interventions for the chronically ill

Virginia Neelon

  • Delirium/Acute confusion & chronic cognitive impairment in older adults -measurement and intervention
  • Role of hypoxic challenge in sleep and cognitive decline in older adults
  • Physiology of aging
  • The study of biobehavioral markers of vulnerability
  • Development of non-invasive methods of measuring physiologic responses
  • Biobehavioral markers of vulnerability & resilience
  • Biobehavioral measures of intervention effect

Mary H. Palmer

  • Aging
  • Long-term care
  • Older adults in acute care
  • Urinary continence in adults
  • Gerontology/Geriatrics
  • Health promotion

Pamela Johnson Rowsey

  • Health disparities/racial differences prostate cancer progression
  • Stress and Inflammation in prostate cancer progression
  • Neuroendocrine and immunopeptide regulation of body temperature
  • Cytokines, exercise, injury and illness
  • Organophosphate insecticide-induced changes in core temperature
  • Chemical vulnerability and the Gulf-War Syndromes

Margarete Sandelowski

  • Reproductive technology
  • Qualitative & mixed-methods research
  • Qualitative research synthesis

Sheila Santacroce

  • Uncertainty in illness
  • Post-traumatic stress
  • Survivorship
  • Intervention fidelity
  • Adolescents/young adults life threatening illness
  • Physiological outcomes
  • Chronic psychological stress

Todd Schwartz

  • Statistical methods

Gwen Sherwood

  • Caring
  • Pain management outcomes
  • Interprofessional education and teamwork
  • Quality and safety
  • Innovations in nursing education

Lixin Song

  • Cancer and family
  • Cancer-related health disparities
  • Stress and coping
  • Communication and interaction between cancer patient, family caregiver, and health care providers
  • Health-related quality of life
  • Socio-cultural context of cancer care

Mi-Kyung Song

  • End-of-life and palliative care
  • End-of-life communication interventions
  • Treatment decision making
  • Surrogate decision making
  • End-stage kidney disease
  • Organ transplant
  • Bioethics

Kristen Swanson

  • Loss in childbearing
  • Caring
  • Clinical therapeutics
  • Randomized clinical trials
  • Phenomenology
  • Nurse-patient relationship

Theresa Swift-Scanlan

  • Epigenetics (Relationship of environment to genetics)
  • Breast cancer research
  • DNA methylation in breast cancer

Suzanne Thoyre

  • Co-regulatory mechanisms of feeding and growth of preterm infants
  • Maternal working models of feeding co-regulation
  • Physiologic regulation during feeding in preterm infants
  • Observational coding
  • Biobehavioral measures
  • Feeding issues for children with Down syndrome

Debbie Travers

  • Informatics
  • Emergency nursing
  • Emergency department triage
  • Health data standards
  • Public health and syndromic surveillance
  • Natural language processing
  • Asthma surveillance

Marcia Van Riper

  • Family experience of being tested for and living with a genetic condition
  • Resilience and adaptation in families of children with Down syndrome
  • Family-provider relationships
  • Ethical, legal, and social implications of advances in genomics
  • Research training for ELSI researchers
  • Feeding issues for children with Down syndrome
  • Siblings of children with genetic conditions
  • Genetic testing in minority families

Jia-Rong Wu

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Computerized medication adherence

SeonAe Yeo

  • Exercise to reduce pre-eclampsia
  • Heart rate variability in sedentary obese pregnant women
  • Lifestyle intervention for low income pregnant women through community-based participatory research
  • Biobehavioral measures for low intensity exercise
  • Breastfeeding