Faculty Advisors Research Interests

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Debra Barksdale

  • Cardiovascular disease, hypertension
  • Cortisol – Stress and coping
  • Health disparities with African Americans

Anna Song Beeber

  • Health services research – evaluating and improving the quality of care in long-term care settings
  • Gerontological nursing and care of older adults (including dementia care)
  • Workforce issues in residential care/assisted living

Linda S. Beeber

  • Testing evidence supported, community-based interventions to reduce depressive symptoms in low-income mothers of infants and toddlers
  • Disarming stigma by embedding mental health interventions in trusted community organizations to reach high-risk, unserved and underserved populations
  • Mixed methods research to promote the mental health of mothers rearing infant and toddlers in challenging contexts

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

Beth Black

  • Responses of women and their partners to reproductive loss
  • End of life care in the perinatal period, including perinatal palliative care
  • Pregnancy complicated by diagnosis of severe congenital fetal defects

Jada Brooks

  • Pediatric Asthma
  • Mother-infant interactions
  • Health Disparities and vulnerabilities of underserved populations

Ashley Leak Bryant

  • Patient reported symptoms, physical function and quality of life of acute leukemia survivors
  • Health services utilization of  hematological malignancy survivors
  • Gerontological and oncology nursing, improving quality of life and care of older cancer survivors

Jennifer D’Auria

  • Child responses to childhood chronic conditions
  • Qualitative research methods with children 

Cheryl Giscombe

  • Community-based, culturally-relevant, and mind-body-spirit interventions for health disparities (e.g. mindfulness meditation for African Americans with elevated risk for diabetes, obesity, and other chronic illnesses)
  • Bio-psycho-social-cultural issues related to stress and coping, including the Superwoman Schema Conceptual Framework and Using Food to Cope with Stress in African American women.
  • Addressing social determinants of health utilizing theories and interventions grounded in Social & Health Psychology and Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing to promote physical and mental health in women, families, and communities of color.

Donna Havens

  • Hospital organization and outcomes, work with magnet hospitals
  • Inter-professional Collaborative Practice and Evidence-based management and organization
  • Nurse workforce and environment – staff nurse decision involvement

Eric Hodges

  • Early childhood obesity prevention, particularly infancy and toddlerhood
  • Observational methods (audio-visual data capture, coding, and analysis)
  • Early childhood development

Coretta Jenerette

  • Improving health outcomes in individuals and families living with sickle cell disease
  • Developing and testing theory-based interventions using qualitative and quantitative methods
  • Exploring health disparities/health inequities in vulnerable minority groups

Cheryl Jones

  • Nurse turnover and its costs
  • Cost, quality, & outcomes of nursing and health services
  • Micro/macro health workforce issues

Rebecca Kitzmiller

  • Team leading and building
  • Health information technology implementation
  • Organizational change

George Knafl

  • Statistical Model Selection
  • Analysis of family data
  • Analysis of electronically monitored adherence data

Kathleen Knafl

  • Family response to childhood chronic conditions
  • Qualitative and mixed methods research
  • Family synthesis research

Shawn Kneipp

  • Health disparities related to socioeconomic status, welfare policy, and women’s health
  • Intersections between health and employment – particularly for disadvantaged women
  • Improving health for lower-income workers

Jennifer Leeman

  • Systematically reviewing the literature
  • Disseminating evidence-based interventions
  • Building clinician/practitioner capacity to change policies and environments

Mary Lynn

  • Instrument development, revision, adaptation
  • Defining and measuring quality of care and outcomes
  • Transition programs for graduate nurses

Barbara Mark

  • Organization and delivery of care in acute care health systems
  • Using large secondary databases
  • Longitudinal methods in organizational research

Deborah K. Mayer

  • Cancer survivorship issues
  • Cancer care
  • Using health information technology to improve cancer care

Mary H. Palmer 

  • Gerontology/Geriatrics
  • Behavioral change theories/interventions
  • Bladder health in women across the lifespan

Cecelia Roscigno

  • Healthcare communication – Patient and family notions of caring in particular contexts
  • Traumatic brain injury in children and the effects on the family
  • Disability as an experience versus as only inherent to the illness

Pamela Johnson Rowsey

  • Beneficial effects of exercise in reducing health disparities in chronic disease progression
  • Relationship between inflammatory cytokines, stress and physiologic responses to stress in chronic disease progression
  • Increasing underrepresented minorities in the nursing workforce/education

Theresa Swift-Scanlan

  • Epigenetics of chronic illness (e.g., the study of variables that mediate or moderate interactions between environmental influences, biology, and behavior)
  • Identification of molecular biomarkers to improve risk assessment, early detection, and or targeted interventions for cancer and neurological/psychological disorders.
  • Genetic and epigenetic-based pharmacotherapies for chronic illnesses

Suzanne Thoyre

  • Prevention and management of pediatric feeding problems
  • Development of feeding skills during infancy and childhood
  • Measurement of behavior and physiology

Sheila Santacroce

  • Symptoms/acute and long-term effects of the cancer experience for young (i.e., childhood, adolescent, young adult) cancer patients/survivors and their family members
  • Relationships between risk/protective factors, cancer-related stress, stress responses and health outcomes, especially biomarkers of risk for cardiovascular disease in young cancer patients/survivors
  • Interventions to improve life/health care transitions and outcomes for young cancer patients/survivors

Gwen Sherwood

  • Patient Safety and Quality (QSEN background) – Global Health
  • Interprofessional education and teamwork, innovations in nursing education
  • Pain management outcomes and caring applied to patient care and healthy work environments

Lixin Song

  • Multiple effects of cancer on patients and their family caregivers (e.g., Longitudinal assessment of quality of life and predictors of emotional and physical well-being in cancer patients and their family caregivers; patient-family-provider communication about cancer related issues and their impact on quality of life)
  • Intervention studies to improve outcomes (e.g., quality of life and symptom management) in cancer patients and family caregivers
  • Health disparity issues during cancer survivorship (e.g., racial differences in health literacy, patient-provider communication)

Mi-Kung Song

  • End-of-life care and palliative care
  • Intervention development and testing
  • Bio-ethics

Debbie Travers

  • Emergency department triage
  • Informatics and secondary use of Electronic Health Records data
  • Public health and syndromic surveillance.

Mark Toles

  • Transitional care of older adults
  • Psychiatric nursing
  • Outcomes research

Marcia Van Riper

  • Family experience of being tested for and living with a genetic condition
  • Resilience and adaptation in families of individuals with Down syndrome
  • Ethical, legal, and social implications of advances in genomics

Hugh Waters

  • Economic evaluation of health interventions, applying costing methodologies and cost-effectiveness analysis.
  • Combining epidemiologic and economic methods to determine the health outcomes and costs associated with specific risk factors – for example, calculating the treatment costs related to exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke, excessive alcohol use, and exposure to tanning devices.
  • Using survey data to carry out evaluations, and using predictive models to forecast health care outcomes; utilization; expenditures; claims; and revenues.

Jia-Rong Wu

  • Cardiovascular disease, esp. heart failure
  • Self-care behavior/ self-management
  • Literacy-sensitive and family-based intervention to improve medication adherence

SeonAe Yeo

  • Lifestyle intervention for low-income women during pregnancy and postpartum, including pregnancy induced hypertension
  • Physical activity across the women’s lifespan (adolescent, pregnant, and peri-menopausal females)
  • Translation research at primary care setting

 Jessica Zègre-Hemsey

  • Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS)
  • Emergency cardiac care; Emergency department; Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
  • Electrocardiography (ECG); ST-segment monitoring; Non-invasive diagnostic strategies