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Faculty Research Interests

Faculty Member

Concepts/Phenomenon of Interest

Populations of Interest


Faculty Role

Cynthia Archibald, PhD, RN, MSN, Associate Professor    

HIV/AIDS Prevention Research
Team Science
Risky Sexual Behaviors and Behavior Change

Adolescents in Church Community
Afro Caribbean and African American populations

Intervention Studies
Qualitative and Quantitative Comparative Modeling
Community-Based Participatory Research
Mixed Methods

Graduate Practicum Directed Study
Doctoral Students 
Research Projects
Dissertation Chair/Committees
Faculty Mentoring

Cynthia Blum, PhD, RN, CNE, Associate Professor

Women experience loss of spouse through divorce

Women experiencing marital discord and stress/health changes

Divorcees (females)

Women who are newly separated

Intervention Studies
Community-Based Participatory Research
Quantitative/ Qualitative Design

Undergraduate Directed Study
Graduate Research Projects
Doctoral Student Research Project
Dissertation Committee
Faculty Mentoring

Lenny Chiang-Hanisko, PhD, RN, Associate Professor

Polypharmacy and Medication Practice
Transcultural Nursing Care

Older & Ethnically Diverse Adults
Culturally Diverse Adults

Mixed Method Design: PQ Method
Qualitative Methods: Grounded Theory, Ethnography, Phenomenology

Undergraduate Directed Study
Graduate Research Projects
Doctoral Student Research Project
Dissertation Committee

Deborah D'Avolio, PhD, RN, BC-ACNP, ANP, Associate Professor

Healthy Aging, Unmet Health Care Needs, Cognitive Impairment, Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice


Diverse Older Adults, Health Disparities, Healthcare Professional


Qualitative, Ethnography, Intervention studies, Mixed Method Design, Participatory Research


Lynne Dunphy, PhD, FNP-BC, FAAN, Professor

Nursing's Intellectual/Theoretical Development; Gender & Science
The Polio Epidemics, Specifically the Iron Lung - Nurses and Technological Advanced
Nursing Workforce Policy
Primary Care Delivery models; Innovation; Quality Indicators

Nurse Thinkers, Past & Present, as well as the context of the times in which their thinking emerged;
Polio Patients & Health Care Providers; inventors
Healthcare Workforce
Primary Care

Historical/ Theoretical Analysis; Critical Social & Feminist Theory
Historical/Textual Analysis
Population Surveys; State-level Data; Nationwide Research Sampling
Patient Outcome Data

Graduate Directed Independent Studies

Graduate/Doctoral  Research Projects (1-3 credits)
Chair Dissertation/Comps

Serve on Committees
Faculty Research Advising & Mentoring

Terry Eggenberger PhD, RN,

NEA-BC, CNE, CNL, Assistant Professor

Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice

Communication and Teamwork/

Team Science

Leadership Development

Integrating Caring Science into Simulation

Health Care Professionals/


Charge Nurses

Organizational Systems

Mixed Method Design

Doctoral Student Research Projects

Doctoral Committee Member

Graduate Directed Independent Study

Nancey E.M. France, PhD, RN, Associate Professor
Assistant Dean Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program

Incivility/horizontal violence in Nursing;

Measurement of Caring;

Heart Math Technique as an Intervention;
Complementary healing modalities
Creating healing environments
Caring science
Complexity science


Qualitative and Quantitative Methods
Community-Based Participatory Research (community engagement)
Mixed Method Design

Undergraduate Directed Study
Graduate Research Projects (1-3 credits)
Doctoral student research project
Dissertation committee

Rhonda Goodman, PhD, ARNP, FNP-BC, NCSN, AHN-BC, Assistant Professor

Women's Voices in Health Care Disparities in Guatemala
Lived Experiences of Graduate Nursing Students in Cultural immersion in Primary Care Study Abroad

Indigenous Maya women in Guatemala
Graduate Nursing Students who Participate in the Study Abroad Program

Qualitative Live Experience
Qualitative Phenomenology

Graduate & Doctoral Research Projects (1-3 credits)

Dissertation Chair/Committee

Shirley Gordon, PhD, NCSN, RN, Professor

Expressions of Caring in Nursing

Caring for Persons with Chronic Health Conditions which Carry a Stigma, including Persistent Head Lice, Genital Herpes, Facial Muscle Weakness, and Bell's Palsy

School Aged Children
Adults and Older Adults in Underserved Populations

Qualitative and Quantitative Methods: Grounded Theory and Phenomenology
Community-Based Participatory Research (Community Engagement)
Focused Inquiry

Graduate & Doctoral Research Projects (1-3 credits)

Chair/Committee Faculty Research Advising

Sareen Gropper, PhD, RDN, LD, Professor - Nutrition

Health Promotion
Healthy Aging
Diet and Lifestyle Factors Associated with Unhealthy Body Fat and Weight Gain
Role of Diet and/or Nutrients in the Prevention and Treatment of Disease


Qualitative and Quantitative Methodology for Assessment and Intervention Studies

Undergraduate Directed Study research projects
Graduate (Masters and Doctoral) Research Projects as a committee member or chair

Debra Hain, PhD, ARNP, ANP-BC, GNP-BC, FAANP Associate Professor

Cognitive Impairment
Chronic Kidney Disease
Decision Making related to CKD
Person-Centered Care
Palliative/supportive  care of individuals with CKD
Care Coordination
Fall among community-residing older adults

Adults living with chronic disease (CKD, DM, HTN)

Community residing older adults, individuals  Undergoing Dialysis, Nursing Home, Memory Disorder Clinic

Intervention Studies
Qualitative Methods
Clinical research
Mixed Method Design

Community-based Participatory Research

DNP clinical projects
Graduate clinical projects
Doctoral student research project
Dissertation chair/committee

Dawn Hawthorne, PhD, RN 
Assistant Professor

Use of Spiritual Coping Strategies by Parents whose Infant/Child had Died in the Neonatal or Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
Spiritual Care Practices of Neonatal Nurses
Human Milk Fortification of Breast Milk to Increase Growth of Premature Infants

Parents of Infant/Child whose Death Occurred in the Neonatal Intensive Unit/Pediatric Intensive Care Units
Neonatal Intensive Care Nurses
Premature Infants below 32 weeks Gestation

Quantitative Multiple Regression Longitudinal Study
Mixed Method Design
Longitudinal Quantitative Study

Graduate clinical projects
Doctoral student research project
Dissertation committee member

Tarsha Jones, PhD, RN, APHN-BC, Assistant Professor

Cancer prevention and control, reducing breast cancer health disparities, improving uptake of genetic testing to manage and reduce risk of hereditary breast and ovarian cancer syndrome (HBOC)

Black and Hispanic Women with a personal and/or family history of breast and/or ovarian cancer

Qualitative, quantitative, mixed-methods, secondary data analysis, behavioral intervention studies


Kathryn Keller, PhD, RN, CNE, Professor, Graduate Coordinator Nurse Educator Concentration

Associate Director of Interprofessional Education

Interprofessional Collaborative Practice
Integrating Caring Science
Arrhythmia Nursing Knowledge & ECG Monitoring Concepts

Health Care Teams

Mixed Methods

Doctoral Dissertation Chair/Committee
Graduate Directed Independent Study

Beth King, RN, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, Assistant Professor, RN-BSN Coordinator

Measurement of Caring Best Methods to Teach Caring Science
Measurement of Depression/Anxiety and Intervention in Vulnerable Populations
Heart Math Technique as an Intervention

Nursing Education Programs 
Nursing Students
Nursing Faculty
Youth & Young Adults in Vulnerable Populations

Assessment Studies
Quantitative Methods: Between-group Repeated Measures Quasi-Experimental Design
Descriptive Survey
Qualitative: Heideggerian Hermeneutic Phenomenology


Graduate clinical projects
DNP Capstone Committee Chair

Patricia Liehr, PhD, RN, Professor

Story-sharing as an Approach for Promoting and Chronicling Health; Engaging to Reduce Stress and Promote Peace; Translating Research Findings through Creative Approaches; Integrative Therapies

Veterans; Adolescents, Those who have Suffered Trauma; Vulnerable Populations

Quantitative, Qualitative and Mixed Methods; Community-based Participatory Research

Undergraduate Scholarly Inquiry
Doctoral Student Guidance
Collaboration with Colleagues at the College, University and Abroad

Joy Longo, PhD, RNC-NIC,

Associate Professor

Horizontal Violence/Bullying in the Workplace
Practice Environments
Patient Safety Culture
Neonatal Intensive Care Units

Health Care Workers


Quantitative Methods: Experimental, Non-experimental Instrument
Development Qualitative Methods: Content Analysis

Undergraduate Directed Study
Graduate & Doctoral Research Projects

Dissertation Chair/Committee

David Newman, PhD, Assistant Professor, Statistician

Research Methods
Applied Statistical Techniques


Qualitative & Quantitative Methods
Mixed Methods
Advanced Statistics:

  • Multiple Linear & Logistic Regression
  • Discontinuity Analysis
  • Longitudinal Data Analysis
  • Interrupted Time Series
  • Linear & Non-Linear Mixed Models
  • SEM
  • Hazard an Survival Analysis
  • Rasch Modeling & Psychometric

Graduate Research Projects
Doctoral Student Research Projects
Dissertation Committee
Faculty Research Advising

Andra Opalinski, PhD, ARNP, CPNP-PC,

Assistant Professor

Childhood Obesity;
Faith Communities and Partnerships to Improve Health Status of Communities;
Nurse Coaching as an Intervention for Behavior Change Habit formation and

Habit reversal;
Pediatric Primary Care

Faith Communities;
Children with obesity;

People experiencing homelessness

Qualitative Methods;
Consensus analysis;
Freelisting; Focus Groups Ethnography;
Face to Face interviewing;

Community-Based Action Research

Consulting/Guidance on Research Projects Related to Childhood, Families, Faith-Based Communities, Community interventions for health challenges of the homeless, Habit Formation/Change

Maria Ordonez, DNP, ARNP/GNP-BC, Assistant Professor, Director, Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center


Nursing as Caring; Healing Environments;

Healthy Aging; Aging in Place; Gerontology;

Geriatrics; Transitions of Care; Life Transitions; Person-Centered Care; Post-Acute Care; Long-Term Care; Care Coordination; Population Health;

Cognitive Impairment;

Community Outreach/Engagement;

Nurse-managed Care;

Minority Health; Mental Health

Older Adults; Older Adults Receiving Care at Adult Day Care, Skilled, Nursing Homes, Assistive Living & Long term Care Facilities;

Residents and Staff/Health Care Providers;

Memory & Dementia Disorders;

Formal & Informal Caregivers;

Vulnerable populations including Ethnic Minorities

Qualitative Method; Clinical Research;

Translational Research;

Mixed Method Research

DNP & Evidence-Based capstone projects

Collaboration with colleagues from CON, COM, Psychology, & Social Work Undergrad and graduate clinical practicum & Directed Study;

Health Administration Practicum/Internship

Geriatric Clerkship Medical Students 3rd year

Teresa  J. Sakraida, PhD, RN, MS, MSEd, Associate Professor

Health Promotion
Transitioning to Self-Management Behavior
Healthy Lifestyle
Chronic Illness Care

Older Adults

Intervention Studies
Mixed Method Design
Ethnography Focus Group

Undergraduate Directed Study
Graduation Research Projects
Doctoral Student Research Projects
Dissertation Chair/Committee
Student Research Advising

Rose O. Sherman, EdD, RN, FAAN, Professor

Nurse Leader Development
Leadership Succession Planning
Generational Issues in the Workforce
Workforce Planning
Challenges in Long-Term Care Nursing Care Delivery
Healthcare Delivery Design

Current and Future Nurse Leaders
Generation Y Nurses and other Health Professionals
Interdisciplinary Leadership Teams
Long-Term Care Nurse Leaders

Community-Based Action Participatory Research
Qualitative Methods - Interpretative Phenomenology
Nationwide Research Sampling
Online Survey Design
Focus Groups
Telephone and Face to Face Interview Design

Doctoral Student Research Projects
Dissertation Chair/Committee
Faculty Research Advising
Community-Based Research Guidance

Marlaine C. Smith, RN, PhD, AHN-BC, FAAN, Dean and Helen K. Persson Eminent Scholar

Symptom Management with Touch Therapies
Holistic Health/Complementary Therapies such as Massage, Therapeutic Touch, Acupressure, Aromatherapy, Sound/Music
Testing Caring-based Models
Testing Unitary Caring Theory
Palliative and End-of-life Care

End of Life
Adults with Life-threatening Illnesses

Multi-site RCTs
Intervention Designs (Quasi-experimental and Experimental)
Evaluation Studies (Mixed Methods)
Qualitative Methods
Phenomenology (Van Kaam, va Manen, Giorgi, Colaizzi)
Qualitative Descriptive
Human Becoming Research Method
Praxis Method (RAP, Newman), CBPR, UAI (Cowling)

Dissertation Chair/Committee

Ruth M. Tappen, EdD, RN, FAAN, Christine E. Lynne Eminent Scholar and Professor

Alzheimer's and Related Cognitive Impairment
Acculturation and Cross Cultural Issues in Testing, Health, and Health Behaviors
Care Transitions, Especially to home and Long-term Care Facilities

Community Dwelling Older Adults in a Variety of Settings
African American, Afro-Caribbean, European American, Hispanic American

Intervention Studies
Qualitative and Quantitative Methods
Approaches and Mixed-Method Design

Undergraduate Directed Study (Special Topics Only)
Graduate Research Projects (1-3 credits)
Doctoral Level Research Projects
Dissertation Chair/Committee

Marian C. Turkel, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN

Nurse, patient, economic (Systems) outcomes of caring/caring science,

Outcomes of theory guided nursing practice,

Professional practice models,

Re-admission of super users to acute care hospital setting,

Professional practice environment of Magnet hospitals.

Healthcare systems

Healthcare leaders (Chief Nursing Officers, Chief Executive Officers, Chief Financial Officers)

Registered Nurses


Low-income patients

Qualitative (phenomenology, grounded theory, descriptive)


Mixed methods

Online survey methods

Graduate Student Faculty

Doctoral dissertation committee member

Linda S. Weglicki, RN, PhD, Professor, Associate Dean of Research and Scholarship

Health Promotion &
Prevention Research
Multiple Risk-taking Behaviors (Tobacco Use and Products; Teen Pregnancy & Parenting) and Health Behavior Change
eHealth Technology

Team and Translational Science

Children (youth) & Young Adults
Urban Populations
Arab and African American Populations

Behavioral Intervention Studies
Qualitative &  Quantitative Methods

Structural Equation Modeling (SEM)
Community Engagement Research (CEnR)
Mixed Methods

Undergraduate Directed Study (Special Topics) Graduate Research Projects (1-3 credits)
PhD research projects
Comprehensive Exam & Dissertation Chair/Committee

Faculty Research, Grantsmanship, and Scholarship Advising

Lisa Wiese, PhD, RN, APHN-BC, CNE

Assistant Professor

Health Seeking Behaviors
Health Prevention
Knowledge and Perceptions about Alzheimer's Disease

Older Adults
Rural Appalachian and other Rural Populations
Older Adults

Face to face Interviews
Qualitative (Think Aloud)
Quantitative Methods: Principal Components Analysis, Multiple Regression, Rasch Analysis

Undergraduate Directed Study

Christine L. Williams, DNSc, RN, PMHCNS-BC, Professor and Director of the PhD in Nursing Program

Mental Health in late life,

Communication and Cognitive Impairment

Spouse caregiver wellness


Health Disparities

Middle Aged and Older Adults

Older Adults, Ethnic Diversity


Intervention Studies

Qualitative Quantitative

Mixed Methods

Instrument Development

Doctoral Student/Faculty Research Projects
Dissertation Chair/Committee