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PhD Overview

The values of the PhD program are rooted in the Florida Atlantic University College of Nursing philosophy, mission, and vision in which health and well-being are transformed locally, nationally, and globally through nursing grounded in caring. The over-arching and grounding framework of the PhD program is the science of caring.

Faculty members engage with PhD students to create a learning environment that is accessible as well as supportive. We see you as our colleagues, and we strive to support your development as emerging nurse scholars and future leaders. At the same time, you challenge us to consider our ideas, shaping our ongoing growth as more senior scholars in the discipline of Nursing. As a graduate of this PhD program, you will be an expert in the Caring science that underpins our discipline; you will carry the thread of Caring science into your own research; and, you will have command of foundational research knowledge with experience essential for beginning on your path as an accomplished nurse scientist. We look forward to working with you.

If you are interested in our PhD Program, please know that you can be a full or part-time student, that there is financial support for full time students, our core courses are most often on weekends (once a month during each semester with cyberspace interaction between face-to-face classes) and we are here to help you. The Office for Nursing Research, Scholarship, and PhD studies is located in Suite 215 at the College of Nursing. Please stop by to see us!

Research Focus Areas

We have four research areas:

Focus area definitions with examples of active research:

Health aging - understanding and optimizing human health development across the lifespan

  • Improving quality of life and quality of care for aging Americans
  • Patterns of stress in memory center enrollees and their family members
  • Pharmacological pain management associated with polypharmacy among ethically diverse older adults
  • Allostatic load and ethnicity as predictors of abnormal glucose metabolism in postmenopausal women
  • Fall prevention program for community dwelling elders

Health equity - clarifying and eliminating health disparities associated with human uniqueness, such as ethnicity, socioeconomics, gender, and age

  • Substance use prevention in Native American Indian adolescents
  • Measuring caregiver strain for people living with stigma
  • Pregnancy prevention: Promoting adolescent planning for future success
  • Safe choices to prevent HIV/AIDS in Afro-Caribbean American youth

Holistic health - exploring and testing integrative approaches to health promotion and healing

  • Effect of garden walking and reflective journaling on persons in support groups
  • Promoting peace through dramatic performance based on the stories of Pearl Harbor and Hiroshima survivors
  • Understanding healing self and other from the perspective of holistic nurses
  • Exploring the power of social engagement resources to sustain health

Transforming Healthcare Environments - describing and shaping workforce and organizational factors that impact quality care in healthcare settings

  • Evaluating emerging nurse leader development, best practices in mentoring and succession planning strategies
  • Evaluating the contribution of educational podcasts to preceptor perception of support
  • Embracing, creating and sustaining a positive work culture
  • Communication and collaboration between medical and nursing students
  • Cultural perspectives of nurses related to ethical situations
  • Integrating caring science into simulation

Faculty researchers in these areas are listed below. Please check the Faculty web pages for additional information about faculty. PhD students are challenged to align their research with one or more focus area:

Healthy Aging Health Equity Holistic Health Transforming Healthcare Environments
C. Williams, D. Hain
J. Lowe, K. Edwards
P. Liehr
R. Sherman
Faculty Participants: Faculty Participants: Faculty Participants: Faculty Participants:
L. Chiang-Hanisko
G. Engstrom
D. Hain
T. Sakraida
R. Tappen
L. Weglicki
L. Wiese
C. Williams
C. Archibald
C. Barry
M. Brennan
K. Edwards
R. Goodman
S. Gordon
J. Lowe
E. Millender
A. Opalinski
D. Newman
L. Palma
P. Liehr
D. Newman
M. Smith
C. Blum
L. Dunphy
T. Eggenberger
N. France
K. Keller
B. King
J. Longo
R. Sherman
M. Turkel

Meet our PhD Students

Meet our Jonas Scholars

Dissertation Topics of Recent Graduates

Keys to Success in the PhD program

Information & Advising for the PhD in Nursing Program

PhD Coordinator Interim Director, PhD Program Director, Doctoral Programs

Jen Carmona

Linda Weglicki, PhD, RN, MSN

Christine Williams, DNSc, PMHCNS-BC

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