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Office of Research & Scholarship and PhD Program Staff Resources

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The Office of Nursing Research, Scholarship, and PhD Studies is comprised of a service-oriented experienced and dedicated team of professionals who provide comprehensive support for the development of grant applications, the management of projects, and assist in the dissemination of results.  Services for faculty include: budget advising and development; statistical and editorial support; proposal development and submission management; proposal mock review; assistance with IRB; and post award management. As a research-focused degree, the PhD program is an integral part of the Office.

Linda Linda S. Weglicki, PhD, RN
Professor and Associate Dean, Research & Scholarship & PhD Studies
Schmidt Family Foundation Distinguished Professor
Phone: 561-297-2048 / Fax: 561-297-1074

  • Creates a high-quality research infrastructure and support system for Faculty, students, and staff
  • Facilitates and provides Faculty and student research mentorship
  • Promotes the scholarship of Faculty and students
  • Enhances the rich research environment through scholarly dialog and research activities

Dr. Weglicki recently joined the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing Faculty. She was previously the Chief, Office of Extramural Programs in the Division of Extramural Science Programs at the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR).  In this role, she was instrumental in advancing nursing science by facilitating NINR’s nursing research agenda for the nation.  Dr. Weglicki’s research has focused on health promotion in ethnically diverse urban populations. She has published in a variety of interdisciplinary journals in the areas of tobacco prevention/cessation including cigarette and water-pipe smoking by youth, adolescent pregnancy and parenting, eHealth applications to promote health among older adults, and linking geospatial information (air pollution) with health outcomes.

Christine Christine Williams, DNSc, RN, PMHCNS-BC
Director of the PhD in Nursing Program
Phone: 561-297-0095
Fax: 561-297-1074

  • Provides leadership for the PhD in Nursing Program 
  • Promotes excellence in PhD studies and PhD student success 
  • Facilitates opportunities for PhD students to be part of the research efforts of the college

Dr. Williams has been a member of the College of Nursing faculty since 2007. Her research focus is mental health among older adults and particularly those with cognitive impairment. She also studies the influence of culture on mental health and aging.

David David Newman, PhD
Associate Professor, Statistician
561-297-2670 phone
561-297-1074 fax

  • Provides statistical consultation and support for faculty research projects, proposals 
  • Provides consultation and support in research design and methods

Dr. Newman, an Assistant Professor, received his PhD in Education, specializing in policy evaluation from Cleveland State University.  He is the statistician for multiple federally funded grants with agencies like NIH, PCORI, and HRSA. He works with investigators in conceptualizing, building and maintaining databases that allowed for formative and summative evaluations. These databases are often constructed with data from multiple sites and from multiple local and federal agencies. He is an expert in a number of statistical analyses such as multiple linear regression, logistic regression, ANOVA, hierarchical linear modeling, individual growth curves, path analysis and confirmatory factor analysis. These techniques allow one to accurately create statistical models.  Dr. Newman specializes in research design (e.g., quantitative and mixed method) and methods including management and manipulation of large database. 

Kyle Kyle Bryan
Coordinator, Research Programs/Services
561-297-1204 phone
561-297-1074 fax

  • Prepares pre-award budgets
  • Coordinates pre-award consultant and consortium letters
  • Reviews proposal narratives
  • Manages post-award grant expenditures and reporting activities

Before joining the Office of Nursing Research & Scholarship in the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing Mr. Bryan held the position of Senior Manager within the Office of Research Administration at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Finance from FAU. Working in research administration since 2004, he developed expertise in grants administration (e.g., preparing proposal budgets and forms, coordinating internal institutional approvals, using electronic grant application submission systems, facilitating research agreements) which allows him to assist Nursing Faculty in all of their research-related activities. Staying fit and healthy is important to Mr. Bryan; he coaches CrossFit, enjoys distance running, golf, surfing, and playing softball. 

Jen Jen Carmona
Coordinator, Nursing PhD program
561-297-0006 phone
561-297-1074 fax

  • Recruitment and pre-admission advising for prospective PhD students
  • Coordination of the application and selection process for PhD applicants
  • Facilitating orientation for newly admitted PhD students
  • Providing course advisement for PhD students in conjunction with the Associate Dean
  • Working with faculty and administration to ensure PhD students are successfully progressing through the program
  • Supporting dissemination of scholarly works by PhD students
  • Engaging with the Associate Dean for Research to identify and pursue sources of funding for PhD students

Mrs. Carmona grew up in Elkton, Maryland and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication from Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.  In her previous position at University of Mississippi, she was a Program Assistant for the Teacher Corps program where she was responsible for admissions, advising, registration, financial aid, graduation and event planning.  She also facilitated orientation, created and managed social media pages and provided alternate-route teaching license certification assistance.  Jen moved to Florida with her husband, Bruce who is pursuing his Ph.D. in business at FAU.  Mrs. Carmona enjoys reading (especially classics), traveling, cooking, fine dining, and spending time at the beach with friends.  

Joanna Joanna Kentolall
Coordinator, Research Programs/Services
561-297-2883 phone
561-297-1074 fax

  • Assists with IRB application process
  • Reviews application templates for formatting 
  • Coordinates preparation and electronic submission of grant applications
  • Copy edits final manuscript drafts as time permits
  • Maintains bibliography of Faculty scholarship (peer-reviewed publications and podium  presentations)
  • Note: 3 days per week in ONRS; 2 days (40%) per week in Archives of Caring in Nursing

Ms. Kentolall holds a Master’s Degree in Public Relations Management from the State University College at Buffalo. Her previous experience includes working on federal grants through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Federal Transit Administration.  She has served as a Public Information Officer for the Florida Department of Health, a Publications Specialist for Broward County government, and has conducted health outreach programs in the community. Much of her free time is spent supporting the performing and visual arts, as well as traveling.

AliceAlice Espinosa Miehl, PhD

Research and Scholarship Analyst


561-297-4966 phone

561-297-1074 fax


  • Assists in searching for and disseminating to faculty/students research funding opportunity announcements
  • Recommends strategies for enhancing proposal impact, relevance to funding opportunity and agency, logical flow
  • Works with faculty and students in understanding and adhering to funding opportunity and agency guidelines
  • Helps to revise research proposals post internal proposal mock reviews in preparation for application submission
  • Reviews manuscripts for adherence to journal guidelines
  • Edits and proofs manuscripts prior to submission 

Alice Espinosa Miehl holds a PhD in English Literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  After working for a brief period as an Assistant Professor of English at SUNY-Fredonia, Dr. Miehl transitioned to the field of proposal development.  She has ten years of experience in assisting university investigators craft well-written grant proposals.  Over the course of this time, she has reviewed and edited over 150 grant proposals.  Most recently she worked as a Grant Facilitator for FAU’s Proposal and Grant Development Office, reviewing proposals from across the university.  She has led several departmental and university-wide workshops.