Office of Research & Scholarship and PhD Program Staff Resources
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.
Patricia Liehr, PhD, RN
Schmidt Family Foundation Distinguished Professor
- Sustains research infrastructure to support faculty, students, and staff
- Facilitates research mentorship
- Promotes faculty and student scholarship
- Enhances College research focus through planned scholarly activities
- Reaches across disciplines/colleges to collaborate
- Creates an inclusive welcoming environment to optimize the ability of scholars to do their best work
Patricia Liehr was the founding Associate Dean for Nursing Research and Scholarship at Florida Atlantic University, Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing. She held the Associate Dean role from 2004 until 2014, then spent four years in a faculty role and has recently returned as the Associate Dean. Her research focus can broadly be described as one addressing peace, both personal and global. Liehr’s work includes the study of interventions such as yoga, mindfulness and story-centered care but it also encompasses the use of creative story-based approaches to bridge misunderstandings from a personal to a global level. She is the co-author of Story theory, a middle-range nursing theory that guides the use of story-sharing as a healing intervention and a research method.
Christine Williams, DNSc, RN, PMHCNS-BC
Director of the PhD in Nursing Program
- 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 Newman, PhD
Associate Professor, Statistician
- 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 Bryan, MBA
Associate Director, Research Services and Programs
- Management, oversight, reporting, and coordination of all extramural grants within the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing (CEL CON)
- Budget monitoring across all CEL CON grant activities
- Oversight for submission of all CEL CON grant applications and contracts as related to research, program, and center awards
- Ensure all financial and budgetary records are in compliance
- 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 has earned his MBA and 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.
Gerardo Guzman, M.Ed.
Nursing PhD/MSN Advisor
Mr. Guzman advises PhD students in the College of Nursing; he also advises Master’s students in the Nursing Administration and Financial Leadership, Nurse Educator and Clinical Nurse Leader concentrations.
For more information about these programs, please consult the Nursing PhD website (http://nursing.fau.edu/academics/phd-program/index.php) and Master’s program concentrations (Nursing Administration and Financial Leadership: http://nursing.fau.edu/academics/master-of-science-nursing-program/nursing-administration-financial-leadership/index.php, Nurse Educator: http://nursing.fau.edu/academics/master-of-science-nursing-program/nurse-educator/index.php, Clinical Nurse Leader: http://nursing.fau.edu/academics/master-of-science-nursing-program/cnl/clinical-nurse-leader.php) websites.
Coordinator, Research Programs/Services
- 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.
Alice Espinosa Miehl, PhD
Research and Scholarship Analyst
- 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.