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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 review; assistance with IRB; and post award management. As a research-focused degree, the PhD program is an integral part of the Office.

liehrPatricia Liehr, PhD, RN

Schmidt Family Foundation Distinguished Professor
Phone: 561-297-2048
Fax: 561-297-1074

  • 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.


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, MBA
Associate Director, Research Services and Programs
561-297-1204 phone
561-297-1074 fax

  • 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. 

gerardoGerardo Guzman, M.Ed.

Nursing PhD/MSN Advisor
561-297-0006 phone
561-297-1074 fax

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 ( and Master’s program concentrations (Nursing Administration and Financial Leadership:, Nurse Educator:, Clinical Nurse Leader: websites. 


Joanna Joanna Kentolall
Assistant Director, Research Services and Programs
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.