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Faculty Member

Phenomenon of Interest

Populations of Interest


Faculty Role

Andrea Archer
Ed.D, APRN, ANP-BC, CNE, Visiting Assistant Professor

Health Promotion, Veterans transitioning to civilian life, Children in foster care

Veterans, Children in Foster Care, Aging out of foster care

Qualitative and Quantitative Methods

Visiting Assistant Professor

Cynthia M. Archibald 
PhD, RN, MSN, ARNP, 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

Charlotte D. Barry
PhD, RN, MSN, NCSN, FAAN, Professor

Caring in Nursing, Teaching/Learning Caring from Nursing Situations, Caring Ability, Heart Math, Usefulness of  Theory Guided Practice, Health Disparities, Outcomes of School Based Health, Wellness Centers in Global Communities Uganda and Haiti

Students, Under-served and vulnerable populations 

Qualitative Research Methodology:
- Heideggerian
- Hermeneutic
- Phenomenology
Participatory Action Research

Teaching Across the Curriculum, Mentoring Faculty, Student Advisement, Student Supervision in Dissertation and DNP Projects, Chair Promotion & Tenure Committee

Cynthia A. Blum 
PhD, RN, CNE, MSN, Associate Professor

Women experience loss of spouse through divorce, Women experiencing marital discord and stress/health changes, Academic and Professional Nursing Educational Methods

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

Anne Boykin
PhD, MSN, RN, Professor Emeritus

Caring in nursing; Caring in healthcare settings; the lived experience of caring

Healthcare settings and healthcare providers


Dean and Professor Emeritus

Howard Karl Butcher 
PhD, RN, Professor, Director of the PhD in Nursing Program

Holistic Nursing, Nursing Theory Guided Research, Caring Science, Rogers Science of Unitary Human Beings, Nursing Standardized Languages, Nursing Intervention Classification

Family Caregivers, Mild Cognitive Impairment, Depression/Dispiritedness in Later Life

Nursing Intervention Classification, Intervention Development and Testing Research, Telomere Research, Narrative (story), Descriptive Phenomenology, Hermeneutic, Thematic Analysis

Faculty Mentoring, Dissertation Committee Chair/Member, PhD Student Advisement, PhD Student Research, Practicum Mentoring

Katherine Lynn Chadwell 
DNP, MBMSc, APRN, GNP-BC, GCNS, CPHQ, Associate Professor

HIV prevention, safe sexual practices, symptoms, menopause,  neuroscience, flourishing, genomics, epigenetics

College students, adults, older adults, women

Quantitative methods, qualitative methods, mixed methods, Secondary data analysis

Associate Professor

Lenny Chiang-Hanisko 
PhD, RN, MSN, Certified ELNEC, Associate Professor

Polypharmacy and Medication Practice, Transcultural Nursing Care

Older & Ethnically Diverse Adults, Immigrants, 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

Lynne Dunphy
PhD, FNP-BC, FAAN, Research 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, context of the times in which their thinking emerged; Polio Patients & Health Care Providers; 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

Karethy A. Edwards
DrPH, APRN, FNP-BC, Associate Dean and Professor

Health Disparities, Integrated Primary & Behavioral Health, Integrated Health Modalities, Culturally Tailored Interventions to Prevent Diabetes & Hypertension Related Complications

African Americans, Native American Indians, Underserved Populations

Community-Based Participatory Research, Ethnography

Professor, Associate Dean for Academic Programs, Executive Director FAU/NCHA Community Health Center

Terry Lynn Eggenberger 
PhD, RN, NEA-BC, CNE, CNL, Associate Professor

Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice, Communication and Teamwork/Team Science, Leadership Development, Integrating Caring Science into Simulation

Health Care Professionals/Teams, Charge Nurses, Organizational Systems

Qualitative, Mixed Method Design

Doctoral Student Research Projects, Doctoral Committee Member, Graduate Directed Independent Study

Nancey E. France 
Co-Director, Initiative for International Health, Associate Professor

Incivility/horizontal violence in Nursing; Measurement of Caring; Heart Math Technique as an Intervention; Complementary healing modalities; Creating healing environments; Caring science


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

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

Safiya George
PhD, APRN-BC, FAANP, Dean and Professor

Promote the Health & Holistic Wellbeing of Individuals w/ or at Risk for HIV/AIDS, Holistic Health, Spirituality, HIV, Neuroscience

People Living w/ HIV/ AIDS; Adolescents

Evidenced-Based Psychological Interventions (Focused on Social Determinants of Health), Quantitative, Cross-Sectional, Longitudinal, Qualitative, Mixed Methods, Neuroimaging

Dean of College of Nursing, Interim Associate Dean for Research

Shirley C. Gordon
PhD, RN NCSN, AHN-BC. HWNC-BC, Professor

Expressions of Caring in Nursing, Impact of Algae Blooms on Human Health, Caring for Persons with Stigmatized, Chronic Health Conditions including Persistent Head Lice, Genital Herpes, Facial Muscle Weakness, and Diabetes

School Aged Children, Families, 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), Dissertation, Chair/Committee Faculty Research Advising

Sareen S Gropper 

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

Children, Adolescents, Adults

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 Jo Hain 

Health disparities, structural racism, kidney health, diabetes, cognitive impairment, behavioral interventions 

Ethically diverse adults, older adults 

Qualitative, quantitative, mixed methods

Professor, Graduate Coordinator AGNP Concentration 

Nancy Lee Harris 
DNP, APRN-BC, Assistant Professor

Harmful Algae Blooms and Human Health:  Reducing Morbidity and Mortality of Pheochromocytoma   

Adults exposed to HABs in Central Florida;  Adults Diagnosed with Pheochromocytomaults 

Qualitative and Quantitative Methods, Community-based Participatory Research: Phenomenology, Mixed Methods

Doctoral Research Projects; HBOI Campus Coordinator

Dawn M. Hawthorne 
PhD, RN, RN-BSN Coordinator, Associate Professor & Coordinator, RN-BSN Program

Use of Spiritual Coping Strategies by Parents whose Infant/Child had Died in the Neonatal or Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. Stories of parents whose infant has died to create healing. Differences in the use of Spiritual Practices on the Mental Health of mother - father dyads of very low-birthweight infants

Parents of Infant/Child whose Death Occurred in the Neonatal or Pediatric Intensive Unit. Parents of an infant who has died at home/ hospital. Parents of Premature Infants below 32 weeks Gestation

Mixed Method Design Quantitative Multiple Regression Longitudinal Study, Qualitative Study guided by theory- guided story inquiry (Smith & Liehr, 2014), Mixed Method Design, Longitudinal, Quantitative, Generalized linear mixed models (GLMM)

Graduate clinical projects, Doctoral student research project, Dissertation committee member

Katherine Heinze 
PhD, RN, Assistant Professor

Supporting families caring for a seriously ill child; bioethics; palliative care; moral resilience

Children with cancer and their families; healthcare inter-professionals

Quantitative, qualitative, mixed-methods, psychometrics

Undergraduate courses and master's research

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

Reducing breast cancer health disparities; Genetics; Epigenetics; Psychosocial Stressors and Breast Cancer

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

Qualitative, quantitative, mixed-methods, secondary data analysis

Undergraduate courses and research projects (special topics)

Kathryn B. Keller 
PhD, RN, CNE, Professor, Graduate Coordinator, Coordinator of Simulation & Professional Practice Lab, Nurse Educator Concentration, Associate Director of Interprofessional Education

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

Health Care Teams

Qualitative, Mixed Methods

Doctoral Dissertation Chair/Committee, Graduate Directed Independent Study, Teachers across programs, Faculty mentoring

Beth M King
PhD, APRN, RN, PMHNP-BC,PMHCNS-BC, Associate Professor

Measurement of Caring, Teaching Methodologies for Caring Science, Mental Health, Heart Math as an Intervention for Depression, Anxiety and Stress

Vulnerable Populations, Nursing Education/Faculty/Students, Persons experiencing Mental Health Issues

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

Undergraduate/Graduate clinical projects, DNP Capstone Committee Chair, PhD Committee Chair

Cheryl Ann Krause-Parello 
PhD, RN, FAAN, Interim Associate Dean for Research and Schmidt Professor


Animal-Assisted Interventions, Human-Animal Interaction, Physiologic stress biomarkers, Psychosocial stress indicators, Suicide Prevention and Protective Factors, Community Engagement, Child welfare, Public Policy

Military, Veterans, Military and Veteran Families, Children


Quantitative (descriptive, correlational, quasi-experimental, and experimental designs), Qualitative (phenomenological design; interview and focus group collection measures), Community-based participatory research



Sharon Phillips Raddock Distinguished Professor of Holistic Health, Faculty Fellow, Institute for Human Health and Disease Intervention (I-HEALTH), Director, C-P.A.W.W. Canines Providing Assistance to Wounded Warriors®, Research, Teaching, Service, and Community Engagement, Faculty Mentoring, Student Mentoring, Doctoral Student Research, Undergraduate Student Research, PhD Comprehensive Committee Member, Dissertation Committee Member

Mary Ann Leavitt 
PhD, RN, CCRN-K, CHFN-K, Assistant Professor

Transitional care of patients with heart failure to prevent hospital readmissions, The development of non-invasive wearable cardiac sensor devices to alert for heart failure decompensation, Team science

Older adults with heart failure

Quantitative and qualitative testing of nursing interventions, Data mining and device development in collaboration with Engineering faculty

Didactic teaching across all Med-Surg courses; Chronic, Acute, and Complex, First Year Experience Success in Learning, Honors in Nursing Seminar

Rozzano Locsin
PhD, MA, BSN, Professor Emeritus

artificial intelligence, robots in Nursing, issues and concerns regarding nursing of persons who are dependent on technologies, caring, and Nursing

older persons, and persons with chronic illnesses, and those who are dependent on technologies for human living

phenomenological research approaches; descriptive, interpretive, and hermeneutic

Professor Emeritus

Joy Ann Longo 
PhD, RNC-NIC, Associate Professor & Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Programs

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

Health Care Workers, Neontates


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

Undergraduate Scholarly Inquiry, Graduate & Doctoral Research Projects, DNP Projects, Comprehensive Exam and Dissertation Chair/Committee

Laurie Martinez, 
PhD, MSN/MBA, RN, Assistant Professor


Adolescents & Older Adults

hermeneutic phenomenology and mixed methods

Assistant Professor

David O. Newman 
PhD, MA, MS, Associate Professor & Statistician

Research Methods, Applied Statistical Techniques


Qualitative & Quantitative Methods, Mixed Methods, Meta-Analysis, Advanced Statistics: Multiple Linear & Logistic Regression, Discontinuity Analysis, Longitudinal Data Analysis, Interrupted Time Series, Linear & Non-Linear Mixed Models, SEM, Hazard and Survival Analysis, Rasch Modeling & Psychometric

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

Andra S Opalinski 
PhD, ARNP, CPNP-PC, NC-BC, Associate Professor & Assistant Dean, Graduate Programs

Health Promotion and Prevention Research in diverse populations (children, families, persons experiencing homelessness); Impact of mindfulness interventions in children and adolescents on emotional and behavioral wellbeing; Faith Community Nursing; Nurse Coaching as an intervention for improved health outcomes

Children, Adolescents, Families with children, Faith Communities; People experiencing homelessness

Qualitative Methods; Consensus analysis; Linguistic Inquiry and Word Count (LIWC) Analytics; Community-Based Action Research

Consulting/Guidance on Research Projects Related to (1) Childhood and Families, (2) Child Emotional/Behavioral Wellbeing, (3) Faith-Based Communities, (4) Persons experiencing homelessness, (5) Community-based interventions, (6) Habit Formation/Change

Maria de los Angeles Ortega 
FAANP, FAAN, Professor and Director of MWC , 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; Skilled Nursing Post Open Heart Surgery; Nursing Home Residents and Staff/Health Care Providers; Long Term & Assisted Living; Memory Disorders; Dementia specific Care/Adult Day Center; Family Caregivers; Hispanic Older adults; and Vulnerable populations

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

Beth Pratt 
PhD, RN, Assistant Professor

Mental Health, Social Genomics, Biomarkers, Human-animal Interaction, Animal-assisted Interventions, Community Engagement

Military, Veterans, Military and Veteran Families, Women

Qualitative and Quantitative Methods, Community-based Participatory Research

Assistant Professor, Undergraduate courses and research projects

Kyndall Nyeschelle Pritchard 
PhD, MSN, Director of the Second Degree, Part-time BSN Track for Working Professionals, Assistant Professor and Director of Part-Time Second-Degree BSN Track

Decreasing Disparities in Underrepresented Groups in Nursing, Increasing the Numbers of Men & Minorities in Nursing to Improve, Health Outcomes of Culturally & Ethnically Diverse Populations

Underrepresented Groups in Nursing such as:

Qualitative Methods; Interpretive and Descriptive Phenomenology

Assistant Professor; Director; Undergraduate; DNP Projects; Faculty Adviser

Narciso Quidley-Rodriguez 
EdD, MSN, Assistant Professor

Sexual Health & Wellness, HIV Prevention & Treatment, Mental Health & Wellness, Coming Out Experiences/ Sexual Orientation Disclosure

LGBTQI Community, specifically:
-Bear Subculture
-Hispanic Men Who Have Sex w/ Men
-LGBTQI Hispanic Adolescents & Young Adults

Qualitative Methodologies, specifically: Grounded Theory

Assistant Professor, Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Instructor

Marlaine C. Smith
RN, PhD, AHN-BC, HWNC-BC, FAAN, Professor and 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), Ethnography, Qualitative Descriptive, Narrative, Human Becoming Research Method, Praxis Method (RAP, Newman), CBPR, UAI (Cowling)

Dissertation Chair/Committee

Armiel Suriaga 
Ph.D., MSN, RN, Assistant Professor

Substance Use, Misuse and Abuse (SUMA), Improving Nursing Pedagogy, Healthy Aging, Social Determinants of Health and Diversity and Inclusion

Older Adults, nursing students/faculty

Quantitative, or Qualitative or Mixed Method


Ruth M Tappen 
EdD, RN, FAAN, Professor and Eminent Scholar

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; Nursing Home residents and their families; Memory disorder patients and caregivers

Intervention Studies, Qualitative and Quantitative Methods, Approaches and Mixed-Method Design; Quality Improvement

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

Christine S Toledo
PhD, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, Assistant Professor

Women's health: related to the topics of breastfeeding, maternal mental health, and HIV in older women


Mixed Methods, Quantitative, Secondary Analyses

Assistant Professor

Lisa Ann Wiese 
PhD, RN, APHN-BC, CNE, Associate Professor

Knowledge, Detection, Prevention, and Treatment of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias

Rural Older Adults, Rural Appalachian and other Rural Populations

CBPR, Quantitative Methods

Doctoral Dissertation and Comprehensive Exam Committee Member/DNP Evidence-based Projects, Honors Undergraduate Student Theses

Christine Williams
DNSc, ARNP, PMHNP-BC, Professor Emeritus

Mental health of older adults, living with dementia, spouse caregiving, interventions to improve social relations among older adults with and without cognitive impairment, communication interventions

Older adults, older adults with cognitive impairment, people with ADRD, family caregivers

quantitative and qualitative

Psychiatric Mental Health graduate courses
PhD committee member
Undergraduate research mentor