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Faculty Research Interests

Faculty Member

Phenomenon of Interest

Populations of Interest


Faculty Role

Cynthia Archibald, PhD, RN, MSN, 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, NCSN, FAAN

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 and Wellness Centers in Global Communities Uganda and Haiti


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 Blum, PhD, RN, CNE, 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

Howard K. Butcher, PhD, RN, Professor

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 Phenomenology
Thematic Analysis

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

Lenny Chiang-Hanisko, PhD, RN, Associate Professor

Polypharmacy and Medication Practice
Transcultural Nursing Care

Older & Ethnically Diverse Adults
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

Deborah D'Avolio, PhD, RN, BC-ACNP, ANP, Associate Professor

Healthy Aging; Unmet health care of Older adults; Underserved populations, ,policy, and transforming healthcare systems


Diverse older  adults, cognitive impairment, policy, health care systems


Qualitative and Mixed Methods 

Undergraduate, Graduate;

Doctoral students dissertations, projects and directed studies

Lynne Dunphy, PhD, FNP-BC, FAAN, 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

Terry Eggenberger PhD, RN,

NEA-BC, CNE, CNL, Assistant Professor

Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice

Communication and Teamwork/

Team Science

Leadership Development

Integrating Caring Science into Simulation

Health Care Professionals/


Charge Nurses

Organizational Systems

Mixed Method Design

Doctoral Student Research Projects

Doctoral Committee Member

Graduate Directed Independent Study

Nancey E.M. France, PhD, RN, Associate Professor
Assistant Dean Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program

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
Community-Based Participatory Research (community engagement)
Mixed Method Design

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

Rhonda Goodman, PhD, ARNP, FNP-BC, NCSN, AHN-BC, Assistant Professor

Women's Voices in Health Care Disparities in Guatemala
Female Genital Mutilation and Gender Based Violence 

Indigenous Maya women in Guatemala
Women in Kenya and in the U.S

Qualitative Live Experience
Qualitative Phenomenology

Graduate & Doctoral Research Projects (1-3 credits)

Dissertation Chair/Committee

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


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
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)

Chair/Committee Faculty Research Advising

Sareen Gropper, PhD, RDN, LD, Professor - Nutrition

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


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


Cognitive Impairment
Chronic Kidney Disease
Decision Making related to CKD
Person-Centered Care
Palliative/supportive  care of individuals with CKD
Care Coordination

Adults living with chronic disease (CKD, DM, HTN)

Community residing older adults, individuals  Undergoing Dialysis, Nursing Home, Memory Disorder Clinic Adults

Intervention Studies
Qualitative Methods
Clinical research
Mixed Method Design

Community-based Participatory Research

DNP clinical projects
Graduate clinical projects
Doctoral student research project
Dissertation chair/committee

Dawn Hawthorne, PhD, RN 
Assistant Professor

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 



Generalized linear mixed models (GLMM)

Graduate clinical projects
Doctoral student research project
Dissertation committee member

Katherine Heinze, PhD, RN

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 Keller, PhD, RN, CNE, Professor, Graduate Coordinator Nurse Educator Concentration

Associate Director of Interprofessional Education

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

Health Care Teams

Mixed Methods

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

Beth King, RN, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, Assistant Professor, RN-BSN Coordinator

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


Graduate clinical projects
DNP Capstone Committee Chair

PhD Committee Chair

Cheryl A. Krause-Parello, PhD, RN, FAAN
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®
Health Research Initiative for Veterans


Animal-Assisted Interventions

Human-Animal Interaction

Physiologic stress biomarkers

Psychosocial stress indicators

Suicide Prevention and Protective Factors

Community Engagement

Child welfare

Public Policy



Military and Veteran Families



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

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

Joy Longo, PhD, RNC-NIC,

Associate Professor, Assistant Dean Graduate Practice Programs

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

Health Care Workers


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

Undergraduate Scholarly Inquiry
Graduate & Doctoral Research Projects

DNP Projects

Comprehensive Exam and Dissertation Chair/Committee

David Newman, PhD, Assistant Professor, Statistician

Research Methods
Applied Statistical Techniques


Qualitative & Quantitative Methods
Mixed Methods
Advanced Statistics:

  • Multiple Linear & Logistic Regression
  • Discontinuity Analysis
  • Longitudinal Data Analysis
  • Interrupted Time Series
  • Linear & Non-Linear Mixed Models
  • SEM
  • Hazard an Survival Analysis
  • Rasch Modeling & Psychometric

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

Andra Opalinski, PhD, ARNP, CPNP-PC,

Assistant Professor

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 Ordonez, DNP, ARNP/GNP-BC, Assistant Professor, Director, 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 A. Pratt, PhD, RN Visiting Assistant Professor

Complementary and Integrative Techniques to Improve Mental Health

Use of Biomarkers and Epigenetics to Assess

Military Families, Women with High-risk Pregnancies

Qualitative/quantitative Design, Community-based Participatory Research

Visiting Assistant Professor

Teresa  J. Sakraida, PhD, RN, MS, MSEd, Associate Professor

Health Promotion
Theory Development
Transitioning to Self-Management Behavior
Healthy Lifestyle
Chronic Illness Care

Older Adults and Caregivers
Diabetes Self-Management
Depressive Symptoms, and Breast cancer Survivorship

Intervention Studies
Mixed Method Design
Ethnography Focus Group

Undergraduate Directed Study
Graduation Research Projects
Doctoral Student Research Projects
Dissertation Chair/Committee
Student Research Advising

Marlaine C. Smith, RN, PhD, AHN-BC, FAAN 

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)
Qualitative Descriptive
Human Becoming Research Method
Praxis Method (RAP, Newman), CBPR, UAI (Cowling)

Dissertation Chair/Committee

Ruth M. Tappen, EdD, RN, FAAN, Christine E. Lynne Eminent Scholar and Professor

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

Marian C. Turkel, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN

Nurse, patient, economic (Systems) outcomes of caring/caring science,

Outcomes of theory guided nursing practice,

Professional practice models,

Re-admission of super users to acute care hospital setting,

Professional practice environment of Magnet and non-magnet hospitals

Healthcare systems

Healthcare leaders (Chief Nursing Officers, Chief Executive Officers, Chief Financial Officers)

Registered Nurses


Low-income patients

Qualitative (phenomenology, grounded theory, descriptive)


Mixed methods

Online survey methods

Undergraduate & Graduate Student research projects

Doctoral dissertation committee member

Lisa Wiese, PhD, RN, PHNA-BC, CNE

Assistant Professor

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

Rural Older Adults
Rural Appalachian and other Rural Populations

Quantitative Methods

Doctoral Dissertation and Comprehensive Exam Committee Member/DNP Evidence-based Projects

Honors Undergraduate Student Theses