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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

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, NCSN, RN, Professor

(Sabbatical 2017-2018)

Expressions of Caring in Nursing

Measurement of Caring

Caring for Persons with Stigmatized, Chronic Health Conditions including Persistent Head Lice, Genital Herpes, Facial Muscle Weakness, and Bell's Palsy

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

Deanna Gray-Miceli, PhD, RN, GNP-BC, FAAN, FAANP, FGSA, Associate Professor and Faculty Fellow I-SENSE


Symptom Science

Symptom management

Chronic Illness

Falls Prevention

Transformational Leadership

LTC delivery

Practice change in LTC

Older adults; Vulnerable and Frail Elders in  LTC; LTC Nursing Workforce


Translational research

Instrument development

Bio-behavioral interventions

Phenomenology- Van Manen

Mixed Methods

Community Based Participatory Research

Multi-site clinical trials

Graduate and Undergraduate Faculty Directed Research Projects

Chairperson external graduate committee member

Graduate and Undergraduate Research Projects

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

Debra Hain, PhD, ARNP, ANP-BC, GNP-BC, FAANP Associate Professor

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

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

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

Patricia Liehr, PhD, RN, Professor

Story-sharing as an Approach for Promoting and Chronicling Health; Engaging to Reduce Stress and Promote Peace; Translating Research Findings through Creative Approaches; Integrative Therapies

Veterans; Adolescents, Those who have Suffered Trauma; Vulnerable Populations

Quantitative, Qualitative and Mixed Methods; Community-based Participatory Research

Undergraduate Scholarly Inquiry
Doctoral Student Guidance
Collaboration with Colleagues at the College, University and Abroad

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);
Faith Communities and Partnerships to Improve Health Status of  Communities;
Nurse Coaching as an Intervention for Behavior Change Habit formation and

Habit reversal; Health promotion of persons experiencing Homelessness

Faith Communities;
Children with obesity;

People experiencing homelessness

Qualitative Methods;
Consensus analysis;
Freelisting; Focus Groups Ethnography;
Face to Face interviewing;

Community-Based Action Research

Consulting/Guidance on Research Projects Related to Childhood, Families, Faith-Based Communities, Persons experiencing homelessness, Community-based interventions, 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

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

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

Older Adults

Intervention Studies
Mixed Method Design
Ethnography Focus Group

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

Rose O. Sherman, EdD, RN, FAAN, Professor

Nurse Leader Development
Leadership Succession Planning
Generational Issues in the Workforce
Workforce Planning
Challenges in Long-Term Care Nursing Care Delivery
Healthcare Delivery Design

Current and Future Nurse Leaders
Generation Y Nurses and other Health Professionals
Interdisciplinary Leadership Teams
Long-Term Care Nurse Leaders

Community-Based Action Participatory Research
Qualitative Methods - Interpretative Phenomenology
Nationwide Research Sampling
Online Survey Design
Focus Groups
Telephone and Face to Face Interview Design

Doctoral Student Research Projects
Dissertation Chair/Committee
Faculty Research Advising
Community-Based Research Guidance

Marlaine C. Smith, RN, PhD, AHN-BC, FAAN, Dean and Helen K. Persson 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)
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, APHN-BC, CNE

Assistant Professor

Health Seeking Behaviors
Health Prevention
Knowledge and Perceptions about Alzheimer's Disease

Older Adults
Rural Appalachian and other Rural Populations

Face to face Interviews
Qualitative (Think Aloud)
Quantitative Methods: Principal Components Analysis, Multiple Regression, Rasch Analysis

Undergraduate Directed Study

Christine L. Williams, DNSc, RN, PMHCNS-BC, Professor and Director of the PhD in Nursing Program

Mental Health in late life,

Communication and Cognitive Impairment

Spouse caregiver wellness


Health Disparities

Middle Aged and Older Adults

Older Adults, Ethnic Diversity


Intervention Studies

Qualitative, Quantitative

Mixed Methods

Instrument Development

Doctoral Student/Faculty Research Projects
Dissertation Chair/Committee