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PhD Faculty Research Mentors

The following faculty members have expertise in mentoring PhD students. They also have expertise in a variety of methodologies, including quantitative, qualitative, mixed-method and health services. The table below shows their topical areas. Click any faculty member's name to learn more about their background and research.

Donald Bailey, PhD, RN, FAAN -- Aging and chronic illness; men’s health; uncertainty in illness, especially prostate cancer, chronic hepatitis C, and liver transplant; psycho-oncology
Debra H. Brandon, PhD, RN, CCNS, FAAN -- Environmental effects on preterm infants, pediatric palliative care, parental decision-making about care, neonatal care practices
Marion E. Broome, PhD, RN, FAAN -- Interventions to help children cope with pain, research ethics related to informed consent and assent from children in research, research misconduct in clinical trials, childhood obesity, leadership development in academic nursing
Kirsten Corazzini, PhD -- RN delegation in long-term care, front-line caregivers in long-term care and management practices, program evaluation research, international models of community and home-based care
Robin B. Dail, PhD, RN, FAAN -- Infant thermal management and global health; observation research; longitudinal physiological methods
Sharron L. Docherty, PhD, PNP-BC, FAAN -- Quality of life of children and families with life-threatening illnesses, including stem cell transplant, cancer, symptom distress, palliative care; biological markers in ill children; interviewing children
Jennifer Dungan, PhD, RN -- Characterizing and controlling for survival bias in gene associations with coronary disease, genetic contribution to survivorship in coronary disease
Cristina Hendrix, DNS, CCRN, CFNP -- Informal home caregiving, self-efficacy among caregivers and patients, chronic illness management in the elderly
Marilyn J. Hockenberry, PhD, RN, PNP-BC, FAAN -- Symptom assessment in children with cancer, physiologic markers and symptom severity, academic and cognitive changes in children with leukemia, oxidative stress and CNS tissue injury in children with leukemia
Janice C. Humphreys, PhD, RN, FAAN -- Family violence, symptom management, trauma, and telomere length
Isaac Lipkus, PhD -- Risk communication and medical decision making in cancer prevention; genetic and genomic feedback to motivate disease prevention and improve medical treatment decisions
Eleanor McConnell, PhD, RN, CCNS, BC -- Quality of life in frail elderly, nursing home care, physical activity in cognitively impaired elderly, implementation research
Elizabeth I. Merwin, PhD, RN, FAAN -- Improving care for underserved populations, rural communities, and minorities, using secondary data to address health care to address healthcare problems, rural mental health
Marilyn H. Oermann, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN -- Educational research
Wei Pan, PhD -- Causal inference and propensity score analysis; multilevel, longitudinal, and structural modeling; research synthesis and meta-analysis, measurement, evaluation, and psychometrics, substance use and abuse, adolescent health
Michael V. Relf, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, AACRN, CNE, FAAN -- Interventions to promote retention in HIV-oriented primary medical care; psychoeducational interventions to reduce sexual risk behaviors among HIV-positive persons; global HIV/AIDS nursing capacity building
Susan Schneider, PhD, RN, AOCN, ACNS-BC, FAAN -- Management of symptom distress in cancer patients and the use of distraction interventions, virtual reality, interventions for oral chemotherapy adherence
Leigh Ann Simmons, PhD, MFT -- Health care policy, women’s health disparities, peripartum health behaviors and decision-making, personalized health care, obesity and depression
Paula Tanabe, PhD, MPH, RN, FAEN, FAAN -- Emergency medicine and health services includes studies of pain management practices in the emergency department with a strong emphasis on sickle cell disease
Barbara Turner, DNSc, RN, FAAN -- Noninvasive assessment of artificial airway position, effect of mechanical aspiration, and role of exogenous surfactant on lung function, technology use in nursing education
Allison Vorderstrasse, DNSC, APRN -- Behavioral aspects of self-management of diabetes and prediabetes (particular nutrition); diabetes perceptions and management
Tracey L. Yap, PhD, RN -- Pressure ulcer prevention; organizational and behavior change as related to quality indicators; physical activity