DNP Students Present Scholarly Projects Virtually 

Current DNP students have been taking to Zoom to defend and present their Scholarly Projects this year. 


elizabeth hustonElizabeth Huston

Evaluation of Integrating Primary Care and Mental Health Services with Office Based Opioid Treatment on Relapse and Retention Rates in Individuals with Opioid Use Disorder.

When: July 31 at 9 a.m.

Committee: Sean Convoy, assistant professor and chair, Katherine Pereira, professor, David Ames, and Francisco Limon


marilyn akyeaMarilyn Akyea

Integration of Oral Health Assessment Tool (OHAT) During Scheduled Clinic Visits to Increase Oral Assessment and Improve Oral Hygiene at the VA Outpatient Clinics

When: July 31 at 1:30 p.m.

Advisor: Brigit Carter, associate dean for diversity and inclusion

Committee: Maria Colandrea, consulting associate, and Hamid Afshari

Project Site: Durham Veteran Affair’s Medical Center ENT Clinic

To watch: Log in to Zoom meeting.



julie steeleJulie Steele

Implementation of an Opioid-free Anesthesia Protocol for Elective Abdominal Surgery in a Community Hospital

When: July 23 at 10 a.m.

Committee: Katherine Pereira, professor and chair/advisor, Rebecca Spencer, and Susan Emery

Implementation Site: Concord Hospital, Concord, New Hampshire 


Jamie Kyei-FrimpongJamie Kyei-Frimpong

Exercise as Medicine: Providing Practitioner Guidance on Exercise Prescription 

When: July 22 at 5:15 p.m.

Advisor: Jane Blood-Siegfried, professor

Committee: Ruvini Wijetilaka, Abigail Gendler

Implementation Site: Parsley Health, New York City


denese williams Denese Williams

Integration of STOPP/START Criteria into Primary Care to Reduce Inappropriate Prescribing of Psychotropic Medications and Polypharmacy Among Older Patients: A Quality Improvement Project

When: July 14 at 5 p.m.

Advisor: Eleanor McConnell, associate professor

Committee: Byron Kilpatrick, Robert Vadovic 

Implementation Site: Intermountain Healthcare, Las Vegas


rachel lobergRachel Loberg

A Quality Improvement Project to Evaluate the Effectiveness of the ABCDEF Bundle on Sepsis Outcomes

When: July 8 at 3 p.m.

Committee: Benjamin Smallheer, chair and associate professor, Mari St. Clair and Joell Salfer

Facility: Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center


kina jacksonKina L. Jackson 

Group Coaching Among Individuals with Pre-diabetes in a Faith-Based Setting (Final Oral Defense) 

When: July 7 at 11 a.m.

Committee Members: Cristina Hendrix, chair and associate professor, Michael Cary, associate professor, Ruby Steele and Rolanda Patrick

Location: Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church Fellowship Hall in Salisbury


brian jones dnpBrian Jones

Pediatric Oncology in Tanzania: Improving Adherence to Treatment Protocols (Final Oral Defense) 

When: July 1 at 12 p.m.

Committee: Jane Blood-Siegfried, chair and professor, Kristin Schroeder of Duke Department of Pediatrics, and Brett Morgan

Project Implementation Site: Bugando Medical Centre


Amy Norbury

Title:  Improving Veterans Health Using Lifestyle Modification to Prevent Diabetes

When: June 26 at 1:30 p.m.

Committee: Susan G. Silva, chair and associate professor, Ragan Johnson, assistant professor, and Janet Campbell


denise wolfelinda hintonolivia delpizzo cropped Olivia Delpizzo, Linda Hinton and Denise Wolfe

Development of Sepsis Among Trauma Patients in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

When: June 25 at 8 a.m.

Delpizzo's Committee: Susan Silva, chair and associate professor, Katherine Pereira, professor, Victoria Goode, associate consulting professor, and Brett Morgan, consulting associate

Hinton's Committee: Silva (chair), Pereira, Goode and Morgan

Wolfe's Commitee: Pereria (chair), Silva, Goode and Shari Rushton, assistant professor

Committee Consultants in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa: Petra Brysiewicz with the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Damian Clarke with the University of KwaZulu-Natal and Grey’s Hospital, Pietermaritzburg Metropolitan Trauma Service, and John Bruce with Grey’s Hospital, Pietermaritzburg Metropolitan Trauma Service 


sarah baxleySarah Baxley

Identification of Patients with Head and Neck Cancer at High Risk of Developing Malnutrition: A Quality Improvement Project to Translate Evidence into Practice (Final Oral Defense)

When: June 25 at 2 p.m.

Committee: Mary Lou Affronti, chair and professor, Deborah Allen with the Duke University Health System, Samuel Hughes, and Julie Thompson, committee consultant and consulting associate

Location: Mary’s Regional Medical Center in Russellville, Arkansas 


michelina messinoMichelina Messino

Evaluation of the Implementation of Chronic Pain Care Process Model on Provider Adherence to National Guidelines for Chronic Opioid Management in Primary Care

When: June 24 at 12:30 p.m. 

Committee: Shari Rushton, chair and assistant professor, Timothy Plaut and Jana Watts

To watch: Email


ingrid guntherIngrid Gunther

Use of an Interdisciplinary Mechanical Ventilation Weaning Protocol to Improve Patient Outcomes and Empower Staff in a Medical Intensive Care Unit

When: June 24 at 3 p.m.

Committee: Staci Reynolds, chair and assistant professor, Anthony Lubinsky, Deepak Pradhan and Annie Urquhart 

Project Implementation Site Name: New York University Langone Health


Helen FongHelen C Fong 

Developing a Competency Based Orientation Protocol to Enhance Competence among Newly Hired Perianesthesia Nurses 

When: June 11 

Advisor: Cristina Hendrix, associate professor 

Committee Members: Janet Sohal  

Project Implementation Site: Kaiser Permanente Sacramento Medical Center 

To watch: Email


kasey mclaughlinKasey McLaughlin 

Measuring MTP Adherence to Improve Trauma Outcomes​

When: June 11 at 10 a.m.

Committee: Katherine Pereira, chair and professor, Susan Silva, associate professor, Adam Flowe, and Jessica Poisson

Project Implementation Site: Duke University Hospital 


Shawna Schmidt

Preoperative and Postoperative Opiate Prescription Rates in Total Hip Replacement Patients (Working Title)

When: June 1 at 10 a.m.

Committee: Associate Professors Michael P. Cary (chair) and Susan Silva, Victoria Goode, and Maggie Horn

To watch: Email


Kay Chang

Preoperative and Postoperative Opioid Rates in Patients Undergoing Total Shoulder Replacement Surgery (Working Title) 

When: June 1 at 4 p.m. 

Committee: Associate Professors Michael P. Cary (chair) and Susan Silva, Victoria Goode, and Maggie Horn

To watch:


grace romasko Grace Romasko

Promoting Antibiotic Stewardship in Outpatient Skin and Soft Tissue Infection Management Through a Guideline Driven Approach​ (Working Title)

When: May 22 at 2 p.m.

Committee Members: Margaret A. Bush, associate professor (chair), Samuel Caoile and Alfredo Fonacier Jr.

Project Implementation Site: Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island Acute Care Area at Parris Island, South Carolina

To watch: Email


Alexandra SietsmaAlexandra Sietsma

Improving Communication Between Hospital-Based and Outpatient Psychiatric Providers: A Quality Improvement Project to Introduce Electronic Reminder and Standardized Documentation of Communication.

When: April 29 at 5 p.m. 

Committee: Jill Brennan-Cook, committee chair and assistant professor, Vanessa Lauzon, Lawrence Malak

Project Implementation Site: University of California, San Diego  

To watch: Email


amber johnsonAmber Johnson  

Systematic Screening for Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders During and After Pregnancy to Promote Early Intervention Mental Health Consultations:  A Quality Improvement Report 

When: April 30, 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. 

Committee: Eleanor Stevenson, professor and committee chair, Jacquelyn McMillian-Bohler, assistant professor, and Loralie Moeller  

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linda phamLinda Pham  

Multimodal Approach to Increase Adherence to Acne Treatment Amongst Teenagers: A Pilot Quality Improvement Study  

Date: April 14 

Advisor and Committee Members: Anne Derouin, associate professor, Julie Thompson, research associate and statistical consultant, W. Zoe Stitt, Oliver Wisco 


Laureen Lopez-Berry 

Laureen Lopez-BerryUse of a Standardized Transitions Packet for Youth with Special Health Care Needs Ages 17 and Older without Mental Disabilities 

Date: April 14 

Chair: Anne Derouin, associate professor 

Committee Members: Seleta Dobrosky, Robert J. Sterling 


Lindsey Hart  

Promoting Early Mobility and Discharge in Patients Post-transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) With Use of an Evidence-based Protocol 

Date: April 17  

Advisor: Bradi Granger, professor  

Committee Members: Robert Frankel, MaryAlice Moors, Stefanie Noto, and Gregory Crooke 

Project Site: Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn 


Kristin E. Morgan 

kristin morganDeveloping Educational Tools for a Respectful Maternity Care Innovation on Unguja Island, Zanzibar, Tanzania 

Date: April 20 

Advisor: Jane Blood-Siegfried, professor 

Committee Members: Gina Wilson, MSN and DNP alumna 

Project Implementation Site: Unguja Island, Zanzibar, Tanzania 


Wendy Holland 

Discovering the Complicated Disrespect and Abuse Labor Stories of Mothers in Zanzibar: A Qualitative Study from the Mother's Perspective 

Date: April 20  

Advisor: Jane Blood-Siegfried, professor 

Committee Members: Gina Wilson, MSN and DNP alumna 

Project Implementation Site: Unguja Island, Zanzibar, Tanzania 


Tammy Porter 

tammy porterImplementation of Early Sepsis Recognition for Skilled Nursing Patients 

Date: April 23 

Advisor: Kathleen Turner, associate professor 

Committee Members: Jennie De Gagne, professor, Jacquelyn Mcmillian-Bohler, assistant professor, Christine Carson 

Project Implementation Site: Fountains of the Carlotta Skilled Nursing Facility 


Jennie Mastroianni 

Jennie MastroianniImproving the Identification of Genitourinary Syndrome of Menopause through the Utilization of the Day-to-Day Impact of Vaginal Aging Questionnaire 

Date: April 24  

Committee Chair: Katherine Pereira, professor 

Committee Members: Julie Thompson, research associate and statistical consultant, Jan Shifren, Andrea Zuckerman 

Project Implementation Site: Women's Care at Tufts Medical Center in Boston 



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