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College of Nursing faculty members serve the dual mission of disciplinary research and professional teaching. For MS students, all graduate faculty listed may serve as graduate advisory committee chair or members. The following key is a guide for DNP and PhD committees:

  1. = DNP Chair (refer to DNP Committee Chair Guidelines)
  2. = DNP Committee member
  3. = PhD Committee Chair
  4. = PhD Committee Member

Faculty Member

Research Interests

Alham Abuatiq, PhD, MSN, RN

2, 3, 4

  • E-Learning in Nursing
  • Digital Clinical Experiences
  • Stress Perception in Critical Care
  • Techno Stress
  • Critical Care

Debra Gay Anderson, PhD, RN, PHCNS-BC

2, 3, 4

  • Workplace violence
  • Homelessness
  • Vulnerable populations
  • Domestic violence
  • Occupational health

Robin Arends, DNP, CNP, RN

1, 2, 4

  • Chronic disease management/prevention/health promotion
  • Complementary medicine
  • Telehealth
  • Long-term care
  • Advocacy/legislation, advanced practice issues, leadership
  • Ethics
  • Military health
  • Palliative care
  • Interprofessional activities
  • Critical care

Victoria Britson, PhD, CNP, RN, CNE

1, 2, 3, 4

  • Chronic disease prevention/management
  • Rural health
  • Palliative care
  • Telehealth/mHealth
  • Obesity
  • Health disparities

 

 

Robin Brown, PhD, RN

2, 3, 4

  • Organizational change
  • Stress and coping
  • Rural health
  • Health Promotion
  • Nursing education

Linda Burdette, PhD, RN

1, 2, 3, 4

  • Self-care
  • Obesity 
  • Rural nursing/health
  • Orem theory
  • Health promotion/disease prevention
  • Health Policy
  • Evaluation research

Paula Carson, PhD, RN

2, 3, 4

  • Nursing education research
  • Qualitative methods
  • Family care-giving
  • Simulation

Cynthia Elverson, PhD, RN

1, 2, 3, 4

  • Maternal/child population topics such as:
    • pain
    • stress
    • attachement
  

Kay Foland, PhD, PMHNP-BC, PMHCNS-BC, CNP, RN

1, 2, 3, 4

  • Gerontology/older adult in LTC facilities and the community
  • Psychosocial issues/interventions with dementia and depression
  • Qualitative methodology (phenomenology, grounded theory, historical)
  • Mental health interventions, esp. related to smoking behaviors
  • Educational research in nursing

Nicole Gibson, DNP, CNP, RN

1, 2, 4

  • Heart failure/cardiovascular disease
  • Childhood obesity
  • Advance practice issues
  • Interprofessional education
  • Leadership and the APRN
  • Health promotion/disease prevention
  • Palliative care

Lori Hendrickx, EdD, RN, CCRN

2, 4

  • Rural Health
  • Nursing education
  • Emergency and critical care

 Barbara Hobbs, PhD, RN, NEA-BC

2, 3, 4

  • The effect of human factors (night work, individual differences, time use, napping) on sleep, sleepiness & circadian rhythm disturbances
  • Fatigue

Leann Horsley, PhD, RN, CHSE, CNE

2, 3, 4

  • Clinical simulation
  • Nursing education
  • Interprofessional education and collaborative practice
  • Patient safety/health care quality
  • Leadership

Polly A. Hulme, PhD, CNP, RN

1, 2, 3, 4

  • Primary care
  • Sexually transmitted infections
  • Women’s health
  • Survivors of childhood abuse
  • Drug and alcohol abuse
  • Hispanic health

Mary Isaacson, PhD, RN, CHPN®

2, 3, 4

  • American Indian palliative care
  • Rural/frontier palliative care
  • American Indian childhood obesity
  • CBPR approach
  • Hermeneutic phenomenology
  • Cultural humility/diversity
  
  

Cristina Lammers, MD, MPH

2, 4

  • Maternal and child health and adolescent health
  • Preconception healthcare
  • Interprofessional Education
  • Diabetes prevention
  • Women's cancer prevention
  • Public health

Sheryl Marckstadt, PhD, CNP, RN

1, 2, 3, 4

  • Hematology
  • Oncology
  • Critical Care
  • Emergency Department
  • Interprofessional education
  • Employee health
  • Occupational health
  • Community and population health

Heidi Mennenga, PhD, RN

2, 3, 4

  • Student outcomes
  • Team-based learning
  • Simulation
  • Undergraduate curriculum

Mary Minton, PhD, RN, CNS, CHPN®

2, 3, 4

  • Palliative/end of life care
  • Spousal bereavement
  • Spiritual care
  • Breast patient navigation
  • Stress and coping

MaryLou Mylant, PhD, RN

1, 2, 3, 4

  • Child and adolescent mental health, especially protective factors of attachment and culture.
  • High risk youth, trauma, substance abuse, especially children of substance abusing parents.
  • Child maltreatment and family violence, especially parenting and prevention and health effects of trauma.
  • American Indian health, especially mental health of children and adolescents.

Mary Kay Nissen, DNP, ARNP, COHN-S

1, 2, 4

  • Health care across the lifespan
  • Occupational and environmental health
  • Agricultural health
  • Rural Health
  • Project/clinic development
  • Nursing education & clinical experience
  • Urgent care

Christina Plemmons, PhD, RN-BC, CNE

2, 3, 4

  • Nursing education
  • Clinical academic partnerships
  • Clinical self-efficacy
  • Clinical teamwork
  • Quantitative methods

Tom Stenvig, PhD, RN, MPH, NEA-BC, FAAN

2, 3, 4

  • Provider immunization practices
  • Refugee health
  • American Indian health
  • Survey research
  • Theory of planned behavior
  • Health belief model

Mindy Tinkle, PhD, RN, WHNP-BC, FAAn

2, 3, 4

  • Clinical gentics (issues in genetic testing; prenatal genetics; integration of genetics in nursing education; engagement of the public in use of genetic information)
  • Women' health, especially reproductive health
  • Vulnerable populations
  • Approaches for dissemination and implementation of evidenced-based practices

Lois Tschetter, EdD, RN, CNE, IBCLC

2, 4

  • Classroom active learning strategies
  • Breastfeeding & postpartum adjustments
  • Orientation of adjunct clinical faculty

Jo Voss, PhD, RN, CN

1, 2, 3, 4

  • Nursing education research
  • Anxiety and stress management
  • Complementary therapies
  • Critical care clinical research