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Faculty Research

College of Nursing faculty members serve the dual mission of disciplinary research and professional teaching.

Are you a graduate student seeking committee members?

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

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 caregiving
  • Simulation

Cynthia Elverson, PhD, RN

1, 2, 3, 4

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

Nancy Fahrenwald, PhD, RN, APHN-BC, FAAN

2, 3, 4
 

  • American Indian living kidney donation education
  • Behavior change
  • Intervention development and testing

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

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

1, 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

Xiao Linda Kang, PhD, RN

2, 3, 4

  • Interprofessional collaboration and education
  • Global and community health
  • Patient outcomes and health policy

Ann Kvamme, DNP, ACNP-BC, CHFN

1, 2, 4

  • Heart failure/cardiovascular disease
  • Chronic disease management/prevention
  • Critical care/acute care/hospital medicine
  • Utilization of APRN's
  • Health promotion

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

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

Howard Wey, PhD, MS

2, 3, 4

  • Body composition
  • Tobacco cessation
  • Analysis of longitudinal studies
  • Categorical data analysis
  • Secondary data analysis