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

All graduate faculty listed may serve as graduate student advisory committee members. Per the College of Nursing Performance Standards, DNP projects are chaired by a DNP faculty member, and Ph.D. dissertations are chaired by a Ph.D. faculty member. Alternately, DNP and Ph.D. faculty may co-chair project or dissertation committees.

Faculty Member

Research Interests

Alham Abuatiq, Ph.D., M.S.N., RN


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

Robin Arends, DNP, CNP, RN, CNE, FAANP


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

Victoria Britson, Ph.D., CNP, RN, CNE


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



Robin Brown, Ph.D., RN


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

Linda Burdette, Ph.D., RN


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

Paula Carson, PhD, RN, CHSE


  • Nursing education research
  • Qualitative methods
  • Family caregiving
  • Simulation

Cynthia Elverson, Ph.D., RN


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

Karin Emery, Ph.D., RN

(committee member only 219-2020)


  • Administration and leadership
  • Biobehavioral research
  • Diabetes
  • Self and family management
  • Chronic illness


(committee member only 2019-2020)


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

Nicole Gibson, DNP, CNP, RN


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

Lori Hendrickx, Ed.D., RN, CCRN


  • Rural Health
  • Nursing education
  • Emergency and critical care

Leann Horsley, Ph.D., RN, CHSE, CNE


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

Polly A. Hulme, Ph.D., CNP, RN

(committee only 2019-2020)


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

Mary Isaacson, Ph.D., RN, CHPN®


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

Heidi Mennenga, Ph.D., RN


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

Mary Minton, Ph.D., RN, CNS, CHPN®


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

Sarah Mollman, Ph.D., RN, CNE


  • Educational research
  • Palliative and end-of-life care
  • Oncology

Mary Kay Nissen, DNP, ARNP, COHN-S


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

Christina Plemmons, Ph.D., RN-BC, CNE


  • Nursing education
  • Clinical academic partnerships
  • Clinical self-efficacy
  • Clinical teamwork
  • Quantitative methods
Brandi Pravecek, DNP, CNP, FNP-BC
  • Palliative and end of life care
  • Rural health
  • Underserved and homeless populations
  • Geriatrics

Tom Stenvig, Ph.D., RN, MPH, NEA-BC, FAAN


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

Mindy Tinkle, Ph.D., RN, WHNP-BC, FAAN


  • 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

Jo Voss, Ph.D., RN, CN


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