Faculty Research Interests
Faculty members engage in a wide-range of research interests, with the major clinical focus being vulnerable populations with chronic illness. Vulnerable populations include those groups who experience physical and mental disabilities, cultural differences, geographic separation, and limited economic resources (Chesnay & Anderson, 2012). As a result of these differences from the mainstream population, vulnerable populations may have limited or no access to health care or services, have poor health literacy, and suffer from intimate partner violence, thus putting them at greater risk for poor health outcomes.
Several faculty members, for example, conduct research focused on persons with potential or actual physical disabilities, such as: those with HIV/AIDS, mental health disabilities, diabetes mellitus, stroke, hypertension and sexual assault. Faculty scholarship also includes vulnerable populations that cope with cultural differences and gender issues. Inter-professional areas of research include elderly caregiver stress/support, and community/global health issues.
There is also considerable faculty research expertise with educational issues such as health literacy, reflective practice, student resiliency and learned resourcefulness, clinical reasoning, self-regulated learning, nursing education history and workplace bullying.
See a more detailed list of Faculty Research Interests.