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School of Health and Applied Human Sciences

Name/
Rank
Scholarly/Research
Interests
Clinical/Applied
Interests
Populations of
Interest
Methods

Ashton-Forrester, Candy, PhD
Professor

  • Older women
  • Dementia/LTC
  • Wheelchair sports
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Leisure behavior
  • Management evaluation
  • Evidence-based practice 
  • Individuals with disabilities
  • Older adults 
  • Qualitative methods
  • Participatory research 
Barnes, ChristianMS
Lecturer
  • Pedgogical innovations
  • Optimizing academic performance in laboratory settings 
  • College age 
  • Applied research
  • Mixed Methods 
Baynard, Elisabeth, MS
Lecturer
  • Pending
  • Pending
  • Pending
  • Pending
Boyce, Robert, PhD, FACSM
Associate Professor
  • Occupational physiology
  • Improved performance in occupational settings with physical demands
  • Police
  • Firefighters
  • Sedentary occupations
  • Quantitative
  • Mixed Methods
  • Multivariate Data Analysis 

Brown, Kirk, PhD
Associate Professor

  • Curriculum instruction and design in higher education
  • Assessment of student learning in a competency-based education program
  • Clinical proficiency assessment
  • Evaluation using evidence-based practice 
  • University/college athletic training students
  • Quantitative Methodology
  • Survey Research
Canan, Sasha, PhD, M.Ed. Assistant Professor
  • Sexual Health
  • Sexual violence/consent
  • LGBT health
  • Sex education
  • N/A
  • LGBTQ communities
  • Not for profit organizations
  • Community-led coalitions
  • School settings
  • Government organizations
  • Mixed methods (more trained in quantitative methods)
  • Measurement development
  • Psychometric validations

Castro, NicholasPhD, M.A.Ed.
Assistant Professor 

  • Childhood obesity
  • Physical fitness
  • Physical [in]activity
  • Sedentary behavior
  • School policy
  • Cognitive functioning
  • Academic performance
  • Curriculum development
  • Pedagogy
  • Program evaluation
  • School-age children and college students
  • School settings
  • Government organizations
  • International partner organizations
  • Qualitative
  • Quantitative
  • Mixed Methods
Catalano, Hannah, PhD, CHES
Assistant Professor
  • Instrument development and validation
  • School health education
  • Sexually transmitted infection prevention
  • Professional preparation of public health educators 
  • Curriculum development
  • Needs assessment
  • Pedagogy
  • Program evaluation 
  • Adolescents
  • Campus community
  • School-age children
  • Young adults 
  • Quantitative
  • Mixed Methods  
Cathorall, Michelle, DrPH., MPH
Associate Professor & Program Coordinator
  • Engaging undergraduates in research
  • Global health
  • Malaria in rural Uganda
  • Applied research interests focuses on working with communities to understand mosquito net use in Uganda & using the information to develop appropriate interventions to increase use
  • Community-led coalitions
  • International partner organizations
  • Quantitative
  • Qualitative
  • Mixed methods
Chen-Edinboro, Lenis, PhD, EdM
Assistant Professor
  • Lifestyle factors associated with mental health, including nutrition and sleep
  • Gerontology
  • Scholarship of teaching and learning, particularly as it relates to public health
  • Nutrition and behavior
  • Sleep medicine
  • Older adults
  • Individuals across the lifespan
  • Quantitative 
Cherry, Sabrina, DPH, MSPH, MTS
Assistant Professor
  • HIV/AIDS
  • HIV and aging
  • HIV criminalization
  • Health disparities
  • Chronic disease prevention
  • Commnity-based participatory research (CBPR)
  • Community-engaged research
  • Community needs assessments
  • Asset mapping
  • African-American women
  • Qualitative: Narrative
  • Mixed Methods
  • CBPR
Combs, C Sue, PhD
Professor
  • Obesity
  • Attitudes towards individuals with disabilities
  • Motor skill acquisition
  • Diversity and inclusion 
  • Public Schools
  • Public service/applied learning sites
  • Transition for students on the Autism Spectrum
  • Individuals with disabilities
  • School-age children
  • Students on the Autism Spectrum 
  • Qualitative
  • Mixed Methods
  • Multivariate Data Analysis
Elliott, Steven, PhD
Director & Professor
  • Effective teaching strategies in K-12
  • Active teaching strategies in large college classes
  • Administration/leadership in higher education
  • Supervisors and evaluation of K-12 teachers
  • Childhood physical activity
  • Obesity
  • Children in K-12 schools
  • Children with special needs
  • College students enrolled in large classes
  • Quantitative
  • Qualitative
  • Mixed-Methods 
Figueroa, Jorge, PhD,  MS, MPH
Lecturer
  • HIV/AIDS risk reduction
  • Sexual transmitted infections
  • Public Health pedagogy 
  • Public Health
  • Minority health/health disparities
  • Teaching interests: Epidemiology, Human sexual, and Social & behavioral determinents of health
  • Underserved communities and vulnerable poulations
  • College students 
  • Quantitative Methods Program Evaluation
Franzidis, Alexia, PhD
Associate Professor & Program Coordinator
  • Sustainable tourism
  • Community-based tourism
  • Study abroad
  • Tourism transformation
  • Responsible tourism development
  • Third-sector organizations in tourism 
  • Tourism impacts
  • Tourism best practice 
  • Residents of less economically developed regions
  • Students
  • Qualitative 
Fugate-Whitlock, Elizabeth, PhD,  MA
Lecturer
  • Access to health care
  • Disasters and social determinants of health 
  • Disaster planning
  • Service learning 
  • Older adults 
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Research that incorporates service-learning

Glass, Anne, PhD
Professor

  • Housing
  • Sense of community and mutural support (with elder cohousing as a particular focus)
  • Global aging and cross-cultural comparisons
  • Innovative housing and community options to improve quality of life for older adults
  • Improving long-term and end-of-life care 
  • Older adults and their families and friends
  • Staff working with older adults
  • Qualitative
  • Mixed Methods  
Gray, Cara, PhD, LRT/CTRS
Assistant Professor
  • Nature & mental health
  • Mental/behavioral health
  • Access/equity (programs & services)
  • Inclusion
  • Community support
  • Social wellness
  • Interprofessional education (IPE) & interprofessional collaborative practice (IPCP) in community mental/behavioral health
  • Social Skills Programming for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Coping Skills and Emotional Regulation for Adolescents with Mental/Behavioral Health Disorders
  • Access to services
  • Protocol Development
  • Legislation/Policy
  • Any/All
  • Mixed methods
  • Primary: Qualitative
Hardy, Charles, PhD, MS
Founding Dean & Professor
  • Social influences and determinants of health and human performance
  • Community-baed participatory research
  • Obesity
  • Team building and organizational change
  • Public Health
  • Underserved communities and vulnerable populations (i.e., children and young adults) 
  • Quantitative
  • Mixed Methods
  • Multivariate Data Analysis 
Hawkins, Brent, PhD
Associate Professor & Program Coordinator
  • Military veterans
  • Mental and physical health and injury
  • Community reintegration
  • Recreation as physical and mental rehabilitation and therapy
  • Outcome measurement & evidence-based practice
  • Assisting military veteran service organizations evaluate their services
  • Producing evidence-based research to inform therapeutic practices and programs
  • Collaborative research with other health-related disciplines
  • Any/All
  • Mixed Methods
  • Quantitative
  • Qualitative
Heijnen, Michel, PhD
Assistant Professor
  • Biomechanics
  • Gait analysis
  • Motion analysis
  • Kinematics
  • EEG
  • Locomotion
  • Motion capture
  • QEEG
  • Falls
  • Fall prevention
  • Young, middle-aged, and older adults
  • Quantitative
Holland, William Hunter, PhD, MS
Lecturer
  • Pending
  • Pending
  • Pending
  • Pending
Huelskamp, Amelia (Kit), PhD, MA
Assistant Professor & Program Coordinator
  • Youth health issues - food insecurity, obesogenic behaviors
  • Access to comprehensive sex education 
  • Health education methods and curriculum development
  • Teacher education pedagogy
  • Teacher candidate assessment
  • Children
  • Adolescents
  • Minority women 
  • Mixed methods
  • Qualitative
  • Cross-sectional 
Johnson, Dan, PhD, LRT, CTRS
Associate Professor
  • Health of persons with disabilities
  • Wheelchair & adapted sports
  • Community recreation therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Persons with disabilities and their families
  • Quantitative
  • Mixed Methods
Lima de Albuquerque, Lidio, PhD
Assistant Professor
  • Non-invasive Brain Stimulation
  • Neurophysiology of Movement
  • Motor Control/Learning
  • Neuroscience
  • Aging
  • Neurorehabilitation
  • Development of Performance-enhancing Methods
  • Older Adults
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Other Neurological Disorders
  • Athletes
  • Healthy Adults
  • Children
  • Not for profit organizations,
  • Corporate/for profit organizations
  • Medical/healthcare organizations
  • International partner organizations
  • Experimental
  • Quantitative
Lothes, John, EdD,  MA, LPA
Lecturer
  • Mindfulness
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Test anxiety
  • Domestic violence
  • Sexual assault prevention
  • Exercise and mental health 
  • Efficiency of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy in community settings & outpatient practices
  • 18+
  • College students
  • Mental health clinical populations
  • Quantitative
  • Qualitative
  • Mixed Methods 
McDaniel, Alex, DHSc, LAT, ATC, CSCS
Assistant Professor
  • mTBI prevention. Suspension Training as a modality for Stress/Anxiety reduction
  • Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation
  • Suspension Training as a modality for rehabilitation
  • MAPS (Mobility, Activation, Posture, Symmetry) Assessment for to determine quality movement patterns
  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Applied Kinesiology
  • Human Performance
  • Military Paratroopers
  • Military Special Operations Command
  • Youth & adolescent athletes
  • Not for profit organizations
  • Medical/healthcare organizations
  • School settings
  • Government organizations
  • Quantitative
  • Qualitative
  • Clinical Intervention Based
Miller, Sara, MS
Lecturer
  • Coping in hospital
  • environments
  • Physical fitness and children with disabilities
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Aquatic Therapy
  • Children with physical
  • disabilities
  • Children with chronic illness
  • Aquatic Therapy
  • Adapted Sports
  • Pediatrics
  • Physical disabilities
  • Qualitative
  • Quantitative
Morris, LauraEdD,  MS
Assistant Professor
  • Happiness and well-being
  • Smart leisure
  • Leisure behavior
  • Healthful living/wellness
  • Campus recreation
  • Youth sports
  • Happiness in the workplace
  • Service Learning
  • All
  • Mixed Methods
Nanney, Lindsey, MS, CHWC, PAPHS, GFS
Interim Associate Director & Program Coordinator
  • Wellness and its promotion
  • Motivation for healthy behaviors
  • Behavior change theories and strategies
  • Wellness interventions in university, community and faith settings
  • Use of activity trackers and impact on motivation for activity
  • College students/ young adults
  • Sedentary
  • Overweight/obese
  • Quantitative
  • Qualitative
Newsham, Tina, PhD
Professor & Program Coordinator
  • Pedagogy of gerontology (particularly service-learning and community engagement)
  • Career opportunities in gerontology
  • Sustainability
  • ocial justice
  • N/A
  • Older adults (65+)
  • College students (traditionally-aged and non-traditional students)
  • ot for profit organizations
  • Community-led coalitions
  • School settings
  • Some survey research
  • Mixed methods
  • Qualitative (content analysis and in-depth/phenomenological interviews)
Olsen, Amy, MA
Lecturer
  • Pending
  • Pending
  • Pending
  • N/A
Pate, Melannie, PhD, MS
Lecturer
  • Pending
  • Pending
  • Pending
  • Pending
Richardson, Eric, PhD, MBA, SHRM-CP, PHR, CHHR, ACHE
Assistant Professor & Program Coordinator
  • Healthcare Nursing turnover/retention
  • Human resource management topics
  • Curriculum design
  • Healthcare
  • Human resource management topics
  • Curriculum design
Nurses Faculty HRM topics (general employees) First generation college students 
Quantitative Survey research Would participate in qualitative research with someone who serves as the Qualitative expert 
Sardina, Angie, PhD, MS
Assistant Professor
  • Pathways to pain and falls for older adults
  • Impact of pain on physical function
  • Health promotion for pain reduction through rec therapy
  • Increasing access to health promotion and recreation programs
  • Community-based research and teaching
  • Interprofessional teaching and research
  • Older adults
  • Low socioeconomic status
  • Quantitative
Schroeder, Lindsey, PhD, MS
Clinical Education Coordinator & Assistant Professor
  • Teaching athletic trainers and AT students how to take rectal temperatures to reduce heat-related illnesses and death in sports
  • N/A
  • N/A
  • N/A
Seaman, Alana, PhD, MS,
Assistant Professor
  • Links between popular culture (particularly literature, film, and television)
  • Tourism
  • Heritage Tourism
  • Semiotics
  • Place-making
  • Tourist performance
  • Humanistic geography
  • N/A
  • N/A
  • N/A
Shields, Ann (Tamlyn), MA, BCBA
Lecturer
  • Behavioral interventions for healthful living
  • Effects of exercise on spontaneous physical activity, and insulin resistance
  • Access and physical activity levels
  • Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Policy and environmental changes that promote physically active lifestyles
  • All
  • Quantitative
  • Behavioral Research Designs
Sprod, Lisa, PhD, MPH
Associate Professor & Program Coordinator
  • The effects of physical activity on cancer and cancer treatment-related side effects
  • Research involving the “Blue Zones” and longevity
  • Improving quality of life of cancer survivors (physiological and psychological outcomes)
  • Public health
  • Cancer survivors
  • Apparently healthy older adults
  • Quantitative
Todd, Marsha, MS
Lecturer
  • Stress management in the work place
  • Ten leading causes of Death for the United States- Indiana and Vigo County
  • Physical activity stress
  • Management nutrition
  • College students
  • Corporate wellness
  • Statistical Analysis
Tseh, Wayland, PhD
Professor
  • Body composition
  • Ergogenic aids
  • Equipment validity and reliability
  • Blue Zones
  • CVD risk factors
  • Apparently Healthy
  • Quantitative
Van Meter, Jessica, MA, ACSM-CEP, NSCA-CSCS
Lecturer
  • Pending
  • Pending
  • Pending
  • N/A
Weber, Jordan, EdD, MEd, ABD
Lecturer
  • Adapted physical education
  • Yoga for autism and military
  • Obesity prevention
  • Bodybuilding
  • Zen literature
  • Curriculum
  • Elementary and PE health
  • Yoga
  • Yoga for COPD
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Anxiety and education programming
  • Adapted physical education programs
  • COPD
  • Alzheimer's
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Individuals with disabilities
  • Down-Syndrome
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Qualitative
  • Mixed Methods
  • Video
Whipple, Kerry, PhD
Associate Professor
  • Using policy as a Community Health education strategy
  • Campus tobacco policies in NC Community
  • Readiness Model
  • Accreditation in CHE/PH
  • Sustained physical activity strategies
  • Substance abuse prevention among youth
  • Curriculum & Instruction CHE/PH
  • Youth risk and protective factors
  • Campus community
  • Policy and lawmakers
  • State and local Community Health efforts
  • Youth ages 12‐18
  • Qualitative- interviews, focus groups
  • Grounded Theory
Zinder, Steven, PhD, ATC
Associate Professor & Program Coordinator
  • Pending
  • Pending
  • Pending
  • Pending

School of Nursing

Name/
Rank
Scholarly/Research
Interests
Clinical/Applied
Interests
Populations of
Interest
Methods
Ahern, NancyPhD, RN
Associate Professor
  • Adolescent risk and resilience
  • Risky behaviors of youth and adolescents
  • Applied learning in pedagogies
  • Use of art in the classroom
  • Online learning
  • Perinatal loss and grief
  • Maternal-fetal attachment 
  • Maternal-child nursing
  • Youth, adolescents, and families
  • Mothers and babies
  • College students
  • Quantitative
  • Qualitative (Flanagan Critical Incident technique)
Alzaghari, OmarPhD, MSN, RN
Assistant Professor
  • Management of chronic health conditions
  • Heart failure readmissions
  • Nursing management
  • Critical care nursing
  • Adult health nursing
  • Nursing education
  • Older adults
  • Nurses
  • Nursing administrators 
  • N/A
Anderson, JaneDNP, RN, G-CNS-BC, CNE
Lecturer
  • Undergraduate nursing education
  • Teaching
  • Learning
  • Gerontology
  • Applied learning strategies
  • Healthy aging simulation in nursing education
  • Older adults
  • Students
  • Faculty
  • N/A
Arms, TammyDNP, PMHNP-BC, NP-C
Associate Professor 
  • Geropsychiatry 
  • Adult/geriatrics
  • Family past medical history 
  • Older adults 
  • Quantitative Mixed Methods
  • Critical Incident
Baisden, Paula, DNP, MSN, PMHRN-BC
Lecturer
  • Intrinsic motivation
  • Organizational psychology
  • Pre-licensure BSN education
  • Psychology of human nutrition 
  • Incivility Organizational culture/retention/
    recruitment
  • Alternative teaching/testing methods
  • Addiction treatment
  • Obesity treatment
  • Eating disorder treatment
  • Adults
  • Qualitative
  • Quantitative Mixed
Barry, BarbaraMSN, RN
Lecturer
  • Pending
  • Pending
  • Pending
  • Pending
Bice, April, PhD, CPNP, RN
Assistant Professor
  • Pediatric advanced practice nursing
  • Pediatric procedural pain management
  • Pediatric holistic comfort
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Applied learning of writing for publication
  • Pediatric health 
  • Neonates
  • Infants
  • Children
  • Adolescents
  • Qualitative methods
  • Qualitative descriptive
  • Content analysis 
Bove, Lisa Anne, DNP, RN-BC
Assistant Professor
  • Informatics
  • Real time documentation
  • Quantified self
  • Implementing systems (EHRs)
  • Project management
  • Project management
  • Leadership
  • Clinical improvement through the use of data
  • EHRs
  • Nursing
  • Health care
  • Higher Education
  • Quantitative 
Bramlett, Traci, DNP, RN, FNP-C
Part-time
  • Nursing education simulation
  • Online learning technology
  • Adult health 
  • Nursing students  
  • Quantitative 
Bryant, Lolita, MSN-NE, RN
Lecturer
  • Efficacy of a Postpartum Depression Education Program
  • Improving the knowledge of registered nurses practicing in acute care settings
  • Antepartum labor
  • Deliversity and postpartum
  • Registered nurses
  • Women's and children's registered nurses
  • Postpartum delivery
  • Mothers and infants 
  • Non-experiment Descriptive
Chen, Yea-Jyh, PhD, RN, MSN
Associate Professor
  • Complementary alternative therapy
  • Brain health
  • Developing an online teaching effectiveness instrument for distance higher education
  • Self-care in rural communities
  • Cost-effective home-based interventions for patients and family caregivers in a holistic approach
  • Clinical outcomes: quality of life, symptom management
  • Outcomes of online teaching and student learning
  • Community old adults with chronic conditions
  • Cancer patients
  • Family caregivers
  • Faculty and students in higher education
  • Quantitative and mixed methods
  • Instrument development and psychometrics testing
Chicca, Jennifer, Part-time Faculty
  • Graduate Nursing Education
  • Professional Development of Licensed Nurses
  • Generation Z
  • Teaching-learning Strategies
  • Publication in Nursing
  • Clinical Learning Environments
  • Preceptorships
  • Graduate Nursing Students
  • Healthcare Professionals (Licensed Nurses)
  • Qualitative (Descriptive, Phenomenology, Grounded Theory)
Choi, Jeeyae, PhD, RN
Associate Professor
  • Developing Clinical Decision Support Systems (CDSS)
  • Developing mobile apps for cancer patients
  • Developing nursing information management systems
  • Knowledge management and representation
  • Developing Clinical Decision Support Systems based on computer-interpretable nursing guidelines translated from paper-based nursing guidelines
  • Developing a pain management mobile application for cancer patients on Android-based phones
  • Cancer patients
  • Opioid users
  • N/A
Conde-Zuege, Renata, MSN, FNP-C
Lecturer
  • Pending


  • Pending


  • Pending
  • Pending

Connolley, Kevin, MSW, LCSW, LCAS
Lecturer

  • Field education
  • Diversity
  • Policy
  • N/A
  • N/A
  • N/A
Coward-Murrell, Clydie, MSN, BSN, RN
Lecturer
  • Perceived challenges of nursing students in the clinical settings and post recovery
  • Traumatic experience in mental health patients
  • Maternal health
  • Labor and delivery
  • Mental Health Nursing
  • Emergency Nursing 
  • N/A
  • N/A
Culp-Roche, Amanda, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC 
Assistant Professor
  • Rural health disparities, specifically lack of addiction medicine/treatment for rural residents
  • Improving teaching experiences of nursing faculty in online environments
  • Addiction medicine/treatment in rural primary healthcare settings
  • Rural residents/communities
  • Not for profit organizations
  • Community-led coalitions
  • Medical/healthcare organizations
  • Government organizations
  • Online surveys (REDcap)
  • Qualitative methods - primarily focus groups and individual interviews
Cunningham, Robin, MSN, RN, LNCC, CNE, CHSE
Coordinator, Simulation Learning Center
  • Simulation impact on patient outcomes
  • Mindfulness in simulation
  • N/A
  • N/A
  • Mixed Methods  
DeBastiani, Summer, PhD, MPH, RN
Assistant Professor
  • Public health-based suicide prevention and surveillance
  • Disaster preparedness
  • Disaster epidemiology 
  • Public health nursing
  • Public health
  • Disaster preparedness 
  • Any local communities
  • Adult-focused research
  • Community-based participatory research
  • Secondary data analysis 
Diggle-Fox, B Suzy, PhD, GNP, ANP, BC
Assistant Professor
  • Geriatrics
  • Infection control and/or diseases
  • Addictions
  • HIV
  • Occupational health
  • Anxiety
  • Community care
  • Global health care issues Parkinson's Disease
  • HIV Substance abuse
  • School of Nursing
  • Med-surg Nursing
  • Homeless domiciliary
  • Occupational health and oncology
  • Geriatrics
  • Infectious diseases
  • Mental Health (anxiety & stress)
  • Suicide
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • N/A
  • N/A
DiGiuseppe, Emily, MSN, RN
Lecturer
  • Pending
  • Pending
  • Pending
  • Pending

Dodson, Crystal, PhD, RN, MSN, BC-ADM, CDE
Assistant Professor

  • Precision medicine
  • Pharmacogenomics
  • Genomics
  • Continuing education
  • Oncology
  • Diabetes 
  • Healthcare providers-all population
  • Nursing students 
  • Mixed Methods
Dana El Hajj, PhD, RN
Assistant Professor
  • Pending
  • Pending
  • Pending
Ellington, Kelly, DNP, APRN, WHNP-BC, RNC-OB
Assistant Professor
  • Women's health oncology
  • Women's health issues
  • WHNP's improving outcomes
  • Web-based perinatal education
  • Women's health
  • Adolescence through the lifespan
  • Mixed Methods
Estrem, Hayley, PhD
Assistant Professor
  • Pediatric feeding disorder: How does it develop? How can we measure symptoms systematically through a child's development? How do we know it is helping when families are home? What is most important to measure? How can we best facilitate optimized feeding for child- and family-centered care? 
  • Holistic measurement for children in feeding treatment, and their families 
  • Families of children with chronic complex conditions, developmental disabilities, and/or feeding problems 
  • Qualitative and integrative methods
  • Factor analysis and item response theory
  • Symptom network analysis
  • Physiologic measurement (HRV, RSA)

Anastasiya (Ana) Ferrell, PhD, RN, TTS
Assistant Professor

  • Pending
  • Pending
  • Pending
  • Pending
Frankel, Arthur, PhD, MSW
Professor
  • Community program evaluation
  • Community development
  • Obesity
  • Psychotherapy issues
  • Marital Therapy
  • Behavior Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Gestalt Therapy 
  • Low-income populations 
  • Program Evaluation
  • Quantitative 
Gallek, Matthew, PhD, RN, CNRN
Associate Director for Academic Programs & Associate Professor
  • Neurological injuries/diseases
  • The influence of genetics/genomics on outcomes
  • Functional outcomes following aneurysmal subarachnoid hemmorrhage and ischemic stroke
  • Influence of gene expression on surgical outcomes following temporal lobe resection for epilepsy
  • N/A
N/A
Gazza, Elizabeth (Beth), PhD, RN, LCCE, FAACE
Associate Director for Faculty and Staff Development & Professor
  • Nursing faculty development
  • Leadership
  • Scholarly writer development
  • Online education
  • Healthful work environments Mentoring
  • Online education
  • Women's Health
  • Nursing faculty
  • Online educators
  • Qualitative
  • Hermeneutic Phenomenology
Gell, Susan, DNP, RN
Lecturer
  • Psych mental health
  • Suicide risk and nursing interventions
  • Patient acuity tool
  • Mass shooting and gaming vs reality
  • PTSD and therapy dogs
  • Nursing leadership and perceived stress
  • Nursing student perceived stress and use of social media 
  • Suicide risk assessment with logarithm interventions
  • Patient acuity/unit acuity tool
  • Use of social media as a form of social support
  • Intervention identification for coping mechanisms for nurse leaders
  • Teen
  • Adult
  • Veterans/military
  • Psych
  • Nurse leaders
  • I am a novice and would like to collaborate with a more experienced researcher 
Haddad, Linda, PhD, RN, FAAN
Director & Irwin Belk Distinguished Professor
  • Smoking cessation among minority groups
  • Prevention of new tobacco product smoking
  • Faculty empowerment and peer support
  • N/A
  • Evidence-based Practice 
Hepler, Martha, MSN/ED, RN, CHSE
Lecturer
  • Simulation online education and best practices
  • Meaningful learning
  • Experiential learning
  • Students at all levels
  • Simulation
  • N/A
Highsmith, Carol, MPS, RN
Lecturer
  • Service learning with undergraduate nursing students
  • Reducing health disparities in vulnerable populations
  • Underrepresented populations in Allied Health Programs in higher education 
  • Reducing health disparities in vulnerable populations
  • Health aging in Geriatric populations
  • Impacts of mentorship in student learning in higher education
  • Under-represented populations
  • Vulnerable populations
  • Geriatric populations
  • Quality Improvement
  • Service Learning 
Hinkle, Julie, PhD, RN, CNE
Assistant Professor
  • Adaptive/personalized learning
  • Personalized interventions
  • Innovative technology
  • Adaptive/personalized learning
  • Personalized interventions
  • Innovative technology
  • Adults
  • Quantitative
  • Mixed Methods
Hrelic, Debra, PhD, RNC
RN-BSN Program Coordinator & Assistant Professor
  • Academic success in nursing
  • RN-BS success
  • BS Nursing students
  • Communication/families/
    students
  • Student anxiety/therapy animals/emotional support animals (ESA)
  • Maternal child nursing
  • Interview
  • Communication
  • Adolescents
  • Child-bearing families 
  • Quantitative
  • Phenomenological
  • Qualitative 
Hubbell, Sara, DNP, RN, FNP-C
FNP Program Coordinator & Assistant Professor
  • Pending
  • Pending
  • Pending
  • Pending
Isibel, Denise, DNP, RN, CNE
Assistant Professor
  • Health literacy
  • Chronic disease management
  • Aging populations
  • Quality improvement
  • Outpatient
  • Community Health
  • Health literate organizations and communities
  • Translational Mixed Methods
Jeffries, Amanda, MSN, RN
Lecturer
  • Preventing critical care admissions in chronically ill
  • Best practices in online learning
  • Critical care nursing
  • Experiential learning
  • Underserved and critically ill
  • Online students
  • N/A
Jones, Carolyn, PhD, RN, NNP-BC
Assistant Professor
  • Family-centered care
  • Stress and coping of families in NICU
  • Provision of mother's own milk in the NICU
  • Teamwork in the NICU
  • Use of simulation to improve patient outcomes
  • Access to care for individuals with disabilities and chronic illness
  • Care coordination through healthcare transitions
  • Children with chronic illness and their families
  • Individuals with disabilities
  • Qualitative
  • Mixed Methods
  • Instrument Development
Jones, Lindsey Paige, MSN-Ed, RN  
Lecturer
  • Maternal/newborn outcomes
  • Physical activity/wellness
  • Women's and children's health 
  • High risk antepartum and postpartum
  • Newborns
  • Community
  • N/A
Kim-Godwin, Yeoun Soo, PhD, MPH, CNE, RN
Professor
  • Pending
  • Pending
  • Pending
  • Pending
Kleman, Carolyn, PhD, MHA, BSN, RA
Assistant Professor
  • Pending
  • Pending
  • Pending
  • Pending
Laham, Kelly, DNP, RN, ANP-BC, CNE
DNP Program Coordinator & Assistant Professor
  • Rural health
  • Mental health 
  • NP role/practice
  • Nursing student satisfaction with applied learning
  • Rural health
  • Primary care
  • Cardiology
  • Health promotion
  • Nursing student satisfaction
  • Rural
  • Adults
  • Advanced Practice Nursing students
  • Survey
  • Qualitative
  • Mixed Methods
  • QI
Lane, Lawone, MSN, RN, CNE
Lecturer
  • Chronic illness
  • Nursing education
  • Nursing education
  • Clinical education
  • Adult health/gerontology
  • Nursing students
  • Vulnerable populations
  • Qualitative
  • Quantitative
Lee, Meen Hye, PhD, RN
Assistant Professor
  • Health promoting behaviors among family caregivers of children with disabilities
  • Prevention and management of Musculoskeletal Disorders
  • Community-based participatory research
  • Minority Health
  • N/A
  • N/A
  • N/A
Link, Tamara , DNP, FNP-BC
Assistant Professor
  • Antibiotic Stewardship in outpatient settings
  • Military Populations
  • Outpatient Urgent Care
  • Primary Care
  • NPs
  • PA
  • Physicians in outpatient settings
  • Quantitative
Lutz, Barbara, PhD, RN, CRRN, PHNA-BC, FAHA, FNAP, FAAN
McNeill Distinguished Professor
  • Community-based models of care for adults with chronic/disabling illnesses
  • Family caregiving
  • Gerontology
  • Public Health
  • Rehab nursing
  • Aging adults
  • Adults with chronic illness
  • Qualitative research w/expertise in Grounded Theory
Matthias, April, PhD, RN, CNE
Nurse Educator Program Coordinator & Associate Professor
  • Nursing history
  • Entry-level Nursing Education Programs
  • Online Nursing Education Pedagogies
  • Professional identity and role development of the nurse
  • Nursing practice differentiation
  • Self-reflection learning activities
  • Nursing students
  • Entry‐level nurses
  • Historical Research
  • Qualitative Research
McCall, Jennifer, PhD, MBA
Assistant Professor
  • Drug discovery and development
  • Pharmaceutical mechanism of action
  • Applied learning in online education
  • Translational science and commercialization
  • N/A
  • N/A
  • Chemical, cellular and molecular analysis 
McEwen-Campbell, Michelle, DNP, MSN, RNC-OB-FNP, LNC, CNE
Lecturer
  • Nursing self-efficacy
  • Promoting chain-of-command
  • Self-efficacy in nursing students
  • Patient safety
  • Promotion of healthy maternal/fetal outcomes
  • Removing educational barriers for male nursing students
  • Maternal/child
  • Evaluating chain-of‐command
  • Self‐efficacy through high‐fidelity
  • Student‐directed, Obstetrical simulation
  • Prelicensure BSN students
  • Labor and delivery nurses
  • Male BSN students
  • Quantitative
Mechling, Brandy, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC
Assistant Professor
  • Child and adolescent risk & resilience
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
  • Young (Emerging) adult outcomes
  • Impact of parental mental illness on children and adolescents
  • Parental depression and the impact on the parent‐child relationship
  • Youth caregiving of a parent with mental illness
  • Ambiguous Loss Theory
  • Retrospective self‐report
  • Mental Health nursing
  • Family mental health
  • Psychotherapy with children, adolescents and young adults
  • Community partnerships
  • Youth, adolescents, & families
  • Young (Emerging) adults/ college students
  • Individuals with Severe and Persistent Mental Illness (SPMI)
  • Quantitative
  • Mixed Methods
  • Interviews focus groups
Mendes, Michele, PhD, RN, CPN
Assistant Professor
  • Community engaged research
  • Health disparities
  • Caregiver health issues
  • Caregiver health self-management
  • Parent-child health
  • Children with special healthcare needs
  • Parents caring for children with special healthcare needs
  • African American mothers caring for children with special healthcare needs
  • Qualitative (Description and Focused Ethnography)
Merritt, Amy, MSN, RN
Lecturer
  • Pending
  • Pending
  • Pending
  • Pending
Molden, Kathleen, MSN, RN, CNE
Lecturer
  • Online learning
  • Simulation
  • Assessment tools
Does a prior student assessment improve educational outcomes?
  • Students enrolled in nursing education, clinical preparation or from various programs
  • Qualitative
  • Quantitative
Murdock, Nancy, MSN, RNC, CNS
Lecturer
  • N/A
  • Labor and delivery
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
  • Pediatrics
  • Community Partnership in Education 
  • N/A
  • N/A
Murray, Mary, MSN, RN
Lecturer
  • Holistic care and management
  • Workplace bullying
  • Spirituality
  • N/A
  • N/A
  • N/A
Palumbo, Ruthanne, DNP, RN, CNE, Assistant Professor
  • Opioid addiction and IV drug use
  • Risk assessment and intervention
  • Fostering civility amongst nursing students
  • Nursing education
  • Nursing administration
  • Clinical education: Cardiac, Neurology, Oncology and Med-Surg
  • Young adults-addiction
  • Nursing student-civility
  • Quantitative
  • Qualitative
  • Mixed Methods
Parker, Diane, DNP, MSN, FNP-C
Lecturer & Graduate Clinical Coordinator
  • Pediatric asthma
  • Pediatric/adolescent
  • behavioral health
  • Underserved
  • populations and outreach
  • N/A
  • Pediatrics
  • Women’s health
  • N/A
Pennington, Barbara, MS, RN
Program Coordinator & Lecturer
  • Clinical Research
  • Ethics
  • Global research
  • Protection of vulnerable populations in clinical research
  • Impoverished
  • Diminished capacity to consent
  • N/A
Petroff, Annemarie
MS
Lecturer
  • N/A
  • Cardio-pulmonary
  • Autonomic Nervous Systems
  • Cardiac Rehab
  • N/A
  • N/A
Protokowicz, Jodi, PhD, RN
Assistant Professor
  • High-risk Obstetrics
  • Mental health and Obstetrics
  • Nursing student retention
  • Maternal and newborn health
  • Online learning
Obstetrics; High-risk pregnancy; and RN to BSN
  • Quantitative
  • Qualitative
Reedy, Melissa, MSNEd, RN, NCSN
Lecturer
  • The use of simulation for clinical experience
  • Community Health Foundations course in clinical
  • Nursing students
  • Online clinical
Reid, Paula, PhD, RNC, WHNP-BC
Associate Professor
  • Identifying strategies that individuals living with HIV utilize to self-manage and cope with their conditions, to improve the quality of their lives
  • Computer Assisted Instruction as a strategy for HIV/AIDS education and training for Healthcare Professionals
  • Exploring the role of self-efficacy and self-esteem for HIV positive women managing their HIV
  • Women's Health issues
  • Women's Health
  • HIV management 
  • Women's Health
  • HIV positive women
  • Quantitative
  • Qualitative
  • Mixed methods
Roberto, Anka, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC, MPH
Assistant Professor
  • Trauma and resilience
  • Spirituality
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (children and adolescents)
  • Care of children with special needs/medical trauma
  • Children & Families, Those with Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
  • Not for profit organizations
  • Community-led coalitions
  • Medical/healthcare organizations, school settings
  • Mixed Methods
Saccomano, Scott, PhD, RN, GNP-BC
Assistant Professor
  • Leadership and management - delegation and mentoring;
  • Enhancing health of older adults
  • Men in nursing
  • Men's health
  • EBP for Advanced Practice
  • Care of the elderly
  • Men's health
  • Men
  • Older Adults
  • Geriatrics
  • Nurses
  • Allied Health Professionals
  • Mixed
Sauer, Penny, PhD, RN, CCRN, CNE
Prelicensure Program Coordintator &
Associate Professor
  • Nurse bullying
  • Incivility
  • Nurses workforce issue
  • Adult critical care
  • Nurses workforce issues
  • Nurses
  • Quantitative
  • Focus groups
Schweizer, Cynthia, MSN-NE, RN
Lecturer
  • Self-regulated learning and clinical reasoning in Nursing
  • Community Healthcare
  • Intra-disciplinary team work 
  • N/A
  • N/A
  • N/A
Scott, Melissa, PhD, RN
Assistant Professor
  • Online Nursing Education
  • Foundations Critical Care
  • Online Nursing Students/Faculty
  • Geriatrics
  • Mixed
Sellon, Alicia, PhD, MSW
Assistant Professor
  • Pending
  • Pending
  • Pending
  • Pending
Sigmon, Lorie, DNP, RN, FNP
Assistant Professor
  • Interprofessional education and collaborative practice
  • Student leadership attributes
  • Critical care (SICU, CTICU & PACU)
  • Vulnerable populations
  • Diabetes
  • Leadership
  • Quantitative
  • Qualitative
  • Mixed methods
Simmerman, Christy, MSN, RN
Lecturer
  • N/A
  • Teaching strategies in simulation
  • Pediatrics
  • N/A
Smith, Andrea Yeager, MSN, RN
Lecturer
  • Pending
  • Pending
  • Pending
  • Pending
Smith, Stephanie, PhD, RN
Assistant Professor
  • Leadership
  • Health and social service systems
  • Indicators of community well-being
  • Organization and program evaluation, performance measurement and accountability
  • N/A
  • N/A
  • N/A
Tarte, Valerie, MSN, RN
Lecturer
  • Pending
  • Pending
  • Pending
  • Pending
Thompson, C Elise, PhD, MSN, RN
Lecturer
  • Technology and nursing education 
  • Simulation Online learning Digital clinical experience 
  • Nursing students
  • Nurse educators
  • Nurses
  • Patients
  • Quantitative 
Turrise, Stephanie, PhD, RN, BC, APRN, CNE
Interim Associate Director for Administration and Associate Professor 
  • Chronic illness trajectories
  • Transitions in care-particularly in CHF and Cardiovascular Disease (outcomes research, & treatment adherence)
  • Simulation in Undergraduate Nursing Education
  • Cardiovascular Nursing
  • Adults and older adults
  • CHF
Adults; Older adults; Vulnerable populations; and Chronically ill
  • Quantitative
  • Qualitative
  • Surveys
Waddill, Colette, MSN, RN, IBCLC, CNE, CHSE
Lecturer
  • Maternal-infant health
  • Breastfeeding/lactation
  • Simulation learning
  • Maternal-child nursing
  • Lactation
  • Simulation in healthcare
  • Mother and infants
  • Nursing students
  • Quality
  • Quantitative
Anita William, PharmD, BCPS
Assistant Professor
  • Pending
  • Pending
  • Pending
  • Pending
Williams, Nina, MSN-NE, RN
Lecturer
  • Obstetric emergencies
  • Neonatal opioid addiction
  • Legislative changes and effects in maternal-newborn outcomes
  • Maternal-child nursing
  • Staff nurses working at bedside
  • Mothers & babies
  • Postpartum mothers & babies
  • Labor & delivery;
  • Nurses & staff
  • Participatory
  • Mixed Methods 
Woo, Seoyoon, PhD, RN
Assistant Professor

  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)-related stigma
  • Impact of COPD-related stigma on psychological well-being, help-seeking behavior, medication adherence, self-management, quality of life
  • Scale development
  • Health care disparity
  • Physical activity
  • Mindfulness
  • Breathing technique
  • Populations: 1) people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (from diverse cultures in the future) and people with other stigma-related chronic conditions (e.g., people with lung cancer, people with diabetes mellitus, etc); 2) those who live in the community (or community-setting), medical/healthcare organizations
  • Qualitative methods: grounded theory
  • Quantitative methods: survey, experiment, secondary data analysis

School of Social Work

Name/
Rank
Scholarly/Research
Interests
Clinical/Applied
Interests
Populations of
Interest
Methods
Bolton, Kristin, PhD, MSW
MSW Coordinator & Associate Professor
  • Program evaluation
  • Healthy psychological development
  • Evidence base of Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
  • Violence prevention
  • Re-entry programs
  • Assisting human service agencies establish and achieve program evaluation goals
  • Resilience across the lifespan
  • Healthy psychological development
  • Program evaluation
  • Violence prevention
  • Evidence base of Solution-Focused Brief Therapy 
  • Any/all 
  • Program evaluation
  • Quantitative
  • Qualitative 
Brooks, Lisa, MSW, LCSW
Lecturer
  • Encouraging self-advocacy, growth, and holistic self-care amongst mental health professionals that are exposed to high levels of stress and trauma in the workplace
  • Trauma-focused CBT
  • Child sexual abuse
  • Child traumatic grief
  • Child abuse/neglect
  • N/A
  • N/A
Conley, David, PhD, MSW
Assistant Professor
  • Political social work
  • The behavioral health policy process (policies & policymakers)
  • Behavioral health stigma
  • Legislative stigma
  • N/A
  • People with behavioral health concerns
  • State & federal policymakers/legislators, stakeholders involved in the behavioral health policy process
  • Not for profit organizations
  • Community-led coalitions
  • Corporate/for profit organizations
  • Medical/healthcare organizations
  • Government organizations
  • International partner organizations
  • Quantitative content analysis
  • Qualitative thematic analysis
  • Survey creation & administration
  • Advocacy intervention creation
  • Administration
  • Evaluation
  • Stats-logistic regression, multivariate regression, structural equation modeling
  • Latent class analysis

Connolley, Kevin, MSW, LCSW, LCAS
Lecturer

  • Field education
  • Diversity
  • Policy
  • N/A
  • N/A
  • N/A
Craddock, Carolyn, MSW
Lecturer
  • Pending
  • Pending
  • Pending
  • Pending
Dugan, Lori, MSW, LCSW
Assistant Field Education Coordinator & Lecturer
  • Field education
  • Diversity  
  • Inpatient Psychiatric Social Work
  • School Social Work
  • Residential Diagnostic Social Work for children who have experienced trauma/abuse 
  • N/A
  • N/A
Frankel, Arthur, PhD, MSW
Professor
  • Community program evaluation
  • Community development
  • Obesity
  • Psychotherapy issues
  • Marital Therapy
  • Behavior Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Gestalt Therapy 
  • Low-income populations 
  • Program Evaluation
  • Quantitative 
Hall, J Christopher, PhD, MSW, LCSW
Professor
  • The effectiveness of clinical counseling in real world settings
  • The effectiveness of teaching clinical counseling skills
  • The development and application of clinical practice and support models for direct and preventative care
  • The use of manualized treatments in mental health
  • Fidelity to a model of practice
  • If fidelity correlates to outcomes
  • All
  • Quality Improvement Projects
Hohn, Kris, PhD , MSW
Assistant Professor
  • Pending
  • Pending
  • Pending
  • Pending
Hunter-Jones, Josalin, PhD, MPH, MSW
Assistant Professor
  • Integration of social work and public health perspectives for work with vulnerable communities
  • Mental health of African Americans
  • HIV/AIDS HIV/AIDS among African American women
  • MBCT for chronic disease populations
  • Evaluation of behavioral interventions
  • Support for caregivers of those living with mental or chronic illness
  • Program evaluation
  • Curriculum development
  • Innovative pedagogy
  • Interprofessional teaching and research 
  • Racial/ethinic minorities
  • Sexual minorities
  • Military servicemen and families 
  • Quantitative
  • Qualitative
  • Mixed Methods 
Jones, Andrea, PhD, MSW, LSW
Assistant Professor
  • Volunteerism
  • Civic engagement
  • Service learning
  • Veterans’ issues
  • End-of-life decision making
  • Health policy
  • Development, dissemination and evaluation of community programs supporting vulnerable older adults
  • Intergenerational programs and multi-generational co-housing
  • Veterans
  • Older adults
  • Applied Research
Kolbe, Athena, PhD, MSW, MA, LCSW
Assistant Professor
  • Disasters
  • War
  • Transition to adulthood
  • Human rights
  • Political and religious extremism
  • Prevention of violent extremism
  • Torture
  • Gangs and other organized armed groups
  • PTSD and other mental health outcomes related to truama
  • Creating and testing culturally specific interventions
  • International social work
  • Needs assessment
  • Children and youth raised in institutions and/or foster care
  • Religious minorities
  • People with disabilities
  • Vulnerable and socially or politcally marginalized communities
  • Survivors of abuse
  • Not for profit organizations
  • Community-led coalitions, school settings
  • Government organizations
  • International partner organizations
  • Participatory Action Research
  • PhotoVoice
  • Household Survey Research
  • Focus Groups
Kolomer, Stacey, PhD, MSW
Director & Professor
  • Caregiving
  • Aging
  • Burn injury
  • Interprofessional education
  • Older adults
  • Interprofessional education 
  • Older adults
  • Family caregivers 
  • Survey research
  • Secondary data
  • Qualitative interviews 
Lee, Jacquelyn, PhD, MSW, LCSW
Assistant Professor
  • Social work education/innovative pedagogical methods
  • Social work practice with children and families with a focus on mental health
  • Workforce development 
  • Mental health (trauma, self‐care, mindfulness, and field education)
  • Health policy
  • Interdisciplinary collaboration
  • Social workers
  • Children
  • Older adults
  • Grandparents (raising grandchildren)
  • Quantitative
  • Qualitative
  • Program evaluation
  • Analysis
Rhodes, Debra, MSW, LCSW
Assistant Program Coordinator & Lecturer
  • Need for sliding scale and/or free mental health services in the Onslow County area
  • Collaboration with free clinic in Jacksonville to provide BSW/MSW students to complete assessments
  • Uninsured adults
  • Quantitative
  • Data Tracking
Rowan, Noell, PhD, MSW, LCSW, LCAS
Associate Director & Professor
  • The overarching areas of gerontology
  • LGBT population and alcohol and other drug addictions
  • Spirituality
  • The impact on social work education and practice
  • Substance abuse
  • Work with older adults
  • LGBT populations
  • Older adults
  • Substance addicts
  • Quantitative
  • Qualitative
Sellon, Alicia, PhD, MSW
Assistant Professor
  • Pending
  • Pending
  • Pending
  • Pending
Van de Motter, Amy, MSW, LCSW
Lecturer
  • N/A
  • Behavioral change related to health conditions
  • Motivational strategies
  • Comprehensive wellness
  • MI recovery
Adults diagnosed with severe and persistent mental illness; Geriatrics; and Chronic disease
  • N/A
Vandenberg, Angie, MSW, LCSW, VSP
Field Education Coordinator & Lecturer
  • N/A
  • Clinical work with local CAC
  • Trauma-informed therapeutic approaches
  • Play therapy and other practice approaches to use with children
  • DSS/Domestic violence
  • crisis intervention
  • N/A
  • N/A

Taylor Yates, Helen, PhD, MSW
Assistant Professor

  • Women's health and wellness including HIV and other chronic diseases
  • Manualized behavioral intervention development
  • Pilot testing behavioral interventions that improve wellness among women living with HIV
  • Using Solution Focused Brief Therapy in a group counseling modality in community health settings and non-profit organization
  • Social determinants of health
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker trained in Solution Focused Brief Therapy and other strengths oriented and culturally humble counseling and case management methods
  • Experience in community mental health, non-profits and public health agencies
  • Women
  • African American women and families
  • People living with HIV in the Southern United States
  • Not for profit organizations
  • Medical/healthcare organizations
  • Government organizations
  • Quantitative and qualitative behavioral intervention research including pilot testing
  • Focus groups and data analysis for small sample sizes to determine phase 1 clinical trial results and ongoing behavioral intervention manual adaptation
  • Scoping reviews
  • Longitudinal data analysis
  • Epidemiology of HIV and other chronic health conditions
York, Reginald, PhD, MSW
Professor
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Online education
  • Use of technology in teaching
  • Program evaluation
  • The use of science to improve the practice of Clinical Social Work
  • All
  • Quantitative