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Ph.D. Faculty Research Interests


Julie Barroso, PhD, ANP, RN, FAAN
Qualitative methods, qualitative metasynthesis, mixed methods, all aspects of HIV infection, stigma reduction interventions for HIV-infected women, interventions to reduce HIV-related fatigue, the use of technology in symptom management.

Jessica Chandler, PhD
Utilizing technology for primary and secondary prevention of various chronic diseases including obesity, prehypertension, hypertension, chronic kidney disease, and sarcoidosis.

Tatiana M. Davidson, PhD
Mental health care disparities, racial/ethnic minority youth mental health, technology-based treatment delivery, cultural-modification of evidence-based treatments. posttraumatic stress disorder, depression.

Teresa J. Kelechi, PhD, GCNS, CWCN, FAAN
Geriatrics, skin temperature self-monitoring, chronic venous disease, biometrics, cryotherapy, leg ulcer prevention, wound healing.

Cristina M. Lopez, PhD
Engagement in behavioral health services, trauma focused mental health treatment, ethnic minority family and youth risk prevention, health promotion/prevention in underserved populations, adolescent depression.

Gayenell S, Magwood, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN, Alumnus CCRN
Health disparities, health literacy, quality of life, multiple risk factor reduction in people at risk for and/or with diabetes and cardiovascular disease, community-based participatory research methods, obesity.

Sarah Miller, PhD,  RN
Health disparities in asthma & COPD, perception of dyspnea, psychophysiology, complex neuropathologies & impaired airway defense, mechanisms, psychological comorbidities in chronic respiratory diseases, telehealth in asthma & COPD.

Martina Mueller, PhD, MS, RN
Data management and data quality control, bioinformatics, biostatistics, neural network methodology in predicting outcomes, development of applications for decision support in the care of premature infants using machine learning algorithms.

Lynne Nemeth, PhD, RN, FAAN
Qualitative methods, health services research, nursing workforce improvement, evaluation of health information technology, primary care quality and safety, implementation science, organizational change.         

Susan Newman, PhD, RN, CRRN
Spinal cord injury rehabilitation, self-management of chronic conditions, peer navigation & peer mentoring, community participation, independent living, disability-related health disparities, community-engaged research, intervention development and testing.

Michelle Nichols, PhD, RN
Health promotion/disease prevention in underserved and vulnerable populations, health disparities among racial and ethnic minorities, community-based participatory research methods, global health, ethics (clinical and research), children, adolescents, and families,  veteran and military health, chronic health conditions (obesity, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome).

Shannon M. Phillips, PhD, RN, Alumnus CCRN 
Children with medical complexity, children and adolescents with sickle cell disease, health care utilization, access to care, rural disparities, community health, dissemination and implementation of evidence-based interventions for health promotion in children, adolescents, and families.

Suparna Qanungo, PhD
Global health and global communities with specific interest in low and middle income countries, cancer biology, biochemistry and pathophysiology of chronic diseases, interprofessional collaboration in research and practice, advancing nursing and community research through telehealth applications, literature review process, research data management, quality improvement in practice settings.

Kenneth J. Ruggiero, PhD
Technology applications in health care, health promotion and disease prevention, health and mental health disparities, children and families, traumatic stress, disaster response and recovery, self-management interventions, posttraumatic stress disorder, depression.

Georgette M. Smith, PhD, APRN, CPNP-PC
Pediatric epilepsy, self-efficacy and self-management, collective-efficacy and collective-management, chronic illness issues and impact on child/family, family-efficacy and family-management, self- and family-management.