Ph.D. Student Profiles


John Ambrose

Massachusetts, 2018 cohort

Research Interest: Resilience in Healthcare Teams
Research Mentor: Dr. Lynne Nemeth


Samantha Bernstein

New Hampshire, 2019 cohort

2021 Stewart Dissertation Award Winner

Research Interest: Human factors and obstetric patient safety
Research Mentor: Dr. Lynne Nemeth

Presentations:

Bernstein, S. (2020, March). Utilizing Maternal Early Warning Systems in Laboring Women with Preeclampsia. Poster session presented at Eastern Nursing Research Society Scientific Sessions, Boston, MA.

Publications:

Acquaviva, K. D., Mugele, J., Abadilla, N., Adamson, T., Bernstein, S. L., Bhayani, R. K., Büchi, A. E., Burbage, D., Carroll, C. L., Davis, S. P., Dhawan, N., English, K., Grier, J. T., Gurney, M. K., Hahn, E. S., Haq, H., Huang, B., Jain, S., Jun, J., … Trudell, A. M. (2020). Documenting social media engagement as scholarship: A new model for assessing academic accomplishment for the health professions. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 22(12), e25070. https://doi.org/10.2196/25070

Bernstein, S. (2021). Scoping Review on the Use of Early Warning Trigger Tools for Women in Labor. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic & Neonatal Nursing, 50(3), 256–265. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jogn.2021.01.003

Bernstein, S. L. (forthcoming). Accurate Respiratory Rate Assessment for Women in Labor. MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing.

Bernstein, S.L., Kelechi, T., Catchpole, K., & Nemeth, L. S. Prevention of failure to rescue in obstetric patients: A realist review. Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing.

VanRavenstein, K.M., Hernandez-Tajado, M., Balasubramanian, S., Madisetti, M. Bian. J., Bernstein, S., & Kelechi, T.J. (February 2021). Activate for life: a nurse-led hybrid telehealth/mHealth “Aging in Place” intervention to address pain and fatigue in older adults [Paper presentation]. Southern Nurses Research Society.

Wright, M. L., Morse, B., Phillips, C., Muir, K. J., Manges, K., White, A., & Bernstein, S. (2020, December 19). Concerned nurses ask: Are we heroes or expendable? Ms. Magazine. https://msmagazine.com/2020/12/19/nurses-coronavirus-pandemic-strike/

Funding: Olimpia Bia Vallis Scholarship, 2018


Bessie Brown

South Carolina, 2020 cohort

Research Interest: Resilience and burnout in the acute care setting
Research Mentor: Dr. Susan Newman


Kristin Cashman

Florida, 2020 cohort

Research Interest: Care transitions and self-management in children with chronic conditions 
Research Mentor: Dr. Shannon Phillips


Larry Chong

Massachusetts, 2020 cohort

Research Interest: Respiratory pathophysiology and postoperative pulmonary complications
Research Mentor: Dr. Sarah Miller


Lianne Cole

Massachusetts, 2020 cohort

Research Interest: Pediatric congenital heart disease and the familial response
Research Mentor: Dr. Shannon Phillips


Shannon D’Alton

South Carolina, 2019 cohort

Research Interest: Bereavement in adolescents after loss of a sibling
Research Mentor: Dr. Shannon Phillips


Danielle Edmonds

Georgia, 2021 cohort

Research interest: Identifying gaps in telemedicine
Research Mentor:  TBD

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Melissa Fluharty

South Carolina, 2018 cohort

Research Interest: Implementation of Kangaroo Care for neonates
Research Mentor: Dr. Lynne Nemeth 


Suzanne Hakeos

Ohio, 2020 cohort

Research Interest: Suicide prevention for police officers and PTSD
Research Mentor:
Dr. Tatiana Davidson


Scott Hale

Virginia, 2019 cohort

Research Interest: Resilience and burnout in Emergency Room Nurses
Research Mentor: Dr. Diana Layne 


Cherie Hauck

Texas, 2016 cohort
Research Interest: Oncology Clinical Trials
Research Mentor: Dr. Teresa Kelechi

Publications:

Hauck, C., Cartmell, K., Mueller, M., Kelechi, T. (accepted). Scoping review: Barriers and facilitators to enrollment in pediatric oncology clinical trials, Pediatric Nursing.

Presentations:

Hauck, C., Cartmell, K., Mueller, M., Kelechi, T. (2020). Barriers and facilitators to enrollment in pediatric oncology clinical trials, Society for Clinical Trials Annual Meeting, Baltimore, MD (virtual).


Angela Lentini-Rivera

New Jersey,  2021 Cohort

Research Interest:  Pediatric Nutrition during the cancer care continuum.
Research Mentor:  TBD

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Kesha Levesque

Maryland, 2021 Cohort

Research Interest: Renal Transplantation and Chronic Kidney Disease. Medication Adherence
Research Mentor: TBD

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Yulia Lopez

South Carolina, 2020 cohort

Research Interest: Fragility fractures in orthopedic patients
Research Mentor: Dr. Susan Newman


Bree Maddray

South Carolina, 2015 cohort

Research Interest: Patient and provider communication in sickle cell disease
Research Mentor: Dr. Shannon Phillips


Jessica Madiraca

New Jersey, 2019 cohort

Research Interest: Palliative care for end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
Research Mentor: Dr. Sarah Miller

Presentation:

Rudolphi, D. M., & Madiraca, J. (June 6th, 2021). After an Error or Near Miss Event: What were you thinking? QSEN 2020 International Forum. Philadelphia: QSEN.


Stephanie Neary

South Carolina, 2020 cohort

PAEA 2020-2021 Research Fellow

Research Interest: The role of learning environments in improving mental health help-seeking behaviors among physician assistant students
Research Mentor: Dr. Michelle Nichols

Publications:

Do PA licensure questions violate the Americans with Disabilities Act?
JAAPA. 2021 Mar 1;34(3):46-48. doi: 10.1097/01.JAA.0000733248.60056.6b.
2021-02-18

Wellbeing PArtners: A targeted approach to minimizing PA student burnout
JAAPA. 2020 Dec 1;33(12):1. doi: 10.1097/01.JAA.0000723164.20013.85.
2021-01-26

Shared Living Experiences by Physicians have a Positive Impact on Mental Health Attitudes and Stigma among Medical Students: A Mixed-Methods Study
J Med Educ Curric Dev. 2020 Oct 26;7:2382120520968072. doi: 10.1177/2382120520968072. eCollection 2020 Jan-Dec.
2020-11-16

The Effect of the Coronavirus Pandemic on Physician Assistant Educators
J Physician Assist Educ. 2020 Sep;31(3):121-125. doi: 10.1097/JPA.0000000000000312.
2020-08-01

A Call to Action: Physician Assistant Student Well-Being
J Physician Assist Educ. 2019 Sep;30(3):133-134. doi: 10.1097/JPA.0000000000000268.
2019-08-22

Neary S, Ruggeri M, Roman C. Assessing trends in physician assistant (PA) student depression risk, suicidal ideation and mental health help-seeking behavior. Journal of Physician Assistant Education (in press)

Neary S, Ruggeri M, Roman C, et al. Shared living experiences through synchronous videoconferencing have a positive impact on attitudes to mental health among physician assistant students: a mixed methods study. Journal of Physician Assistant Education. (in press)


Kylie Newsome

South Carolina, 2020 cohort

Research Interest: Resilience in undergraduate nursing students
Research Mentor: Dr. Michelle Nichols


Kelly Potter

Iowa, 2017 cohort

Research Interest: Prediction of post-critical illness physical disability
Research Mentor: Dr. Sarah Miller

Presentations:

Potter K., Miller, S., Newman, S. (September, 2020). Theory-driven understanding of environmental factors, early mobilization, and physical disability post-intensive care: An integrative review. (E-Poster presentation) Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science State of the Science (SOS) Congress on Nursing Research, 2020; virtual conference

Potter K. (November, 2019). Integration of active learning in the undergraduate nursing pathology course.(Invited presentation) Big Ten Learning Series; Iowa City, IA.

Potter K. (August, 2019). Integration of active learning in the undergraduate nursing pathology course.(Invited presentation) University of Iowa College of Nursing Meeting of the Big Ten Deans; Iowa City, IA.

Potter K. (December, 2018). Debriefing the College of Nursing experience. (Nominated and invited presentation) University of Iowa College of Nursing December 2018 Pinning Ceremony; Iowa City, IA.

Funding: 2020 CON Stewart Doctoral Dissertation Award.


Mary Prybylo

Maine, 2021 cohort

Research Interest:

  • Self-care management in adults with chronic illness.
  • The role that self-efficacy and self-determination theory impact an individual's health outcomes.
  • The role of augment reality technology with improving health.
  • How does the nursing relationship impact a person's health outcomes?

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Dixie Rose

Texas, 2018 cohort

Research Interest: Peer support of caregivers of individuals with brain injury or stroke
Research Mentor: Dr. Susan Newman


Kathryn Shady

Delaware, 2019 cohort

Research Interest: Care of adults with autism spectrum disorder in the hospital
Research Mentor: Dr. Susan Newman

Publications:

Shady, K., McCulloh Nair, J & Crannell, C.(October 2019).Lavender Aromatherapy: Examining the Effects of Lavender OilPatches on Patients in the Hematology-Oncology Setting. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing; 23(5)

Presentations:

Shady, K. Nursing Research at ChristianaCare[podium].Evidence Based Practice Workshop for Nurse Residents. ChristianaCare. Newark, DE (October 2019).

Shady, K, Crannell, C, & McCulloh Nair, J.The Feasibility of Lavender Aromatherapy Patches in Hematology/OncologyPatients[podium]. Regional Nursing Research Conference. Newark, DE (November 2019).


Theresa Skojec

South Carolina, 2020 cohort
Research Interest: Access to mental health services for older adults following diagnosis of a chronic illness.
Research Mentor: Dr. Teresa Kelechi


Nichole Snow

South Carolina, 2017 cohort

Research Interest: Workplace burnout in nurses
Research Mentor: Dr. Susan Newman


Imani Sumpter

California, 2018 cohort

Research Interest: Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Health Service Research, Implementation Science
Research Mentor: Dr. Gayenell Magwood


Elisabeth Vestal

North Carolina, 2021 cohort

Research Interest: Nurse Retention and Transition to Practice
Research Mentor: TBD

Publications:

Vestal, E., Matthias, A., & Thompson, C. E. (in press). Engaging students with patient safety in an online escape room. Journal of Nursing Education.

Presentations:

Thompson, C. E. (Lead Author/Presenter), Smith, S. (Author/Presenter), Sims, S. (Author/Presenter), Vestal, E. (Author/Presenter), Milam, A. (Author/Presenter), Gore, N. (Author/Presenter), & Juma, K. (Author/Presenter) (2020, June). Mobile simulation: Planning and implementing simulation for continuing education to improve the quality of regional healthcare. Pre-Conference Podium Presentation at the 2020 International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL); Raleigh, NC. Pre-conference sessions canceled due to COVID – 19.

Thompson, C. E. (Author/Presenter), Simmerman, C. (Author/Presenter), Waddill, C. (Author/Presenter), & Vestal, E. (Author/Presenter) (2020, October). The Reluctant Online Educator Part II: Innovative Online Education for Clinical and Simulation. North Carolina League for Nursing; Live Webinar.

Megan Wayne

South Carolina, 2019 cohort

Research Interest: Mental fatigue in oncology patients and informal caregivers
Research Mentor: Dr. Teresa Kelechi


Katrina Wu

Massachusetts, 2018 cohort

Research Interest: Utilization of telemedicine in routine prenatal care
Research Mentor: Dr. Michelle Nichols

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Recent Graduates

Allison Adrian (May 2020 graduation)

South Carolina, 2015 cohort

Research Interest: Neonatal Intensive Care & Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome
Research Mentor: Dr. Shannon Phillips

Publications:

Adrian, A., Phillips, S., Newman, S., & Mueller, M. (Accepted). A Mixed Methods Study to Investigate Barriers and Enablers to Nurses’ Implementation of Nonpharmacological Interventions for Infants with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS). Advances in Neonatal Care.

Adrian, A. (2019).Factors influencing healthcare providers’ behaviors in the care of infants with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS): An integrative review.Journal of Neonatal Nursing,25(6), 304-310.


Amy Alspaugh (May 2020 graduation)

North Carolina, 2016 cohort

Research Interest: Women’s health, family planning
Research Mentor: Dr. Julie Barroso

Publications:

Alspaugh, A.,Barroso, J., Reibel, M., & Phillips, S. (2020).Women’s Contraceptive Perceptions, Beliefs and Attitudes: An Integrative Review of Qualitative Research.Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health, 65(1), 64-84.

Britton, L., Alspaugh, A., Greene, M. & MacLamore, M. (2019). What nurses need to know: An evidence-based update on contraception.American Journal of Nursing, 120(2), 22-33.

Presentations:

Alspaugh, A. (2020, May),Reproductive Health in Midlife Women. 65th American College of Nurse-Midwives Annual Meeting & Exhibition, Austin, TX.

Alspaugh, A. (2019, June). Handling an Abnormal Pap Smear. UNC Women’s Health Conference, Chapel Hill, NC.

Funding:

2019 CON Stewart Doctoral Dissertation Award.
ACTIONS Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, San Francisco


Logan Camp-Spivey

South Carolina, 2017 cohort

Research Interest: School based weight management interventions
Research Mentor: Dr. Michelle Nichols

Publications:

Camp-Spivey, L. J., Newman, S. D., Stevens, R. N., & Nichols, M. (2021). “We’ve Had to Build the Plane as We Flew It.”: Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on School-Based Weight Management Interventions. Childhood Obesity (Print). https://doi.org/10.1089/chi.2021.0037

Camp-Spivey, L. J., Logan, A., & Nichols, M. (2021). Theoretical and contextual considerations for self-management strategies of children and adolescents with chronic diseases: An integrative review. Journal of Child Health Care. https://doi.org/10.1177/13674935211013697

Hudgins, T., Camp-Spivey, L. J., & Lee, S. (Accepted). Leveraging innovation to design a psychiatric mental health simulation for undergraduate nursing students during the COVID-19 global pandemic. Nursing Education Perspectives.

Presentations:

Camp-Spivey, L. J., Logan, A., & Nichols, M. (2020). Self-management strategies for children and adolescents with chronic diseases: An integrative review [poster]. Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science 2020 State of the Science Congress on Nursing Research: The Environment's Impact on Health, Virtual; September 17-18, 2020.

Camp-Spivey, L. J., Newman, S. D., & Nichols, M. (2020). Barriers and facilitators to elementary school-based interventions targeting physical activity and nutritional intake behaviors to address childhood obesity: An integrative review [oral]. 16th Annual SC Upstate Research Symposium, Spartanburg, SC; September 26, 2020.

Cook, T. C., & Camp-Spivey, L. J. (2021). Case study: Innovative teaching strategies using simulation for pediatric nursing clinical education during the pandemic
Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation 2021 Conference: COVID-19 and the Impact on Medical and Nursing Education

Oral Presentation
Virtual

Camp-Spivey, L. J., Newman, S. D., Stevens, R. N., & Nichols, M.(2021). Weight-related terminology use or stigma in schools: Perspectives of South Carolina public school administrators
2021 Southeastern School Behavioral Health Conference
Poster Presentation
Hybrid (Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and Virtual)

Camp-Spivey, L. J., Newman, S. D., Stevens, R. N., & Nichols, M. (2020). Barriers and facilitators to school-based interventions addressing physical activity and healthy eating behaviors: Perspectives of South Carolina school administrators and personnel
Medical University of South Carolina Perry V. Halushka Research Day
Poster Presentation
Virtual  

Camp-Spivey, L. J., Logan, A., & Nichols, M. (2020). Self-management strategies for children and adolescents with chronic diseases: An integrative review.
American Academy of Nursing Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science 2020 Virtual State of the Science Congress on Nursing Research
Poster Presentation
Virtual

Camp-Spivey, L. J., Newman, S. D., & Nichols, M. (2020). Barriers and facilitators to elementary school-based interventions targeting physical activity and nutritional intake behaviors to address childhood obesity: An integrative review.
16th Annual SC Upstate Research Symposium
Oral Presentation
Virtual

Funding:

Granting Agency: The Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing – Gamma Omicron at-Large Chapter  
Title of Grant: New Investigator Award  
Title of Project: Barriers and Facilitators Regarding Awareness, Selection, and Implementation of School-Based Interventions Addressing Physical Activity and Healthy Eating Behaviors: Perspectives of South Carolina Public School Administrators and Personnel
Amount of Award: $2000
Role: Principal Investigator
Mentor: Michelle Nichols, PhD, RN

Granting Agency: The Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing – Mu Rho Chapter
Title of Grant: Research/Scholarly Project Grant  
Title of Project: Barriers and Facilitators Regarding Awareness, Selection, and Implementation of School-Based Interventions Addressing Physical Activity and Healthy Eating Behaviors: Perspectives of South Carolina Public School Administrators and Personnel
Amount of Award: $500
Role: Principal Investigator
Mentor: Michelle Nichols, PhD, RN

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Amy Gulledge

South Carolina, 2017 cohort

Research Interest: Social Isolation in adults with cystic fibrosis
Research Mentor: Dr. Sarah Miller

Presentations:

Gulledge, A., Miller, S., Mueller, M. (2020). Social Support and Social Isolation in Adults with Cystic Fibrosis: An Integrative Review. Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science State of the Science (SOS) Congress on Nursing Research, virtual conference.

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Kristina Reich (May 2020 graduation)

South Carolina, 2016 cohort

Research Interest: Psychosocial functioning in veterans with PTSD
Research Mentor: Dr. Lynne Nemeth

Publications:

Reich, K., Nemeth, L., & Acierno, R. (2019). Evidence-based psychotherapy interventions to improve psychosocial functioning in veterans with PTSD: An integrative review. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing Mental Health Services, 57(10), 24-33.

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Alexandra Ruppe

Georgia, 2018 cohort

Research Interests: Heart failure symptom clusters
Research Mentor: Dr. Gayenell Magwood

Funding: 2020 CON Diversity & Inclusion Doctoral Dissertation Award.

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Alejandra Schimmel

Spain, 2017 cohort

Research Interest: Supportive care needs of advanced prostate cancer survivors
Research Mentor: Dr. Suparna Qanungo