Faculty Research Interests
Jo Ann Appleyard
  • Nursing and health care systems administration
  • Ambulatory care and ambulatory nursing practice
  • Case management and disease management
  • Telephone triage systems
Mary Jo Baisch
  • Program planning and evaluation
  • Community health, assessment, planning, & evaluation
  • Prenatal health
  • Adolescent health & parenting

Janet Bitzan

  • Gerontology
  • Long-term care
  • Spirituality
  • Faith Community Nursing

Aaron Buseh

  • Health and health care systems disparities
  • Health/health care of vulnerable populations
  • HIV/AIDS, STDs and sexual risk behaviors
  • Social stigma and HIV/AIDS
  • Global and cross-cultural health research
  • Ethical and policy issues in international research

Freddy Cao

  • Neural pathways controlling body temperature and blood pressure
  • Endocrine secretion in response to a variety of stresses

Jeeyae Choi

  • Developing clinical decision support systems
  • Developing computer interpretable guidelines
  • Clinical data acquisition and analysis
Amy Coenen
  • International Classification for Nursing Practice
  • Nursing Minimum Data Set
  • Health care terminology standards
  • Nursing informatics

Ann Cook

  • Family theory development 
  • Alcoholism and the family 
  • Nursing education science 
  • Nursing leadership 
Julie Darmody
  • Adult health
  • Quality and safety in acute care
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Clinical nurse specialist practice
  • Health services research
Jennifer Doering
  • Postpartum sleep
  • Actigraphy
  • Postpartum fatigue
  • Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders with a focus on postpartum depression
  • Postpartum nursing
  • Sleep-related infant death and the sleep environment
  • Maternal health and health disparities in birth outcomes
  • Mothering and feminism; motherhood ideology
  • Grounded theory methodology

Suzanne Falco

  • Health care problems
  • Data analysis

Suzanne Feetham

  • Children and families
  • Genomics and health
  • Clinical information systems /changing practice
  • Health policy
  • Health services research

Susan A. Fontana

  • Nurse practitioners
  • Faculty practice
  • Cancer prevention
  • Primary care of adults, children, and families

Michelle A. Gehring

  • HIV/AIDS and Faith-Based Interventions
  • Homeless Health Care
  • Adult Mental Health
  • Health Care Access for the Urban Poor

Jeanne B. Hewitt

  • Occupational & Environmental epidemiology-reproductive outcomes, cancer and other acute/chronic health problems, and injuries
  • Occupational/environmental health
  • Public health/health surveillance
  • Prevention of obesity through environmental and behavioral interventions in minority populations
  • Occupational health nursing

Teresa S. Johnson

  • Term and pre-term infants; fetal/infant growth
  • Infant anthropometrical measurements
  • Breastfeeding mother-infant dyad support
  • Evidenced based practice protocols in neonatal care
  • Fetal and infant morbidity and mortality
  • Breastfeeding and work issues
Laura Joosse
  • Older Adult
  • Dementia
  • Acute card and chronic care
  • Clinical decision support through information technology
Penninah Kako
  • HIV/AIDS and Women
  • Health needs evaluation
  • International research (sub-Saharan Africa)
  • Vulnerable populations
  • Rural and urban comparative research
  • Multicultural research
Christine R. Kovach
  • Dementia care: pain management, behavior management, environmental design
  • Older adult health and illness care
  • Reminiscence therapy
  • Effectiveness of Palliative care models
  • Therapeutic activity interventions
Norma Lang
  • Quality indicators/measurement
  • Nursing informatics/technology
  • Nursing terminology
  • Computerized decision support/documentation
  • Translational research
  • Clinical data bases
Jane Leske
  • Family adaptation
  • Coping
  • Social support
  • Critical care, nursing interventions
  • Research utilization
  • Patient responses to illness
Kim Litwack
  • Pre anesthesia care
  • Primary care
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Pain management
Sally Lundeen
  • Community Nursing Centers
  • Primary health care
  • Computerized clinical documentation systems
  • Intervention outcomes with vulnerable populations
  • Nursing workforces
  • Community assessment health disparities
  • Practice-based research networks
Lucy Mkandawire-Valhmu
  • Violence against women
  • Third world women’s health
  • Domestic violence
Sarah Morgan
  • Gerontology – family caregivers of persons with dementia
  • Cultural diversity
  • Health and health care disparities
  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender health
  • Online teaching
  • Grant start-up and management
Karen Morin
  • Obesity in women, particularly during pregnancy
  • Maternal-child health
  • Infant nutrition
  • Gendered issues in women health care
  • Faculty development
Robin Poedel
  • Adolescent and emerging
  • Adult health
  • Sexually transmitted infections
  • Sexual health
Heather Royer
  • Women’s health
  • Adolescent health
  • Sexual health
  • Sexually transmitted diseases
  • Health behavior theory
  • Patient-centered interventions
Kathleen Sawin
  • Adaptation to chronic conditions for children and their families
  • Adolescent and family protective factors (resilience factors) in Spina Bifida
  • Secondary conditions and disability
  • Quality of life (and health related quality of life)
  • Self-management of chronic conditions in children and adolescents
  • Family centered care
  • Women (including young adolescent women) with disability
Rachel Schiffman
  • Maternal – child health
  • Women’s health
  • Family health
  • Prenatal care
  • Early childhood interventions
  • Nutrition in children


Doris Schoneman

  • Program planning and evaluation
  • Community health assessment, planning and evaluation
  • Vulnerable populations and health disparities
  • Chronic disease management
  • Community health nursing 
  • Faith community nursing
Nuananong Seal
  • Genetic and environmental interactions affecting childhood obesity 
  • Biobehavioral research
  • Health promotion interventions
  • Infant health
  • Maternal and child health
  • Health of minority and vulnerable populations
Julia A. Snethen
  • Childhood obesity
  • Chronic conditions in children and adolescents
  • Parents/siblings of children with chronic conditions
  • Family focused care
  • Creative teaching strategies
  • Maternal-child health care/post-partum
  • International nursing
Patricia E. Stevens
  • Vulnerable populations
  • Health disparities
  • Access to health and social services
  • Women’s health
  • Community health

Hong Tao

  • Gerontology informal caregivers role
  • Nurses’ job satisfaction, commitment, and retention
  • Home health care
  • Earlier limited fluid resuscitation for uncontrolled traumatic hemorrhagic shock
  • Nursing didactics

Vippavee Thongpriwan

  • Interpersonal violence
  • Mental health
  • Minority research
  • Feminist theory

Sandra Millon-Underwood

  • Cancer early detection and control (breast, prostate, colon, lung and cervical)
  • Family/Hereditary cancer risk assessment and management
  • Cancer survivorship
  • Evidenced based cancer nursing practice
  • Community-based care
  • Participation of minorities and women in research
  • Health disparities

Bev Zabler

  • Violence and abuse and women living with HIV/AIDS
  • Nurse managed health center services
  • Adolescent pregnancy prevention
  • Krieger-Kunz Therapeautic Touch