Faculty & Staff

Dedicated to offering our students the highest degree of academic rigor, College of Nursing faculty create innovative teaching/learning environments and provide the latest technological teaching tools. 

The College is proud of our world class faculty, more than 1/3 of whom have been inducted in the prestigious American Academy of Nursing. UWM College of Nursing currently boasts more AAN "Living Legends" than any other school or college of nursing in the nation.

American Academy of Nursing Fellows

Bartz, Claudia
Clinton, Jacqueline ǂ
Coenen, Amy
Dean-Baar, Susan ǂ
Devine, Beth ǂ
Feetham, Suzanne §
Glass, Laurie K. ǂ
Kovach, Christine
Kuramoto, Alice ǂ
Lang, Norma §
Litwack, Kim
Lundeen, Sally
Morin, Karen ǂ
Murphy, Ellen ǂ
Nichols, Barbara §
Rodgers, Beth ǂ
Sawin, Kathleen
Schiffman, Rachel
Selder, Florence ǂ
Stevens, Patricia ǂ
Talsma, AkkeNeel
Underwood, Sandra
Werley, Harriet (deceased) ǂ §

ǂ  Professor Emeritus
§ Received AAN "Living Legend" Designation

Faculty Research Interests

Ann Aschenbrenner

  • Improving outcomes: Labor and delivery, post-partum
  • Factors influencing nursing care, including attitudes, intent to act, previous personal and healthcare experiences, demographic characteristics
  • Nursing education
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
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
Jeanne Erickson

  • Cancer-related symptom management in adolescents and young adults
  • Interprofessional education
  • Practice related to oncology and end-of-life care
Susan A. Fontana
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Faculty practice
  • Cancer prevention
  • Primary care of adults, children, and families

Loren Galvao

  • Global Health
  • HIV Prevention
  • Maternal and reproductive health and family planning

Michelle A. Gehring

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

Sandeep Gopalakrishnan

  • Pathophysiology
  • Therapeutic efficacy of photobiomodulation in animal models of multiple sclerosis, chronic diabetic ulcers and retinal degeneration.
  • Mechanism of retinal degenerative diseases(Retinitis Pigmentosa)
  • Role of autoregulation in cerebral blood flow

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

Kay Jansen

  • International Claificationfor Nursing Practice
  • Adult psychiatric-mental health
  • Hospital readmission
  • Health care informatics
  • Role of autoregulation in cerebral blood flow

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
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
Jennifer Kibicho

  • Health Economics
  • Economic analyses of health care costs, prescription drug cost drivers, cost containment policies, and the cost of providing care to persons living with HIV/AIDS
  • Pharmacy-mediated medication adherence interventions in diverse real-world pharmacy settings
  • Global health, including evaluations of structural-level interventions that address poverty, gender-based violence, and other structural factors that place individuals at elevated risk for HIV infection in sub-Saharan Africa

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

  • Nurse managed health centers
  • Model of primary health care
  • Clinical informatics
  • Urban population health
  • Health equity
  • Nursing workforce
  • 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
Michelle Polfuss

  • Pediatric obesity and co-related morbidities
  • Special interest in the role of the family through parenting and feeding behaviors
  • Obesity within the Special Needs Population
  • Acute and primary care pediatrics within the subspecialties of obesity, endocrinology, and cardiology

Polly Ryan

  • Designing and testing patient-centered interventions to enhancing self-management leading to health behavior change
  • Current research on “Efficacy of a m-Health Self-management Intervention”
  • Individual and Family Self-Management Theory
  • Self-management Science
  • Tailored Nursing 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

Diane Schadewald

  • Women’shealth
  • Preterm labor symptoms/prevention
  • Quality Improvement/Safety in Clinical Practice
  • Nurse Practitioner Practice/Health Policy

Rachel Schiffman

  • Maternal – child health
  • Women’s health
  • Family health
  • Prenatal care
  • Early childhood interventions
  • Nutrition in children
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
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

Vipavee 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