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Faculty Areas of Interest

 

Technology

Our focus is on the use of technology to improve outcomes. Technology is a broad science area with the ability to be used as the underlying mechanism of or to enhance research. The following list suggests some methods of utilizing technology in nursing research.

  • Use of electronic health records to improve or enhance practice
  • Mobile health (mHealth) as an intervention to improve health or prevent illness
  • Technological inquiry and simulation to enhance education
  • Mining of large data sets to better understand patient-centered issues or produce predictive models used for health promotion and disease prevention
  • Use of simulation to enhance research when alternate methods are not available
  • The use of genetics and epigenetics in health and illness; understanding the microbiome

 

Lora Beebe
Lora Beebe
PhD, PMHNP-BC
Professor

Schizophrenia and related disorders, community care, physical and mental health promotion





Rebecca Koszalinski
PhD, CRRN, MSRN
Assistant Professor

Underserved populations, especially areas related to disabilities, vulnerability, and access to care




phillip moore
Phillip Moore
DNP, FNP-BC
Clinical Assistant Professor, RN to BSN Coordinator

Innovation in instructional technology




laura odom
Laura Odom
DNP, RN
Clinical Assistant Professor

Mobile phone applications, asthma management, leadership and business




sheila taylor
Sheila Taylor
DNP, RN
Clinical Assistant Professor

Simulated fetal monitor app, transforming education through technology




Tami Wyatt
Tami Wyatt
PhD, RN, CNE, CHSE, ANEF, FAAN
Associate Dean of Research and Co-Director, HITS Lab, RWJF Executive Nurse Fellow Torchbearer Professorship in Nursing

Mobile health, innovation, instructional technology and design, asthma interventions, school health, simulation





Symptom Science

Chronic illness is becoming the norm as the population ages. Symptom science research focuses on patients’ experience of physical and psychological symptoms as well as the impact of symptoms throughout the chronic disease trajectory. Symptoms can occur singularly or in clusters; they can overlap illness masking diagnosis. Management of symptoms is an essential aspect of clinical nursing practice and an emphasis within nursing science. Some types of symptom-related research may be research in:

  • Aging
  • Women’s health
  • Neurology–especially dementias and mental illness
  • Multiple chronic conditions
  • Biomarkers of inflammation in (e.g., cancer, heart disease, arthritis, CTE/TBI, sepsis)
  • Patients’ experience of symptoms (e.g., chronic pain, fatigue)
  • Nursing management of symptoms

 

Samereh Abdoli
Samereh Abdoli
PhD, RN
Assistant Professor

Empowerment in living with diabetes, especially related to self-management, quality of life, and psychosocial aspects for young adults




Lora Beebe
Lora Beebe
PhD, PMHNP-BC
Professor

Schizophrenia and related disorders, community care, physical and mental health promotion





Sandra Thomas
PhD, RN, FAAN
Chair, PhD Program

Women’s stress, anger, depression and health-promoting behaviors




reba umberger
Reba Umberger
PhD, RN, CCRN-K
Assistant Professor
Immune suppression in sepsis, long-term outcomes for sepsis survivors and their informal caregivers




Caregiving

Caregiving can be associated with providing care or the stress of caregiving. Caregiving can be individuals, family, or community. Some types of caregiving research are:

  • Palliative and end-of-life care
  • Chronic illnesses
  • Aging
  • Stress related to caregiving; caring for the caregiver
  • Quality of life

 


Joel Anderson
PhD, CHTP
Associate Professor

Integrative strategies to support patients with dementia and their family caregivers





Deborah Chyka
DNP, RN
Clinical Assistant Professor

Pediatrics, early childhood development, early intervention





Joanne Hall
PhD, RN, FAAN
Professor

Marginalized populations; health disparities; thriving after adversity or trauma; equity in caregiving based on race, gender, gender identity, gender expression; stigma and HIV





Lisa Lindley
PhD, RN
Assistant Professor

Access, cost, and quality of pediatric hospice care, pediatric end-of-life policy





Susan McLennon
PhD, ANP-BC
Associate Professor

Older adults and family caregivers, chronic illness, quality of life, end-of-life care




myers
Carole R. Myers
PhD, RN
Associate Professor

Policymaking, access to care, health care reform, TennCare, public health programs, and advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) issues




karen rose
Karen Rose
PhD, RN, FGSA, FAAN
McMahan-McKinley Professor in Gerontology Nursing

Family caregiving, use of technology to support family caregivers





Translational Science

We as a society have done a great deal of research, but now comes the question of what we do with it. Nursing, by virtue of its practice, has been at the forefront of dissemination and implementation (translation) of practice issues. Translation places research into practice. Translational research can be considered as understanding or considering the:

  • Complexity of health interventions
  • Use and complexity of educational methodologies (e.g., interprofessional education)
  • Characteristics of the context on the environment, community, family, individual
  • Incorporation of community members into the design and implementation of other research findings

 


Lynn Blackburn
DNP, WHNP-BC
Clinical Assistant Professor

Mother-baby attachment, microbiome, breastfeeding





Tamara Bland
DNP, RN, CPNP-PC
Clinical Assistant Professor

Adverse childhood experiences, immunizations, school-based health, interprofessional practice





Julie Bonom
DNP, CRNA
Clinical Assistant Professor

Professional advocacy and health policy, simulation, substance abuse





Sharon Davis
DNP, WHNP-BC
Chair, DNP Program & Clinical Assistant Professor

Motivational interviewing, science of addiction, health policy




Lizanne Elliott
Lizanne Elliott
DNP, RN, FNP-BC
Clinical Associate Professor

Diabetes intervention, serving the uninsured, change of provider standard of care





Nan Gaylord
PhD, CPNP, FAAN
Professor

Positive health despite adversity through the lifespan, role of human relationships





Sadie Hutson
PhD, WHNP-BC
Interim Assistant Dean of Graduate Programs, Associate Professor

Chronic illness in vulnerable underserved populations including those with HIV/AIDS and cancer, advanced care planning and end-of-life care, science guided by intersectionality theory




Sandy Mixer
Sandra Mixer
PhD, RN, CTN-A
Associate Professor

Underserved populations, culturally congruent end-of-life care, cultural competence




brian mountain
Brian Mountain
DNP, CRNA
Clinical Assistant Professor, Board Member

Professional advocacy and policy, emotional intelligence




katherine newnam
Katherine Newnam
PhD, NNP-BC, CPNP, IBCLE
Assistant Professor

Neonatal and pediatric clinical outcomes, neonatal sepsis, respiratory management with focus on neurodevelopmental care




marian roman
Marian Roman
PhD, PMHCNS-BC, RN
Associate Professor

Positive health despite adversity through the lifespan, role of human relationships





Outcomes Population Health

Lora Beebe
Lora Beebe
PhD, PMHNP-BC
Professor

Schizophrenia and related disorders, community care, physical and mental health promotion




Terri Durbin
Terrica Durbin
DNP, CRNA
Clinical Assistant Professor

Diversity and health disparities, professional advocacy, health policy




Karen Lasater
Karen Lasater
DNP, FNP
Clinical Associate Professor

Academic community partners, clinical preceptors, serving the underserved




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