College of Nursing

Faculty Research Profile

Faculty Research Programs/Interests
battenSusan Batten, PhD., RN
Associate Professor
  • Perinatal and neonatal care
  • Healthcare missions abroad
  • Community Service
Carol BryanCarol Bryan, MSN, RN
  • Teaching and Learning Strategies for the Adult
  • Cognitive Load Theory (CLT) and the adjustment of new nurses to acute care
  • Nurse novice and expert
  • Communications
  • Critical thinking and clinical decision making
  • Cultural and Diversity teaching and learning challenges in the classroom and at the bedside

chenHuey-Shys Chen, PhD, RN, MCHES, FAAN 
Professor and Associate Dean of Research and Evaluation 

  • Instrument development
  • Smoking prevention, HIV prevention
  • Community based participatory research
  • Patient centered outcome research
  • Quality improvement

joanneJoanne Ehrmin, PhD, RN, CNS

  • Caring for diverse cultural groups of female substance abusers and relationships with their children Women’s Health Issues
  • Substance Use & Abuse
  • Addictions Treatment & Recovery
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in R/T Substance Abuse, Incest and Sexual Abuse

gray Temeaka Gray, PsyD, MBA, MSN, RN, CNP
Assistant Professor 


  • Women’s Health, Community Health, Worksite wellness programming, 
  • Stress management (especially in nursing), Social desirability in research 


grothausElizabeth Grothaus, MSN, RN, CNS

  • Preventing Falls in the Elderly Homebound
  • Caregivers of Stroke in the Home


herreraCindy Herrera, MSN, RN, PPCNP-BC


  • Pediatrics
  • Childhood Obesity
  • Multidisciplinary Care
  • Developmental/Behavioral Pediatrics

hobletKaren Hoblet, PhD, MSN, RN, CNL
Associate Professor, Interim Department Chair 


  • Community
  • College and University Campus violence
  • Human development
  • Student development as nurse
  • Supply chain management
  • Healthcare product cost
  • Administration and leadership

Annie KaoTsui Sui Kao, PhD, FNP-BC
Associate Professor

  • Adolescent health behaviors
  • Parent-child relationships
  • Perceived parental expectancies
  • Collective family efficacy
  • Family-based interventions
  • Mindfulness meditation 
  • Community participatory research
  • Evidence-based practices
  • Lifestyle modifications 

kingLisa King, MSN, RN, WHCNP


  • Factors influencing the choice to breastfeed
  • Adolescent pregnancy
  • Women and healthy lifestyle choices
  • Women and access to care
  • Dementia and wandering

lakia Deloris Lakia, DNP, MSN, ANP-BC, CDE
Assistant Professor  

  • Chronic Illness

lanhamJaclyn Lanham, DNP, MSN, FNP-BC
Assistant Professor 


  • Health Promotion/Prevention
  • Holistic Care/Holistic treatment modalities
  • Intimate Partner Abuse/Domestic Violence
  • Teen Dating Violence

Carolyn Lee, PhD, RN, CNElee


  • Historical research
  • History of nursing 

Kelly Lewandowski, MSN, RN kelly


  • Cognition
  • Teaching strategies
  • Teenage pregnancy
  • Critical thinking

mattin Deborah Mattin, PhD, MSN, MBA, RN
Assistant Professor, Director, Continuing Nursing Education 

  • Improving nursing practice and quality of care through continuing nursing education
  • Linking continuing nursing education and evidence based practice
  • Student learning outcomes and evaluation
  • Systems leading Continuous Performance Improvement in the administrative process
mitchell Kathleen Mitchell, MSN, RN, CNS, CRRN 
Instructor, Assistant Dean, Student Services 
  • Rehabilitation nursing
  • Geriatrics
  • Long term care
  • Recruitment
  • Admissions 

mortland Karen Mortland, MSN, RN, CNE


  • Using virtual simulation in the classroom
  • Planned change for adult population with Metabolic Syndrome in the community
phillipsKelly Phillips, PhD, RN, CNS, CNL
Interim Dean, Associate Professor
  • Power and Leadership Issues in Nursing Education Administration
  • Clinical Nurse Leader 



pierceLinda Pierce, PhD, RN, CNS, CRRN, FAHA, FAAN 

  • Rehabilitation Issues
  • Caring
  • Caregivers [assessment and outcomes] for stroke and dementia & other chronic conditions
  • Educational or information needs
  • Web-based support and education


kathyKathy Pilliod-Carpenter, MSN, RN, FNP-C

  • Student learning
  • Critical Thinking
  • Innovative Teaching Strategies
  • Nurse Practitioner Education and Practice
  • Oncology, Pediatric Oncology
  • Multidisciplinary Practice
  • Preceptors
  • Renal Nursing
susanSusan Pocotte, PhD
Associate Professor, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs 
  • Evidence based medication safety across the continuum of patient care
  • Medication adverse events across the continuum of patient care
  • Medication errors across the contiuum of patient care
  • Interprofessional clinical pharmacotherapy
  • Interprofessional pharmacotherapy education
  • Complementary and alternative medicine
  • Herbal Pharmacology supplements and nutrition
  • Energy healing modalities
  • Reiki energy healing and pain
  • Reiki energy healing and relaxation
colleen Colleen Quinlan, PhD, MS, WHCNP
Associate Professor 
  • Women and Leadership
  • Women’s Career Development
  • Comparing Health Care Systems and the Role of the APRN
  • Reproductive Health Care Policy

kristianaKristina Reuille, PhD, RN 
Assistant Professor

  • Representational beliefs about the experience of fatigue in patients with cancer
  • Symptom Management in patients with cancer
riceSusan Rice, PhD, RN, CPNP, CNS
Professor, Director Advanced Practice Program, APRN-DNP Director 
  • Role of advanced practice nursing in underserved areas
  • Community service projects for children with special needs
  • “Gliding Stars” Ice Skating Program for People with Disabilities
  • Family with special needs children
  • At-risk adolescents
  • Mental health issues in children
  • Qualitative research methods 
angieAngela Scardina, MSN, RN, CNP 
  • Gerontology
  • African american men w/HTN
  • End of life care decision making
  • Education Needs of APN’s in Ohio
marty Martha Sexton, PhD, RN, CNS
Associate Professor, Director, Interprofessional Immersive Simulation Center and Learning Resource Center 
  • Interprofessional education
  • Interprofessional collaboration
  • Interprofessional team training
  • Interprofessional simulation 
sinkKatherine Sink, PhD, RN, CNS 
  • Parental Perceptions and Cognitive Mappings
  • Caregiver Stress
  • Metabolism, body image & weight management 
susan sSusan Sochacki, PhD, MSN, RN
Associate Professor 
  • Aging issues
  • Religious Sister’s Longitudinal Study
  • Student learning
  • Storytelling
  • Faith Community Nursing 
pattyPatricia Sopko, MSN, RN, CNE
  • Individual decision making process regarding the hospice benefit
tracy Tracy Szirony, PhD, MSN, CNP
Associate Professor 
  • End of life decision making
  • End of life care
taylor Colleen Taylor, PhD, MSN, FNP-BC
Assistant Professor 
  • Health Promotion & Wellness Minority Health Issues 
karenKaren Tormoehlen, MSN, CNP
Assistant Professor 

  • Role of Adult Nurse Practitioner in a Community Mental Health Center 
walsh Eileen Walsh, PhD, APN, RN-BC, FAHA
  • Exercise Interventions in various disease states: breast cancer; peripheral arterial disease; cardiac disease
  • Cardiovascular risk reduction strategies
  • Prevention and Management of Venous Thromboembolic Disorders
  • Prevention and Management of Peripheral Arterial Disease
  • Prevention and Management of Lymphedema
  • Development of Evidence-Based Practice Guidelines
  • Translation of Evidence into Practice
woodMarilynne Wood, PhD, MSN, RN
  • Asthma in Children
  • Asthma Education w/ African American & Latino Children & Families
  • Health Literacy
  • Healthy Schools
  • Safe Playgrounds Initiative
  • Lead Poisoning: Behavioral Challenges and Juvenile Justice
  • Hospital Nurses and Job Satisfaction
  • Strategies for  Stress & Coping Among Hospital Nurses
  • Elevated Lead Levels in Children and Health
  • Health Policy Regarding:
  • Lead Prevention/Exposure
  • Community-Based Collaborative Action Research 
Last Updated: 8/17/17