PhD Faculty

Connie Delaney, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI
Professor and Dean

612-624-5959
delaney@umn.edu

  • Knowledge representation standards/essential data
  • Big data and knowledge discovery
  • Interprofessional education and Triple Aim impact

Full bio

Eunice M. Areba, PhD, RN, PHN
Clinical Assistant Professor

612-624-9605
areba002@umn.edu

  • Environmental, social and individual factors fostering healthy youth development
  • Coping mechanisms in immigrant and refugee youth
  • Drugs, substance use, violence and mental health in immigrant and refugee youth

Full bio

Melissa D. Avery, PhD, APRN, CNM, FACN
Professor

612-624-5933
avery003@umn.edu

  • Maternal confidence for physiologic birth
  • Outcomes of nurse midwifery care in vaginal birth after Cesarean section
  • Technology-enhanced learning

Full bio

Barbara Beacham, PhD, RN
Assistant Professor

612-624-6658
bbeacham@umn.edu

  • Family management of children with chronic health conditions, development of self-care and health care autonomy, mixed methods

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Mary M. Benbenek, PhD, MS, RN, FNP, PN
Clinical Professor

612-626-5236
benbe001@umn.edu

  • Immigrant health
  • Adolescent health
  • Bone health

Full bio

Rozina H. Bhimani, PhD, DNP, APRN-CNP, CNE
Assistant Professor

612-625-1497
bhim0001@umn.edu

  • Symptom measurement and management in movement disorders
  • Symptom interventions for individuals with disabilities.
  • Patients/providers communication pattern to improve patient outcomes
  • Quality of life issues for individuals with disabilities.
  • Prevention of impairments and limitation in disabled population.
  • Overlapping pain syndrome in neurological disabilities.

Full bio

Donna Z. Bliss, PhD, RN, FAAN, FGSA
Professor

612-624-1425
bliss@umn.edu

  • Use of mobile and web-based health interventions/apps and technology for promoting health self-management
  • Symptom management of chronic conditions in adults and older adults
  • Fecal/dual incontinence, associated skin problems (dermatitis, pressure injury)
  • Health disparities

Full bio

Mary L. Chesney, PhD, APRN, CPNP, FAA
Clinical Professor Distinguished University Teaching Professor

612-625-1601
chesn009@umn.edu

  • APN utilization in new models of health care delivery
  • Family adjustment after international adoption
  • Parent-child attachment/relationship
  • Neurobiological, cognitive, social, and emotional effects of early childhood deprivation (hospitalization or orphanage care)

Full bio

Chih-Lin Chi, PhD, MBA
Assistant Professor

612-624-5113
cchi@umn.edu

  • Translational research for personalized health management
  • Machine learning and knowledge discovery
  • Treatment modeling and simulation

Full bio

Thomas R. Clancy, PhD, MBA, RN, FAAN
Clinical Professor and Associate Dean for Faculty Practice, Partnerships, and Professional Development

612-626-2102
clanc027@umn.edu

  • Computational modeling, simulation
  • Social network analysis
  • Agent-based modeling

Full bio

Laura J. Duckett, PhD, MPH, RN
Associate Professor

612-624-9160
ducke001@umn.edu

  • Breastfeeding of full-term and pre-term infants and maternal employment
  • Maternal-infant-family health during the first year; parent-infant attachment
  • Reiki touch for pre-term infants

Full bio

Mary J. Findorff, PhD, RN, MPH
Clinical Associate Professor

612-624-6933
find0003@umn.edu

  • Exercise behaviors in older adults
  • Fall prevention and injury outcomes
  • Occupational health nursing
  • Injury prevention

Full bio

Jayne A. Fulkerson, PhD
Professor

612-624-4823
fulke001@umn.edu

  • Family-based health promotion in community settings
  • Child/adolescent obesity prevention through family meals at home
  • Research methodology, evaluation, measurement and instrument development

Full bio

Ann E. Garwick, PhD, RN, LP, LMFT, F
Professor and Senior Executive Associate Dean for Research

612-624-1141
garwi001@umn.edu

  • Children and youth with special health needs
  • Cross-cultural health and culturally competent care
  • Family health and stress caregiving, and coping

Full bio

Niloufar N. Hadidi, PhD, APRN, CNS-BC, FAHA
Associate Professor

612-626-8901
hadi0001@umn.edu

  • Problem-solving therapy to treat post-stroke depression
  • Use of fMRI to determine neuron connectivity in stroke survivors following problem-solving therapy

Full bio

Casey C. Hooke, PhD, RN, PCNS, CPON
Associate Professor

612-624-2972
hook0035@umn.edu

  • Interventions for fatigue and related symptoms in children with cancer
  • Physical performance and exercise in children with cancer
  • Measurement of symptoms and quality of life in children with chronic illness

Full bio

Merrie J. Kaas, PhD, APRN, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN
Professor

612-626-3781
kaasx002@umn.edu

  • Nursing interventions: older adults with late-life depression
  • Advanced practice psychiatric mental health nursing
  • Caregiver training about late-stage dementia

Full bio

Madeleine J. Kerr, PhD, RN
Associate Professor

612-625-2669
kerrx010@umn.edu

  • Intervention to prevent occupational hearing loss
  • Latino worker health promotion
  • Public health informatics

Full bio

Laura N. Kirk, PhD, RN
Assistant Professor

612-625-4593
kirk0013@umn.edu

• Gerontology
• Exercise
• Long-term Care

Full bio

Mary Jo Kreitzer, PhD, RN, FAAN
Director

612-625-3977
kreit003@umn.edu

  • Mindfulness-based stress reduction to improve health outcomes
  • Integrative care model to manage women with eating disorders
  • Meditative movement and health outcomes of older adults

Full bio

Kathleen E. Krichbaum, PhD, RN, FGSA, ANEF,
Professor

612-624-2489
krich001@umn.edu

  • Complexity compression: factors influencing the nursing work environment
  • Education interventions to improve nursing student learning outcomes including use of simulations
  • Quality of long-term care delivered to elders

Full bio

Joan Liaschenko, PhD, RN, FAAN
Professor

612-624-2443
jliasch@umn.edu

  • Clinical ethics, bioethics, feminist ethics and nursing ethics
  • Interdisciplinary communication and collaboration particularly in end-of-life care
  • Impact of the electronic health record on the nurse-patient relationship

Full bio

Ruth A. Lindquist, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, FA
Professor

612-624-5646
lindq002@umn.edu

  • Enhancing quality of life for women with or at risk for cardiovascular disease
  • Adherence to health behavior change
  • Complementary and alternative therapies to reduce stress and anxiety

Full bio

Wendy S. Looman, PhD, RN, CNP
Professor

612-624-6604
looma003@umn.edu

  • Family health care nursing
  • Quality of life among children and youth with special health care needs
  • Care coordination for children with medical complexity

Full bio

Anne Chevalier McKechnie, PhD, RN, IBCLC
Assistant Professor

612-624-6491
acmckech@umn.edu

  • Preparing process of expectant parents after fetal diagnoses
  • Adaptive work of parents caring for children born with complex health needs

Full bio

Siobhan K. McMahon, PhD, MPH, RN, GNP-BC
Associate Professor

612-625-3225
skmcmaho@umn.edu

  • Promoting lifestyle behaviors among older adults
  • Mobile health (mHealth) technology to enhance motivation for physical activity
  • Interventions to promote motivation for engagement in fall-reducing physical activity

Full bio

Barbara J. McMorris, PhD
Associate Professor

612-624-9909
mcmo0023@umn.edu

  • Prevention of risky health behaviors in adolescence
  • Promotion of health among vulnerable populations
  • Program evaluation, research methods and complex statistical modeling

Full bio

Martin Michalowski, PhD
Assistant Professor

612-625-0992
martinm@umn.edu

  • Clinical Practice Guideline mitigation using AI to develop treatment plans for multi-morbid patients
  • Shared decision making
  • Therapy compliance

Full bio

Karen A. Monsen, PhD, RN, FAAN
Associate Professor

612-624-0490
mons0122@umn.edu

  • Home visiting intervention effectiveness research
  • Standardized terminology data research
  • Data mining, data visualization and machine learning methods

Full bio

Christine A. Mueller, PhD, RN, FGSA, FAAN
Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Programs

612-626-4922
cmueller@umn.edu

  • Quality of care in nursing homes
  • Long-term care nursing leadership
  • Geriatric nursing education
  • Nurse staffing and nursing practice models in long-term care

Full bio

Susan K. O'Conner-Von, PhD, RN
Associate Professor

612-624-6647
ocon0025@umn.edu

  • Pediatric pain and palliative care
  • Spiritual care
  • Web-based education for adolescents with cancer

Full bio

Cynthia J. Peden-McAlpine, PhD, ACNS, BC
Associate Professor

612-624-0449
peden001@umn.edu

  • Qualitative methods
  • Family/provider communication at end of life in ICUs
  • Family end-of-life decision making

Full bio

Daniel J. Pesut, PhD, RN, FAAN
Professor

612-626-9443
dpesut@umn.edu

  • Nursing leadership
  • Nursing education: creativity, innovation, teaching/learning
  • Clinical reasoning

Full bio

Barbara L. Peterson, PhD, RN, CNS
Clinical Associate Professor

612-624-0440
pete1389@umn.edu

  • Psychiatric and mental health problems in children/adolescents
  • Interprofessional graduate education; integrative psychiatric mental health
  • Trauma-related nightmares and post-traumatic stress in youth

Full bio

Carolyn M. Porta, PhD, MPH, RN SANE-A, FAAN
Professor

612-624-6179
porta@umn.edu

  • Promoting healthy physical and emotional trajectories into adulthood
  • Trans-disciplinary eco-health research to advance global health
  • Use of mHealth and photovoice strategies in health promotion

Full bio

Teddie M. Potter, PhD, RN, FAAN
Clinical Associate Professor

612-626-2881
tmpotter@umn.edu

  • Partnership-based health care and interprofessional practice
  • Diversity and inclusivity
  • Design thinking and innovation

Full bio

Cheryl L. Robertson, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN
Professor

612-626-6450
rober007@umn.edu

  • Refugee trauma, stress and coping
  • Community-based coping intervention research
  • Eco-health strategies in central/eastern Africa

Full bio

Melissa A. Saftner, PhD, CNM, RN
Clinical Associate Professor

218-726-8934
msaftner@umn.edu

  • Adolescent sexual risk behavior
  • American Indian health promotion
  • Confidence for physiologic birth

Full bio

Erica Schorr, PhD, BSBA, RN
Assistant Professor

612-624-6406
scho0828@umn.edu

  • Cardiovascular disease and cardiac rehabilitation
  • Interventions to increase physical activity, improve sleep and enhance quality of life
  • Mobile health and integrative therapies for health promotion and disease prevention

Full bio

Renee E. Sieving, PhD, RN, FAAN, FSAHM
Professor Director, Center for Adolescent Nursing

612-626-4527
sievi001@umn.edu

  • Promoting health and healthy development among vulnerable populations of young people
  • Preventing risky sexual behaviors, violence and school dropout among adolescents
  • Improving adolescent health services

Full bio

Kristine M. Talley, PhD, RN, GNP-BC
Associate Professor

612-624-9412
carl0106@umn.edu

  • Preventing excess disability and frailty in older adults
  • Nursing rehabilitation of older adults
  • Preventing and managing urinary incontinence in older adults

Full bio

Diane J. Treat-Jacobson, PhD, RN, FAAN
Professor

612-624-7613
treat001@umn.edu

  • Outcomes of exercise training in patients with peripheral artery disease
  • Quality of life assessment and measurement
  • Early detection and management of peripheral artery disease

Full bio

Bonnie L. Westra, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI
Associate Professor

612-625-4470
westr006@umn.edu

  • Big data analytics/data mining with electronic health record data
  • Data quality/standardization to create data warehouse for research
  • Nursing terminologies and minimum data set research

Full bio

Jean Wyman, PhD, RN, APRN, GNP-B
Co-Director

612-624-2132
wyman002@umn.edu

  • Urinary incontinence
  • Fall prevention and exercise in the elderly
  • Exercise in older adults with chronic disease

Full bio

Fang Yu, PhD, RN, GNP-BC, FGS
Professor

612-624-5435
yuxxx244@umn.edu

  • Non-pharmacological interventions for improving cognition and function in older adults
  • Aerobic exercise in older adults with dementia

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