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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

Robin R. Austin, DNP, DC, RN-BC
Clinical Assistant Professor

612-624-1115
quis0026@umn.edu

  • Consumer health informatics/patient engagement
  • Standardized terminologies
  • Integrative health and healing

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

612-624-5933
avery003@umn.edu

  • Maternal confidence for physiologic birth
  • Exercise and pregnancy
  • Interprofessional education

Barbara Beacham, PhD, RN
Assistant Professor

612-624-6658
bbeacham@umn.edu

  • Family management
  • Children with chronic health conditions
  • Diabetes mellitus

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

612-626-5236
benbe001@umn.edu

  • Immigrant health
  • Adolescent health
  • Bone health

Rozina H. Bhimani, PhD, DNP, RN, CNP, CNE
Assistant Professor

612-625-1497
bhim0001@umn.edu

  • Symptom experiences in movement disorders
  • Neurological and musculoskeletal disabilities, symptom experiences and management issues
  • Patients and clinicians communication issues, patient safety and shared decision making

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

612-624-1425
bliss@umn.edu

  • Using mobile and web-based health interventions/apps and technology for promoting health self-management
  • Symptom management of chronic conditions in adults and older adults
  • Health disparities

Barbara E. Champlin, PhD, RN
Clinical Assistant Professor

612-625-0444
champ002@umn.edu

  • Alzheimer’s disease: Impact on caregivers
  • Qualitative research: Phenomenology
  • Veteran-centered care: Preparation of nursing students

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

612-625-1601
chesn009@umn.edu

  • APRN 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

Corjena K. Cheung, PhD, RN, FGSA
Assistant Professor

612-624-5198
corjena@umn.edu

  • Yoga for managing osteoarthritis in older adults
  • Yoga for improving stress and motor/non-motor functions in individuals with Parkinson’s disease
  • Use of mobile technology to improve yoga adherence and symptom management

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

Thomas R. Clancy, PhD, MBA, RN, FAAN
Clinical Professor

612-626-2102
clanc027@umn.edu

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

Elaine Darst, PhD, APRN, PMHCNS-BC
Clinical Associate Professor and Co-Director BSN Program

612-625-4683
darst005@umn.edu

  • Sexuality
  • Cardiovascular disease, prostatectomy, disability and other illnesses affecting sexual function

Patrick J. Dean, EdD, RN, OSTJ
Clinical Assistant Professor

507-358-0921
dean0057@umn.edu

  • Caring science and technology in nursing
  • Cardiovascular health in African American people
  • Dementia friendly communities

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

Mary T. Dierich, PhD, RN, C-GNP, MSPH
Clinical Associate Professor

612-625-0992
dieri001@umn.edu

  • Safe transitions across care settings
  • Effect of medication on re-admissions to hospitals
  • Models of care for older adults

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

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

612-624-6933
find0003@umn.edu

  • Program evaluation
  • Public health nursing education
  • Violence prevention

Carol Flaten, DNP, RN, PHN
Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of Pre-licensure Programs

612-624-9946
cflaten@umn.edu

  • Technology-enhanced education
  • Vulnerable and underserved populations

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

Ann E. Garwick, PhD, RN, LP, LMFT, FAAN
Professor

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

Joseph E. Gaugler, PhD
Professor

612-626-2485
gaug0015@umn.edu

  • Alzheimer’s disease and long-term care
  • Longitudinal implications: care for disabled adults
  • Effectiveness of services for caregiving families

Nasra H. Giama, DNP, RN, PHN
Clinical Assistant Professor

507-258-8041
giama003@umn.edu

  • Health disparities related to viral hepatitis and liver disease
  • Adolescent health
  • Refugee and immigrant health

Cynthia R. Gross, PhD
Professor

612-624-8676
gross002@umn.edu

  • Mindfulness interventions to reduce chronic insomnia and symptoms
  • Quality of life in patients with chronic health conditions, and in transplant donors and recipients
  • Patient-reported outcomes in clinical trials

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

Casey Hooke, PhD, APRN, PCNS, CPON
Assistant 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
  • Development in children with chronic illness

Melissa L. Horning, PhD, RN, PHN
Assistant Professor

612-624-1947
horn0199@umn.edu

  • Community-engaged, health promotion research with children, youth and families
  • Social ecological influences on adolescent health behaviors and nutrition
  • Public health nursing

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

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

Penny Kessler, DNP, RN
Clinical Assistant Professor

612-626-4008
kessl056@umn.edu

  • Integrative nursing
  • Symptom management
  • Reflective practice

Laura N. Kirk, PhD, RN
Assistant Professor

612-625-4593
kirk0013@umn.edu

  • Gerontology
  • Exercise
  • Long-term Care

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

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

Renee Kumpula, EdD, RN, PHN
Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of Continuing Professional Development

612-625-7148
rkumpula@umn.edu

  • End-of-life nursing and spiritual care
  • Learning assessment, adult learning theory and program evaluation
  • Continuing professional development; online learning

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

Ruth A. Lindquist, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, FAAN
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

Wendy S. Looman, PhD, APRN, CPNP
Associate 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

Anne C. 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

Siobhan K. McMahon, PhD, MPH, RN, GNP-BC
Assistant 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

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

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

Christine A. Mueller, PhD, RN, FGSA, FAAN
Professor

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

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

612-624-6647
ocon0025@umn.edu

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

Judith M. Pechacek, DNP, RN, CENP
Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of Doctor of Nursing Practice Programs

612-625-0944
pech0004@umn.edu

  • Leadership and organizational culture
  • Interprofessional education and practice
  • Informatics

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

612-624-0449
peden001@umn.edu

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

Daniel J. Pesut, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN
Professor of Nursing Population Health and Systems Cooperative Unit

612-626-9443
dpesut@umn.edu

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

Barbara L. Peterson, PhD, APRN, PMHCNS-BC
Clinical Assistant 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

Jeanne Pfeiffer, DNP, MPH, RN, CIC, FAAN
Clinical Associate Professor

612-626-7021
pfeif052@umn.edu

  • Disaster preparedness
  • Infection prevention
  • Global health

Carolyn M. Porta, PhD, MPH, RN SANE-A
Associate 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

Teddie M. Potter, PhD, RN, FAAN
Clinical Associate Professor Specialty Coordinator Doctor of Nursing Practice in Health Innovation and Leadership

612-626-2881
tmpotter@umn.edu

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

Lori M. Rhudy, PhD, APRN, CNRN, ACNS
Clinical Associate Professor

507-258-8042
rhudy002@umn.edu

  • Decision-making/clinical judgement
  • Surveillance as a nursing intervention
  • Neuroscience nursing

Deborah R. Ringdahl, DNP, APRN, CNM
Clinical Associate Professor

612-624-0913
ringd001@umn.edu

  • Integrative nursing practice
  • Integrative health and women’s health
  • Reiki practice and self care

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

612-626-6450
rober007@umn.edu

  • Refugee trauma, stress and coping
  • Climate variability, conflict and forced migration
  • Community coping interventions

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

218-726-8934
msaftner@umn.edu

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

Dereck L. Salisbury, PhD
Clinical Assistant Professor

612-625-9308
salis048@umn.edu

  • Aerobic exercise training and its effects on tissue perfusion and metabolism in patients with peripheral artery disease
  • The anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects of exercise training

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

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

Kristine M. Talley, PhD, RN, GNP-BC
Associate Professor Co-Director Center for Aging Science & Care Innovation

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

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

Eileen P. Weber, DNP, JD, RN, PHN
Clinical Assistant Professor

612-626-6892
weber058@umn.edu

  • Health care legal partnerships
  • Ethics and public policy
  • Interprofessional care coordination education

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

Kathryn W. White, DNP, APRN, CRNA, FAAN
Clinical Associate Professor

612-624-8959
white732@umn.edu

  • Clinical doctoral education
  • Nurse anesthesia
  • Staffing models

Jean Wyman, PhD, RN, APRN, GNP-BC, FAAN, FGSA
Co-Director

612-624-2132
wyman002@umn.edu

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

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