Kirkhof College of Nursing
Faculty Expertise
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Deborah Bambini, PhD

  • Women’s Health
  • Adolescent Development
  • Nursing Education
  • Curriculum Development
  • Simulation in Healthcare Educator

Jean Barry, PhD

  • Implementation Science
  • The phenomenon of Moral Distress
  • The theory and methods of Quality Improvement

Cynthia Beel-Bates, PhD

  • Care of persons with Alzheimer’s disease
  • Management of wandering behavior in persons with dementia
  • Faculty development for the facilitation of interprofessional education
  • Development of interprofessional health education within a baccalaureate AACN concept-based curriculum
  • Experiential and transformational andragogy
  • Developing expertise in the use of the flipped classroom versus traditional classroom approaches
  • Use of case simulations to facilitate interprofessional team learning
  • Development of programs requiring community partnerships

Mary Bollman, MSN

  • Administration
  • Leadership
  • Psychiatry

Andrea Bostrom, PhD

  • Mental health and mental illness
  • Chronic and persistent mental illness such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Group methods

Ruth Ann Brintnall, PhD

  • Care of the Adult Cancer Patient
  • Pain and Symptom Management
  • Hospice and Palliative Care
  • Primary Care of the Adult

Debra Brown-Bayus, MSN

  • Adult Nurse Practitioner
  • Gastroenterology
  • Community Health Nursing

Linda Buck, MSN

  • Post-anesthesia care
  • Adult critical care
  • Solid organ donation policy and process

Karen Burritt, PhD

  • Research of Chronic Spine Conditions
  • Pathophysiology and Pharmacology
  • Clinical Neuroscience
  • Chronic Pain Conditions

Karyn Butler, PhD

  • Maternal/Child
  • Circadian Rhythms

Nancy Carlson, MSN

  • Med- Surg Oncology last four years as clinical instructor
  • Emergency and critical care nursing over 15 years-experience 1984-1999 and 2004-2007
  • Traveling nursing 1989-1990

Paulette Chaponniere, PhD

  • Public Health Nursing
  • Cross-cultural Care
  • Health Education
  • Global Health

Erin Chillag, MSN

  • Pediatrics

Evelyn Clingerman, PhD

  • Research Methodological Approaches
  • T2DM and Stress
  • Health Literacy
  • CPM and Theoretical Approaches to Practice

Dianne Conrad, DNP

  • DNP Education
  • Board Certified in Diabetes Management
  • Ambulatory Care Patient Centered Medical Home and EHR
  • Family Nurse Practitioner

Kristin Cooper, MSN

  • Community  Health Nursing

Cynthia Coviak, PhD

  • Nursing Education
  • Nursing Informatics
  • Nursing Research
  • Child and Adolescent Health

Norine Cunningham, MSN

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Psychiatric Nursing
  • Substance Abuse

Kelli Damstra, DNP

  • Leadership/Administration
  • Maternal/Child (Obstetrics)
  • Breastfeeding

Catherine D’Amour, MSN

  • Community Health/Public Health-Wide variety of experience with clients across the age span and working in multiple community settings and foci.  Engaged in primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention activities. 
  • Expanded  expertise in the CATCH Program, a primary prevention program for childhood obesity delivered in school settings.
  • Multiple years of experience as nurse manager and work with multi-disciplinary teams.

Rebecca Davis, PhD

  • Aging/Gerontology
  • Research Methods –quantitative
  • Cognition/Dementia
  • Environment Effects on Behaviors

Kimberly Fenbert, DNP

  • Pediatrics
  • Childhood Obesity
  • Nursing Education

Meridell Gracias, DNP

  • Adult and Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Board Certified
  • Neurosurgical nursing: Board certified in Neuroscience Nursing
  • Approaches to vulnerable populations through nursing interventions, education, linkage to community resources

Susan Harrington, PhD

  • Community Health Nursing
  • Innovative Teaching – The Flipped Classroom
  • Physical Activity, Sleep, Academic Correlates in Children

Victoria Hecksel-Lantz, MSN

  • Mental health/Psychiatric Care
  • Gerontology/ Long term Care
  • Hospice/Palliative Care
  • Community Health Care

Barbara Hooper, DNP

  • Educational Strategies to Develop Critical Thinking
  • Medical-Surgical Nursing with an Emphasis on Neurosciences
  • Nursing Leadership
  • Dedicated Education Units and Resume, Cover Letters and Interviewing Skills

Brenda Hoss, MSN

  • Perioperative Nursing
  • Care of the Adult Surgical Client
  • Evidenced Based Practice
  • Clinical Education

Lori Houghton-Rahrig, PhD

  • NCLEX Test-Taking Strategies
  • Genetics
  • Symptoms and Health-Related Quality of Life
  • Medical/Surgical Patients
  • Obesity-related Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease

Grace Hoyer, EdD

  • Professionalism
  • Lesbian,  Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Issues
  • Leadership
  • Self-Efficacy

Elaine Leigh, DNP

  • Clinical Faculty for Advance Practice Students
  • Hepatitis C
  • Gastroenterology
  • Liver Disease

Cynthia McCurren, PhD

  • Gerontology
  •  Nursing and Higher Education Leadership
  • Education and Practice Partnerships
  • Community Engagement and Service Learning
  • Health policy issues
  • Health care delivery and practice
  • Interprofessional Education/Collaborative Practice

Wanda Moerland, BSN

  • Colon and Rectal
  • Family practice
  • Surgery

Tamara Mohr, MSN

  • Operating room expertise Inpatient and Outpatient Surgical Arena
    • Orthopedic
    • General
    • ENT
    • Plastics
    • Cataracts
  • Cardiovascular/Neuro  open heart surgeries, cardiovascular surgeries, craniotomies, lumbar & cervical laminectomies
  • Eyes/ENT
  • Ortho, General, Plastics, ENT, Cataracts

Susan Mlynarczyk, PhD

  • Pediatrics
  • Infant Safe Sleep Champion
  • Parental Influences on Child Health

Sylivia Mupepi, PhD

  • Women's health
  • Pre and post-natal care
  • Cervical cancer in African women
  • Global health including global health systems
  • Several African cultures: Zimbabwe and Ghana

Yvette Petti, PhD

  • Veteran’s Health
  • Primary Care
  • Women’s Health
  • Orthopedic
  • Athletic Medicine

Amy Rohn, MSN

  • Neonatal Intensive Care
  • Breastfeeding Counseling
  • Pediatrics

Maureen Ryan, MSN

  • Interprofessional Education
  • Community Health Nursing

Thomas Sanchez, MSN

  • Asthma and Allergy
  • Exercise for Health Benefits
  • Family Practice
  • Osteoporosis

Patricia Schafer, PhD

  • Theory Development Analysis
  • Child and Family Health

Nancy Schoofs, PhD

  • Nursing Education
  • Care of Renal Failure Patient
  • Sjogren’s Syndrome
  • Care of Heart Failure Patient

Luanne Shaw, MSN

  • Emergency
  • Cardiovascular
  • Adult Health
  • Medical Surgical

Ann Sheehan, DNP

  • Health Policy
  • Pediatrics

Sally Stockdale, MSN

  • Geriatrics
  • Medical Surgical Nursing

Susan Strouse, PhD

  • Professional culture of nursing
  • Socialization to nursing
  • Nursing Education
  • Trans-cultural nursing
  • RN to BSN curriculum
  • Community Health
  • Interprofessional Education

Elaine Van Doren, PhD

  • Community Health Nursing
  • Nursing Administration
  • RN/BSN Programs

Melodee Vanden Bosch, PhD

  • Physical Activity
  • Diabetes
  • Middle-aged Women
  • Medical-Surgical Acute Care Nursing

Heather Wallace Renter, PhD

  • Gerontology
  • Rural Aging
  • Rural Cancer Control and Prevention
  • Health Behavior

Kathy Watt, PhD

  • Women’s Health
  • Diabetes
  • Psychologist-Mental Health Issues

Joy Washburn, EdD

  • Transition to practice: From student nurse to newly licensed RN
  • Person-Environment Fit theory and application to nursing
  • Nursing Education
  • Educational Leadership
  • Women’s Health
  • Nursing History
  •  Simulation

Janet Winter, DNP

  • Leadership Development
  • Interprofessional Collaboration
  • Governance
  • Health Systems Change

Jennifer Zoeteman, MSN

  • Gerontology
  • Emergency Care
  • Occupational Health

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