Research Faculty Interests

Research Faculty Interests

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Said Abusalem

Dr. Said Abusalem

Associate Professor


Research interests: Patient safety; infection control

Fawwaz Alaloul

Dr. Fawwaz Alaloul

Assistant Professor


Research interests: Quality of life in oncology patients; cancer survivorship

Diane Chlebowy

Dr. Diane Chlebowy

Associate Professor, MEPN Program Director


Research interests: Diabetes Self-management in Adults (especially African Americans)

Becky Christian

Dr. Becky Christian

Professor, PhD Program Director


Research interests: Chronic Illness in adolescents, Cystic  Fibrosis

Paul Clark

Dr. Paul Clark

Assistant Professor

Research interests: Health Services Research projects, improving staff workplace health improvement in the patient care setting through staff critical incident debriefing interventions and improved understanding of moral distress through studies of workplace bullying & incivility as well as the relationship between personal resilience, moral distress and workplace engagement.

Mary-Beth Coty

Dr. Mary-Beth Coty

Associate Professor


Research interests: Self-management of Arthritis (especially in the Hispanic/Latino Population)

Lynne Hall

Dr. Lynne Hall

Dean of Research, Professor


Research interests: Mental Health of Low-income Women with Young Children

Dr. Muna Hammash

Assistant Professor


Research interests: Self-management of heart failure

Muna Hammash

Dr. Carla Hermann



Research interests: Palliative care in oncology patients

Marcia Hern

Dr. Marcia Hern

Dean and Professor, School of Nursing


Research interests: Genetics in adolescents

Vicki Hines-Martin

Dr. Vicki Hines-Martin



Research interests: Health disparities; community engagement

Dr. Luz Huntington-Moskos

Assistant Professor


Research interests: Adolescent smoking cessation

Luz Huntington-Moskos

Dr. Marianne Hutti



Research interests: Perinatal loss; grief in subsequent healthy pregnancy after perinatal loss; effects of perinatal loss on the family; development and use of the Perinatal Grief Intensity Scale

Cindi Logsdon

Dr. Cindi Logsdon



Research interests: Maternal Depression

Whitney Nash

Dr. Whitney Nash

Associate Professor


Research interests: Interprofessional education

Barbara Polivka

Dr. Barbara Polivka



Research interests:

Environmental Health, Health Services Research

Karen Robinson

Dr. Karen Robinson

Professor Emerita


Research interests: Caregivers of Persons with Dementia

Dr. Melanie Schrader

Assistant Professor


Research interests: Social Support on Heart Failure and Cardiovascular Diseases

Celeste Shawler

Dr. Celeste Shawler

Associate Professor


Research interests: Cardiovascular health in elderly women and their adult daughters

Sandy Smith

Dr. Sandy Smith

Associate Professor


Research interests: Therapeutic Massage for Preterm Infants, Microbiome of breast milk and safe breast feeding practices in the NICU

Rachel Vickers Smith

Dr. Rachel Vickers Smith

Assistant Professor


Research interests: Emerging Drugs of Abuse & Surveillance Through Natural Language Processing

Ruth Staten

Dr. Ruth Staten

Associate Professor


Research interests: Young adult health and well-being; substance abuse; military/veteran mental health