Research Faculty Interests

Research Faculty Interests

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Said Abusalem

Dr. Said Abusalem

Associate Professor


Research interests: Patient safety; infection control; health service research

Fawwaz Alaloul

Dr. Fawwaz Alaloul

Assistant Professor


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

Cathy Batscha

Dr. Cathy Batscha

Assistant Professor


Research interests: Applications for cognitive behavioral therapy; metabolic consequences of serious mental illness

Diane Chlebowy

Dr. Diane Chlebowy

Associate Professor, MEPN Program Director


Research interests: Type 2 diabetes self-management in adults; health disparities; motivational interviewing and behavior change

Becky Christian

Dr. Becky Christian

Professor, PhD Program Director


Research interests: Children and adolescents with chronic illness; family adaptation to chronic illness

Mary-Beth Coty

Dr. Mary-Beth Coty

Associate Professor


Research interests: Self-management of arthritis

Lynne Hall

Dr. Lynne Hall

Dean of Research, Professor


Research interests: Mental health of women who care for children with special needs

Dr. Muna Hammash

Assistant Professor


Research interests: Self-management of heart failure

Dr. Carla Hermann



Research interests: Palliative care in oncology patients

Dr. Marcia Hern

Dean and Professor, School of Nursing


Research interests: Genetics in adolescents

Dr. Vicki Hines-Martin



Research interests: Health disparities; community engagement

Dr. Luz Huntington-Moskos

Assistant Professor


Research interests: Adolescent health; environmental health

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

Dr. Cindi Logsdon



Research interests: Women's mental health and parenting; research with disadvantaged populations; using technology to change health behavior

Dr. Whitney Nash

Associate Professor


Research interests: Interprofessional education; new care models for primary and geriatric care

Dr. Barbara Polivka



Research interests: Environmental health; environmental health literacy, asthma; home healthcare, virtual training simulation; public health; volatile organic compounds, home environmental health risks; health services research

Dr. Lee Ridner

Associate Professor


Research interests: Smoking cessation; health promotion

Dr. Celeste Shawler

Associate Professor


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

Dr. Sandy Smith

Associate Professor


Research interests: Physiological responses of premature infants to the NICU environment

Dr. Ruth Staten

Associate Professor


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