PhD Dissertation Titles

2010 - 2017


Salena Wright Brown
"The Experiences of Registered Nurses Who are Injured by Interpersonal Violence While on Duty in an Emergency Department"

Renee Gilhousen
"The Lived Experience of Living with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) While Residing in a Rural Region of Northern Appalachia"

Bill Gourash
"Retention and Attrition in Bariatric Sugery Research: A Qualitative Study"

April Kidd
"Mammography Utilization in African American Women"

Natalene Kramer
"Parents of Children Who Had Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy: A Mixed Methods Study"

Debra Kramlich
"Experiences and Perceptions of Rural Postpartum Women with Substance Use Disorders Inclusive of Opioids Regarding Their Care"

Cathy Lyden
"Job Satisfaction and Empowerment of Self-Employed Nurse Practitioners: A Mixed Methods Study"

Courtney Proie
"An Examination of Factors Affecting Hemoglobin A1C Levels and Self-Care Behaviors among Patients with Type 2 Diabetes in Primary Care Settings"

Thecly Hines Scott
"Perceptions of Care During the Prenatal Period: An Ethnonursing Study of African American Childbearing Women within the Military Health System"


Emerson Ea
"Self Care Among Filipino Immigrants in the United States Who Have Hypertension"

Evie Lengetti
"A Randomized Controlled Trial Assessing the Impact of an Innovative Approach to Educating New to Practice Nurses"

Mary Malitas
"Exploring Variables Related to Post-Operative Depression in Cardiac Patients"

Michael G. Neiswonger
"Registered Nurses' Perceptions of Organizational Power and Its Relationship to Perception of Physician-Perpetrated Verbal Abuse, Stress and Coping"

Julie Valentine
"Justice Denied: Low Submission Rates of Sexual Assault Kits and Predicting Variables"

Lisa Whitfield-Harris
"The Lived Experience of Black Nurse Faculty in Predominately White Schools of Nursing"


Aaron A. Bellow, Jr.
"A Comparative Analysis of Two Low-Acuity Flow Processes in an Emergency Department"

Kathy Burger
"Examining the Effect of Mindfulness Meditation on Attention Regulation Efficiency in Nursing Students"

Carolyn Cutilli
"Health Literacy, Health Disparities and Sources of Health Information in U.S. Older Adults"

Tarsha Jones
"Predictors of Breast Cancer Screening and Cancer Genetic Services Use Among African American Female Breast Cancer Survivors"

Sharon Kern
"Relationship of Uncertainty, Perceived Threat, Stress, Positive Appraisal, and Daily Spiritual Experiences in Women with Breast Cancer: A Transitions Perspective."

Karin Page-Cutrara
The Impact of Structured Prebriefing on Nursing Students' Competency Performance, Clinical Judgment and Experience in Simulation"

Karen Rousseau
"An Exploration of the Culture Care Experiences of Puerto Rican Families with a Child with Special Health Care Needs as Perceived by the Family Caregiver"

Cindy Schaefer
"Low Health Literacy Interventions and Resources Used at Community Health Centers Using Decision Support from the Care Model"

Tamara Wardell
"Perceptions of Expert Practice by Active Licensed Registered Nurse Therapeutic Touch Practitioners"


Jeannette Kates
"Treatment-related Decisional Conflict, Quality of Life, and Co-morbid Illness in Older Adults with Cancer"

Lori Rizzo
"A Retrospective Data Analysis in Veterans with Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Using Wagner's Chronic Care Model to Explore Medication Adherence."

Joyce Victor-Chmil
"Effects of an Experiential Learning Model for Simulation on Clinical Nursing Judgment Development in Pre-Licensure Baccalaureate Nursing Students"

Missy Volino
"Factors Influencing Nurses' Intentions to Provide Weight Management Education to Hospitalized Obese Adult"

Robin Weaver
"The Impact of Structured Debriefing, Following Simulation, on BSN Student Development of Clinical Reasoning and Clinical Judgment Skills"

Kimberly (Gregg) Wolf
"Somali Immigrant perceptions of Mental Health and Illness: An Ethnonursing Study"


Elizabeth Collins
"Effect of Acupuncture on Menopausal Memory Changes in Women with Breast Cancer"

Halana Finnie
"The Collaborative Problem-Solving Approach with Traumatized Children: Its Effectiveness in the Reduction of Locked Seclusion in an Inpatient Psychiatric Setting"

Maryann Godshall
"Exploring Learning of Pediatric Burn Patients through Storytelling"

Faye Grund
"Predictors of Health Promoting Lifestyles in Baccalaureate Nursing Students"

Jesus Hernandez
"The Struggle for Balance: Culture Care Worldview of Mexican Americans about Diabetes Mellitus an Ethnonursing Study"

Susan Imes
"Discovering the Culture Care Meanings and Care Expressions of Men with a Spinal Cord Injury from the Appalachian Region of West Virginia: An Ethnonursing Study"

Ruth Irwin
"The Evaluation of Teaching the Nursing Process Using Traditional Lecture, Campus Laboratory, Clinical, and the Addition of High Fidelity Human Simulation (HFHS) Unfolding Scenarios"

Debbie Stayer
"Living with Dying in the Pediatric ICU: A Nursing Perspective"


Sally Bennett
"The Relationship Between Barcode Medication Administration Satisfaction and the Use of Workarounds Among Nurses"

Kimberly Curry-Lourenco
"The Lived Experience of Parenting a Child Adopted from an Institution in Eastern Europe"

Megan Infanti Mraz
"The Impact of the Symphonological Approach to Ethical Decision Making in Advanced Level Nursing Students"

Rachel Joseph
"Quality of Life of Parental Caregivers of Children (1-36 months) with a Tracheostomy"

Alicia Ribar
"The Meaning and Experiences of Healthy Eating In Mexican American Children: A Focused Ethnography"

Wendy Robinson
"The Role of the Forensic Nurse in Communities Experiencing Environmental Contamination"

Susan M. Strouse
"Nurse Educators' Perceptions about the Culture of Nursing and How They Bring Students into That Culture: A Focused Ethnography"


Valera Hascup
"Cultural Expressions, Meanings, Beliefs, and Practices of Mexican American Women During the Postpartum Period: An Ethnonursing Study"

Anne E. McKibbin
"Assessing the Learning Needs of South Carolina Nurses by Exploring Their Perceived Knowledge of Emergency Preparedness"

Antonia Rae Torrey
"Development and Psychometric Evaluation of a Structured Instrument to Assess the Treatment Fidelity of a Brief Opportunistic Intervention Designed to Reduce Substance Use Among Pregnant Women"

Annette M. Weiss
"Mothers Behind Bars: The Lived Experience"


R. Eric Doerfler
"Clinical Trial of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to Reduce Antiretroviral Side Effects in HIV Patients"

Carol S. Gorelick
"Personal Digital Assistants: Their Influence on Clinical Decision-Making and the Utilization of Evidence-Based Practice in Baccalaureate Nursing Students"

Jennifer S. Laurent
"The Pathway to Making Change: How Parents Promote the Health of their Overweight or Obese Child"

Julie Moss
"Discovering the Healthcare Beliefs and Practices of Rural Mestizo Ecuadorians: An Ethnonursing Study"

Etsuko Soeda
"Organ Donation in Japan: A Longitudinal Study of Quality of Life of Living Liver Donors"

Lynn Wiles
"Basic Knowledge in Critical Care: A Comparison of Experienced and Newly Graduated Nurses Augmented with an Examination of Newly Graduated Nurses' Experience Making Clinical Judgments"