Meet the PhD Faculty


Research Expertise

Photo of Dr. Alison ColbertAlison Colbert, PhD, APRN, BC, FAAN


  • Public and community health, criminal justice system, health literacy
  • HIV/AIDS/infectious disease, adherence, health promotion and care in vulnerable populations
  • Patient engagement
  • Nursing, education and disabilities

Dr. Jessica Devido headshotJessica Devido, PhD, CPNP


  • Community-engaged research
  • Philosophy of biology and medicine
  • Health disparities
  • Maternal/child health
  • Health promotion
  • Mixed methods

Photo of Sr. Rosemary DonleySister Rosemary Donley, PhD, APRN-BC, FAAN


  • Vulnerable populations
  • Social justice
  • Health policy
  • Nursing education
  • Chronic illness in adults

Photo of Dr. Linda GarandLinda Garand, PhD, GCNS-BC


  • Intervention studies
  • Randomized controlled trails
  • Feasibility studies
  • Prevention research
  • Mental health of family caregivers of persons with dementia
  • Mental health of family caregivers of Veterans with traumatic brain injury
  • Geriatric nursing research
  • Mental health research

Dr. Joris GielenJoris Gielen, PhD

  • End-of-life ethics
  • Quality of life
  • Spirituality in palliative care
  • Research ethics

Photo of Dr. Mary Ellen GlasgowMary Ellen Glasgow, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN


  • Nursing education innovation
  • Inter-professional simulation
  • Bone marrow donation
  • Oncology
  • Leadership
  • Quality and safety

Photo of Dr. Karen JakubKaren Jakub, PhD, RN


  • Chronic heart disease
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Technology interventions for cardiac arrhythmias
  • Genetics in nursing and health
  • Policy, legal, and ethical Issues in genetics

Photo of Dr. Melissa KalarchianMelissa Kalarchian, PhD


  • Obesity and bariatric surgery
  • Behavioral lifestyle intervention
  • Psychosocial functioning
  • Health behaviors
  • Clinical studies

Faculty headshot of Dr. Angela KarakachianAngela Karakachian, PhD, RN

  • Pediatric Nursing
  • Nurses' moral distress
  • Nurses' burnout
  • Caring for victims of child maltreatment

Dr. Inah Kim headshotInah Kim, PhD, RN

  • Sleep disturbance and physical activity in chronic illness
  • Sleep in cancer survivors
  • Ecological momentary assessment
  • Geriatric nursing research

Photo of Dr. Rebecca KronkRebecca Kronk, PhD, MSN, CRNP, ANEF, FAAN, CNE


  • Genetic Literacy
  • Genetic education in nursing students
  • Vaccine refusal and the nurse's role
  • Health outcomes of nursing students
  • Sleep in children with special needs
  • Photovoice
  • Healthcare and people with disabilities

Photo of Dr. Joan LockhartJoan Such Lockhart, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF, FAAN


  • Eliminating health disparities in cancer care for vulnerable populations
  • Health promotion, prevention, and risk assessment in cancer care
  • Culturally appropriate, community-based interventions in health promotion, capacity building, and self-management in cancer care and bystander CPR/AEDs
  • Assessment of learning outcomes
  • Best practices in nursing education for quality, safe cancer survivor care

faculty headshot of Dr. Denise LucasDenise Lucas, PhD, FNP-BC

  • Medically underserved
  • Working poor women
  • Resources (other than money) working poor women utilize
  • Poverty
  • Chronic illness (especially hypertension and diabetes)
  • Antibiotic overuse

Photo of Dr. Khlood SalmanKhlood Salman, DrPH, RN, FAAN


  • Breast cancer and cervical cancer prevention among minority women
  • Immigrant and refugee women's health promotion and disease prevention
  • Global and international health studies
  • Environmental health
  • Interfaith dialogue studies

Photo of Dr. James SchreiberJames Schreiber, PhD


  • Motivation and cognition
  • Peircean reasoning
  • Research methodology
  • Statistical analysis and modeling using both Fisherian and Bayesian techniques
  • Multi-faceted wellness

Photo of Dr. Kathy SekulaKathleen Sekula, PhD, APRN


  • Vulnerable populations
  • Psychiatric implications in forensic nursing
  • Victims of violence
  • Domestic violence
  • Sexual assault
  • Forensic nursing

Faculty headshot of Dr. Marie Smith-EastMarie Smith-East, PhD, DNP, PMHNP-BC, EMT-B

  • Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders
  • Access to Mental Healthcare
  • Mental Health Disparities

Photo of Dr. Pam SpigelmyerPamela C. Spigelmyer, PhD, RN, CNS


  • Family caregivers for people with dementia
  • Geriatric nursing
  • EPB/research
  • Descriptive phenomenology and qualitative research methods
  • End-of-life caregiving

Dr. Mai-Ly Steers headshotMai-Ly Nguyen Steers, PhD

  • Social media in relation to health and well-being
  • Social media in relation to alcohol use
  • Psychosocial factors on alcohol use and substance use
  • Brief alcohol interventions
  • Cultural influences on health

Photo of Dr. Melanie TurkMelanie Turk, PhD, RN


  • Behavioral treatment of obesity
  • Weight loss and maintenance
  • Behavior change for health promotion among vulnerable populations
  • Theoretical frameworks for health behavior

Photo of Dr. Eric VogelsteinEric Vogelstein, PhD


Clinical bioethics and related topics in ethical theory, including:

  • The ethics of advanced directives and surrogate decision-making
  • The morality of physician- assisted dying, including nurses' participation 
  • The moral status of prenatal life 
  • Moral expertise and ethics consultants

Photo of Dr. Rick ZouchaRick Zoucha, PhD, APRN-BC, CTN-A, FAAN


  • Community based participatory action research
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing
  • Transcultural/international nursing
  • Cultural competence/Mexican Americans, African Americans, refugee/immigrants and their health needs
  • Qualitative research methods