Faculty Areas of Interest

Advanced Practice

Sandra Bellini
Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP), Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

Regina Cusson
Advanced nursing practice role transition

Amy Kenefick
Midwifery

Paula McCauley
Acute care, DNP education


Alternative and Complementary Care

Cheryl Beck
Postpartum depression; PTSD due to childbirth; Secondary traumatic stress


Child and Parent Health

Sandra Bellini
Neonatal nursing

Denise Bourassa
Labor and delivery, prenatal care

Xiaomei Cong
Infant pain/stress assessment and management, biobehavioral pain/stress responses and measurements in infants, mechanisms involved in early life experience related to neurodevelopmental outcomes

Regina Cusson
Infant development

Arthur Engler
Kangaroo Care in NICU; Maternal-Preterm Infant Interaction; Parental Stress; Grief and Bereavement in NICU

Michelle Judge
Role of omega-3 fatty acids consumed during pregnancy in optimizing maternal and infant health outcomes in general and high-risk populations; Enhancing maternal fetal omega-3 availability and transfer to optimize biophysical properties of the neural cell for optimal cellular growth (during fetal neurodevelopment) and signaling (related to cognitive processes in infants and mood regulation in mothers)

Joan Kuhnly
High risk infants, lactation

Jacqueline McGrath
Family centered developmental interventions for improving outcomes in high risk infants in the neonatal intensive care unit

Robin Miller
Adolescent and young adult outcomes of those born preterm; Child temperament; Neurobehavioral development of infants


Correctional Nursing and Forensic Health

Annette Maruca

Louise Reagan
Adult and juvenile correctional health care; Diabetes

Deborah Shelton
Adult and juvenile correctional health care; Correctional health services research, implementation science, correctional nursing competencies


Culture, Language and History

Thomas Long
Technical and professional communication; Medical humanities (cultural representations of disease, bodies & sexuality); AIDS and culture; Early American literature and culture; Religion and literature

Kelley Newlin Lew

spirituality, religion, and health


Disease

Ivy Alexander
Midlife women’s health and disease prevention;menopause symptom management; osteoporosis identification, prevention, and management, primary care interactions

Colleen Delaney
Nurse-led multicomponent interventions for older adults with heart failure receiving home care;Advanced practice nursing care for persons with dementia and their family caregivers living at home;Spirituality and spirituality-based interventions for community dwelling older adults with cardiovascular disease

Kelley Newlin Lew
Diabetes self-management

Thomas Long
AIDS and culture

Paula McCauley
shock; sepsis; hospital associated infection prevention; chronic lung disease

John McNulty


Education

Regina Cusson
Nurse practitioner role development; advanced nursing practice role transition and neonatal nurse practitioner workforce issues

Arthur Engler
Physiological and Psychological Effects Foundation for Nursing Research and Education.

Joan Kuhnly
Simulation

Thomas Long
Rhetoric and academic writing

Paula McCauley
DNP education

John McNulty
Nursing Student Education/Simulated Lab Learning

Carol Polifroni
Interdisciplinary education, ethics, philosophy of science

Thomas Van Hoof
Hearing Science, Interprofessional Education


Gerontology

Deborah McDonald
Older adults and pain

John McNulty

Malcolm Millicent
Appropriate prescribing of medication to the elderly;benefits of in-home comprehensive geriatric assessment; reducing inappropriate emergency department transfers in the elderly

Juliette Shellman
Use of reminiscence and mental health and well-being;Community-based participatory research and older African-American adults


Mental Health

Cheryl Beck
Postpartum depression; PTSD due to childbirth; and Secondary traumatic stress

Colleen Delaney
Evidence-based home care interventions to enhance care of older adults with depression

Arthur Engler
Parental Stress; Grief and Bereavement in NICU

Juliette Shellman
Use of reminiscence and mental health and well-being,Community-based participatory research and older African-American adults.

Deborah Shelton
Adult and juvenile correctional health care; Correctional health services research, implementation science, correctional nursing competencies


Pain and Symptom Management

Xiaomei Cong
Infant pain/stress assessment and management; biobehavioral pain/stress responses and measurements in infants

Deborah McDonald
Communication between patients and health care practitioners; pain in the Hispanic population; postoperative pain management with opioid tolerant individuals


Performance and Organizational Improvement

Thomas Van Hoof
Improving patient outcomes


Pharmacology and Nutrition

Michelle Judge
Role of omega-3 fatty acids consumed during pregnancy in optimizing maternal and infant health outcomes in general and high-risk populations; Enhancing maternal fetal omega-3 availability and transfer to optimize biophysical properties of the neural cell for optimal cellular growth (during fetal neurodevelopment) and signaling (related to cognitive processes in infants and mood regulation in mothers).


Professional Issues

Sandra Bellini

Regina Cusson
Neonatal nurse practitioner workforce issues

Paula McCauley

Carol Polifroni
Autonomy and nurses’ voice, health policy, systems administration

Deborah Shelton
Adult and juvenile correctional health care; Correctional health services research, implementation science, correctional nursing competencies


Public Health

Kelley Newlin Lew
Diabetes self-management; community-based participatory research; translational research


Theory and Method

Cheryl Beck
Qualitative research

Thomas L. Long
Culture studies, semiotic theory

Paula McCauley

Robin Miller
Quantitative research methods

Kelley Newlin Lew