College of Nursing Faculty Researchers

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Research Areas

Epigenetics research

S. Pamela Shiao, PhD, RN, FAAN  epigenetics, meta-analysis, and meta-prediction epigenetics and nursing science, prevention of chronic health conditions, and precision care
Jean Pawl, PhD, RN, OCN, CNE behavioral interventions and epigenetics behavioral interventions and epigenetics
Elizabeth (Beth) G. NeSmith, PhD, ACNP-BC inflammation, vulnerable populations in emergency, trauma, and critical care settings, sepsis and multiple organ failure, epigenetics, nursing education, health systems / leadership, and interdisciplinary research trauma, sepsis, immunology, translational research, and inflammatory function
Robin Johns, PhD, RN cardiovascular disease and epigenetics stress, nutrition, lifestyle, methylation, reactive oxygen species, inflammatory mediators, ET-1, and NOS3
Lufei Young, PhD, RN, APRN-NP
cardiovascular health and risk, rural healthcare transformation and utilization efficiency, interactions between genetic, lifestyle and environmental factors, dissemination, and implementation science self-management, symptom, composite functioning, personalized health, cardiopulmonary wellness, independence living  and quality of life for individual with chronic conditions, evidence-based practice, cost-effectiveness, patient activation, and adherence 
Lixin Dong, PhD
bioinformatics, big data statistics, and biomedical information processing epigenetics, gene-environment interaction, cancer biomarkers, dietary intervention, and longitudinal data analysis 
Amber McCall, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC
mental health and epigenetics, health decision-making, and lifestyle interventions mental health, genetics, faith, spirituality, cancer and cardiovascular risk reduction
Rosalia Garcia-Torres, PhD  epigenetics, nutrition, food science, and meta-analysis effect of diet on genes expression
Haiyan Xiao, PhD, BSN  tumor immunotherapy, tumor microenvironment, immune function, vascular endothelial cells, epigenetics, and DNA methylation tumor immunotherapy, vascular biology, epigenetics and prevention of chronic health conditions.

Biobehavioral Nursing (Other Research)

Lucy Marion, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAANP mental health, women’s health, and community health health disparities, community health, behavior change, faith-based interventions, sexually transmitted infections, diabetes, healthcare utilization, and community based participatory research 
Stephen Gilliam, PhD, FNP-BC, RN physical activity in diabetes  physical activity, chronic disease, nutrition, quantitative analysis, and diabetes
Lovoria Williams, PhD, FNP-BC, RN behavioral interventions and health disparities cancer awareness, diabetes prevention, weight loss maintenance, faith-based/community-based interventions, and community based participatory research
Pamela R. Cromer, DNP cardiometabolic risks among Hispanic farmworkers, interprofessional community outreach and training partnerships, Hispanic farmworker health issues in the southeast USA,  institutional substance abuse training, and African Americans and chronic bacterial vaginitis USA Hispanic farmworker cardiometabolic risks, interprofessional outreach, community training partnerships, African American chronic bacterial vaginitis, substance abuse, and curriculum integration  
Caroline McKinnon, PhD, PMH/CNS-BC child mental health and substance abuse proactive readiness, content analysis, and substance abuse
Mary Lou LaComb Davis, PhD, APRN, CPNP-PC, PMHS-PC  maternal-child health, intimate partner violence, and pediatric mental health maternal, child, and intimate partner violence
Sandra Burton Inglett, PhD, RN behavioral interventions and health disparities  Healthy Start Research Program, and tobacco cessation, maternal/child health, preconception, and interconception health
Kimberly Allen, PhD, RN actigraphy, polysomnography, cardiac defects, NIRS, NEC, infants, and children pediatric sleep, pediatric cardiology, near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS), and necrotizing enterocolitis
Marlene Call, PhD(c), MPH, RN, BSN high-fidelity patient simulation, objective structured clinical examination, simulation, education, clinical judgment, assessment, and nursing simulation, nursing education, clinical judgment, and evaluation methods

Physiological and Technological Nursing (Other Research)  

Lori Anderson, PhD, RN clinical decision-making, critical thinking, learning outcomes, and high-fidelity simulation  critical thinking, clinical decision-making, and simulation 
Cynthia Chernecky, PhD, RN, AOCN, FAAN critical care, oncology, vascular access and CLABSI, lung cancer, research model, and clinical pedagogy cancer, infection,  vascular access, Clinical ABCDE interdisciplinary pedagogy, Healthcare and Technology Synergy (HATS) model for clinical research, and lung cancer respiratory symptoms
Terri Marin, PhD, NNP-BC, FAANP necrotizing enterocolitis, ischemia, near-infrared spectroscopy, prematurity, and blood transfusion neonatology, hematology, ischemic disease
Jane Garvin, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC obesity genetics, weight management, and weight reduction interventions
Shena Gazaway, PhD(c), MSN, RN professional socialization, pre-licensure clinical nurse leader graduates, simulation, and culturally congruent care professional socialization, pre-licensure clinical nurse leader graduates, simulation, and culturally congruent care

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