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Transforming Healthcare Transforming Lives:
Creating the Nursing Leaders of Tomorrow and the Research that Improves Health

ResearchAreas of Expertise

USF
Acute Care

Theresa M. Beckie, PhD, RN, FAHA

  • Cardiovascular Critical Care

Brian Graves, PhD, RN, ACNP-BC

  • Acute Lung Injury
  • Sepsis

Cindy Munro, PhD, ARNP, FAAN

  • Critically ill adults
  • Microbiology & immunology

Carmen Rodriguez, PhD, ANP-BC, AOCN

  • Sudden speechlessness: Communication interventions, Symptom Management

Frances M. Sahebzamani, PhD, ARNP, FAANP

  • Sports Medicine: Pre-participation CV Exam & Sudden Cardiac Death
Adolescent Health

Dianne C. Morrison-Beedy, PhD, RN, WHNP-BC, FNAP, FAANP, FAAN

  • HIV/AIDS prevention in adolescent females

LaRon E. Nelson, PhD, RN, NP

  • Adolescent Parenting
  • Adolescent Sexual Health

Elizabeth Polston, PhD, APRN, WHNP-BC

  • Adolescent Sexual Health
Behavior Intervention

Theresa M. Beckie, PhD, RN, FAHA

  • Behavior Change Interventions

Rasheeta Chandler, PhD, ARNP, FNP-BC

  • Behavioral Health

Versie Johnson-Mallard, PhD, ARNP-BC

  • Behavior change in response to culturally appropriate nursing interventions

Dianne C. Morrison-Beedy, PhD, RN, WHNP-BC, FNAP, FAANP, FAAN

  • HIV/AIDS risk reduction

Hsiao-Lan Wang, PhD, RN, CMSRN, HFS

  • Behavioral theory-based interventions
Bio Statistics

Jason Beckstead, PhD

  • Development & Application of Quantitative Methods in Healthcare Research
  • Judgment & Decision-Making
Breast Cancer

Cecile Lengacher, PhD, RN, FAAN

  • Symptom clusters in breast cancer survivors
Cardiac Health

Ponrathi Athilingam, PhD, RN,ACNP, FAANP

  • Cytokines as potential mediators for cognitive impairment in heart failure
  • Exploring Computerized Auditory Cognitive intervention for heart failure patients
  • Understanding correlates of Cognitive Impairment in patients with heart failure

Theresa M. Beckie, PhD, RN, FAHA

  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Cardiovascular Critical Care
  • Quality of Life & Cardiac Surgery
  • Women’s Cardiovascular Health

Kevin Kip, PhD, FAHA

  • Cardiovascular Disease

Frances M. Sahebzamani, PhD, ARNP, FAANP

  • Post Gastric Bypass Cardiovascular Risk
  • Sports Medicine: Pre-participation CV Exam & Sudden Cardiac Death
Caregiver

Rita D’Aoust, PhD, RN, ACNP, ANP-BC, CNE

  • Dementia Caregiver Stress, Sleep, Depressive Symptoms, & Cardiovascular Reactivity

Amanda F. Elliott, PhD, RN

  • Caregiver education in older adults

Carmen Rodriguez, PhD, ANP-BC, AOCN

  • Head & neck cancer: Patients & Caregivers

Meredeth Rowe, PhD, RN, FAAN, FGSA

  • Informal/relative caregivers
Chronic Illness

Theresa M. Beckie, PhD, RN, FAHA

  • Behavior Change Interventions
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation

Adrienne Berarducci, PhD, ARNP, BC, CCD, FAANP

  • Osteoporosis Outcomes

Kevin Kip, PhD, FAHA

  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Obesity & diabetes
  • Complementary & alternative medicine

LaRon E. Nelson, PhD, RN, NP

  • Global health

Elizabeth Polston, PhD, APRN, WHNP-BC

  • Women’s Health

Meredeth Rowe, PhD, RN, FAAN, FGSA

  • Persons with cognitive impairment

Frances M. Sahebzamani, PhD, ARNP, FAANP

  • Biomarkers of Insulin Resistance
  • Obesity
  • Post Gastric Bypass Cardiovascular Risk

Hsiao-Lan Wang, PhD, RN, CMSRN, HFS

  • Physical activity among cancer survivors
Cognitive

Rita D’Aoust, PhD, RN, ACNP, ANP-BC, CNE

  • Dementia Caregiver Stress, Sleep, Depressive Symptoms, & Cardiovascular Reactivity

Amanda F. Elliott, PhD, RN

  • Vision & cognitive impairment in older adults

Meredeth Rowe, PhD, RN, FAAN, FGSA

  • Development of novel technologies
  • Informal/relative caregivers
  • Persons with cognitive impairment
  • Physiologic adaptations & consequences of stress

Ponrathi Athilingam, PhD, RN,ACNP, FAANP

  • Cytokines as potential mediators for cognitive impairment in heart failure
  • Exploring Computerized Auditory Cognitive intervention for heart failure patients
  • Understanding correlates of Cognitive Impairment in patients with heart failure
Complementary & Alternative Medicine

Kevin Kip, PhD, FAHA

  • Complementary & alternative medicine

Cecile Lengacher, PhD, RN, FAAN

  • Psychoneuroimmunology, psycho-oncology, complementary therapies research (CAM)
Diabetes

Kevin Kip, PhD, FAHA

  • Obesity & diabetes

Frances M. Sahebzamani, PhD, ARNP, FAANP

  • Biomarkers of Insulin Resistance
Genetics/Genomics

Theresa M. Beckie, PhD, RN, FAHA

  • Genetic-Environment Interactions

Elizabeth Polston, PhD, APRN, WHNP-BC

  • Genetics, Genomics & Molecular Biology
Global Health

LaRon E. Nelson, PhD, RN, NP

  • Global health
Health Disparities

Adrienne Berarducci, PhD, ARNP, BC, CCD, FAANP

  • Risk Communication

John M. Clochesy, PhD, RN, CS, FAAN, FCCM

  • Empowering patients to reduce health disparities

Versie Johnson-Mallard, PhD, ARNP-BC

  • Behavior change in response to culturally appropriate nursing interventions

Constance G. Visovsky, PhD, RN, ACNP-BC

  • Physical Activity/Exercise

Mary S. Webb, PhD, RN

  • Stress-Related Mental & Physical Illnesses African American Women
Health Education

Adrienne Berarducci, PhD, ARNP, BC, CCD, FAANP

  • Health Education

Patricia A. Burns, PhD, RN, FAAN

  • Nursing Leadership

John M. Clochesy, PhD, RN, CS, FAAN, FCCM

  • Culturally relevant curriculum & instruction

Rita D’Aoust, PhD, RN, ACNP, ANP-BC, CNE

  • Curriculum Development & Evaluation
  • Interprofessional Education & Practice
  • Simulation & technology mediated learning & development of competence in education

Kevin Kip, PhD, FAHA

  • Epidemiology

Mary S. Webb, PhD, RN

  • Ethical & Moral Issues Experienced by Nurses
Health Ethics

Jason Beckstead, PhD

  • Judgment & Decision-Making

Denise Maguire, PhD, RN, CNL

  • Moral Distress in NICU Nurses

Mary S. Webb, PhD, RN

  • Ethical & Moral Issues Experienced by Nurses
Health Prevention

Constance G. Visovsky, PhD, RN, ACNP-BC

  • Physical Activity/Exercise
Health Promotion

Adrienne Berarducci, PhD, ARNP, BC, CCD, FAANP

  • Health Promotion

Hsiao-Lan Wang, PhD, RN, CMSRN, HFS

  • Colorectal cancer screening
Health Technology

Adrienne Berarducci, PhD, ARNP, BC, CCD, FAANP

  • Instrument Development & Testing

Rasheeta Chandler, PhD, ARNP, FNP-BC

  • Social Marketing

John M. Clochesy, PhD, RN, CS, FAAN, FCCM

  • Simulation & virtual reality to support health providers & consumers

Brian Graves, PhD, RN, ACNP-BC

  • Electronic Health Records

Meredeth Rowe, PhD, RN, FAAN, FGSA

  • Development of novel technologies

Cindy Tofthagen, PhD, ARNP, AOCNP

  • Use of technology for symptom management
HIV/AIDS

Rasheeta Chandler, PhD, ARNP, FNP-BC

  • HIV/STI prevention in adolescent & young adults

Dianne C. Morrison-Beedy, PhD, RN, WHNP-BC, FNAP, FAANP, FAAN

  • HIV/AIDS prevention in adolescent females
  • HIV/AIDS risk reduction

LaRon E. Nelson, PhD, RN, NP

  • STD/HIV Prevention
Infection Prevention

Cindy Munro, PhD, ARNP, FAAN

  • Health-care Acquired Infections
  • Streptococcal virulence
  • Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP)
Neuropathy

Cindy Tofthagen, PhD, ARNP, AOCNP

  • Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy
  • Neuropathic pain

Constance G. Visovsky, PhD, RN, ACNP-BC

  • Chemotherapy induced neuropathy
Obesity

Frances M. Sahebzamani, PhD, ARNP, FAANP

  • Obesity
Occupational Health

Denise Maguire, PhD, RN, CNL

  • Healthy Work Environment
Older Adults

Amanda F. Elliott, PhD, RN

  • Caregiver education in older adults
  • Common disabling conditions in older adults
  • Older adults
  • Vision & cognitive impairment in older adults

Cindy Munro, PhD, ARNP, FAAN

  • Critically ill adults
Oncology

Cecile Lengacher, PhD, RN, FAAN

  • Advanced stage cancer patients & caregivers
  • Symptom clusters in breast cancer survivors

Susan McMillan, PhD, ARNP, FAAN

  • Quality of Life at End of Life: Patients & Caregivers
  • Symptom Assessment & Management: Pain & Constipation

Carmen Rodriguez, PhD, ANP-BC, AOCN

  • Head & neck cancer: Patients & Caregivers

Cindy Tofthagen, PhD, ARNP, AOCNP

  • Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy
  • Interventions for Spanish speaking oncology patients
  • Oncology Symptom Management

Constance G. Visovsky, PhD, RN, ACNP-BC

  • Chemotherapy induced neuropathy
  • Oncology

Hsiao-Lan Wang, PhD, RN, CMSRN, HFS

  • Cancer survivorship among head & neck cancer population
  • Colorectal cancer screening
  • Physical activity among cancer survivors

Elizabeth Polston, PhD, APRN, WHNP-BC

  • Human Papillomavirus Related Cancers (e.g. Oropharyngeal, Cervical)
Pediatric

Denise Maguire, PhD, RN, CNL

  • Moral Distress in NICU Nurses
  • Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome
  • Neonatal Skin Integrity
Psychoneuroimmunology

Candace Burns, PhD, ARNP

  • Effects of trauma on the immune system & health

Maureen Groer, PhD, RN, FAAN

  • Effects of trauma on immune system & health in women

Nicholas Hall, PhD, RS

  • Psychoneuroimmunology

Cecile Lengacher, PhD, RN, FAAN

  • Psychoneuroimmunology, psycho-oncology, complementary therapies research (CAM)

Meredeth Rowe, PhD, RN, FAAN, FGSA

  • Physiologic adaptations & consequences of stress

Melissa Molinari Shelton, PhD, RN

  • Immune & stress markers during pregnancy

Mary S. Webb, PhD, RN

  • Stress-Related Mental & Physical Illnesses African American Women
PTSD

Kevin Kip, PhD, FAHA

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Quality of Life

Theresa M. Beckie, PhD, RN, FAHA

  • Quality of Life & Cardiac Surgery

Susan McMillan, PhD, ARNP, FAAN

  • Quality of Life at End of Life: Patients & Caregivers
Quantitative Methods

Jason Beckstead, PhD

  • Development & Application of Quantitative Methods in Healthcare Research
RESTORE LIVES at USF

Candace Burns, PhD, ARNP

  • Occupational Stress in Women, Nurses & Veterans with PTSD Symptomms

Maureen Groer, PhD, RN, FAAN

  • Effects of trauma on immune system & health in women

Kevin Kip, PhD, FAHA

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Mary S. Webb, PhD, RN

  • Sexual Trauma Experienced by Female Veterans.
Simulation

John M. Clochesy, PhD, RN, CS, FAAN, FCCM

  • Simulation & virtual reality to support health providers & consumers

Rita D’Aoust, PhD, RN, ACNP, ANP-BC, CNE

  • Simulation & technology mediated learning & development of competence in education
STI's

Rasheeta Chandler, PhD, ARNP, FNP-BC

  • HIV/STI prevention in adolescent & young adults

Versie Johnson-Mallard, PhD, ARNP-BC

  • Sexually transmitted infection prevention

LaRon E. Nelson, PhD, RN, NP

  • STD/HIV Prevention
Stress

Candace Burns, PhD, ARNP

  • Stress

Melissa Molinari Shelton, PhD, RN

  • Prenatal maternal stress
Symptom Management

Susan McMillan, PhD, ARNP, FAAN

  • Symptom Assessment & Management: Pain & Constipation

Carmen Rodriguez, PhD, ANP-BC, AOCN

  • Sudden speechlessness: Communication interventions, Symptom Management

Cindy Tofthagen, PhD, ARNP, AOCNP

  • Neuropathic pain
  • Oncology Symptom Management
  • Use of technology for symptom management
Women's Health

Adrienne Berarducci, PhD, ARNP, BC, CCD, FAANP

  • Women's Health

Maureen Groer, PhD, RN, FAAN

  • Breastfeeding & human milk biology
  • Postpartum thyroiditis
  • Pregnancy & postpartum stress
  • Women & Children: dyadic relationships

Versie Johnson-Mallard, PhD, ARNP-BC

  • Reproductive Health Promotion
  • Sexually transmitted infection prevention
  • Women’s Health

Denise Maguire, PhD, RN, CNL

  • Methadone Mothers

Elizabeth Polston, PhD, APRN, WHNP-BC

  • Women’s Health

Melissa Molinari Shelton, PhD, RN

  • Poor Pregnancy Outcomes

Mary S. Webb, PhD, RN

  • Sexual Trauma Experienced by Female Veterans

Theresa M. Beckie, PhD, RN, FAHA

  • Women’s Cardiovascular Health

Candace Burns, PhD, ARNP

  • Occupational Stress in Women, Nurses & Veterans with PTSD Symptomms

Patricia A. Burns, PhD, RN, FAAN

  • Female Urinary Incontinence

Melissa Molinari Shelton, PhD, RN

  • Immune & stress markers during pregnancy
  • Maternal-child Health
  • Prenatal maternal stress