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Online Ph.D. Faculty

Ron Acierno, PhD (Nova-Southeastern University)
Elder mistreatment and treatment outcome studies, focusing on using home based telemedicine for treatment delivery, with victims of trauma, disaster, combat or loss; interpersonal violence, prolonged exposure for PTSD.

Elaine J. Amella, PhD (New York University) APRN-BC, FAAN
Gerontology, Dementia, End-of-Life Care, Nutrition and Aging.

Berry S. Anderson, PhD (Medical University of South Carolina), RN
Brain stimulation technologies, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), vagus nerve stimulation (VNS), deep brain stimulation (DBS), epidural prefrontal cortical stimulation (EpCS), and transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS).

Teresa Atz, PhD (Medical University of South Carolina), RN  
Pediatric cardiology, parents of pediatric research participants, specifically their transition experiences after the conclusion of their child’s clinical trial, medical-surgical and pediatric simulations.

Kathleen B. Cartmell, PhD (Medical University of South Carolina), MPH
Mixed methods research, public health intervention strategies and cancer survivorship, strategies for the implementation and dissemination of effective public health interventions, interventions to enhance the delivery of patient-centered cancer care, patient-centered standards of cancer care.

Bonnie P. Dumas, PhD (Medical University of South Carolina)
Research study design and application of statistical methodology in nursing research, development and outcomes assessment of multidisciplinary research studies utilizing statistical thinking/statistical methods, implementation of health care quality initiatives in hospitals and other health care facilities.

Mathew Gregoski, PhD (University of Georgia), MS
Gene x environment (GxE) and technology infused interventions; focusing in the areas of obesity, cardiovascular diseases (CVD), and type II diabetes; smartphone stress reduction, medication adherence system to improve BP control, Bluetooth enabled acceleration tracker for minimally amble wound-therapy patients, personalized medicine interventions to aid in the reduction of health disparities among minority populations.

Shannon M. Hudson, PhD (Medical University of South Carolina), RN, Alumnus CCRN 
Healthcare Lean Six Sigma, pediatric critical care, health care utilization and care coordination among children with medical complexity and is also interested in rural disparities in access to care among children with medical complexity.

Carolyn Jenkins, DrPH (University of South Carolina) MSN, APRN-BC-ADM, RD, CDE, FAAN
Diabetes, hypertension, health disparities, community health systems improvement, provider/systems behavior change, patient education.

Teresa J. Kelechi, PhD (University of South Carolina/Medical University of South Carolina), RNCS, CWN
Chronic venous insufficiency, venous ulcers, and thermometry methods, gerontology, wound and foot care.

Marilyn Laken, PhD (Wayne State University), RN, MCH, FAAN 
Substance abuse in pregnant women, community health, evaluation research, pregnancy outcomes, and access to care.

Cristina M. Lopez, PhD (Florida State University)  
Barriers to treatment engagement in mental health services, culturally tailored interventions to engage specific high-risk ethnic groups in prevention and behavioral health services (HIV prevention, prevention of child maltreatment), increasing visibility and access of trauma related services to Latino and other underserved populations (Telemedicine), and assessment of provider-level factors that affect youth and family involvement in outpatient community-based therapy.

Gayenell S, Magwood, PhD (Medical University of South Carolina) RN
Health disparities, obesity and cardiometabolic risk reduction, health literacy, health related quality of life (HRQOL) and Biobehavioral research methods.

Martina Mueller, PhD (Medical University of South Carolina), MS
Data management and data quality control, grant proposal development, bioinformatics, biostatistics, and  neural network methodology in predicting outcomes.

Lynne Nemeth, PhD (Medical University of South Carolina), RN
Qualitative methods, health services research,quality and  safety, translating research into practice, nursing workforce improvement.         

Susan Newman, PhD (Medical University of South Carolina) RN, CRRN
Community-based participatory research approaches to address issues affecting community participation, health, and overall quality of life of individuals with spinal cord injury.

Charlene Pope, PhD (University of Rochester), MPH, CNM
Racial/ethnic disparitites in health service, specifically in racial/ethnic varations in provider-patient communication, and communication with patients who have limited English proficency (LEP), low literacy, and Alzheimer's disease.

Kenneth J. Ruggiero, PhD (West Virginia University)
Efficacy, transport, dissemination, and effectiveness of evidence-based psychosocial interventions for youth; processes and mechanisms associated with change in psychosocial interventions; design and evaluation of Web-based educational interventions for disaster-, combat-, violence-affected communities; design and evaluation of Web-based training protocols for clinicians in evidence-based practice.

Georgette M. Smith, PhD (Medical University of South Carolina), APRN, CPNP-PC
Pediatric patients with neurological problems, epilepsy, cognitive behavioral intervention for youth with epilepsy and their caregivers, disparities in care outcomes for patients with epilepsy and their families.

Ida Spruill, PhD (Hampton University) MSN, RN
Management of chronic diseases, health literacy, ethno-cultural barriers to genetic literacy, and reducing health disparities among vulnerable populations. Specifically, her program of research involves the impact of culture and genetics on the management of chronic diseases among underserved populations.

Gail W. Stuart, PhD (Johns Hopkins University), RN, FAAN
Depression, anxiety disorders, the organization and delivery of mental health care, knowledge dissemination and behavior change.