PhD Nursing Research Programs

"MUSC Nurses Change Lives"

Faculty Research Interests

Elaine J. Amella, PhD, RN, FAAN

Research Interests

Geriatrics
Dementia
Nutrition
Family caregiving
End-of-life care
Adult day services
Community-based long-term care

Biography


Berry S. Anderson, PhD, RN

Research Interest

Major depressive disorder
Anxiety disorders
Pre and postpartum depression

Interventions 

Behavioral activation therapy
Transcranial magnetic stimulation
Vagus nerve stimulation
Deep brain stimulation
Epidural prefrontal cortical stimulation
Transcranial direct current stimulation
Electroconvulsive therapy

Biography


Robin L. Bissinger, PhD, RNC, NNP-BC
Director of Graduate Programs

Research Interests

Secondary surfactant deficiency
Extremely low birth-weight infants and the environment
Stabilization of the very low birth-weight infant (Golden Hour)
Outcomes and process improvement

Biography


Sharon M. Bond, PhD, APRN, BC, CNM

Research Interests

Access to care for low income women with abnormal Pap tests
Regression, persistence and progression factors associated with Human Papillomavirus Infection, knowledge, attitudes, beliefs and acceptability of HPV vaccination
Factors associated with keeping/not keeping appointments for abnormal Pap follow-up care

Biography


Ruth S. Conner, RN, FNP-BC, PhD(c)

Research Interests

Geriatrics
Alzheimer's disease
Family caregiving
Faith communities

Biography


Annemarie S. Donato, FNP, MSN, BC

Research Interests

Mental health of the college student
Reducing high-risk behaviors in adolescents

Biography


Nancy Duffy, MSN, RN, CEN, CNE
Director of Undergraduate Programs

Research Interests

Utilization of simulated learning in nursing education
Family presence during resuscitation and special procedures
Academic success programs for the disadvantaged.

Biography


Bonnie P. Dumas, PhD

Research Interests

Quality initiatives for improving patient outcomes
Application/adaptation of statistical design and methodology in nursing research
Innovative learning strategies for statistics and research practice in nursing education

Biography


Barbara Edlund, PhD, ANP, RN

Research Interests

Primary care of the older adult
Cancer in the older adult
Family caregivers
Health promotion/health education
Risk education
Behavior change.

Biography


Gail A. Gilden, ScD, RN
Director of PhD Program

Research Interests

Domestic violence
Maternal stress and birth outcomes
Educational technology

Biography


Ann D. Hollerbach, PhD, RN

Research Interests

Faith community nursing
Health promotion
Cardiovascular health
Health disparities
Simulation

Biography


Carolyn Jenkins, DrPH, APRN, BC-ADM, RD, RNC, FAAN
Ann Darlington Edwards Endowed Chair

Research Interests

Diabetes
Hypertension
Health disparities (African Americans)
Community health and coalition development
Provider/systems change
Patient education

Biography


Teresa J. Kelechi, PhD, GCNs-BC, CWCN, FAAN
Chair, Department of Nursing

Research Interests

Geriatrics
Skin temperature
Chronic venous disorders
Biometrics
Foot care
Leg ulcers

Biography


Marilyn Laken, PhD, RN, FAAN

Research Interests

Community-based participatory research
Community health
Evaluation research
Pregnancy outcomes
Access to care

Biography


Gayenell S. Magwood, PhD, MSN, RN

Research Interests

Health disparities
Health literacy
Quality of life
Multiple risk factor reduction in people at risk for and/or with diabetes
Community-based participatory research methods
Obesity

Biography


Martina Mueller, PhD, MS, RN

Research Interests

Development of applications for decision support in the care of premature infants using machine learning algorithms such as artificial neural networks

Biography


Lynne Nemeth, PhD, RN

Research Interests

Health care services research
Implementation of change
Quality improvement

Biography


Susan D. Newman, PhD, RN, CRRN

Research Interests

Spinal cord injury rehabilitation
Community participaton
Independent living
Community-based participatory research methods

Biography


Charlene Pope, PhD, MPH, BSN

Research Interests

Racial/ethnic disparities
Provider-patient and interprofessional communication
Preventive cardiology (diabetes and heart failure behavior and decision-making)
International health and intercultural communication
Sociolinguistics, methodology in qualitative and mixed methods health services research

Biography


Georgette (Gigi) Smith, MSN, CPNP, APRN, PC

Research Interests

Pediatric epilepsy
Self-efficacy and self-management
Collective-efficacy and collective-management
Chronic illness issues and impact on child/family

Biography


Sheila Smith, PhD, RN, MSN

Research Interests

Obesity
Health promotion interventions for pregnancy
Physical activity initiation and long-term participation
Diabetes in pregnancy
Gestational hypertension
Effects of Centering Pregnancy (group prenatal care) on pregnancy outcomes
Perinatal/post-partum depression

Biography


Ida J. Spruill, PhD, RN, LISW

Research Interests

Ethno-Cultural barriers to genetic literacy
Self-management of chronic disease among vulnerable populations

Biography


Sally Stroud, EdD, APRN, BC
Associate Dean for Academics

Research Interests

Clinical use of PDAs
Education
Footcare.

Biography


Gail W. Stuart, PhD, RN, FAAN
Dean, College of Nursing

Research Interests

Depression
Anxiety disorders
Behavior change
Patient compliance
Behavioral health workforce
Nursing education innovation
Simulation

Biography


Frank A. Treiber, PhD
Endowed Chair,
Center of Economic Excellence (CoEE)

Research Interests

Health promotion/disease prevention
Predictive, preventive, personalized medicine
Gene x environment contributions to health disparities
Technology applications in primary, secondary and tertiary prevention interventions of chronic diseases

Biography


Janelle L. Wagner, PhD

Research Interests

Epilepsy
Pediatric psychology
Phychosocial adjustment to pediatric chronic illness
Evidence-based psychosocial intervention

Biography


Pamela Holtzclaw Williams, JD, PhD, RN

Research Interests

Ethical, legal and social implications of living with a rare and/or genetic condition
Ethics and moral distress arising in nursing practices
Pharmacogenetics implications for nursing practice
Ethical, legal and social implications of genomics/genetics for healthcare practices
Measurement development for latent variables e.g. Perceptions and attitudes
Case study methodology using mixed qualitative and quantitative data
Intersections of legal and healthcare policies and practices

Biography


Deborah C. Williamson, DHA, RN, MSN, CNM
Associate Dean for Practice

Research Interests

Racial and ethnic disparities in health services
Access to care
Health beliefs and health behaviors
Impact of social support on health outcomes

Biography


Jane Zapka, ScD

Research Interests

Primary, secondary and tertiary prevention in diverse populations
Patient-clinician communication and decision making
Quality improvement, program evaluation, and survey research methods

Biography

 
 
 

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