Faculty research

With context and commentary fortified by experience, scholarship and publications, UVA nursing research falls into 11 distinct clusters:

  • Pediatric & family health
  • Compassionate & palliative care
  • Nursing history
  • Health disparities
  • Intimate partner violence
  • Chronic disease
  • Quality & safety
  • Interprofessional education
  • Oncology 
  • Mental health nursing
  • Dementia & aging
  • Resilience & mindfulness

Current and prospective students may contact faculty directly; reporters seeking sources may contact Christine Kueter.

PhD researchers


Areas of expertise

Joel Anderson, assistant professor

Joel Anderson, PhD, an assistant professor in the Department of Acute & Specialty Care, focuses on non-pharmacological therapies for patients with symptoms of dementia, caregiver resiliency, rural health and integrative care at end-of-life for dementia.

A Healing Touch practitioner and teacher, Dr. Anderson also is a member of the School's core Aging Research Team, a group that is studying a variety of facets related to transitions of care.

TOPICS: Alternative and complementary therapies; non-pharmacological therapies for patients with dementia; resiliency for caregivers; rural health; integrative care at end-of-life dementia; caregiver support; Healing Touch; electrical pulses to relieve fibromyalgia symptoms.

 Linda Bullock 150

Linda K. Bullock, PhD, RN, FAAN is the Jeanette Lancaster Alumni Endowed Professor and directs the school's Office of Nursing Research.

The recipient of some $29 million in grants, a former school nurse, childbirth educator, and labor and delivery nurse, Bullock received a $2 million NIH grant to study the use of tablet computers as a means of detecting domestic violence during routine home visits from visiting nurses. In 2012, she used a $225,000 state grant to study whether pregnant teens respond best to in-person home visits or telephone support.

TOPICS: Maternal-child nursing (prenatal and post-childbirth); smoking cessation during pregnancy; intimate partner violence; abuse screening.
Susan Bauer-Wu 150

Susan Bauer-Wu, PhD, RN, FAAN -- the Kluge Endowed Professor of Contemplative End-of-Life Care -- focuses on the effects of chronic stress and the use of contemplative approaches to bolster stress resilience and sense of well-being.

The author of Leaves Falling Gently, contributing editor to Mindful magazine and a Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow, she has garnered some $7 million in federal and major foundation funding during her academic career.

She directs the School's Compassionate Care Initiative.

Contemplative science; mindfulness-based interventions; complementary/integrative medicine; palliative and end-of-life care; psycho-oncology; psychoneuroimmunology; caregiver stress; resiliency in health care professionals.
Camille Burnett, assistant professor

Camille Burnett, PhD, MPA, APHN-BC, RN, BScN, DSW is an assistant professor in the Department of Family, Community & Mental Health Systems.

Burnett - who in 2014 received a $321,000 NIH minority supplement grant - is currently evalauting the effect of a high-tech domestic violence screening tool developed by colleague Linda F.C. Bullock.

 TOPICS: Examining health policy and how it determines health outcomes; policy impacts; structural violence and social justice; public health, violence against women, health disparities.
Cathy Campbell Cathy Campbell, PhD, RN, ANP-BC, is an associate professor of nursing in the department of Acute & Specialty Care, and teaches courses related to palliative and hospice care and interprofessional education. TOPICS: Hospice, palliative care, end-of-life decision-making, rural health and health care disparities; community education in palliative care for rural and underserved communities; global palliative care.
Pam deGuzman 150 Pam DeGuzman, PhD, RN, MBA, an assistant professor of nursing and a Roberts Scholar, studies the effect of built environment on the health of vulnerable populations. She is also a fellow of the UVA Center for Design and Health, and teaches healthcare management, administration, and research. TOPICS: Built environment influences on population health, specifically with vulnerable populations; using secondary data analysis; geographic information systems.
Beth Epstein 150

Beth Epstein, PhD, RN, chair and associate professor, teaches courses on ethics and pharmacology in the Department of Acute & Specialty Care.

A long-time NICU nurse, Dr. Epstein studies moral distress, and in 2014 did a pilot on whether the use of technology to connect parents of NICU babies and their nurses and physicians buoys trust.

TOPICS: End-of-life issues; ethics in healthcare decision-making; moral distress; pharmacology.
Dorrie Fontaine150 Dorrie K. Fontaine, RN, PhD, FAAN, dean of the School of Nursing since 2008, is a tireless advocate for innovative nursing curricula, interprofessional education and collaborative practice and healthy work environments. A long-time acute care nurse who spent years at one of the nation's busiest ERs in urban Baltimore, Dr. Fontaine speaks regularly and passionately about compassionate care, diversity in nursing, healthy work environments, nurse burnout, promoting resilience in nurses, and incorporating mindfulness practives to ensure new and seasoned nurses care for themselves, avoid burnout, enjoy professional longevity -- and offer the best, safest care for their patients. TOPICS:
Nursing faculty shortage;
interprofessional communication and education;
mindfulness; health care reform; compassionate care; teaching compassion and empathy; nursing burnout; healthy work environments; critical care nursing.
Patricia Hollen 150

Patricia Hollen, PhD, RN, FAAN, is the Malvina Yuille Boyd Professor of Oncology Nursing and holds a joint appointment as professor of pediatrics in the School of Medicine. Her research has focused on both adolescents and adults. 

She is currently co-principal investigator of a $2 million NIH/NCI multi-site, randomized clinical trial that will test the use of a decision aid for patients with advanced lung cancer coupled with a validated, electronic quality of life measure to provide immediate results over the treatment period.

 TOPICS: Decision making among adolescents to reduce risk behaviors; adolescent cancer survivors; quality of life for adults with lung cancer or malignant pleural mesothelioma; decision aids, health-related quality of life, and instrumentation.
Randy Jones 150 Randy Jones, PhD, RN, FAAN, directs the BSN program, teaches in the Department of Acute & Specialty Care, and conducts research in prostate cancer, health disparities, and treatment decision-making. TOPICS: Health disparities among minority/vulnerable populations; diabetes and breast cancer; psycho-social behaviors among patients with cancer.
Arlene Keeling

Arlene Keeling, PhD, the Centennial Distinguished Professor and the director of the Bjoring Center for Nursing Historical Inquiry, is the author of Nurses on the Frontline: When Disaster Strikes (2011) and The Nurses of Mayo Clinic (2014). Dr. Keeling's popular courses -- required of every nursing student earning any degree -- inform contemporary nursing practice by examining what's been done in times past: successfully, and not so successfully.


TOPICS: Nursing history; cardiac nursing; history of nursing's prescriptive authority; rural nursing;
Florence Nightingale; Mayo Clinic nursing history.
Christine Kennedy 150

Christine Kennedy, RN, PNP, PhD, FAAN -- the Madeline Higginbotham Sly Professor of Nursing and a professor of pediatrics in the School of Medicine -- is the School's chief academic officer, as Associate Dean for Academic Programs. A member of the Department of Family, Community & Mental Health Systems, she studies pediatric nursing and children's behavioral health. Her research focuses on the impact of daily life activities on children’s development, specifically on the behavioral underpinnings to health in early childhood.

She also studies children’s developing health behaviors and health compromising behaviors exploring three areas of influence - media, culture, ethnicity and illness.

TOPICS: Development of children's health behaviors, habits; interventions to change sedentary behaviors and increase health lifestyles in families; reduction of fatigue and stress in mothers; the use of mobile phone strategies to facilitate physical activity in low-literacy populations in primary care settings.
Susan Kools 150px

Susan Kools, PhD, RN, FAAN -- one of the first to study approaches that promote identity development and social relationships to reduce alienation and stigma among adolescents in foster care -- is an internationally-known expert on qualitative methods and known widely for her pioneering work in dimensional analysis.

Her research has supported legislation to help young people aging out of the foster care system, and at UVA, she directs the School's Inclusion, Diversity and Excellence initiative as well as its global initiatives programs.

TOPICS: Mental health and development of adolescents experiencing vulnerability; adolescent illness experience; global health and health inequities.
Pam Kulbok 150

Pam Kulbok, DNSc, RN, FAAN, is the Theresa A. Thomas Professor of Nursing Professor of Public Health Sciences, chair of the Department of Family, Community & Mental Health Systems, coordinator of the Public Health Nursing Leadership program and an RWJF Executive Nurse Fellow.


Nursing leadership;health promotion theory; adolescent health behavior; youth tobacco, alcohol and drug use prevention; community-based participatory research;
tobacco use and cessation; rural healthcare; public health nursing.

Kathryn Laughon 150

Kathryn Laughon, PhD, RN, FAAN - who focuses her work on issues related to intimate partner violence and its impact on women and children - is a forensic nurse examiner. Dr. Laughon conducts evidence collection and provides care to victims of sexual assault, teaches in the Department of Family, Community & Mental Health Systems, and is currently researching a novel dye that better highlights sexual assault injuries in women of color. Dr. Laughon currently is principle investigator on a National Institute of Mental Health-funded study to test an intervention for guardians of children orphaned by intimate partner homicide.

 TOPICS: Identifying and preventing poor health outcomes associated with violence against women; relationship between women's experience of violence and their risk for STIs.

Virginia LeBaron, PhD, APRN, FAANP, an assistant professor and Roberts Scholar (2015-2018) and a member of the Acute & Specialty Care department, studies the optimization of the delivery of oncology palliative care.

A medical oncology staff nurse and palliative care nurse practitioner, Dr. LeBaron has, since 2004, been involved with global palliative care and cancer control efforts primarily in India and Nepal.

TOPICS: Palliative care; oncology; international health and cancer care in India and Nepal.
150 x 200 Jeongok Gang Logan, PhD, RN, studies the link between psychological stress and arterial stiffness. An assistant professor and Roberts Scholar, her program of research includes identifying causal risk factors of arterial stiffness and developing culturally sensitive interventions for early detection and reduction of arterial stiffness in people at high risk of cardiovascular disease. TOPICS: Cardiovascular risk; psychological stress; heart rate variability; autonomic function; arterial stiffness; hypertension; vulnerable populations; underserved populations.
Jessica Malpass 150

Jessica Keim-Malpass, PhD, RN, a Roberts Scholar (2013-2016), studies the health problems of vulnerable populations with an emphasis on pediatric, adolescent and young adult health.

A member of the Department of Acute & Specialty Care, she teaches courses on health policy, social justice and patient advocacy; methods focus, including qualitative (phenomenological, narrative & ethnographic), mixed methods and policy analysis.

With colleague Emma Mitchell, she is currently mapping HPV vaccine uptake rates among Virginia adolescents with an eye to determining best practices for clinicians presenting it to patients and their families.

TOPICS: Vulnerable populations and health literacy; pediatric, adolescent and young adult health; HPV vaccine rates; social justice; patient advocacy.
 Emma Mitchell

Emma Mitchell, PhD, RN, is an assistant professor in the Department of Family, Community & Mental Health Systems who studies vulnerable populations around the globe.

Dr. Mitchell, who is currently studying HPV vaccine uptake rates in Virginia as well as the feasibility and acceptability of an at-home HPV test among rural Virginia women.

She directs the School's Clinical Nurse Leader master's program.

TOPICS: Global health; women's health; health disparities, vulnerable populations and social justice; qualitative research methods; ethnography; HPV vaccine rates; public health nursing.
Karen Rose 150

Karen Rose, PhD, RN, FAAN, FGSA, associate professor, assistant dean for research and innovation, and director of the PhD program, conducts research focused on the effects of dementia on patients and their families.

In 2012, she received a $428,000 NIH grant to study the link between nighttime agitation and incontinence, and also studies the effect of meditation on stress and caregiver burden related to dementia.

Dr. Rose is also a core member of the School's Aging Research Team, a group that is studying a variety of facets related to transitions of care.

Transitions in care; gerontology; health outcomes of caregivers of persons with dementia; sleep disturbances and neuropsychological behaviors in people with dementia; improving family quality of life.

Donna Schminkey, PhD, MPH, RN, CNM - a Roberts Scholar and a 2014 UVA graduate - studies the impact domestic violence, depression and perceptions of social support have on the gestational age and birth weight of babies for her doctoral dissertation.

As an assistant professor, Schminkey’s scholarship will enable nurses to provide premium care to vulnerable populations, and further understanding of the impact of stress on babies, and the way that the timing of support can help.

TOPICS: Global health; public health; pregnancy; postpartum mood disorders; intimate partner violence; tobacco use and cessation; group care models; psychoneuroimmunology of adverse birth outcomes including child neurodevelopment; history of nurse midwifery; women's health care.
Ann Taylor 150 px

Ann Taylor, EdD, RN, FAAN, is a clinical nurse researcher for four decades, studies mind-body therapies, alternatives to traditional symptom management, pain management for fibromyalgia, and is the Betty Norman Norris Professor of Nursing. She is part of the Department of Acute & Specialty Care.


TOPICS: Assessment of the efficacy, safety and cost-effectiveness of selected complementary care therapies in different populations with particular emphasis on pain management, stress, anxiety, depression/depressed mood, fatigue and sleep disturbance.
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Yasemin Turkman, PhD, APRN, PMHNP-BC, MPH - an assistant professor and Roberts Scholar - studies psychosocial oncology, mental health nursing, health disparities and resilience in the face of life-limiting illness. She is a member of the Department of Family, Community & Mental Health Systems.

TOPICS: Psychosocial oncology with a focus on triple negative breast cancer; health disparities; resilience in life-limiting illness; qualitative methods.
Ken White 150

Ken White, PhD, APRN-BC, FACHE, FAAN, is the School's Associate Dean for Strategic Partnerships & Innovation and the UVA Medical Center Professor of Nursing. 

Point-person for on-Grounds collaborations and a 2013 UVA graduate, White has a joint appointment at Darden and McIntire, and teaches, mentors and advises graduate nursing students in the Department of Acute & Specialty Care. He also oversees the School of Nursing's Continuing Nursing Education courses.

TOPICS: Palliative care; palliative care programs' clinical and non-clinical outcomes; palliative care models in ICUs; hospital history; nursing leadership; hospital ownership and outcomes; compassionate care; end-of-life care, history and future of U.S. Catholic hospitals; organizational theory applied to healthcare organizations.
Ishan Williams 150

Ishan Williams, PhD, conducts culturally relevant research among vulnerable populations, such as rural and minority populations, around the areas of chronic illness and mental health among older adults and their caregivers. She is currently studying whether primary care clinicians are offering appropriate screenings for African-Americans over age 60 who have risk factors for dementia, including history of stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes and a history of smoking.

Dr. Williams is also a core member of the School's Aging Research Team, a group that is studying a variety of facets related to transitions of care.


TOPICS: Family caregiving of older adults with dementia; health care access and treatment of aging, rural and minority populations;Alzheimer's disease; dementia, African-Americans' health risks; rural and minority health care issues; vulnerable populations.