These School of Nursing faculty members are involved in innovative, timely research. Click on the faculty member's name to learn more about them.
Community, hospital, and nursing unit characteristics influence on quality of care and clinical outcomes in rural hospitals
Grief related topics
Childhood Obesity and Parental influences
Impact of Newborn Hospitalization on Parent-Infant bonding & lactation
Nurse and Physician Collaborative Education and Practice; Clinical Indicators of Erythema in Darkly Pigmented Skin
History of health care and health professionals
Stress and social support during pregnancy with low-income rural couples- particularly as it pertains to smoking cessation and intimate partner violence
End-of-life decision making
Clinical Simulation, Nephrology
Medical device and product evaluation through the Health Care Product Evaluation Center
Health Services Research, Outcomes Research, Quality, Impact of Nursing Practice Environment on Outcomes, Instrumentation, Conflict in Organizations
Clinical Faculty and Clinician Nursing Education Resources and Teaching; Oncology and Palliative Care Nursing
High-risk pregnancy, breastfeeding, maternal responsivness and attachment, postpartum depression, instrument development, technology
End of Life Issues, Ethics, Pediatrics
Cancer Symptom Management
Use of Advanced Practice Nurses to improve the care of the elderly in acute and long term care settings, enhancing the quality of care in acute and long term care through education
Nursing shortage; nurse faculty shortage; interprofessional education; mindfulness practice for health care practitioners; health care reform; creation of healthy work environments; teaching compassion
Eldercare systems, functional assessment data, population-based practice
Nursing History and Healthcare particularly progressive era care of children with disabilities. Community maternal-child health issues.
Pathophysiology of lower urinary tract function, continence nursing, evidence based practice. Current Research Interests: includes neurological urology, quality assurance in the urodynamic laboratory and moisture associated skin damage.
Severe and persistent mental illness, History of psychiatric nursing, Patient teaching
Understanding the effect of intervention on quality of life for different high-risk populations. My intervention for adolescents — both healthy and those with chronic diseases such as cancer — concentrates on refining decision-making skills to reduce risk behaviors. Cancer-surviving adolescents are essentially well adolescents, exhibiting typical teen risk behaviors (such as smoking and alcohol use). But, they are often at greater risk when engaging in risk behaviors than those in the general population because of treatment late effects on body organs and the potential for second malignancies. For adults with lung cancer and malignant pleural mesothelioma, my program of research centers on measuring quality of life as an endpoint for testing new therapies during clinical trials.
My primary research interest is in health disparities among minority/vulnerable populations, particularly the relationship between prostate cancer and African Americans. In addition, I have an interest in psychosocial behaviors of patients with cancer as it relatesto screening behaviors and treatment decision making, including the use of complementary and alternative therapies.
Serious Mental Illness; Schizophrenia; Rural Community Services; Alternative Care Delivery Models; Family Caregiving; Psychoeducation
Cardiac nursing, History of Nursing, History of Prescriptive Authority
Theoretical and Empirical Inquiry, Health Promotion, Health Behavior of Young People, and Youth Tobacco Prevention
Public health, Change, Leadership
Identifying and preventing poor health outcome associated with violence against women. The relationship between women’s experiences of violence and their increased risk for sexually transmitted infections.
Case management for cervical and breast cancer, breastfeeding, gestational diabetes, violence against women, and HPV.
Mental Health, Rurality
Fetal Pelvic Index, HIV in women, HIV & infertility, nurse practitioner & medical student education
Research ethics, prevention of complications of ESRD
Evidence based Practice, community Nursing clinics,
Medical surgical nursing
Wound healing and factors that effect healing such as infection as well as topical dressings and adjunctive wound therapies (e.g. HBO), and the effect of aging on wound healing
Chronic disease management, Health behavior, Coaching, Nursing education
Advanced ECG interpretation, nursing ethics, Heart Failure, Cardiac dysrhythmias and Physical Restraints.
Health promotion in culturally diverse populations, family, and strategic management in nursing education.
Health outcomes of caregivers of persons with dementia
Statistical applications, with a special interest in survey analysis
Snyder, AudreyRural and underserved populations both in the United States and Abroad. Currently doing research on the use of makeshift clinics following the January 2010 earthquakes in Haiti and patient satisfaction at the Remote Area Medical Clinics in Southwest Virginia.
Pediatric nursing, community health nursing, rural nursing, school health
My disciplined line of research over two decades was in pain management and in the last decade expanded to include assessmentof the efficacy, safety, and cost effectiveness of selected complementary therapies with particular emphasis on symptom management and control.
I am Director of the Center for the Study of Complementary and Alternative Therapies at the University of Virginia (CSCAT). My research has included studies in the CAM program areas of energy medicine, mind-bodymedicine, body-based practices, and biologically-based practices. My research commitment is to foster the nursing perspective infuture efforts that test the effectiveness, cost, and safety of complementary therapies in reducing pain and related symptoms and enhancing patient comfort.
Parenting, parent feeding practices, low-income mothers, teen mothers and childhood obesity
Delirium in Critically Ill Older Adults; Long-term Outcomes of Delirium
Nutrition in the critically ill patient, Nutrition screening and assessment.
Family Caregiving of Older Adults with Dementia; Health Care Access and Treatment of Aging, Rural and Minority Populations; Recuitment