Faculty research

With context and commentary fortified by experience, scholarship and publications, UVA nursing research falls into ten distinct clusters, including compassionate and palliative care, intimate partner violence, nursing history, pediatric and family health, chronic disease, health disparities, interprofessional education, dementia and aging, oncology and resilience and mindfulness.

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Jeanne Alhusen, PhD, CRNP, RN
Associate Professor and Assistant Dean for Research

  • maternal mental health, attachment and bonding
  • stress during pregnancy in vulnerable populations
  • reproductive health need of women living with mental and physical disabilities
  • early caregiving environments' impact on children's social, emotional and cognitive success

Linda F.C. Bullock, PhD, RN, FAAN
Lancaster Professor and Associate Dean for Research Office of Nursing Research

Camille Burnett, assistant professor

Camille Burnett, PhD, MPA, APHN-BC, RN, BScN, DSW
Academic Director for Community Engagement & Partnerships
Roberts Scholar, 2013-2015

  • health policy and outcomes
  • structural violence and social justice
  • domestic violence screening
  • public health
  • violence against women
  • health disparities
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Ha Do Byon, PhD, MS, MPH, RN, assistant professor
Roberts Scholar, 2016-2018

  • occupational hazards for healthcare professionals
  • patients’ violence toward in-home care providers
  • nursing standards and safety
  • metrics related to clients and direct-care workers in home settings
  • home care
Cathy Campbell

Cathy Campbell, PhD, RN, ANP-BC

  • palliative and hospice care
  • interprofessional education
  • global palliative care
  • rural health and healthcare disparities
  • community education in palliative care for rural and underserved communities
  • end-of-life decisionmaking
Pam deGuzman

Pam DeGuzman, PhD, RN, MBA

  • the effect of built environment on the health of vulnerable populations
  • design and health
  • healthcare management, administration, and research
  • GIS
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Beth Epstein, PhD, RN
Chair, Department of Acute & Specialty Care

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Dorrie K. Fontaine, RN, PhD, FAAN
Associate Chief Nursing Officer, UVA Medical Center
Interim director, Compassionate Care Initiative

  • healthy work environments that cultivate resilient caregivers
  • interprofessional education and collaborative practice
  • caregiver stress and burnout
  • critical care nursing
  • teaching compassion and empathy
  • innovative nursing curricula
  • mindfulness practices
  • nursing faculty shortage
  • sleep promotion in the ICU
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Patricia Hollen, PhD, RN, FAAN
Malvina Yuille Boyd Professor of Oncology Nursing
professor of pediatrics in the School of Medicine

  • decision making for patients
  • health-related quality of life measures
  • decision aids
  • adolescents' decision making to reduce risk behaviors
  • quality of life for adults with lung cancer or malignant pleural mesothelioma
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Randy Jones, PhD, RN, FAAN
BSN program director

  • health disparities among minority and vulnerable populations
  • diabetes and breast cancer
  • psychosocial behaviors among patients with cancer
  • prostate cancer
  • treatment decision-making
Arlene Keeling

Arlene Keeling, PhD, RN, FAAN
Centennial Distinguished Professor

  • nursing history
  • cardiac nursing
  • nurses' prescriptive authority
  • Florence Nightingale
  • Mayo Clinic nursing history
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Christine Kennedy, RN, PNP, PhD, FAAN
Madeline Higginbotham Sly Professor of Nursing
professor of pediatrics in the School of Medicine
Associate Dean for Academic Programs

  • pediatric nursing and children's behavioral health
  • the impact of daily life activities on children’s development
  • children's developing health behaviors under the influence of media, culture, ethnicity and illness
  • reduction of fatigue and stress in mothers
  • use of mobile phones to facilitiate physical activity in low-literacy populations through primary care
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Susan Kools, PhD, RN, FAAN
Madge Jones Endowed Professor
Associate Dean for Inclusion & Diversity

  • approaches that promote identity development and social relationships to reduce alienation and stigma among adolescents in foster care
  • qualitative methods and dimensional analysis
  • mental health and development of adolescents experiencing vulnerability
  • US foster care system
  • global health and health inequity
  • criticality of nursing diversity
Pam Kulbok 150

Pam Kulbok, DNSc, RN, APHN-BC, FAAN
Theresa A. Thomas Professor of Nursing Professor of Public Health Sciences
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 health
  • public health nursing
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Kathryn Laughon, PhD, RN, FAAN


Virginia LeBaron, PhD, APRN, FAANP
Roberts Scholar, 2015-2017

  • oncology palliative care
  • opioid policy/access to pain relief
  • cancer health disparities
  • palliative care in low-and-middle income countries
  • global cancer control
  • ethnography
  • community-based participatory research
Jeongok Gang Logan, PhD, RN

Jeongok Gang Logan, PhD, RN
Roberts Scholar, 2014-2016

  • 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
  • cardiovascular risk
  • psychological stress
  • autonomic function
  • arterial stiffness
  • hypertension
  • vulnerable and underserved populations
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Jessica Keim-Malpass, PhD, RN
Roberts Scholar, 2013-2015

  • health problems of vulnerable populations with an emphasis on pediatric, adolescent and young adult health
  • HPV vaccine rates among Virginia adolescents
  • health policy, social justice and patient advocacy
  • methods focus
  • health literacy among vulnerable populations
Emma Mitchell

Emma Mitchell, PhD, RN, CNL program coordinator
Roberts Scholar, 2013-2015

  • HPV vaccine rates among Virginia adolescents
  • global health
  • women's health
  • health disparities
  • social justice for vulnerable populations
  • qualitative research methods
  • ethnography
  • public health nursing
  • feasibility and acceptability of at-home HPV test among rural Virginia women

Maureen Metzger, PhD, RN
Roberts Scholar 2015-2017

  • patient and family experience with life limiting illness
  • communication and decision-making at end-of-life
  • developing and implementing interventions designed to improve the experience of patients and families confronting life-limiting illnesses to expand integrative, patient and family-centered models of care

Rafael Romo, PhD, RN, PHN
Roberts Scholar, 2016-2018

  • end-of-life care and decision-making
  • gerontology
  • palliative and compassionate care
  • hospice care
  • end-of-life care for culturally diverse older adults

Donna Schminkey, PhD, MPH, RN, CNM
Roberts Scholar, 2013-2015

  • women's health, maternal-child health during pregnancy and postpartum
  • midwifery
  • intimate partner violence
  • trauma recovery
  • health equity
  • the impact of trauma and violence on health outcomes
  • care for vulnerable populations

Barbra Mann Wall, PhD, RN, FAAN
director of the Bjoring Center for Nursing Historical Inquiry

  • nursing history
  • Catholic sisters and the development of American hospitals
  • religious institutions shaping of health policy
  • post WWII-work of Catholic sisters to bring healthcare to Africans, and the way their work strengthened Africans' independence and self-determination in post-colonial times
Ken White

Associate Dean for Strategic Partnerships & InnovationUVA Medical Center Professor of Nursing
director of the School's Continuing Nursing Education Program

  • palliative care models
  • nursing leadership and outcomes
  • end-of-life care
  • history and future of US Catholic hospitals
  • organizational theory in healthcare organizations
  • healthcare administration
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Ishan Williams, PhD, FGSA

  • vulnerable populations and chronic illness
  • transitions in care
  • gerontology
  • dementia
  • African-Americans' health risks
  • families caring for loved ones with dementia
  • mental health among older adults and their caregivers
  • primary care screenings for African-Americans over 60 who have risk factors for dementia, including history of stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes and a history of smoking

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