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
Joel Anderson, assistant professor

Joel Anderson, PhD, part of the School's core Aging Research Team

Linda Bullock 150

Linda K. BullockPhD, RN, FAAN, Lancaster Professor and Associate Dean for Research Office of Nursing Research 

Susan Bauer-Wu 150

Susan Bauer-Wu, PhD, RN, FAAN, former Compassionate Care Initiative director and endowed professor, and now a visiting professor and president of the Mind & Life Institute

  • contemplative science
  • chronic stress and mindfulness-based interventions
  • complementary/integrative medicine
  • palliative and end-of-life care
  • psycho-oncology
  • psychoneuroimmunology
  • caregiver stress
  • teaching resiliency to caregivers
Camille Burnett, assistant professor

Camille Burnett, PhD, MPA, APHN-BC, RN, BScN, DSW

  • health policy and outcomes
  • structural violence and social justice
  • domestic violence screening
  • public health
  • violence against women
  • health disparities
Cathy Campbell

Cathy CampbellPhD, 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 DeGuzmanPhD, RN, MBA

  • the effect of built environment on the health of vulnerable populations
  • design and health
  • healthcare management, administration, and research
  • GIS
Beth Epstein 150

Beth EpsteinPhD, RN, chair, Department of Acute & Specialty Care

Dorrie Fontaine150

Dorrie K. FontaineRN, PhD, FAAN, dean of the School of Nursing

  • 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
Patricia Hollen 150

Patricia HollenPhD, RN, FAAN, Malvina Yuille Boyd Professor of Oncology Nursing and 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
Randy Jones 150

Randy JonesPhD, 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 KeelingPhD, RN, FAAN, the Centennial Distinguished Professor

  • nursing history
  • cardiac nursing
  • nurses' prescriptive authority
  • Florence Nightingale
  • Mayo Clinic nursing history
Christine Kennedy 150

Christine Kennedy, RN, PNP, PhD, FAAN, Madeline Higginbotham Sly Professor of Nursing and a 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
Susan Kools 150px

Susan KoolsPhD, RN, FAAN, Madge Jones Endowed Professor and director of Inclusion, Diversity and Excellence Achievement

  • 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 KulbokDNSc, RN, APHN-BC, FAAN, Theresa A. Thomas Professor of Nursing Professor of Public Health Sciences, 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 health
  • public health nursing
Kathryn Laughon 150

Kathryn LaughonPhD, RN, FAAN, a forensic nurse examiner


Virginia LeBaron, PhD, APRN, FAANP, Roberts Scholar (2015-2018)

  • 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
Jessica Malpass 150

Jessica Keim-Malpass, PhD, RN, Roberts Scholar (2013-2016)

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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
 Karen Rose 150

Karen RosePhD, RN, FAAN, FGSA, director of the PhD program and a core member of the School's Aging Research Team

  • gerontology
  • caregiver burden
  • effects of dementia on patients and their families
  • link between nighttime agitation and incontinence
  • transitions of care
  • sleep disturbances and neuro-psychological behaviors in people with dementia
  • improving family quality of life



Donna Schminkey, PhD, MPH, RN, CNM

  • maternal child health, pregnancy and after birth
  • postpartum mood disorders
  • intimate partner violence
  • tobacco use and cessation
  • group care models
  • women's health care
  • midwifery
  • the impact domestic violence, depression and perceptions of social support have on gestational age and birth weight
  • care for vulnerable populations


 Ann Taylor 150 px

Ann Taylor, EdD, RN, FAAN, Betty Norman Norris Professor

  • assessment of the efficacy, safety and cost-effectiveness of complementary and alternative therapies 
  • pain management
  • stress and anxiety
  • depression and depressed mood
  • fatigue and sleep disturbance
  • pain management for fibromyalgia



Yasemin Turkman, PhD, APRN, PMHNP-BC, MPH

  • psychosocial oncology, with a focus on triple negative breast cancer
  • mental health nursing
  • health disparities
  • resilience in the face of life-limiting illness
  • implementation of mindfulness activities in advanced-stage cancer patients
  • qualitative methods



 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

Ken White, PhD, APRN-BC, FACHE, FAAN, Associate Dean for Strategic Partnerships & Innovation and the UVA 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


 Ishan Williams 150

Ishan Williams, PhD, a core member of the School's Aging Research Team

  • 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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