Dr. Rovnyak has been interested in mathematics since a freshman in high school, when Dr. Max Beberman and others who were developing the "new math" at the University of Illinois experimented on math students at University High School in Urbana, Illinois.  The “texts” consisted of ditto sheets passed out at the beginning of each class, often hot off the press. Math classes were lively and interactive. Imagine being in a class in which the teacher was really, really interested in the students' reactions! 

Dr. Rovnyak’s interest continued through a PhD in mathematics from Yale University, years of teaching mathematics as an adjunct at the University of Virginia, and the discovery of the joys of statistics in 1993. Since 1997, she has given statistical assistance on grants and on the research of faculty and graduate students in the School of Nursing at the University of Virginia.

Research Focus

Statistical applications, with a special interest in complex survey analysis.


Journal Articles

Moss, K. O., Deutsch, N., Hollen, P., Rovnyak, V., Williams, I., & Rose, K. (2018). End-of-life plans for African American older adults with dementia. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, 35(10), 1314-1322. doi:10.1177/1049909118761094

Moss, K. O., Deutsch, N., Hollen, P., Rovnyak, V., Williams, I., & Rose, K. (2018). Understanding end-of-life terminology among older African Americans. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 44(2), 33-40. doi:10.3928/00989134-20171002-02

Burns, W., Rovnyak, V., Friedman, C., Drake, E., Hornsby, P., & Kellams, A. (2018). BAP: Testing of a breastfeeding history questionnaire to identify mothers at risk for postpartum formula supplementation. Clinical Lactation, 9(1), 30-38. doi:10.1891/2158-0782.9.1.30

Kelly, M., Campbell, C., & Rovnyak, V. (2017). Pain management in home hospice patients: A retrospective descriptive study. Nursing & Health Sciences, 19(3), 381-387. doi:10.1111/nhs.12359

Goode, V., Phillips, E., DeGuzman, P., Hinton, I., Rovnyak, V., Scully, K., & Merwin, E. (2016). A patient safety dilemma: Obesity in the surgical patient. AANA Journal, 84(6), 404-412.

Goode, V., Rovnyak, V., Hinton, I., Phillips, E.K., & Merwin, E. (2016). Are international classification of diseases codes in electronic health records useful in identifying obesity as a risk factor when evaluating surgical outcomes? Health Care Manager, 35(4), 361-367. doi:10.1097/hcm.0000000000000112

O’Laughlen, M. C., Hollen, P. J., Rance, K., Rovnyak, V., Hinton, I., Hellems, M. A., & Radecki, L. (2015). A health-related quality of life measure for older adolescents with asthma: Child Health Survey for Asthma-T (Teen Version). Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 29(5), 402-412.

Trautmann, J., Epstein, E., Rovnyak, V., Snyder, A. (2015). Relationships among moral distress, level of practice independence, and intent to leave of nurse practitioners in emergency departments: results from a national survey. Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal, 37(2), 134-45. doi:10.1097/tme.0000000000000060

McDonnell, K. K., Bullock, L. F., Kozower, B. D., Hollen, P. J., Heath, J., & Rovnyak, V. (2014). A decision aid to improve smoking abstinence for families facing cancer. Oncology Nursing Forum, 41(6), 649-658. doi:10.1188/14.onf.649-658

Addison, N., Quatrara, B., Letzkus, L., Strider, D., Rovnyak, V., Syptak, V., & Fuzy, L. (2014). Cleanliness of disposable versus non-disposable electrocardiography lead wires in children. American Journal of Critical Care, 23(5), 424-428. doi:10.4037/ajcc2014601

Corriveau, S. K., Drake, E. E., Kellams, A. L., Rovnyak, V. G. (2013). Evaluation of an office protocol to increase exclusivity of breastfeeding. Pediatrics, 131(5), 942-950.

Epstein, E.G., Rovnyak, V., Miles, A. & Baernholdt, M. (2013). Parents' perceptions of continuity of care in the NICU: Preliminary testing of an instrument and implications for the nurse-parent relationship. Journal of Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing, 27(2), 168-175. doi:10.1097/jpn.0b013e31828eafbb

Shockey, D., Menzies, V., Glick, D.F., Taylor, A.G., Boitnott, A., & Rovnyak, V. (2013). Preprocedural distress in children with cancer: An intervention using biofeedback and relaxation. Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing, 30(3), 129-138.

Campbell, C., Boyer, D., Rovnyak, V., & Campbell, L. (2012). Pain management learning needs in rural Appalachia. Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, 43(6), 267-276. doi:10.3928/00220124-20111215-01

Fahs, P. S., Pribulick, M., Williams, I. C., James, G. D., Rovynak, V., & Seibold-Simpson, S. (2012). Promoting heart health in rural women. Journal of Rural Health, , Advance online publication.. doi:10.1111/j.1748-0361.2012.00442.x

Kelly, N., Glick, D., Kulbok, P., Clayton, L., Rovnyak, V. (2012). Health status of migrant farmworkers in the Shenandoah Valley. Journal of Community Health Nursing, 29(4), 214-224. doi:10.1080/07370016.2012.724288

Wall-Hass, C.L., Kulbok, P.A., Kirchgessner, J., & Rovnyak, V. (2012). Shared medical appointments: Facilitating care for children with asthma and their caregivers. The Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 26(1), 37-44. doi:10.1016/j.pedhc.2010.06.007

Yeagley, E.K., Kulbok, P.A., O’Laughlen, M.C., Ingersoll, K.S., Rovnyak, V.G., & Rana, S. (2012). The feasibility and acceptability of a motivational interviewing intervention for HIV-infected youth in an urban outpatient clinic: A pilot study. Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, 23(4), 366-370.

Campbell, C., Boyer, D., Campbell, L., & Rovnyak, V. (2011). Pain management topics of interest for nurses in rural Appalachia. Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, 42(12), Retrieved from

Stern, S., Merwin, E., Hauenstein, E., Hinton, I., Rovnyak, V., Wilson, M., Williams, I. & Mahone, I.H. (2010). The effects of rurality on mental and physical health. Health Services and Outcomes Research Methodology, 10(1), 33-66.

Bowser, D. M., Utz, S.W., Glick, D., Harmon, R., & Rovnyak, V. (2009). The relationship between diabetes mellitus, depression, and missed appointments in a low-income uninsured population. The Diabetes Educator, 35(6), 966-977.

Hauenstein,E. J.,Petterson,S.,Rovnyak,V.,Merwin,E.,Heise,B.,Wagner,D. (2007). Rurality and mental health treatment.. Administration & Policy in Mental Health, 34(3), 255-267.

Hauenstein,E. J.,Petterson,S.,Merwin,E.,Rovnyak,V.,Heise,B.,Wagner,D. (2006). Rurality, gender, and mental health treatment.. Family & community health, 29(3), 169-185.