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Q & A with PhD Program Director Dr. Celestina Barbosa-Leiker


Dr. Barbosa-Leiker is the PhD Program Director, Assistant Professor, and Director of our Program of Excellence in Addictions Research (PEAR). She has a PhD in psychology from Washington State University and has an extensive research portfolio. To learn more about Dr. Barbosa-Leiker and her research, visit her profile page.

Why did you accept the role as PhD program director at WSU College of Nursing?

I want to help nurses become independent researchers and scholars. Patient-related research is … » More …

Marian Wilson
New study to investigate role of sleep in chronic pain

By Judith Van Dongen, WSU Spokane
SPOKANE, Wash. – Washington State University will lead a study to understand the relationship between sleep and chronic pain, part of a nationwide effort to address the rising abuse of opioid pain relievers and expand the arsenal of non-drug treatment options.

“Physicians are being pressured to stop prescribing so many opioids,” said Marian Wilson, assistant professor in the WSU College of Nursing and lead investigator on the study. New prescription guidelines issued this year by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend providers limit … » More …

Portrait of Lois James in front of her CBTSim simulator
New police training draws from science of deadly force

Lois James

By Linda Weiford, WSU News

A portable use-of-force simulator aimed at launching a new era in police training is being rolled out by Washington State University.

Called the Counter Bias Training Simulation, or CBTsim, it is the only simulation technology to use interactive video scenarios derived from extensive research of actual police-involved shootings over 30 years in the U.S.

Developed by researchers at WSU’s Simulated Hazardous Operational Tasks Laboratory in Spokane, the device is being offered as a … » More …

Faculty Commercializes Simulation Scenario Training for Police Forces

Trust between law enforcement and the people they protect and serve is essential. When citizens lose trust in the police force, grave consequences result, including creating a divided community.

cbt-landing7Created by researchers at Washington State University, Dr. Lois James and Dr. Stephen James, Counter Bias Training Simulation (CBTsim) is an evidence-based scenario training that can help police across the nation understand and be aware of what goes into decision making in potentially life-threatening situations. CBTsim provides a solution for police forces to utilize high-quality, scenario based, judgment training that conditions officers to respond on indicators of threat … » More …

WSU College of Nursing Hosting National Nurse Experts

Dean Griffin-Sobel

WSU College of Nursing is kicking off the new academic year by hosting four national nurse leaders who will help inspire and engage faculty. This is the first time in years that all WSU nursing faculty will meet in-person in Spokane to discuss the future of nursing and interprofessional education best practices. The college’s Dean Joyce Griffin-Sobel is leading the two-day strategic planning session.

The national speaker symposium will be on Tuesday, August 16, and features the following guests:

Lisa Day, PhD, RN, CNE is the … » More …

Community Partners in Simulation: WSU College of Nursing

With more than 6,300 square feet, multiple learning spaces, 11 high- to low-fidelity manikins, and simulation faculty experts, the Program of Excellence in Clinical Performance and Simulation partners with organizations to provide access to these healthcare learning resources. Working with WSU faculty, simulated activities are tailored for groups including the 141st Air National Guard, Spokane Regional Health Department, the Washington Association of Nurse Anesthetists, the UW Medex Physician Assistant program, and others. Learn how the college shares it invaluable resources with other agencies in our region.

Darryl Duvall
Nursing Team to Help Set New Anesthesia Safety Standards

Darryl Duvall
By Judith Van Dongen, WSU Spokane Office of Research

A College of Nursing research team led by nurse anesthetist Darryl DuVall, D.N.P., will conduct a study that will help establish national practice standards to improve anesthesia safety during and after surgery. With a two-year, $322,246 grant from pharmaceutical company Merck, the team will examine the use of neuromuscular blockade monitoring in surgeries performed at two Spokane hospitals: Sacred Heart Medical Center and Holy Family Hospital.

Neuromuscular blocking agents are used … » More …

Leslie Randall
Johnson & Johnson Awards PhD Student with $10,000 Scholarship

Johnson & Johnson, a longtime advocate for nurses and the nursing profession, has awarded one WSU College of Nursing PhD student with a $10,000 scholarship. The scholarship is designated for an American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) nursing scholar in an effort to increase their representation among the nursing workforce.

Leslie Randall, a PhD candidate, received the scholarship. Randall is an enrolled member of the Nez Perce tribe from Idaho and began the PhD program at WSU in 2011.

“There are so few AIAN nurses compared to other races. We need our AIAN providers and nurses back home where they understand the culture and the … » More …

Sean Murphy
Show Me the Money: Economic Evaluations of Opioid Use Disorder Interventions

Sean Murphy

Strong economic evidence supports use of methadone maintenance therapy

This brief was originally published on the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics website on May 25, 2016

Sean Murphy, Daniel Polsky, Zachary Meisel, Julia Mitchell

This brief summarizes a new systematic review of economic evaluations of treatments for substance use disorders. The review reveals strong evidence that methadone maintenance therapy is an economically advantageous form of treatment; the economic evidence for buprenorphine and naltrexone treatments is more limited.

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Spring 2016 Excellence Awards

Congratulations to all of our faculty, staff and students who were presented one of our Spring 2016 College of Nursing Excellence Awards.

Faculty Awards

Janessa GravesFaculty Excellence in Research Award – Dr. Janessa Graves, Spokane

This award recognizes a faculty member who demonstrates excellence in research. Dr. Graves has developed and implemented a line of inquiry in research, has received extramural funding for her research, has communicated and disseminated her own research findings, and continues to promote and facilitate research in less experienced faculty.

“Dr. Graves completely revised the PhD Grant Writing course (NURS534) and works … » More …

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