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Scholars at WSU College of Nursing are engaged in research initiatives that are yielding change in primary care delivery, health transitions, community and environmental health, and health sciences education.

By embracing the University’s commitment toward conducting innovative, relevant research, the college pursues scientific inquiry with the goal of disseminating findings and outcomes. The Research office has been successful in steadily growing our research portfolio and making strategic faculty hires in the past several years. Four core areas of distinction – behavioral health, community and public health, educational innovations and outcomes, and patient care quality and safety – help us attract and retain nurse scholars, advanced practice nurses, and students with similar passions and interests.

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Research News

  • Assistant Professor to present at GANES conference

    Wendy Buenzli

    Congratulations to Assistant Professor Wendy Buenzli on her recent notification of acceptance to present at the Global Alliance for Leadership in Nursing Education and Sciences (GANES) Conference in Miami.  The conference theme is “The Catalyzing Nursing Education and Scholarship for Global Health”.  The conference will spotlight key issues in nursing education that extend to nursing research, nursing practice and health policy.  Dr. Buenzli’s presentation is titled “The synergies of academic-practice partnerships to serve the needs of Indigenous and Rural populations.”

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  • WSU Professor joins social insurance advisory group

    Jae Kennedy

    SPOKANE, Wash. – Jae Kennedy, a professor of Health Policy and Administration at Washington State University Spokane, has accepted membership into the National Academy of Social Insurance, which contributes research and expertise to the policymaking process for Social Security, Medicare, unemployment insurance, disability insurance, worker’s compensation and other social insurance programs.

    “I have spent my entire career working in the disability policy arena, and am very honored to be recognized by the Academy for my research and advocacy efforts,” Kennedy … » More …

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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 …

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