Research Office

Coug Nurse Scholarly Review is WSU College of Nursing’s newsletter covering faculty research and efforts to improve health and healthcare through scholarly inquiry and investigation.

What’s New in Grants?


Four new awards were received by College of Nursing and Nursing/Community Health investigators totaling $643,238 in funding:

Sterling McPherson, John Roll, Celestina Barbosa-Leiker, Clinical Trials Network: Pacific Northwest Node, University of Washington.

Martin Schiavenato, Subhanshu Gupta, Developing a Multidimensional Pain Detection Device for Infants: Human Demonstration Phase, M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust.

Cindy Corbett, Brian Gates, Joshua Neumiller, Preserving Self: Empowering Older Persons Who Take Multiple Medications, Empire Health Foundation.

James (Jae) Kennedy, Collaborative on Health Reform and Independent Living, Administration for Living.


The College of Nursing and Nursing/Community Health investigators, in either the PI role or Co-I role, submitted eleven new proposals totaling $8,559,398 in requested funds:

Barbara Richardson, Patricia Butterfield, Tracy Skaer, Social Determinants of Health Case Study, Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (APTR).

Amber Fyfe-Johnson, Dedra Buchwald, Clemma Muller, Risk Factors for Subclinical Cardiovascular Disease and Kidney Disease in American Indian Youth: The Strong Heart Family Study, NIH/NIDDK.

Shannon Panther, Jonathan Coffey, Karen Colorafi, Kimberly McKeirnan, Utilizing Academic Detailing to Improve Pharmacy Personnel Knowledge of ACIP Adult Pneumococcal Immunization Guidelines, NIH/NIGMS.

Diane Cook, Maureen Schmitter-Edgecombe, Shelly Fritz, A Clinician-in-the-Loop Smart Home to Support Health Monitoring and Intervention for Chronic Conditions, NIH/NINR.

Denise Smart, Janessa Graves, Tamara Odom-Maryon, Gail Oneal, Exertional Heat Injury Scoring Tool: Mixed Methods Analytic Approach, Tri-Service Nursing Research Program (TSNRP).

Demetrius Abshire, Janessa Graves, Janet Katz, Celestina Barbosa-Leiker, Cindy Corbett, Support Systems in Accelerated Nursing Programs, RWJF/AACN/NCIN.

Julie Postma, Managing Asthma around Puget Sound, University of Washington.

Kawkab Shishani, Tamara Odom-Maryon, John Roll, Sean Murphy, Resistance and Refusal Skill Building in Combination with Contingency Management Waterpipe Smoking, NIH/NIDA.

Sean Murphy, An Economic Evaluation of Depot Naltrexone to Prevent Opioid Relapse among Opioid-Dependent Pre-release Prisoners, NIH/NCI.

Maureen Schmitter-Edgecombe, Diane Cook, Bruce Wright, Celestina Barbosa-Leiker, Shelly Fritz, Promoting Healthy Brain Aging in Midlife and Identifying Change Mechanisms, NIH/NINR.

Kenn Daratha, PMRC Staff Assignment Agreement, Providence Medical Research Center.

Research FYI

CLICK” IRB Spokane New eIRB System: November 1 the IRB Spokane’s new eIRB system, CLICK, goes online. This will make some changes to the way Nursing will process IRB applications for IRB Spokane. Previously, IRB Spokane forms were first review by our Research Office, then forwarded to the WSU IRB. The WSU IRB would log the application giving it a WSU IRB number, and forward the application to IRB Spokane. With the new CLICK eIRB system, you will be submitting directly to IRB Spokane, and they will be forwarding a copy to WSU—the reverse of the old way.  Our Nursing Research Office still plans to review all IRB applications before they are sent to either Spokane or WSU IRBs. Please send a copy of all your application forms and documents to Kathy Bridwell (  Allow at least a week for this review time when planning for your deadlines.

Rejection is hard and if you are submitting manuscripts, you are exposed to rejection on a pretty regular basis.  Guy Winch shares The Need to Practice Emotional First Aid in his Ted Talk here.

Safe to Sleep has the updated recommendations for safe infant sleep.  The latest AAP recommendations include 19 overall guidelines for reducing the risk of SIDS and other sleep-related causes of infant death. The primary recommendation for reducing the risk of SIDS remains the same: place babies completely on their backs to sleep for all sleep times, naps and at night. Nine of the recommendations relate directly to the infant’s sleep environment.

In a study done by University of Colorado psychiatrist Robert Freedman and colleagues, they studied whether giving the B vitamin choline during pregnancy would enhance brain growth in the developing fetus.  It appeared that choline might steer the infant brain away from a developmental course that predicted mental health problems. The full article can be found here.

Effect of Medicaid Coverage on ED Use — Further Evidence from Oregon’s Experiment found ER use stayed high two years after Medicaid patients gained the health insurance coverage — even as they also increased their visits to doctors’ offices.

A team led by Dr. Mark Olfson of Columbia University Medical Center set out to assess how depression is treated in adults in the U.S. The study was funded in part by NIH’s National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). They found most people who screened positive for depression were not receiving care and those who were receiving treatment for depression did not screen positive for depression.

Research – Just for Fun

If you are wondering what color to wear on your next blind date, you may want to choose red.  In Red and Romantic Behavior in Men Viewing Women and Red, Rank, and Romance in Women Viewing Men, both men and women showed a preference for individuals wearing red, asking more intimate questions and feeling more physically drawn to them.


Research Funnies




Research Puzzle


Recent Publications

Salvatierra, G.G., Bindler, R.C., & Daratha, K. (2016). Rapid response teams: Is it time to reframe the questions of RRT measurement? Journal of Nursing Scholarship. Accepted for publication.

Ball, J., Bindler, R., Cowen, K., & Shaw, M. (2017).  Principles of Pediatric Nursing: Caring for Children, 6th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ:  Prentice Hall Health.

Dermody, G., Sawyer, P., Kennedy, R., Williams, C., Brown, C.J. (2016). Emergency Department Utilization and Self-Reported Symptoms in Community-Dwelling Older Adults.

Dermody, G. (2016). Evidence-based practice in the global community: Building bridges. In H.R. Hall & L.A. Roussel (Eds.), Evidence-based practice an integrative approach to research, administration and practice (357-371). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett.

Graves JM, Klein TA. The impact of patient characteristics on nurse practitioners’ assessment and management of adolescent concussion. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. In press.

Holliday, C., Wynne, M., Katz, J. R., Ford, C., & Barbosa Leiker, C. (accepted Oct 2016). A CBPR approach to finding community strengths and challenges to prevent youth suicide and substance abuse. Journal of Transcultural Nursing.

Lim, S., Allen, K., Bhutta, Z.,  Dandona, L., Forouzanfar, M.,  Fullman, S., Gething, P., Goldberg, E., Hay, S., …, Shishani, K., & Murray, C. (GBD 2015 SDG Collaborators, 250 author) (2016). Measuring the health-related Sustainable Development Goals in 188 countries: a baseline analysis from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2015. The Lancet. Published online September 21, 2016

Mokdad, A., Forouzanfar, M., Daoud, F,…Shishani, K., … & Murray, C. (GBD 2015 SDG Collaborators, 250 author) (2016). Health in times of uncertainty in the eastern Mediterranean region, 1990–2013: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013. Lancet Global Health, 4 (10), e704–e713.

Senger, B.A., Ward, L.D., Barbosa-Leiker, C., & Bindler, R.C. (2016). The parent experience of caring for a child with mitochondrial disease. Journal of Pediatric Nursing 31(1), 32-41.

Senger, B.A., Ward, L.D., Barbosa-Leiker, C., & Bindler, R.C. (2016). Stress and coping of parents caring for a child with mitochondrial disease. Applied Nursing Research 29, 195-201.

Recent Presentations

Colorafi, L. (2016). Do older adults with limited health literacy use the patient portal? Poser Presentation: Health Literacy Annual Research Conference, Bethesda, Maryland.

Fincham, S. J., & Mason, A. M.  (2016, October 6).  Developing a Collaborative Longitudinal Interprofessional Education (IPE) Program Using Standardized Patients.  Poster Presentation at the DNP National Conference, Baltimore, MD.

James, L. (October 2016). Tired Cops: The Impact of Police Fatigue on Routine Encounters. National Institute of Justice (NIJ) “Your Brain on Stress” Panel (panelist by invitation) at the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) 2016 annual conference. San Diego, CA.

James, L. (September 2016). The Impact of Implicit Bias vs. Counter Bias on Police Decisions to Shoot. Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) Trending Issues in Policing Summit. Glenco, GA.

WSU College of Nursing: Katz, J., Holliday, C., & Barbosa-Leiker WSU; Spokane Tribe Community: Wynne, M., Ford, C.,.Wynecoop, W., Spencer, P., Numkena, N., Stensgar, J., Evans, C. & Wynecoop, Z. (2016) Ta hec čmiš qn mist I Will Never Give Up: Pilot Project to Prevent Substance Use and Suicide Using the Gathering of Native American Curriculum. International.

Murphy, S.M., Polsky, D. (10/14/2016). Economic Evaluations of Opioid Use Disorder Interventions: A Systematic Review. Addiction Health Services Research Conference, Seattle

Murphy, S.M., Polsky, D., Lee, J.D., Friedmann, P., Kinlock, T., Nunes, E., Hoskinson, R., Wilson, D., McDonald, R., Gordon, M., Fishman, M., Boney, T., Chen, D., Gourevitch, M., Rotrosen, J. & O’Brien, C. (10/14/2016). Cost-Effectiveness of Depot Naltrexone to Prevent Relapse Among Criminal-Justice-Involved Persons with a History of Opioid Use Disorder: Final Results. Addiction Health Services Research Conference, Seattle

Postma, J. (2016). Invited speaker. “Pre-engagement in patient-centered outcomes research: Lessons from the field.” Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute’s annual meeting, Washington D.C. 11/19/16.

Randall, L.L. (Nez Perce), Katz, J., Doutrich, D. L., Holliday, C., & Paul, R.L (Nez Perce). (2016, June).  Medicine Wheel, Indigenous Methods/Cultural Safety. My Story, Your Story, Our Story: Grief and Loss of a Child in a Tribal Community. Tribal Research Models, 26th Native Health Research Conference, Cherokee, NC.

Shishani, K. (Invited Speaker). Waterpipe tobacco globalization and health consequences, NIDA International Forum, Palm Springs, CA, June 2016

Other Scholarly Accomplishments

J. Katz NIH grant review. Native American Centers for Health, Health Disparities and Equity Promotion Study Section (HDEP) Healthcare Delivery and Methodologies, National Institutes of Health.

J. Katz NIH grant review. Collaborative Hubs to Reduce the Burden of Suicide among American Indian and Alaska Native Youth (U19), National Institute of Mental Health/National Institutes of Health.

Helpful and Interesting Links

National Institute of Health (NIH) News & Events – This month they share results from an NIH study investigating the properties of cannabis and how they produce the effects.

The National Institute of Nursing Research “News and Notes” – This month they share information from series: three live webinars to provide information about the final rule for Clinical Trials Registration and Results Information Submission.

The NIH Extramural News is a blog written to address current issues related to research and NIH. This month they explore application of the Relative Citation Ration as a measure of grant productivity.

Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) continues to provide funding and resources for improving access to health care. This month they share HHS’s awards of $2.3 billion in grants to help Americans access HIV/AIDS care and medications.

Science Daily features breaking news and videos about the latest discoveries in health, technology, the environment, and more – from major news services and leading universities, scientific journals, and research organizations. This month they share one of the most detailed genomic studies of any ecosystem to date, revealing stunning microbial diversity discovered underground.

WSU Informer: Funding Opportunities Resource

Puzzle key: analysis, question, theory, chi-square, covariate. …quality “from” quantity