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Neil-Christopher-Apeles

Neil Christopher Apeles, MSN, RN-BC, NEA-BC, PHN
Entered program: 2016
Research interests/dissertation topic: Instrument development to measure patient acuity and predict workload management

Randi Arias-Losado
Randi Arias-Losado, MSN, RN
Entered program: 2017
Research interests: Rural health, survivors of suicide and suicide prevention

Romnee-Auerbach
Romnee Auerback, RN
Entered program: 2015
Research interests/dissertation topic: Traumatized Foster Children and Adolescents’ Perception of their Caregivers

Shandeign Berry
Shandeign Berry, MSN, RN, CNOR
Entered program: 2017
Research interest/dissertation topic: Anencephaly Awareness, Prevention, and Care

Michelle Closner
Michelle Closner, RN
Entered program: 2015
Research interest/dissertation topic: How a Parent with Cancer Communicates with their Children about their Disease/Telling your Children you have Cancer: A Qualitative Study

Janina Damm
Janina Damm, MSN, BA, RN
Entered program: 2018
Research interest/dissertation topic: Epistemological Relativism in Health Literacy

 


Charles (Dan) Edwards, MN, RN
Entered program: 2019
Research interest/dissertation topic: The interplay of stress and bias in law enforcement officers’ decisions to escalate or not in a force-on-force confrontation, and how this impacts the greater public health arena

Ashley-Engelmann
Ashley Engelmann, MSN, RN, OCN
Entered program: 2016
Research interests/dissertation topic: Bone marrow transplant


Emily Gray, BSN
Entered program: 2018
Research interests/dissertation topic: Nurse Perceptions of working with NAS infants and their families in the NICU setting

Patrice Griffin-Codd
Patrice Griffin-Codd, MSN, ARNP
Entered program: 2009
Research interests/dissertation topic: Experiences of Female Athletes Engaged in High School Competitive Sport

Hannah Gubitz
Hannah Gubitz, MSN, RN
Entered program: 2018
Research interests/dissertation topic: Substance Abuse Treatment in the Jail Setting with a Focus on Opiate3 Treatment & Patient Retention once Released from Jail

Bernice Gulek-Bakirci
Bernice Gulek-Bakirci, MS, ACNP-BC
Entered program: 2015
b.gulek-bakirci@wsu.edu
Research interests/dissertation topic: The Impact of social support, coping, and depression on Health Related Quality of life after aneurysmal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage

D Hughes
D. Hughes, MSN
Entered program: 2016
Research interests/dissertation topic: Strength-based research with rural AI/AN communities

Brenda Hulett
Brenda Hulett, MSN, RN
Entered program: 2017
Research interest/dissertation topic: Lifelong learning in nurses


Cheryl Lewis
Entered program: 2017
Research interests/dissertation topic: A Strategy for Early Identification of Colorectal Cancer

Jocelyn Ludlow
Jocelyn A Ludlow, MN, RN, CHSE
Entered program: 2014
Research interests/dissertation topic: Interested in researching pre-briefing practices in US pre-licensure nursing simulation programs as a basis for developing a pre-briefing framework for faculty to use when developing simulations

Tara Marko
Tara Marko, MSN, RNC-NIC
Entered program: 2018
Research interests/dissertation topic: Environmental Exposure to Toxins in Maternal-Child Populations


Robert Mendenhall, BSN
Entered program: 2018
Research interests/dissertation topic: Effective nursing interventions for patients experiencing cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome

Mary Lee Roberts
MaryLee A. Roberts, RN, BSN, CMSRN
Entered program: 2014
Research interests/dissertation topic: Male Mentorship: The (meaning of the) Experience of Men Nursing Students in Relation to Male Mentors
marylee.roberts@wsu.edu

Cristina Ross
Cristina Ross, MSN, RN, FNP-BC
Entered program: 2016
Research interests/dissertation topic: Psychoeducational interventions aimed at marijuana using high school students as an alternative to suspension

Laura Sherburne
Laura Sherburne, RN
Entered program: 2015
Research interests/dissertation topic: Examining Healthcare and Genomics from the Military Veteran’s Perspective, Identifying Strengths and Barriers to the Integration of Genetic Testing and Genetically Based Therapies

Amy Thomas
Amy Thomas, BSN, RN (Bacc-PhD student)
Entered program: 2016
Research interests/dissertation topic: Transitional care and management of chronic conditions

Jennifer Thomas
Jennifer Thomas, MSN, RN
Entered program: 2018
Research interests/dissertation topic: The Military Family: How do Parents Help Their Children Find Their Identity Through Multiple Permanent Change in Duty Station (PCS) Assignments?

Katie Graham
Katherine Wuestney, RN, BSN (Bacc-PhD student)
Entered program: 2016
Research interests/dissertation topic: Aging in place, Type 2 Diabetes, Mellitus

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Teresa-Bigand
Teresa Bigand, PhD ’19, MSN, CMSRN, CNL
Entered program: 2016
Research interest/dissertation topic: Exploring what factors are common among overweight adults who suffer a chronic pain diagnosis


Chong (Sherry) Cheever, PhD ’19, MSN, ANP-BC
Entered program: 2012
Research interest/dissertation topic: Validity of the Clinical Institute’s Withdrawal Assessment Protocol for Patients With Alcohol Withdrawal With Comorbidity of a Traumatic Brain Injury in the Acute Phase


Sheila Hurst, PhD ’19, RN
Entered program: 2015
Research interest/dissertation topic: Practices of Head Lice Treatment Among School Age Children

Kathlene (Kelly) McBroon
Kelly McBroom, PhD ’19, RN
Entered program: 2015
Research interests/dissertation topic: The lived experience of women prenatally diagnosed with the Zika Virus: a hermeneutic analysis

David Oni
David Oni, PhD ’19, N
Entered program: 2015
Research interests/dissertation topic: Assessing Self-Managed Foot Care Practices and Knowledge in Patients with Diabetes

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Tullamora Diede, PhD ’18, MN, RN-BC, CNL
Assistant Professor, WSU College of Nursing
Dissertation: Professional Identity in the Lived Experience of Hospital Nurses
tullamora.diede@wsu.edu

Grace Kolodychuk
Grace Kolodychuk, PhD ’18, MSN, RN
Entered program: 2012
Nursing Program Director, Whatcom Community College, Bellingham, WA
Dissertation: Prelicensure Student Nurse Medication Administration Errors: Characteristics, Related Factors, and Patient Outcomes

Patrick Mutani
Patrick Muturi, PhD ’18, RN, MSN, PMNHP
Psychiatric ARNP Faculty/Preceptor, Seattle University College of Nursing
Dissertation: Military Personnel Post-Deployment Reintegration Experiences

Alicia Nye
Alecia Nye, PhD ’18
Entered program: 2010
Adjunct faculty, Seattle University College of Nursing
Research interests/dissertation topic: Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infection

Leslie Randall
Leslie L. Randall, PhD ’18, MPH, BSN, RN
Co-Chair and board member, Native Research Network
Dissertation: My Story, Your Story, Our Story: Grief and Loss of a Child in a Tribal Community

Jeannine Roth, PhD ’18, RN, MSN, CPN

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Entered program: 2008
Research interests/dissertation topic: Physical Activity and Adolescents with Cerebral Palsy

Yasmin Al-Shannaq
Yasmin Musa Alshannaq, PhD ’17, RN, MSN
Assistant Professor, Jordan University of Science & Technology, Faculty of Nursing, Irbid, Jordan
Research interests/dissertation topic: The Psychosocial and Quality of Life Experiences of Jordanian Women with Breast Cancer

Anas Mohammad
Anas Mohammad, PhD ’17, RN, MSN
Assistant Professor, Jordan University of Science & Technology, Faculty of Nursing, Irbid, Jordan
Research interests/dissertation topic: High-Fidelity Simulation: A New Method for Improving Medication Administration Skills of Undergraduate Nursing Students in Jordan

Victoria Sattler
Victoria Sattler, PhD ’16, MSN, RN
Instructor, RN Refresher Clinical Coordinator, WSU College of Nursing
Research interests/dissertation topic: Psychometric Analysis of a Scale Used to Measure Patient Perception of Cultural Competency
vsattler@wsu.edu


Ruth A Bryant, PhD ’16, RN, MS, CWOCN
Director of Nursing Research, Abbott Northwestern Hospital
Research interests/dissertation topic: Factors Associated with Adverse Outcomes in Patients Hospitalized with Pressure Ulcers

Erla Champ-Gibson
Erla Champ-Gibson, PhD ’16, RN
Clinical Assistant Professor, Pacific Lutheran University
Research interests/dissertation topic: Facilitated Family Presence: The (meaning of the) Experience of Family Members Present During Resuscitation on a Loved One

Caroline Jacobs, PhD ’16, ARNP
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Research interest/dissertation topic: Betrayal by Comrades-in-Arms: VA Health Care Experiences of Women Survivors of Military Sexual Trauma
cjacobs@wsu.edu

April Morgenroth
April Morgenroth, PhD ’16, MN, RN
Assistant Professor of Nursing, Seattle Pacific University
Research interests/dissertation topic: Experiences of Nurses Living and Working with Chronic Illness: A Dual Insider Perspective

Donna Watson
Donna S. Watson, PhD ’16, MSN, RN, CNOR, FNP
Director, Professional Affairs and Clinical Education, Medtronic
Research interests/dissertation topic: Reducing Surgery Scheduling Errors

Sandra Wyrick
Sandra Wyrick, PhD ’16, MN, RN
Executive Nursing Director and President, A New Day: RN Refresher Online Program
Dissertation: Provider Weight Bias: Experiences of Overweight and Obese Cancer Survivors

Molly Altman
Molly Altman, PhD ’15, MN, CNM, MPH
Assistant Professor, University of Washington School of Nursing
Dissertation: Exploration of Nurse-Midwifery Care for Childbirth

Deb Bennett
Deborah Bennett, PhD ’15, MN, RN
Healthcare Educator/Simulation Consultant
Dissertation: Development of a Pediatric Simulation-Based Scenario and Performance Checklist for Medication Administration Competencies

Shelly Fritz
Roschelle (Shelly) Fritz, PhD ’15, MSN, RN, IGERT Fellow
Assistant Professor, WSU College of Nursing Vancouver
Dissertation: The Influence of Culture on Older Adults’ Adoption of Smart Home Monitoring: A Qualitative Descriptive Study
shelly.fritz@wsu.edu

Samantha Girard
Samantha Girard, PhD ’15 MSN, RN
Instructor, WSU College of Nursing Vancouver
Dissertation: Experience of Registered Nurses who Voluntarily Withdraw from their BSN Program
samantha.girard@wsu.edu

Jennifer Miller
Jennifer Miller, PhD ’15, MA, RN, BC, LMHC
Dissertation: The Experience of Student Nurses While Caring for Patients

Katie Schoenfield, PhD ’14, MSN, FNP
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Dissertation: Physical Activity in Adolescents: Applications of Constructs From the Transtheoretical Model

Yi-Hsiu Liu
Yi-Hsiu Liu, PhD ’15, BSN, MEd
Assistant Professor, National Tainan Institute of Nursing, Taiwan
Dissertation: Older Widowers in Taiwan: Exploring Older Men’s Health-Related Quality of Life Following Spousal Bereavement

Stauffer
Debra Wise Matthews (Stauffer), PhD ’14, MSN, RN
Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Texas A & M University College of Nursing
Dissertation: The Effect of the Practice Environment on the Implementation of Family Presence in Adult Critical Care

Brenda Senger
Brenda Senger, PhD ’13, RN
Assistant Professor of Nursing, Gonzaga University
Dissertation: Nursing Education for Parents of Children with Mitochondrial Disease

Beth Schenk
Elizabeth Schenk, PhD ’13, MHI, RN
Adjunct Faculty, WSU College of Nursing
Dissertation: Development of the Nurses’ Environmental Awareness Tool

Carrie Miller
Carrie Miller, PhD ’13, MSN, RN, CNE, IBCLC
Director Clinical Performance Lab and Assistant Professor, Seattle University
Dissertation: The Experience of Infant Feeding for First-Time Mothers: A Hermeneutic Ananlysis

Marian Wilson
Marian Wilson, PhD ’13, MPH, RN
Assistant Professor, WSU College of Nursing
Dissertation: Empowering Patients with Chronic Pain Using an Internet-based Self-management Program
marian.wilson@wsu.edu

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Ira Kantrowitz-Gordon, PhD ’13, MN, CNM, ARNP
Assistant Professor, University of Washington School of Nursing
Dissertation: Distress After Preterm Birth: A Discourse Analysis of Parents’ Accounts and Photographs

Janet Willhaus
Janet Willhaus, PhD ’13, MSN, RN
Assistant Professor, Boise State University School of Nursing
Dissertation: Measures of Physiological and Psychological Stress in Novice Health Professions Students During a Simulated Patient Emergency

Benjamin Miller
Benjamin Miller, PhD ’13, RN, MN, ARNP, FNP, ACNP
Assistant Professor, Seattle University College of Nursing
Dissertation: Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus in the Arumeru District of Northern Tanzania: Evaluation of The Prevalence and Associated Risk Factors in Rural Communities

Nicole Armitage
Nicole Armitage, PhD ’13, Lt Col, USAF, NC
Chief, Clinical Research
Dissertation: The Experience of Active Duty Women as They Prepare for Their Fitness Assessment After Childbirth

GG Salvatierra
Gail (GG) Salvatierra, PhD ’12, MSN, RN
Assistant Professor, California State University San Marcos (retired)
Dissertation: The Relationships Between Rapid Response Team Interventions and Patient Health Outcome

Carrie Holliday
Carrie Holliday, PhD ’12, MSN, ARNP
Dissertation title: Teen Suicide: Experiences in the Emergency Department (ED) Following a Suicide Attempt

Katie Adamson
Katie Anne Haerling (Adamson), PhD ’11, RN
Associate Professor, University of Washington Tacoma
Dissertation title: Assessing the Reliability of Simulation Evaluation Instruments Used in Nursing Education: A Test of Concept Study

Colleen Doherty
Colleen Doherty, PhD ’11, MN, RN 
Faculty, Olympic College
Dissertation title: Self-Efficacy of LPNs: Relation to Attaining RN Licensure
cdoherty@olympic.edu

Susan Fleming
Susan Fleming, PhD ’11, MN, RN, CNS
Assistant Professor, Seattle University College of Nursing
Dissertation: Grand Multiparous Women and the Hospital Birthing Experience: An Interpretive Phenomenological Study

Tracy Klein
Tracy Klein, PhD ’11, MS, FNP, FAANP
Assistant Professor, WSU College of Nursing Vancouver
Dissertation: Prescribing Competencies For Autonomous APRN Prescriptive Authority: What Do Nurse Prescribers Need to Know?
taklein@wsu.edu

Gail Oneal
Gail Oneal, PhD ’11, MN
Clinical Assistant Professor, PhD Program Director, WSU College of Nursing
Dissertation: Rural Families with Children Who are Low Income and Their Use of Environmental Health Information

Linda Ward
Linda Ward, PhD ’11, ARNP
Associate Professor, Clemson University College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences
Dissertation: Development of the Genomic Nursing Concept Inventory

Barb Richardson
Barb Richardson, PhD ’10, RN
Director, Interprofessional Education & Research
Dissertation: Alleviating Chronic Sleep Debt in Early Adolescence; Can a School Based Intervention Make a Difference?
barichardson@wsu.edu

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Vicki Aaberg, PhD ’10, RNC
Associate Professor of Nursing, Seattle Pacific University
Dissertation: Implicit Attitudes of Nurse Faculty Toward Individuals with Disabilities