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William F. Connell School of Nursing

Recently Completed Dissertations

william f. connell school of nursing

2014

Lesley Adkison, Ph.D., RN, MSN "Establishing Ties: Descriptions of Meaningful Interactions with Health Care Providers from the Perspectives of Family Caregivers of Persons Diagnosed with Moderate to Advanced Dementia" Advisor: Ellen K. Mahoney, Ph.D., RN, FGSA

Lillian Virginia Ananian, Ph.D., RN, MSN “Relationship Based Care: Exploring the Manifestations of Health as Expanding Consciousness within a Patient and Family Centered Medical Intensive Care Unit” Advisor: Dorothy A. Jones, Ed.D., RNC, ANP, FAAN

Teresa Connolly, Ph.D., RN “Post Stroke Survivors’ Experience of the First Four Weeks During the Transition Directly Home from the Hospital” Advisor: Ellen K. Mahoney, Ph.D., RN, FGSA

J. Nicholas Dionne-Odom, Ph.D., RN “A Theoretical Model of the Psychological Processes of Surrogate Decision-Making at Adult End-of-Life in the Intensive Care Unit: A Case Study Design Using Cognitive Task Analysis” Advisor: Pamela J. Grace, Ph.D., RN, FAAN

 

2013

Rachel Lee DiFazio, Ph.D., RN, FAAN “Patient Centered Outcomes of Orthopaedic Surgeries in Children with Cerebral Palsy” Advisor: Judith A. Vessey, Ph.D., DPNP, MBA, FAAN

Lisa Vittoria Duffy, Ph.D., RN, CPNP-PC “Testing the Efficacy of the Creating Opportunities for Parent Empowerment (COPE) Intervention During Hospital to Home Transition: Empowering Parents of Children with Epilepsy and Other Neurological Conditions” Advisor: Judith A. Vessey, Ph.D., DPNP, MBA, FAAN

Susan Emery, Ph.D., RN, CRNA “Work Hours, Workload, and Fatigue in Nurse Anesthetists” Advisor: Patricia A. Tabloski, Ph.D., GNP-BC, FGSA, FAAN

Merrily Evdokimoff, Ph.D., RN “Testing the Efficacy of a Nurse-Led, Patient Self-Management Intervention to Decrease Rehospitalization in Older Adults” Advisor: Rosanna DeMarco, Ph.D., RN, PHCNS-BC, ACRN, FAAN

Holly B. Fontenot, Ph.D., RN, WHNP- BC “Intersection of HPV and Sexual Assault: An Opportunity for Practice Change” Advisor: Ann Wolbert Burgess, D.N.S., RNCS, FAAN

Ruthann Rindall Looper, Ph.D., RN, PMHNP-BC “Adaptation and Coping Processes as Reported by Army Reservists and their Families Throughout One Year Following the Soldier’s Deployment to Combat Locations” Advisor: Sr. Callista Roy, Ph.D., RN, FAAN

Kathryn Phillips, Ph.D., ANP-BC “Plasma BDNF Levels in Women with Anorexia Nervosa Compared to Healthy Controls After Short-Term SSRI Administration” Advisor: Barbara E. Wolfe, Ph.D., RN, CS, FAAN

Mary Ellen Clark Poyner Reed, Ph.D., ANP, CNRN, NEA-BC “Parental Caregiver’s Description of Caring for Children with Intractable Epilepsy” Advisor: Judith A. Vessey, Ph.D., DPNP, MBA, FAAN

 

2012

Nancy Coyne Baker, Ph.D., ANP-BC "Does Daily Practice of Meditation or Coherent Breathing Influence Perceived Stress, Stress Effects, Anxiety or Holistic Wellness In College Freshmen and Sophomores" Advisor: Patricia Tabloski, Ph.D., GNP-BC, FGSA, FAAN

Clare Marie Butt, Ph.D., RN, AOCN "Supporting Hope in Midlife Cancer Survivors: Intervention Workshop" Advisor: Sr. Callista Roy, Ph.D., RN, FAAN

Kim Francis, Ph.D., RN, PHCNS-BC "Development of a New Pain Assessment Instrument: Pain Assessment and Care for the Extremely Low Gestational Age Infant Focused Instrument (PACEFI)" Advisor: June Andrews Horowitz, Ph.D., RN, PMH, CNS-BC, FAAN

Kelly L. Grady, Ph.D., RN-BC "Parenting a Lone Twin: When One Twin Dies" Advisor: June Andrews Horowitz, Ph.D., RN, PMH, CNS-BC, FAAN

Sandra Hannon-Engel, Ph.D., RN, CS, PMHNP- BC "Role of Altered CCK Response in Bulimia Nervosa" Advisor: Barbara E. Wolfe, Ph.D., RN, CS, FAAN

Mary E. Sullivan, Ph.D., APRN, BC "Hospital Acquired Urinary Tract Infections: Implications for Nursing Practice" Advisor: Sr. Callista Roy, Ph.D., RN, FAAN

Deborah Washington, Ph.D., RN "Social Cognition and the Impact of Race and Ethnicity on Clinical Decision-Making" Advisor: Sr. Callista Roy, Ph.D., RN, FAAN

 

2011

Patricia C. Underwood, Ph.D., FNP-BC, RN "Genetic Markers Associated with an Intermediate Phenotype of the Metabolic Syndrome: Insulin Resistance and Hypertension" Advisor: Catherine Yetter Read, Ph.D., RN

Tania Denise Shaffer Strout, Ph.D., RN "Development of an Agitation Rating Scale for Use with Acute Presentation Behavioral Management Patients" Advisor: June Andrews Horowitz, Ph.D., RN, CNS-BC, FAAN

Jean C. Solodiuk, Ph.D., MSN, RN "Parent Described Pain Cues in Nonverbal Children with Intellectual Disability: Deriving Patterns of Pain Responses and Potential Implications" Advisor: Sr. Callista Roy, Ph.D., RN, FAAN

Lisa Wolf, Ph.D., RN, CEN "Testing and Refinement of an Integrated, Ethically-Driven Environmental Mode of Clinical Decision-Making in Emergency Settings" Advisor: Dorothy A. Jones, Ed.D., RNC, ANP, FAAN

Margaret Doyle Settle, Ph.D., RN "Predictors of NICU Nurse Activism: Response to Ethical Dilemmas" Advisor: Pamela J. Grace, Ph.D., APRN

 

2010

Connie Lynne Lorette Calvin, Ph.D., CRNA, ARNP "Feasibility, Acceptability and Preliminary Effect of a Cognitive Training Intervention for Postoperative Cardiac Surgical Patients" Advisor: Barbara E. Wolfe, Ph.D., RN, CS, FAAN

Ann Cousins, Ph.D., PMH-CNS "Self-Report of Disordered Eating and Psychological Symptoms by Women with Ovulatory and Unexplained Infertility Compared with Women Receiving Routine Health Care" Advisor: Barbara E. Wolfe, Ph.D., RN, CS, FAAN

Karen A. Daley, Ph.D., MPH, RN, FAAN "The Lived Experience of Percutaneous Injuries Among US Registered Nurses: A Phenomenological Study" Advisor: Rosanna DeMarco, Ph.D., PHCNS-BC, ACRN, FAAN

Clara Mashinya Gona, Ph.D., FNP-BC "The Lived Experience of Zimbabwean Women Being Diagnosed and Living With HIV/AIDS:  A Phenomenological Study" Advisor: Rosanna DeMarco, Ph.D., PHCNS-BC, ACRN, FAAN

Carol Anne Marchetti, Ph.D., RN, CNS "Regret and Police Reporting Among Individuals Who Have Experienced Sexual Assault" Advisor: Ann Wolbert Burgess, DNSc, RNCS, FAAN

Monica Adhambo Onyango, Ph.D., MPH, RN "Women’s Experiences with Abortion Complications in the Post War Context of South Sudan" Advisor: Rosanna DeMarco, Ph.D., PHCNS-BC, ACRN, FAAN

Susan Budassi Sheehy, Ph.D., RN, FAEN, FAAN "A Nurse-Coached Exercise Program to Increase Muscle Strength, Improve Quality of Life, and Increase Self-Efficacy in People with Tetraplegic Spinal Cord Injuries: A Single Subject Design Study" Advisor: Mary E. Duffy, Ph.D., RN, FAAN

Laura S. White, Ph.D., RN, CPNP "Reducing Stress in School-Age Girls: Mindful Awareness for Girls through Yoga" Advisor: Joyce Pulcini, P.hD., RNCS, PNP, FAAN