Ph.D. Program

Preparing Nurse Science Leaders

The Connell School Ph.D. program integrates science, theory, and research to educate the next generation of nurse scientists and leaders. Our students strive to advance nursing knowledge and translate research into practice that promotes the health and care of patients. 

Students benefit from small class sizes and mentorship from faculty as they prepare for careers in academia, health care settings, and policy.

The Connell School fully funds every full-time Ph.D. student’s tuition, fees, and insurance for three years.

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Ph.D. Curriculum List

Meet Our Faculty

CSON’s faculty expertise covers a wide range of topics, from Health Equity for Women & Children to Person- & Family-Oriented Aging to Safety & Quality of Care. Renowned scholars, experienced clinicians, and dedicated mentors, our faculty are passionate about educating the next generation of nurse science leaders.


Andrew Dwyer

Genetics/genomics and rare diseases

Dr. Dwyer’s work focuses on developing more person-centered approaches to genomic health care.


Julie P. Dunne

Eating disorders and mindfulness

A certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and founder of Drishti Holistic Wellness, Dr. Dunne's work focuses on mindfulness, mental health, and eating behaviors.


Britt Fisk Pados

Feeding difficulty in infants

Dr. Pados’ focus is on feeding difficulties in infants and young children with medical complexity, particularly those born preterm and with congenital heart disease.


CSON Doctoral Student Research

Our Ph.D. students regularly disseminate research findings in respected forums and receive prestigious awards, including being inducted into the American Academy of Nursing and named Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence Scholars.

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Connell School Ph.D. Student Voices

CSON's Ph.D. program attracts students from a variety of backgrounds and with an array of research interests.

CSON provides an atmosphere of academic rigor. The faculty are incredibly supportive and have been wonderful mentors to me. It is inspiring to be surrounded by so many respected nurse scientists and educators.
Lauren Pfeifer, Doctoral Student

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