Dr. Susan Weber Buchholz is a professor in the Department of Adult Health and Gerontological Nursing in the Rush University College of Nursing. As a professor, she actively engages in the tripartite mission of teaching, research and clinical practice. She teaches students across graduate nursing programs, mainly focusing on coursework related to primary care and research.
Buchholz’s dissertation work was on identification of factors that influence physical activity in inner city African American women. She expanded that work to look at fitness measures and health promotion interventions that could be easily implemented in a clinic practice serving the uninsured. She has also conducted focus groups to further understand nurse practitioners physical activity counseling practices as well as conducted multi-ethnic focus groups that assessed acceptability and ability of using physical activity text messages with low-income adults in a community setting. These projects were funded by a series of small grants and disseminated in a series of publications. She is presently a Co-Investigator on the Women’s Walking Program (R01 NR04234). In this capacity she has helped to oversee the development and finalization of all the health assessment protocols, and is contributing to study analysis and interpretation of findings. She is currently leading a research team that is conducting a physical activity text messaging intervention with multi-ethnic low-income working adults. She is also a trained systematic reviewer and recently completed two systematic reviews that examined various aspects of physical activity.
In addition to her teaching and research responsibilities, she is an adult nurse practitioner and practices at St. Clare Clinic in northwest Indiana, where she regularly has nurse practitioner students with her at the clinic. This clinic provides charity health care for uninsured adults. She is involved in the Midwest Nursing Research Society, and has served as chairperson of the Women's Health Research Section. She is also active with the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties where she has served as co-chairperson of the Research Special Interest Group.
Buchholz, S. W., Wilbur, J., Halloway, S., McDevitt, J. H., & Schoeny, M. E. (2013). Physical Activity Intervention Studies and their Relationship to Body Composition in Healthy Women. In B. Smith (Guest Ed.), Annual Review of Nursing Research (31). New York: Springer Publishing Company.
Buchholz, S. W., Ingram, D. M., Wilbur, J., Pelt, P. P. (2013 Epub ahead of print). Using Photos to Develop Text Messages to Promote Walking. Journal of Nursing Scholarship.
Wilbur, J., Buchholz, S. W., Ingram, D. M., Braun, L. T., Johnson, T. J., Fogg, L., Miller, A. M., Volgman, A. S. & McDevitt, J. (2013). Effectiveness, Efficiency, Durations, and Costs of Recruiting for an African American Women’s Lifestyle Physical Activity Program. Research in Nursing and Health, 36(5):487-99.
Buchholz, S. W., Budd, G., Courtney, M., Neiheisel, M., Hammersla, M., & Carlson, E. (2013). Practice Scholars: DNP Knowledge, Skills, and Roles for Scholarship. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, 25(9):473-80
Buchholz, S. W., Wilbur, J., Ingram, D. & Fogg, Louis (2013). Physical Activity Text Messaging Intervention in Adults: A Systematic Review. Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing. 10(3): 163-73.
Wilbur, J. & Buchholz, S. W. (2012). Commentary provided for Chalder M, Wiles NJ, Campbell J, et al. Facilitated Physical Activity as a Treatment for Depressed Adults: Randomised Controlled Trial. BMJ 2012;344:e2758. Evidence Based Mental Health, 15(4):93.
Buchholz, S. W., Huffman, D. & McKenna, J. (2012). Overweight and Obese Low-Income Women Restorative Health Behaviors Under Overwhelming Conditions. Health Care for Women International, 33(2), 182-197.
Buchholz, S.W., Wilbur, J., Miskovich, L., & Gerard, P. (2012). An Office-based Health Promotion Intervention for Overweight and Obese Uninsured Adults: A Feasibility Study. Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 27(1):68-75.
Gianfermi, R. & Buchholz, S. W. (2011). Examining the Relationship between Job Satisfaction and Nursing Group Outcome Attainment Capability in Nurse Administrators. Journal of Nursing Management, 19(8), 1012-1019.
Ingram, D., Wilbur, J., McDevitt, J. & Buchholz, S. (2011). Women’s Walking Program for African American women: Expectations and Recommendations from Participants as Experts. Women and Health, 51(6), 566-582.
Buchholz S.W., Purath, J., & Rittenmeyer, L. (2009). How outpatient nurse practitioners define the barriers and facilitators to physical activity counseling. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 5(9), 678-683.
Buchholz S. W. & Artinian, N. (2009). Dimensions of physical activity in African American women. Health Care for Women International, 30(4), 308-323.
Purath, J., Buchholz, S. W., & Kark, D. (2009). Physical fitness assessment of older adults in the primary care setting. Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, 21(2),101-107.
Whalen, K. & Buchholz, S. W. (2009). The reliability, validity and feasibility of tools used to screen for caregiver burden: A systematic review. The Joanna Briggs Institute Library of Systematic Reviews, 7(32),1372-1429.