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College of Nursing Faculty Clinical and Research Interests

Name Certifications Research Interests/Expertise Clinical Interests/Expertise

Dana Anderson, MSN, APRN



Child and adolescent mental health, mental health care across the lifespan

Mallory Bejster, DNP, RN


Public health nursing, nursing education, academic-practice partnerships  

Public health nursing, youth and young adult health

Jessica Bishop-Royse, PhD, MS


Population health, public health, health equity, research methods, statistics

No clinical expertise (just a PhD)

Cathy Catrambone, PhD, RN, FAAN


Asthma management

Leadership and mentoring

Yasmin Cavenagh, DNP, MPH, RN

Health coach, yoga

Social determinants of health, maternal/child health, health disparities, health equity, health promotion, community/population health, faculty practice models, global health, nursing leadership

Global health, nursing leadership, health promotion, faculty practice, maternal/child health

Krista Christianson, PhD, MA, CRNA


Emotional intelligence in student registered nurse anesthetists

Regional anesthesia, ERAS protocols

Manju Daniel, PhD, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC 

Family Nurse Practitioner

Immigrant health, health disparities, physical activity lifestyle modification

Health disparities related to CVD, diabetes, and obesity

Kirsten A. Dickins, PhD, AM, APRN, FNP-C

FNP-C (family nurse practitioner) Homelessness, correctional women’s health, trauma, community engagement

Outreach-Based/Community delivered primary care

Tomeka Dowling, RN, DNP


Educational equity, inclusive learning environments, belonging, DEI curricular threads, nursing education


Jason Earle, PMHNP, RN

State of Illinois: PMHNP, RN

Autism Spectrum Disorder, neuroscience of psychiatric disorders, cultural psychiatry, sociology and anthropology of mental health

Autism Spectrum Disorder, child and adolescent mental health, cultural psychology and psychiatry

Chuka Emezue, PhD, MPH, MPA


Violence prevention and co-occurring mental health and substance use issues, health disparities.

Intimate partner, teen dating, and domestic violence screening, service referrals, hospital-based wrap-around services for victims of various forms of violence, allostatic load among victims of partner violence (all gender)

Raechel Ferry-Rooney, DNP APRN ANP

Adult Nurse Practitioner

Isolation housing for people experiencing homelessness, academic practice partnerships among faculty, trauma informed care

Primary care, adolescent healthcare, asthma, trauma informed approach 

Tanya "Doc" Friese, DNP, RN


Individuals with disabilities, military veterans, individuals who identify as LGBTQ+

Individuals with disabilities, military veterans, individuals who identify as LGBTQ+

Krzysztof Garbarz, DNP, FNP-BC


Global health, telehealth

Primary care, global health


Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Integrated models of care, academic practice partnerships, interprofessional clinical care and education, trauma-informed care

Group medical visits, psychiatric care of people with serious mental illness and multiple medical comorbidities, wellness/health promotion interventions, including chronic disease self-management, tobacco dependence treatment, complementary modalities

Bryce Harbert, MSN


Physical activity, pain relief, mobility

Patient mobility, geriatrics

Shawna Hebert, DNP, RNC-MNN, PHNA-BC

Maternal Newborn Nursing, Advanced Public Health Nursing

Identifying qualified faculty to advise advanced public health nursing students in the absence of certification

Identifying best practices to implement in the online classroom for optimal faculty-student outcomes

Mary Heitschmidt, PhD, APRN, CCRN-K, FAHA


Quality of life, family presence, family engagement, stress and burnout, transition from pediatric to adult care, academic and clinical partnerships

Critical care, hematology oncology, congenital heart disease (pediatric and adult), cardiac catheterization, chronic health conditions, mentorship in research, QI, or EBP

Frank Hicks, PhD, RN


Philosophy of science, philosophy of nursing science theory development and application, curriculum and program development and evaluation, accreditation and regulatory systems, clinician and patient decision-making

Quality and safety metrics, clinical education models, competency-based education 

Barbara Hinch, DNP, ACNP-BC, FAHA


DNP education, heart failure quality improvement initiatives

Heart failure transitions of care models

Josie Howard-Ruben, PhD, RN

Formerly AOCN, CHPN

Food allergy

Food allergies, oncology nursing, palliative care and advanced directives, policy and advocacy

Melissa Kalensky, DNP, APRN


Student/provider mental health, integrated behavioral health care models, health policy

Pediatric, adolescent, and adult psychiatry, integrated behavioral health care models, community mental health, trauma disorders and trauma informed care, application of mental health assessment, diagnosis, and treatment within the primary care setting

Hyejin Kim, PhD, RN


Late-life cognitive changes (e.g., Alzheimer's disease and related dementias), dementia caregiving


Anna Kinderman, MSN, RN

Clinical Nurse Leader

Harm reduction r/t substance use disorder and non-disordered substance use, individual and public health impacts of incarceration

Harm reduction r/t substance use disorder and non-disordered substance use, wound care for individuals living outdoors and those experiencing housing insecurity

Sheila Leen, APN-BC

X-Waiver, NRCME

Health care post-incarceration, substance use, CDL drivers, workplace wellness

Health care post-incarceration, substance use, congregate living sites, CDL drivers, workplace wellness

Sally Lemke, DNP, WHNP-BC


School-based health care, adolescent health issues, reproductive and sexual health issues, community health

School-based health care, adolescent health issues, reproductive and sexual health care

Sarah Livesay, DNP, APRN


Implementation science

Quality improvement, neurocritical care, stroke guideline development

Amy Manion, PhD, APRN

Pediatric Primary Care NP

Gun violence, transition to adulthood, breastfeeding, quality of life, asthma, obesity, growth and development

Pediatrics, primary Care, asthma

Katherine Matics, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC



Adult & pediatric primary care in underserved communities, health promotion, patient empowerment, chronic disease management, quality improvement


Primary care in underserved communities, health promotion, community health, chronic disease management

Masako Mayahara, PhD, RN, FAAN, CHPN, FPCN

Certified hospice and palliative nurse

Pain, mHealth, digital health, dementia, advance directives, hospice and palliative care

Pain, dementia, advance directives, hospice and palliative care

Erik McIntosh, DNP


LGBTQIA+ health

Hospital medicine



Pediatric and neonatal wound, ostomy, continence, work of the clinical nurse specialist, qualitative research methodology

Pediatric and neonatal wound, ostomy, continence, pediatric care, role of the clinical nurse specialist

Beth Nachtsheim Bolick, DNP, FAAN



Scope of practice

Bridget O'Brien, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, AOCNP


Gastrointestinal oncology clinical trials, symptom management, diagnostic reasoning, simulation in nurse practitioner education

Gastrointestinal oncology, neuroendocrine malignancies, immunotherapy, oncology symptom management, primary care, diabetes

Kathryn Osborne, PhD, RN, CNM, FACNM

Certified Nurse-Midwife

Survey research, maternal-child health, normal labor

Maternal-child health/intrapartum care,health promotion, health policy, maternity care, GYN care

Shannon O'Shea, MSN, RN


Women and children's health, specifically breastfeeding

Women and children's health, labor and delivery

Olimpia Paun, PhD


Family caregivers of persons diagnosed with dementia, long-term care, qualitative research, loss and grief, caregivers' mental health

Psychiatric nursing

Mary Racelis Carol, MSN, APRN, ACNS-BC, ONC-A

ANCC - Adult Health CNS & ONCB Orthopedic Advance

Outcomes comparison pre- and post-implementation of multi-modal analgesia following total joint surgery

Adult medical surgical interdisciplinary clinical practice to achieve quality patient outcomes 

Margaret Rooney, MSN, APN, PMHNP

Psychiatric mental health

Health at every size, weight stigma, nurse burnout and career change

Mental health nursing, addictions, wellness promotion, community health

Jennifer Rousseau, DNP, APRN


Student concerns prior to clinical

Safe Haven laws, postpartum home visits, postpartum depression screening, infant relinquishment/abandonment, postpartum home visits, academic-practice partnerships, program implementation and evaluation

Todd Ruppar, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN


Adherence to medication regimens meta-analysis


Katherine (Kate) M. Schafer, MSN, APRN


Simulation in nursing and interprofessional education, family presence during resuscitation

Pediatrics, pediatric critical care, camp health, congenital heart disease, family presence during resuscitation, healthcare simulation, bioethics

Erika Schwelnus, DNP, ANP, CNP, CNL



Acute care

Rozmeen Shivji, DNP, ACNP


Developing APN r, rapid response team simulation

Pulmonary and critical care

Jen'nea Sumo, PhD, RN


Parental caregiver intervention research, family and community health, spiritual health, financial health, addressing housing insecurity, community development

Family and community health, nurse entrepreneurship

Kathryn Swartwout, PhD, APRN, FNP BC


Adolescent health, primary care models, population health, social determinants of health, school-based health care, program grants

Adolescent health, primary care

Susan Swider, PhD, FAAN


Community health workers, population/public health nursing education, health policy, community engagement

Public/population health

Jenna Wasserman, MSN, RN, CNL



Community mental health

Jongwon Yoo, PhD, APRN-CNP, CCTC

Certified Clinical Transplant Coordinator

Solid organ transplantation, especially liver/kidney/pancreas

Mary Zonsius, PhD, RN


Quality improvement

Quality, 4Ms-improving care of older adults, DNP project development, dementia