Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing

Seema S Aggarwal, PhD, RN, AGNP-C

PARTNERS Research Scholar
Assistant Professor

Early identification and rehabilitation of cognitive impairment and vascular dementia among patients with acquired brain injuries such as stroke and mild traumatic brain injury

Jennifer E Sanner Beauchamp, PhD, RN, FAAN

Nancy B. Willerson Distinguished Professor in Nursing
Associate Professor

Identification and management of mood and anxiety disorders in chronic disease populations and informal caregivers

Veronica J Brady, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, BC-ADM

Assistant Professor

Diabetes, cancer, co-morbid diseases, diabetes distress, social determinants of health, adults.

Stacey Crane, PhD, RN, CPON

Assistant Professor

Pediatric oncology, patient-reported outcomes, clinical trial management, nursing informatics

Deniz N Dishman, PhD, DNAP, CRNA

Assistant Professor

Acute and chronic pain management, provider situation awareness and mitigation of related adverse events.

Maja Djukic, PhD, RN, FAAN

John P. McGovern Distinguished Professor in Nursing
Associate Professor

Nursing workforce, Healthcare quality and safety, Interprofessional education, Educational innovations, simulation, e-learning 

Joan C Engebretson, DrPH, AHN-BC, RN, FAAN

Professor Emerita

Culture, health promotion, health practices /behaviors and beliefs, complementary/integrative therapies, Maternal child and woman’s health

Sandra K Hanneman, PhD, RN, FAAN

Jerold B. Katz Distinguished Professor for Nursing Research

Prevention and management of pulmonary complications; circadian rhythms, biomarkers, mechanical ventilation weaning, physiological monitoring

Daphne C Hernandez, PhD, MSEd, FAAHB

Lee and Joseph Jamail Distinguished Professor in the School of Nursing
Associate Professor

Food insecurity, stress among Hispanic immigrant families, housing instability and homelessness, obesity and diabetes, barriers to physical activity

Constance M Johnson, PhD, MS, RN, FAAN

Maria C. and Christopher J. Pappas Family Distinguished Chair in Nursing
Lee and Joseph Jamail Distinguished Professor in the School of Nursing
Associate Dean of Research

Health promotion and disease prevention; chronic disease; use of technology to promote self-management; biobehavioral research; health informatics; eHealth; human-computer interaction

Carina Katigbak, PhD, RN, ANP-BC, FAHA

Associate Professor

Aging, health promotion, cardiovascular disease, health disparities, minority health, Asian American health, physical activity, behavioral interventions.

Melanie M McEwen, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF, FAAN

Track Director, Nursing Education
Distinguished Teaching Professor

Nursing education issues – particularly related to curricular design.  Focus on RN-BSN programs and student outcomes; nursing theory construction and evaluation

Nikhil S Padhye, PhD


Aging, measures of complexity of biosignals, diet diversity, nonlinear dynamics of physiological systems, models of carcinogenesis

Cathy L Rozmus, PhD, RN, FAAN

PARTNERS Professor
Vice Dean for Academic Affairs

Health behavior decision-making, nursing education, ethics

Diane M Santa Maria, DrPH, MSN, RN, PHNA-BC, FSAHM, FAAN

Jane and Robert Cizik Distinguished Chair
Huffington Foundation Endowed Chair in Nursing Education Leadership
Dean, Cizik School of Nursing

Adolescent sexual health, HIV/STI prevention, pregnancy prevention, parenting support, protective factors for adolescent risk behaviors

Diane Wardell, PhD, WHNP-BC


Complementary/integrative therapies using touch therapies, women’s health, technology development

Meagan Whisenant, PhD, RN

Assistant Professor

Cancer symptoms, symptom burden, patient reported outcomes, patient-provider communication, adults

Geri L Wood, PhD, RN, FAAN

Bette P. Thomas Distinguished Professor in Innovative Health Care Delivery
Director, PhD Program

Oncology, Pediatrics and Adult, Symptom management

Chao Hsing Yeh, PhD, RN, FAAN

Jane and Robert Cizik Distinguished Chair

Auricular medicine, cancer, aging, chronic care, pain management, palliative care.