Research

Nursing Faculty Research and Scholarly Interests

The following summary highlights the expertise, and scholarly and research interests of UW Tacoma Nursing faculty.  

Faculty member Interest areas Methodologies

*B. Jane Cornman
PhD, MN, RN

  • Mind/body techniques
  • Therapeutic Touch
  • Integrative health
  • Health coaching
  • Outcome studies
  • Qualitative and quantitative approaches
*Marjorie Dobratz
DNSc, MSN, RN
  • Terminal pain
  • Psychological responses in dying persons
  • Measurement of psychological adaptation in hospice/palliative care populations
  • Development of Roy adaptation nursing theory
  • Spirituality in end-of-life populations
  • Psychometrics
  • Qualitative and quantitative approaches

*Kathleen Shannon Dorcy
PhD, MN, RN

  • Ethics and clinical research
  • Oncology and research interventions
  • Death and end of life issues
  • Spirituality
  • Teaching and learning styles
  • History of nursing and healthcare
  • Decision making in clinical trials
  • Social Justice
  • Hope
  • Phase I, II, and III clinical trials
  • Observational
  • Interpretive
  • Content analysis
  • Discourse analysis

*Denise Drevdahl
PhD, MS, RN

  • Social justice
  • Community Interventions with Populations of Underserved 
  • Health disparities
  • Decision-making in clinical trials
  • Health care and bias
  • Critical and feminist theories
  • Interpretive/qualitative
  • Participatory Action Research

*Robin Evans-Agnew
PhD, MN, RN

  • Social justice
  • Community Interventions with Populations of Underserved
  • Asthma
  • Health inequities
  • School nursing
  • Policy change
  • Adolescent health
  • Critical and feminist theories
  • Interpretive/qualitative
  • Participatory Action Research
  • Visual methods such as Photovoice

*Sharon Gavin Fought
PhD, MSN, RN

  • Decision making
  • Emergency care, critical care
  • Physiologically unstable patient populations
  • Sleep—assessing and interventions to promote
  • Education: teaching methods, curriculum, assessment
  • Transport of patients/clients
  • Descriptive surveys:  comparative and correlational
  • Qualitative approaches
  • Case study

*Katie Anne Haerling
PhD, MN, RN

  • Human patient simulation
  • Evaluation
  • Reliability/validity/psychometric assessment global health
  • Quantitative: instrument development/assessment, psychometrics
  • Qualitative: qualitative descriptive, focus groups

*Susan L. Johnson
PhD, MN, RN

  • Occupational health
  • Workplace bullying and Incivility
  • Environmental health
  • Leadership
  • Mentoring
  • Discourse analysis
  • Survey research
  • Critical theory

*Sondra Perdue
DrPH

  • STI/HIV interventions
  • Broad range of public health issues
  • Quantitative statistical and epidemiological methods

*Janet Primomo 
PhD, MN, RN

  • Health policy
  • Community health promotion
  • Environmental health
  • Global health
  • Survey design and methods
  • Evaluation research

*Ruth Rea
PhD, MS, RN

  • Leadership:
    • Bullying
    • Practice environment
  • Healthcare delivery
  • Emergency care
  • Quantitative analysis
  • Graphical data display

*Christine Stevens
PhD, MPH, RN

  • Adolescent health
  • Influences of race, class and gender on adolescent health
  • Public housing
  • Community health nursing
  • Using technology in adolescent research
  • Food insecurity in adolescent populations
  • Factors that influence new RN retention within the first two years   following graduation
  • Working with populations who are homeless
  • Curriculum development
  • Qualitative methods
  • Visual methods in research
  • Feminist, critical methodology
  • Community evaluation

* An asterisk (*) preceding the name indicates an individual who is eligible to serve as a chairperson or primary advisor to Master of Nursing students working on their scholarly project, thesis, or course work option.