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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
*Uba Backonja
PhD, RN
  • Health informatics
  • Visualization of community & clinical data
  • Health disparities
  • Women's health
  • Community health nursing
  • Quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods
  • Participatory design
  • Data visualization

*Sunny Cheng
PhD, RN

  • Mental health and psychiatry nursing
  • Early identification and intervention for mental health conditions
  • Translation of research to community settings
  • Psychophysiological research
  • Lifespan health
  • Health equity
  • Qualitative: grounded theory; content analysis
  • Quantitative: randomized control trials, advanced statistical analysis

*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

  • Public Health
  • Asthma
  • Health inequities
  • Enviromental justice
  • Adolescent health
  • Critical and feminist theories
  • Interpretive/qualitative
  • Community-based participatory action research
  • Ethnography
  • Critical discourse analysis
  • 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
*Sharon Laing
PhD
  • Community-based health promotion
  • Patient-centered outcome research
  • Social and psychological determinants of health
  • Health inequalities and disparities
  • Cancer prevention and control
  • Mobile health promotion (mHealth)
  • Quantitative research
  • Qualitative research
  • Mixed methods research
  • Ecological Momentary Interventions

*Patsy Maloney
Ed.D

  • Nursing professional development
  • Leadership
  • Teaching and learning
  • Emergency care in the community
  • Descriptive surveys: comparative and correlational
  • Foucus groups
  • Case study

*Janet Primomo 
PhD, MN, RN

  • Health policy
  • Community health promotion
  • Environmental health
  • Global health
  • Survey design and methods
  • Evaluation research
*David Reyes
DNP, MN/MPH, RN, APHN-BC
  • Community interventions with underserved populations
  • Health disparities, health equity and social justice
  • Intersection and impact of policy, systems and environmental on health
  • Organizational and leadership development
  • Population health quality and systems improvement
  • Public health nursing workforce development
  • Undoing institutional racism 
  • Community based participatory approaches
  • Content analysis/interpretive/qualitative
  • Descriptive/survey methods

*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
  • Critical methodology
  • Community evaluation
*Weichao Yuwen
PhD, BSN, RN
  • Data science
  • Family-centered care
  • Health disparities
  • Pediatric chronic conditions
  • Sleep health
  • Symptom science
  • Interpretive/qualitative: inductive content analysis, grounded theory
  • Quantitative: descriptive studies, survey methods, advanced statistical analyses (e.g., multilevel modeling, structural equation modeling, data visualization), interventional studies

* 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.