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Faculty Research Focus Areas

Abshire, Demetrius, PhD, RN
Assistant Professor
576-6262, Room 627
Expertise: Factors related to obesity in rural adults, interventions to promote healthy behaviors and reduce obesity in rural adults, relationships between obesity and health outcomes
ResearchRural health, obesity, physical activity, nutrition, psychosocial determinants of health 

Adams, Swann Arp, PhD, MS, FACE
777-7635, Room 618
Expertise: Cancer screening & survivorship, epidemiology methods, public health, health disparities, physical activity, subject recruitment
Research: Disparities in cancer screening, survivorship, and epidemiology, dietary and physical activity interventions, subject recruitment strategies, inflammation processes and cancer

Andrews, Jeannette O., PhD, RN, FAAN  
Dean & Helen Gurley Wolford Professor of Nursing Professor of Nursing
777-3862, Room 202
Expertise: Behavioral interventions, mixed methods research, randomized controlled trials, community-based participatory research, patient centered research, community-engaged research, smoking cessation
Research: Community-based,multi-level cessation intervention, school-based tobacco prevention, smart phone behavioral trials/chronic disease management, peer navigator interventions (oral health, spinal cord injury), tobacco marketing/labels, training academic-community dyads for research 

Baliko Beverly, PhD, RN, PMHNP-BC
Associate Professor
777-2292, Room 307
Expertise: Psychiatric-mental health nursing, crisis intervention, child and adolescent acute and long-term treatment, chronic mental illness in adults
Research: Post-traumatic stress and consequences of trauma and violence, grief and trauma related to violent death, intimate partner violence, cognitive sequelae of interpersonal violence, interprofessional education innovation and evaluation 

Bell, Nathaniel, PhD
Associate Professor
777-9861, Room 619
Expertise: Injury, trauma outcomes, social epidemiology, trauma systems, geographic information systems
Research: Health-related quality of life following trauma, disparities in injury recovery and access to health care services, geo-surveillance tool development and testing, socio-economic deprivation indices, expanding the utility of linked-administrative health databases for injury surveillance and targeting interventions 

Chappell, Kate K., PhD, APRN, PNP-BC
Associate Professor
777-4730, Room 506
Expertise: Pediatrics, particularly forensic medical evaluations for abuse and neglect, intensive care, developmental needs, and neurology
Research: Prevention and recognition of child abuse and neglect, with a focus on child caregivers' protectiveness behaviors, pediatric assessment and developmental approach, clinical and didactic nursing education including critical thinking and technology-based methods    

Corbett, Cynthia L., PhD, RN, FAAN
SmartState Endowed Chair in Clinical Effectiveness Research/Chronic Care Management
576-6275, Room 615
Expertise: Health system and self-management interventions, interdisciplinary research and interventions, randomized controlled trials
Research: Self-management of chronic conditions, health system interventions to improve outcomes for adult patients with chronic conditions, care transitions, medication safety and management 

Dail, Robin, PhD, RN, FAAN
Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs & Professor
576-6187, Room 516
Expertise: Physiological longitudinal data measurement and analysis, intensive case study research design, randomized controlled trials, clinical research, premature infant population, observational methods, thermal physiology and body temperature management, nursing leadership.
Research: Decreasing infant morbidity and mortality through studies in thermal physiology and management, use of predictive monitoring to identify illness in preterm infants, infant stabilization after birth
Now taking doctoral students for studies with the neonatal population

Dawson, Robin, PhD, RN, PNP-BC
Director, Smart Start Nursing Program
Associate Professor
576-6021, Room 623
Expertise: Communication processes, health disparities, health care access, language access, cultural issues, qualitative research methods, primary care, pediatrics
Research: Health disparities in vulnerable populations, technology-based interventions to improve communication between patients and health care providers, medication adherence 

Dievendorf, Amy C. DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, AGACNP-BC
Director, AGACNP Program
 Associate Professor
777-7851, Room 513
Expertise: Lung cancer screening and prevention.
Research: Lung cancer screening in the post-NLST era: Primary care nurse practitioner perceptions and screening practices – USC College of Nursing

Donevant, Sara B., PhD, RN, CCRN
Assistant Professor
777-7672, Room 609
Expertise: Mobile applications, critical care, geriatric disease processes and management, nursing and health informatics
Research: Mobile applications to assist patients in managing and improving health and wellness; the use of informatics to advance the delivery of healthcare to improve patient outcomes

Felder, Tisha M., PhD, MSW
Associate Professor
777-9830, Room 620
Expertise: Health disparities, breast health, African American health, Medicaid populations, community-engaged research, cancer prevention and control, mixed methods, outcomes research
Research: Racial and social disparities in cancer prevention and control, treatment adherence in socioeconomically disadvantaged populations, promoting healthy behaviors among African American women

Hein, Liam C., PhD, RN, FAAN
Associate Professor
(803) 777-7683, Room 625
Expertise: Health Disparities, cultural diversity, youth homelessness, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) health, violence/victimization, internet research with homeless youth, ER nursing and NP practice, theory
Research: LGBT health disparities, violence/victimization, resilience, empowerment 

Jackson, Joynelle Rivers, EdD, MSN, RNC-MNN
Director, RN-BSN Program
Assistant Professor
777-2806, Room 630B
Expertise:  Nursing education and simulation, women’s health
Research:  Evaluation of teaching methodologies and simulation to determine effectiveness with competencies in the clinical environment, health promotion and risk reduction with evaluation of African American women and perceptions on breastfeeding 

Jenerette, Coretta M., PhD, RN, AOCN, CNE, FAAN
Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity and Professor
576-8332, Room 603
Expertise: Sickle cell disease, student retention strategy optimization
Research: Self-care and family management in vulnerable populations

McDonnell, Karen Kane, PhD, RN
Associate Professor
777-9866, Room 610
Expertise: Cancer, early stage lung cancer, decision making, multiple health behavior change including smoking cessation, cancer survivorship, mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), recruitment/retention of individual research participants and dyads, mixed methods
Research: Adapting or developing and testing family interventions, decision making and health related quality of life (HRQL) in relation to health behavior changes, tailoring evidence-based interventions to mHealth technologies, and promotion of lung cancer screening among individuals at high-risk and providers

Mitchell, Sheryl, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, ACNP-BC, FAANP
Associate Professor
Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies
777-2913, Room 213A
Expertise: vulnerable populations, graduate nursing education, simulation, policy, and breast cancer survivorship
Research: Exercise among cancer survivors 

Murillo, Crystal., PhD, RN, CHSE
Director, Clinical Simulation Laboratory
Clinical Assistant Professor
777-6533, Room 102
Expertise: simulation, educational disparities in nursing education, diversity
Research: qualitative perceptions of underrepresented students in higher education, educational interventions for underrepresented minority students, simulation research particularly pedadogy used and minority nursing student outcomes

Pinto, Bernardine M., PhD
Associate Dean for Research
777-9272, Room 302B
Expertise: Theoretically-based exercise in­terventions, healthy behaviors among cancer survivors, exercise promotion in cancer survivors, peer delivered interventions, modifying sedentary behavior among middle-aged and older patient populations   
Research:  Exercise adoption and maintenance, telephone-based interventions, peer-delivered interventions, modifying multiple risk behaviors, community partnerships

Raynor, Phyllis, PhD, APRN, PMHNP-BC
Assistant Professor
777-9083, Room 306
Expertise: Advanced practice psychiatric-mental health nursing, substance use disorders and recovery management, self-care/self-management for parents in recovery from substance use disorders
Research: Self-care/self-management for mothers and fathers in recovery from substance use disorders, utilization of mobile technology to enhance recovery care management, educational partnerships and IPE collaboration, and medication-assisted treatments for substance use disorders

Ribar, Alicia K., PhD, APRN, FNP-BC
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
777-4889, Room 214
Expertise: pediatric and women's health; qualitative research; nutritional interventions affecting health; health disparities; and lactation education
Research: Health eating in minority children, body weight perception in adolescents

Sweeney, Allison, PhD
Assistant Professor
777-4137, Room 626
Expertise: Community-based health promotion intervention development, social environmental supports for health behavior change, mechanisms of health behavior change (social, cognitive, environmental), motivation (individual differences and tailoring approaches)

Tavakoli, Abbas S., DrPH, MPH, ME
Associate Professor
777-2978, Room 323    
Expertise: Data management, statistical methods

Wickersham, Karen E., PhD, RN
Assistant Professor
777-2684, Room 624
Expertise: Symptoms related to oral targeted therapy, adherence to oral cancer therapy, aging and cancer, oncology clinical trials

Wirth, Michael, PhD, MSPH
Assistant Professor
576-6736, Room 607
Expertise: Circadian rhythm disruption effects on the human body and various health outcomes, dietary sources of inflammation, physical activity, and the effect of stress on health

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