Faculty Research Interests
My research focuses on mentoring and parental involvement in the college-going process of African American students pursuing nursing education. Specifically it focuses on how these strategies facilitate the recruitment and retention of minority students in nursing education programs. In addition my research interest includes reducing health care disparities and inequalities by diversifying the nursing workforce and improving healthcare outcomes among this population.
My research interests involve how community-based disaster response programs are implemented, and their outcomes. I am also interested in studying nursing student resilience throughout nursing school and how students' critical thinking skills evolve.
My research interest is in the area of radiation vasculopathy. We recently completed our retrospective research study on head and neck cancer patients who received radiation therapy to the head and neck. After analyzing our medical records, the majority of patients were at high risk of cardiovascular events. More information on this work: "Carotid Intima-Media Thickness Measurement Promises to Improve Cardiovascular Risk Evaluation in Head and Neck Cancer Patients." Our future plan in this field to explore biomarkers of atherosclerosis in setting of radiation therapy among head and neck cancer patients.
Cultural diversity, literacy and health literacy and trans-cultural population nursing have been core elements of my clinical practice and educator role both in academia and industry for over a decade. My experiences have provided me the foundation and impetus to explore the issues of global nursing and the values, ethical principles and responsibilities that become the student of professional nursing in the context of a global society.