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Shaakira

My research interests include Sex Education, Faith-based Health Promotion, overcoming Health care disparities among U.S. minorities, and teaching strategies to best improve nursing student outcomes.

Joanne August

My research interests include interprofessional education, communication and collaboration, and integration of technology into nursing curricula.  

Jawanza R. Bundy

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.

Mary C. Francis

My research interest is gun violence and how the experience has been perceived by the individual. It is important to understand the initial perception of the experience and the ongoing impact of the event.

Paula A. Gray

Paula A. Gray

Clinical Associate Professor

Self-management support for the diabetes population; online teaching for graduate students; improving clinical experience for nurse practitioner students

Jihane Hajj

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.

Meg Hall

My research interests are critical care nursing, including novice nurses in critical settings, and death and dying in the intensive or critical care units.

Dr. Murt Headshot

My research interest is in the power of the nursing profession, the influence of nurses, and their roles in leadership and board governance.