Biobehavioral Nursing Science
Sharon M Bradley, DNP, MSN, BSN, RN, CNL, CNE
Dr. Bradley has expertise in the practice areas of medical surgical nursing and critical care nursing. She worked previously as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in cardiovascular nursing and has held certification in critical care. Dr. Bradley holds national certification as a Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL).
David J Derrico, MSN, BSN, CNE, RN
Professor Derrico is a clinical nurse specialist in critical care nursing, he holds certification in oncology nursing and has practice experience in both adult and pediatric critical care as well as adult and pediatric medical-surgical nursing. Professor Derrico has expertise in Legal Nurse Consulting and Pathophysiology and Health Assessment.
Lisa H Domenico, PhD, RN
Identifying neurocognitive factors that influence self-perception and behavior change among individuals with substance use disorders. Utilizes a combination of structural and functional neuroimaging, neurocognitive and neurobehavioral measures, and diagnostic interviewing in her research.
Dr. Domenico’s dissertation research focused on mapping the organizational properties of the self-concept, and identifying relationships between organizational properties and drinking (alcohol use) behavior among individuals with alcohol use disorder. During her postdoctoral fellowship, she received additional, specialized training in administering and interpreting neurocognitive and neurobehavioral measures, and neuroimaging. Combining these two lines of research, working with the UF Neurocognitive Laboratory, she developed a unique fMRI task designed to prime and isolate self-referential neurological networks. This task is currently being used to identify relationships between functional connectivity within the brain, and relapse among individuals with use disorders.
Jennifer R Dungan, PhD, MSN, BSN
Dr. Dungan’s primary area of scientific expertise is in the use of genetic epidemiology approaches to the study of complex cardiovascular diseases and outcomes. Specific areas of expertise involve: candidate gene and genome-wide association studies of large cardiovascular genetics datasets; and, survival-, age- and sex-associated analyses involving genetic predictors. Dr. Dungan is also interested in collaborating on projects related to women’s heart disease, functional genetic studies of coronary disease candidate genes, and clinical and genetic biorepositories.
Miriam O Ezenwa, PhD, MSN, BSN, RN, FAAN
Health disparities in pain management, particularly, healthcare injustice, a psychological stressor, as an explanatory factor for the disparities; pain and symptom management for people with sickle cell disease or cancer; palliative care for end-of-life cancer patients; biobehavioral research including cortisol as a biomarker of stress and use of computer technologies for stress and pain measurement, and delivery of stress reduction intervention in sickle cell disease.
Debra L Kelly, PhD, RN, OCN, CNE
Research goals are directed toward understanding the biological mechanisms and behaviors that mediate symptoms of chronic illness, with a population focus in oncology.
Dr. Lynch Kelly’s primary research goals are directed toward understanding the biological mechanisms and behaviors that mediate symptoms of chronic illness, with a population focus in oncology. She has worked closely with cancer survivors managing persistent, distressing symptoms and has studied the effects of inflammation on symptoms. Her future research plans are aimed at further describing the relationships of inflammatory and genetic markers and symptom expression in individuals with cancer. Ultimately she will explore interventions that may be used as adjuvant therapies to mitigate distress of symptoms. Her national certification is as an oncology certified nurse.
Charlene A Krueger, PhD, RN
Biobehavioral measure in the premature infant and fetus.
Dr. Krueger has established the groundwork for her research by gaining expertise in measures of heart rate variability, early learning capabilities, and short-term outcomes necessary for discharging preterm infants from the hospital (e.g., weight gain, days to enteral and oral feeds).
Joanne M Laframboise-Otto, PhD, MSN, BSN
Dr. Laframboise-Otto has expertise in the practice areas of medical-surgical nursing and critical care nursing. She taught nursing, undergraduate and graduate, at Western University in London, Ontario, Canada, for a number of years before completing her PhD in Nursing Science in Gainesville at the UF College of Nursing in 2017.
Debra Lyon, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, FNAP, FAAN
Symptom management, including complementary modalities, in women with breast cancer and other chronic illnesses. Biobehavioral research, including molecular markers of inflammation and genetic markers.
Allison T Peters, DNP, RN, CNOR, NEC
Dr. Peter’s area of expertise includes teaching innovations, nursing engagement, operating room nursing and management, leadership and advocacy in nursing practice and policies and emergency and medical-surgical nursing practice. Her national certification is in perioperative nursing.
Anita M Stephen, MSN, RN, CNL
Stephen’s clinical expertise is in adult medical-surgical and surgical intensive care nursing. She has experience utilizing simulation education with high-and low-fidelity manikins in teaching nursing, medical and physician assistant students.
Dr. Terry’s areas of expertise include the influence of biopsychosocial factors on pain and pain processing, health disparities in chronic pain, knowledge in the etiology and course of various mental disorders (e.g., Major Depressive Disorder, Anxiety Disorder), the use of cognitive-behavioral therapy and other related therapies for the treatment of mental disorders, and the use of cognitive-behavioral therapy for chronic pain and pain-related psychosocial factors (e.g., pain catastrophizing).
Michael Weaver, PhD, RN, FAAN
Dr. Weaver’s research interests are in applied statistics and health prevention and promotion.
Statistical analysis, emphasizing advanced multivariate techniques; research methods; and health promotion. Ongoing Research Support
R21 NR017749 Kelly (PI) 09/27/2018–07/31/2020 Developing the Biobehavioral Foundation for Self-Management of Psychoneurological Symptoms in Hematopoietic Cell Transplant (HCT) Survivors The long-term goal of this pilot study is to elucidate the complex biobehavioral mechanisms of symptoms in individuals receiving hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) in order to develop targeted self-management interventions to obtain and maintain optimal quality of life (QOL) of this vulnerable patient population. To achieve this goal, we will longitudinally examine 50 adult (age > 18 years) HCT survivors and characterize associations among selected patient factors (age, sex, race/ethnicity, BMI, lifestyle habits, and clinical factors [cancer diagnosis, conditioning regimen, type of transplant] ), PN symptoms (neurocognitive dysfunction, fatigue, anxiety, depression, and pain), inflammation (cytokines and C-reactive protein), GM (richness and diversity) and Diet (macronutrients: carbohydrates, fats, and protein).
R01 NR016964 Parker (PI) 08/03/2018-05/31/2022 Optimal Feeding Tube Dwell Time in VLBW to Reduce Feeding Tube Contamination The overall objective of this 4-year study is to determine if a maximum feeding tube dwell time of 48 hours reduces contamination compared to a maximum feeding tube dwell time of 7 days (current practice), thereby improving neonatal health outcomes. Role: Statistician/Co-Investigator.
R01 NR016986 Lyon & Stechmiller (MPI) 04/01/2018-01/31/2023 Biobehavioral mechanisms underlying symptoms and healing outcomes in older individuals with CVLU The overall purpose of this study is to identify relationships between bio-behavioral factors that influence symptoms, healing trajectory, and biofilm in the wound environment in patients with chronic venous leg ulcers. The long-term goal is to elucidate the complex biobehavioral mechanisms responsible for symptoms and healing outcomes in older adults with venous leg ulcers (VLUs) for the development of targeted therapies that address both the patient-oriented outcomes and healing outcomes in this growing group of affected individuals.
Completed Research Support (last 3 years)
R01 NR014019 Parker (PI) 03/18/2013-01/31/2017 Routine Aspiration of Residual Gastric Contents in Very Low Birth Weight Infants The primary purpose of this study is to determine nutrition outcomes and risks to GI integrity and function of aspirating for Routine Gastric Contents prior to feeding in order to translate into evidence-based practice in the care of VLBW infants. The long-term goal of this program of research is to improve short and long-term health outcomes for premature VLBW infants by improving nutrition and decreasing complications due to prematurity. Role: Statistician/Co-Investigator
1I01HX001076-01 Daggett (PI) 01/01/2013-12/31/2017 Telephone Assessment and Skill-Building Intervention for Informal Caregivers The objectives of this study are to evaluate (a) the efficacy of the revised Telephone Assessment and Skill-building Kit (TASK II) in informal caregivers of veterans with stroke, and (b) estimate effect sizes for the TASK II-TBI intervention for informal caregivers of veterans with TBI. Role: Co-Investigator-Statistician
Diana Wilkie, PhD, RN, FAAN
Use of informatics to promote patient-centered care and big data science; pain assessment; biobehavioral therapies for cancer pain; behavioral correlates of cancer pain; palliative and end-of-life care; sickle cell disease pain mechanisms, assessment and management; reproductive choices for people with sickle cell disease or sickle cell trait; intervention research.
Yingwei Yao, PhD
Dr. Yao has expertise in study design, power analysis, including longitudinal analysis and missing data processing; machine learning, including dimensionality reduction, model estimation, selection, validation, and testing.
Saun-Joo Yoon, PhD, RN
Research interests include 1) interventions with use of complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) modalities to improve nutritional status, cancer-cachexia and symptom management in adult patients with gastrointestinal cancers, 2) herbal supplement use to manage symptoms and health promotion in older adults, and 3) palliative care related to cancer-cachexia in patients with GI cancers.
Family, Community and Health System Science
Ragnhildur Bjarnadottir, PhD, MPH
Dr. Bjarnadottir’s area of expertise is Nursing Informatics, Data Science, Clinical Decision Support, Quality of Care, Underserved Populations.
Leveraging health informatics and data science to improve health care quality for underserved populations. Dissertation research examined home care nurses’ assessment and documentation of patients’ sexual orientation and gender identity. Has also explored EHR implementation and nurses experiences with documentation systems in the long-term care setting. In current research, uses text-mining methods to identify factors associated with risk of patient falls in acute care nurses’ progress notes.
Teresa S Bruney, DNP, APRN, PNP-BC
Pediatric Primary Care, providing evidence-based, holistic health care to children and adolescents. Particular expertise in pediatric asthma and allergy, ADHD, adolescent health, bio-psychosocial disorders, complementary therapies, and infectious disease.
Hwayoung Cho, PhD, RN
Dr. Cho’s areas of expertise are nursing informatics, mobile health, usability, symptom science, innovative methods, and underserved populations. Her recent research focuses on how to design and tailor technology-based interventions for vulnerable groups. Technology-based intervention have the potential to be an effective delivery mode of health information for underserved populations with chronic diseases because these populations often face barriers to accessing health information. An important part of her research is evaluating the usability of health information technology with an in-depth understanding of interactions between user, system, task, and real-world environment. As usability factors are major obstacles to technology adoption, usability must be considered before and after prototyping takes place to support the quality of technology in use. Dr. Cho has conducted multi-level usability evaluations using the most appropriate evaluation methods at each stage throughout the development process of the technology, including both quantitative as well as qualitative approaches, such as an innovative eye-tracking method, a card sorting technique, a heuristic evaluation, a cognitive walk-through, think-aloud protocols, focus groups and in-depth interviews.
Sandra W Citty, PhD, RN, APRN-BC
Acute care medical-surgical nursing practice, family nurse practitioner specializing in adult patients, undergraduate and graduate-level clinical teaching, electronic health record optimization, quality and process improvement in acute care.
Jennifer H Elder, PhD, RN, FAAN
Main research program focuses on biobehavioral aspects of autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Other foci include research related to other child neuropsychiatric disorders (e.g., ADHD), child development, parent-child interactions, family dynamics, and the role of fathers and typically developing siblings in treating chronic childhood disorders.
Dr. Elder has expertise in psychiatric/mental health nursing, pediatrics and child mental health, quantitative research methods including single subject experimental design, and ethical conduct of research. Her administrative experience has spanned ten years: five years as a department chair, five years as an associate dean for research, and current director of UFCON’s PhD program.
Cindi Figueroa, PhD, APRN, ANP-BC
Dr. Figueroa’s research interest is namely centered on psychological factors associated with women’s health. Other research interest are focused on the psychological and social factors that affect specific illnesses or client populations such as clients who seek elective cosmetic surgery, post-menopausal women & sexuality issues related to women’s health. Currently Dr. Figueroa is pursuing research associated with veteran Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder & the effects on military families.
Dr. Figueroa’s areas of expertise is related to advanced adult health care, namely issues associated with acute and chronic illnesses, woman’s health promotion and maintenance, cosmetic surgery, home health care, nurse practitioner related dental/medical issues and administration of IV sedation. She is also a legal nurse consultant, expert witness in multifaceted adult health issues within the United States. She has honors with the USA National Academy, Achievement Award; was awarded the Phi Kappa Phi, Sigma Theta Tau Honor Awards and graduated with a Summa Cum Laude Status.
Jane M Gannon, DNP, CNM, CNL
Dr. Gannon’s clinical area of expertise is midwifery and women’s health. Her clinical interests include outcome evaluation to assess the impact of change practices on quality and safety in care delivery.
Shari Huffman, MN, APRN, CNE, CPNP-PC
Huffman’s area of research interest has focused on Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease, including a pilot study of Vitamin D supplementation in children with IBD. She was the site coordinator for ImproveCareNow, an international QI research database, as well as participating in numerous other research studies during her career in Pediatric Gastroenterology.
Professor Irving is an APRN, CS in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing, with a specialty in family therapy. Her clinical practice is in individual and family psychotherapy with special interest in Bowen Family Theory. She maintains a part-time private practice.
Versie Johnson-Mallard, PhD, ARNP, FAAN
Clinical practice, research and publications are in the area of women’s health, reproductive health promotion, sexually transmitted infection prevention, HPV/cancer screening/prevention/vaccination and behavior change in response to culturally appropriate educational interventions (e-Learn and Print).
Gail Keenan, PhD, RN, FAAN
Dr. Keenan’s innovative research focuses on capturing standardized nursing and clinical data for improving the planning, delivery, cost and health outcomes of nursing care across the continuum. She has developed HANDS, the “Hands-on Automated Nursing Data System”, that provides rich data that represents nursing care provision, measures care impact and supports care planning over time.
Dr. Keenan’s research priorities include:
1. Continuously refining and expanding a simple universal automated method for collecting a “Big Picture” standardized clinical data set (HANDS) for the multiple purposes of:
— Providing a current and historical summary of care wherever the patient presents that is always in the same format and utilizes standardized terminologies
— Supporting day to day communication and handoffs (SHARER) of members of the patient’s care team within and across settings
— Connecting universally to all EHRs
— Generating standardized data for use in evaluating care, identifying and disseminating best practices, and benchmarking across systems
2. Building and continuously improving methods of analyzing standardized data captured in HANDS and translating this into meaningful and immediately useful decision support at the point of care.
3. Demonstrating the impact of the HANDS “Big Picture” method on reducing the cost of care for chronically ill patients (sickle cell, cardiac, eol and others)
4. Demonstrating the value of HANDS data in identifying nurse training and competency needs as well as providing rationale for appropriate staffing
5. Enabling wide scale diffusion of HANDS into education/practice
She is currently involved in the following research activities:
Dr. Keenan’s research focuses on developing and refining a feasible automated methodology for collecting a standardized clinical data set for the purpose of improving the planning, delivery, cost and health outcomes of nursing care across the continuum. She is currently involved in the following research activities:
HANDS Research Project Refinement of a web based software and method for nurses to document their patient care in the electronic health record and communicate with other members of the interdisciplinary team. The Hands-on Automated Nursing Data System (HANDS) is a standardized plan of care method in which the patient’s plan is updated at every nurse hand-off allowing the interdisciplinary team to track the story about care and progress toward desired outcomes in a standardized format across time and units. The HANDS Method includes a standardized interface, database, rules of data entry and rules for use of the plan in hand-offs and in interdisciplinary communication.
The HANDS related research and researchers have been nominated and received numerous awards. The research agenda is currently funded by NINR for a 4 year R01 focused on thoroughly evaluating HANDS standardized data (through datamining and statistical analyses) and generating best practices and benchmarks for EOL hospitalized patients. Also the research grant is funding the immediate translation of findings into useful and meaningful decision support at the point of care.
Toni A Lindsey, DNP, RN, CPN-BC
Dr. Lindsey is board certified as a pediatric registered nurse. Her nursing experiences for the past 16 years have included maternal child, post-anesthesia care, pediatric triage, adult and pediatric cardiac catheterization recovery, and transplant.
Robert Lucero, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN
Design, development and evaluation of consumer and clinician-centered health information technology. Secondary use of electronic clinical data for use in comparative effectiveness research. Research targets include quality, self-management, healthy aging and maintaining independence. Population focus is on the aging (acute care and community-based settings) and caregiver dyads.
Dr. Lucero has expertise in developing and applying health informatics self-management interventions among vulnerable populations, including Hispanic/Latino community-dwelling adults and African-American women living with HIV. He also has expertise in the application of data science methods to big data, including integrated data from electronic health records (i.e., provider’s assessment and laboratory data) and various sources of acute care administrative data.
Victoria S Menzies, PhD, RN, FAAN
Dr. Menzies areas of expertise are nonpharmacological interventions and symptom management in the NMCP patient population, developing expertise in metabolomic approaches, and Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing.
Lisa Scarton, PhD, BSN
Diabetes-related health outcomes for families with type 2 diabetes (T2D) in ethnically diverse populations with a focus on the American Indian population. Is also extending her research to those with T2D and cancer, an understudied area.
Type 2 diabetes self-management, family interventions, health disparities, health promotion in American Indian populations.
Chris Schreier, DNP, APRN, CPNP-PC
Dr. Schreier is a board certified primary care nurse practitioner. He started his nursing career as a pediatric nurse at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital. He continued his education with a master’s degree in advanced practice nursing and became board certified as a pediatric nurse practitioner. Dr. Schreier served as a pediatric nurse practitioner at a UF Health Pediatrics primary care pediatric clinic for five years before pursuing his passion for teaching.