Current PhD Students and Research Areas


BSN to PhD

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Jennifer Crook

  • Hometown: Webster, Florida
  • Area of Research: Nutritional deficiencies associated with inflammation and chronic disease
  • Faculty Mentor: Versie Johnson-Mallard, Ph.D., ARNP, FAAN
  • Affiliations: Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, Golden Key Honor Society
  • Honors/Awards: Sigma Theta Tau Rising Stars in Research poster presentation, College of Nursing Student Ambassador at NIH Director Dr Francis Collins visit, Golden Key Honor Society Graduate Student Inductee
  • Scholarships: Graduate School Fellowship, Board of Education Fellowship

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Katelyn Desorcy-Scherer, B.S.N., R.N.


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Nyema Eades, RN, BSN

  • Hometown: Jacksonville, FL
  • Area of Research: Reproductive decisions in young adults with Sickle Cell Disease/Trait
  • Faculty MentorVersie Johnson-Mallard, Ph.D., ARNP, FAAN
  • Affiliations: Southern Nursing Research Society, Beta Eta Sigma Honor Society
  • Scholarships: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholar

Samantha Hunter

Samantha Hunter, B.S.N., R.N.

  • Hometown: Indianapolis, IN
  • Area of Research: GI and cancer
  • Faculty Mentors: Saunjoo L. Yoon, Ph.D., R.N. & Debra Lynch Kelly, Ph.D., R.N., OCN, CNE
  • Affiliations: Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Lambda Epsilon Chapter
  • Scholarships: Graduate School Funding Award

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Larissa Iapicca, B.S.N., R.N.-B.C.

  • Hometown: Micanopy, Florida
  • Area of Research: Breastfeeding and congenital heart disease
  • Name of Faculty Mentor:Leslie Parker, Ph.D., ARNP (NNP-BC), FAAN
  • Scholarships: Robert Wood Johnson Future of Nursing Scholar

Janet Lopez

Janet Lopez

  • Hometown: Pierson, Florida
  • Area of Research: Racial and cultural variation of family caregivers’ problem-solving abilities and caregiver outcomes
  • Faculty Mentor: Jeanne-Marie Stacciarini, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN
  • Affiliations: Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Gator Nurse Student Ambassador
  • Scholarships: The Thomas H. Maren Scholarship for Doctoral Nursing Students, the North Florida Doctoral Consortium
  • Awards: Jonas Scholar Award

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Anne Oyindamola Oguntoye, B.S.N., R.N.

  • Hometown: Lagos, Nigeria
  • Area of Research: Sickle Cell Disease and Asthma in Young Adults
  • Faculty MentorDiana Wilkie, Ph.D, R.N., FAAN
  • Affiliations: Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society
  • Scholarships: Graduate School Funding Award

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Marina Magalhães, R.N., B.S.N.


Urszula Alina Snigurska, BSN, RN

  • Hometown: Racibórz, Śląskie, Poland
  • Area of Research: Aging, biomedical informatics
  • Faculty Mentor: Robert Lucero, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.N., FAAN
  • Affiliations: Graduate Nursing Student Academy; American Medical Informatics Association; Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing
  • Honors/Awards: UF College of Nursing Certificate of Outstanding Merit (Nov. 2016); UF College of Nursing Research Scholar (March 2016); UF College of Nursing Certificate of Outstanding Merit Nov. 2015); UF Anderson Scholar of Highest Distinction (Oct. 2015); UF International Center Certificate of Outstanding Academic Achievement (March 2015); UF International Center Certificate of Outstanding Academic Achievement (March 2014); UF College of Nursing Research Scholar (Feb. 2014)
  • Scholarships: Emanuel and Raidie P. Merdinger Scholarship Fund (2020-21); Thomas M. and Irene B. Kirbo Charitable Trust (2019-20)

Yunpeng (Ray) Xia

Yunpeng (Ray) Xia, RN, BSN

  • Hometown: Shenyang, China
  • Area of Research: HIV and Hospital Acquired Delirium
  • Faculty Mentor: Robert Lucero, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.N., FAAN
  • Affiliations: Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing
  • Scholarships:North Florida Doctorial Consortium Scholarship

MSN to PhD

Fatmah Alamoudi, MSN, RN, BSN

  • Hometown: United States of America, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • Area of Research: Factors associated with survivorship in patients with pancreatic cancer
  • Faculty Mentor: Saunjoo L. Yoon, Ph.D., R.N.
  • Affiliations: Golden Key International Honor Society and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing
  • Scholarships: Saudi Arabia Cultural Mission (SACM), Prince Sultan Military College of Health Sciences (PSMCHS)

Amal Al Anazi, MSN., RN., BSN.

  • Hometown: Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • Area of Research: Women’s health, breast cancer, health promotion
  • Name of Faculty MentorVersie Johnson-Mallard, Ph.D., ARNP, FAAN
  • Organization Affiliations: Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Pi Epsilon-at-Large Chapter
  • Honors/Awards: Certificate of Recognition for second place award for “Change Your Life Program,” King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences
  • Scholarships: Saudi Arabia Cultural Mission (SACM), King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences (KSUHS)

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Yasmine Alabbasi, M.S.N., R.N., B.S.N.

  • Hometown: Saudi Arabia
  • Area of Research: Biobehavioral science in premature infants/ pediatric
  • Faculty Mentor: Charlene Krueger, Ph.D., R.N.
  • Affiliations: Golden Key International Honor Society
  • Scholarships: Saudi Arabia Culture and Mission (SACM)
  • Honors and Awards: Outstanding International Award 2017, Outstanding Student Award, King Saud University

Dalal Aldossary, B.S.N., M.S.N., R.N.

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  • Hometown: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • Area of research: Sickle cell disease \ Women’s health
  • Faculty mentor: Miriam O. Ezenwa, Ph.D., R.N.
  • Scholarships: Saudi Arabia Culture and Mission (SACM)

Safiya Bakarman, M.S.N., R.N., B.S.N.

  • Hometown: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Area of Research: School nursing and students’ BMI
  • Name of Faculty Mentor: Michael T. Weaver, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN
  • Affiliations:Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Golden Key International Honor Society Member, Saudi Food and Drug Society
  • Honors and Awards: Outstanding International Award 2017, University of Florida; Graduate Research Award 2013, King Saud University; Graduate Student Award 2012, King Saud University

Trina Bala, APRN, AGACNP-BC

  • Hometown: Gainesville, Florida
  • Area of Research: Understanding the impact of nursing care on patients with high output fistulas
  • Name of Faculty Mentor: Gail Keenan, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN
  • Scholarships: Emanuel and Raidie P. Merdinger Scholarship

Hussah Bubshait

Hussah Bubshait MSN, RN 

  • Hometown: Dammam, Saudi Arabia
  • Area of Research: Breastfeeding, kangaroo care and neonatal disorders
  • Faculty Mentor: Leslie Parker, Ph.D., ARNP (NNP-BC), FAAN 
  • Affiliations: Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing
  • Scholarships: Ministry of Higher Education in Saudi Arabia

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Khlood Bubshait

  • Hometown: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • Area of Research: Biobehavioral science in premature infants (particularly research about early developmental exposure to sound, specifically parent’s voice)
  • Faculty Mentor: Charlene Krueger, Ph.D., R.N.
  • Affiliations: Southern Nursing Research Society (SNRS) and Golden Key International Honor Society
  • Scholarships: Saudi Arabia Culture and Mission (SACM)
  • Honors and Awards: Outstanding International Award 2017

Fabiana Dos Santos

Fabiana Cristina dos Santos M.S.N., R.N.

  • Hometown: Sertaozinho, Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Area of Research: Nursing Informatics and Palliative Care
  • Faculty Mentor:Gail Keenan, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN
  • Affiliations: Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing: Rho Upsilon Chapter
  • Scholarships: Lois Malasanos Fellowship Fund award, Walter and Louise Sutcliffe Scholarship Fund award.
  • Honors and Awards: Outstanding academic performance, leadership, and participation in research projects award from the Rho Upsilon Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society

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Olatunde Madandola MPH, BSN RN 


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Tasha Mari Schoppee,M.S.N., R.N., C.H.P.N.

  • Hometown: Jacksonville, Florida
  • Area of Research: Palliative Care with a focus on Dignity Therapy
  • Faculty MentorDiana Wilkie, Ph.D, R.N., FAAN
  • Affiliations: Sigma Theta Tau, Golden Key International Honour Society, Hospice & Palliative Nurses Association, Southern Nursing Research Society, Great 100 Nurses of Northeast Florida

Tanika Vivien

Tanika Vivien, M.S., ARNP, F.N.P., CHES

  • Hometown: Land O’ Lakes, Florida
  • Area of Research: Ovarian Cancer Awareness in African- and Black-American Women
  • Name of Faculty MentorVersie Johnson-Mallard, Ph.D., ARNP, FAAN
  • Organization Affiliations: Sigma Theta Tau, Black Nurses Association, Southern Nursing Research Society, Delta Epsilon Iota Academic Honor Society

Kristin Shear

Kristen Shear MSN, RN, CCM

  • Hometown: Cornwall, New York
  • Area of Research: The role of the RN in primary care with a focus on health coaching and wellness creation
  • Faculty Mentor: Robert Lucero, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.N., FAAN
  • Affiliations: American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nurses, Sigma Theta Tau
  • Scholarships: U.S. Army Nurse Corps Long Term Health Education and Training Program
  • Honors and Awards: 2017 MEDSURG NURSING Professional Issues Writer’s Award

Tanya

Tanya Wallace-Farquharson, M.S.N., R.N.

  • Hometown: Orlando, Florida
  • Area of Research: Clinical Science for Health Disparities Populations with a focus on the language of asthma; pediatric asthma and sickle cell disease.
  • Faculty Mentor: Diana Wilkie, Ph.D, R.N., FAAN
  • Affiliations: Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society, Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, Florida Public Health Association, Association of Public Health Nurses, American Nurses Association, Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science
  • Scholarships: Brightest Students to Faculty Scholarship, Jimmy Carnes Memorial Scholarship