Current PhD Students and Research Areas


BSN to PhD

Ashley Andraski, BSN, RN

Hometown: Orlando, Florida
Area of Research: Type 1 Diabetes
Faculty Mentor: Versie Johnson-Mallard, PhD, ARNP, FAAN
Affiliations: University of Florida Diabetes Institute Ambassador, Gator Nurse Ambassador
Honors and Awards: University of Florida College of Nursing Alumni Book Award, Jimmy Carnes Memorial Scholarship, Jonas Scholar


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Jennifer Crook, BSN, RN

Hometown: Webster, Florida
Area of Research: Nutritional deficiencies associated with inflammation and chronic disease
Faculty Mentor: Versie Johnson-Mallard, PhD, ARNP, FAAN
Affiliations: Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, Golden Key Honor Society
Honors and 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, Graduate School Fellowship, Board of Education Fellowship


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Caroline Deaterly, BSN, RN

Hometown: Sarasota, Florida
Area of Research: Substance use and health outcomes in women living with HIV
Faculty Mentor: Leslie A Parker, PhD, APRN, NNP-BC, FAAN
Affiliations: Florida Nurses Association
Honors/Awards: University of Florida College of Nursing Accelerated BSN Research Award, Pre-Doctoral Fellow in Southern HIV and Alcohol Research Consortium T32 Program


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Katelyn Desorcy-Scherer, BSN, RN

Hometown: Kimberly, Wisconsin
Area of Research: The neonatal intestinal microbiome
Faculty Mentor: Leslie A Parker, PhD, APRN, NNP-BC, FAAN


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Nyema Eades, BSN, RN

Hometown: Jacksonville, Florida
Area of Research: Reproductive decisions in young adults with Sickle Cell Disease/Trait
Faculty Mentor: Versie Johnson-Mallard, PhD, ARNP, FAAN
Affiliations: Southern Nursing Research Society, Beta Eta Sigma Honor Society
Honors and Awards: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholar


Christina Grinstead, BSN, RN

Hometown: Gainesville, Florida
Area of Research: Cachexia and biologic characteristics in pancreatic cancer
Faculty Mentor: Saunjoo L. Yoon, PhD, RN
Affiliations: Southern Nursing Research Society, Beta Eta Sigma Honor Society
Honors and Awards: Rising Stars of Research and Scholarship Invited Student Poster Program at the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor
Society of Nursing’s 46th Biennial Convention, Brightest Students to Faculty Scholarship, Shands Board of Directors Nursing Scholarship


Samantha Hunter, BSN, RN

Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana
Area of Research: Understanding the biological mechanisms underlying sleep disturbance and chronic wound healing
Faculty Mentors: Debra Lynch Kelly, PhD, RN, OCN, CNE & Debra Lyon, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, FNAP, FAAN
Affiliations: Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Lambda Epsilon Chapter
Honors and Awards: Graduate School Funding Award


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Larissa Iapicca, BSN, RN-BC

Hometown: Micanopy, Florida
Area of Research: Breastfeeding and congenital heart disease
Name of Faculty Mentor: Leslie Parker, PhD, ARNP (NNP-BC), FAAN
Honors and Awards: Robert Wood Johnson Future of Nursing Scholar


Janet Lopez

Janet Lopez, BSN, RN

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


Marina Magalhães, BSN, RN

Hometown: Weston, Florida
Area of research: High-risk pregnancies, newborn critical care, and maternal and perinatal health outcomes and inequities
Faculty mentor: Leslie Parker, PhD, ARNP, NNP-BC, FAAN
Honors and Awards: Graduate Student Pre-doctoral Fellowship


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Anne Oyindamola Oguntoye, BSN, RN

Hometown: Lagos, Nigeria
Area of Research: Sickle Cell Disease and Asthma in Young Adults
Faculty Mentor: Diana Wilkie, PhD, RN, FAAN
Affiliations: Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society
Honors and Awards: Graduate School Funding Award


Urszula Alina Snigurska, BSN, RN

Hometown: Racibórz, Śląskie, Poland
Area of Research: Aging, biomedical informatics
Faculty Mentor: Ann L Horgas, PhD, MSN, BSN, RN, 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)
Honors and Awards: Emanuel and Raidie P. Merdinger Scholarship Fund (2020-21); Thomas M. and Irene B. Kirbo Charitable Trust (2019-20)


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Yunpeng (Ray) Xia, BSN, RN

Hometown: Shenyang, China
Area of Research: HIV and Hospital Acquired Delirium
Faculty Mentor: Diana Wilkie, PhD, RN, FAAN
Affiliations: Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing
Honors and Awards: 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, PhD, RN
  • Affiliations: Golden Key International Honor Society and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing
  • Honors and Awards: 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 Mentor: Debra Lynch Kelly, PhD, RN, OCN, CNE & Debra Lyon, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, FNAP, 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
  • Honors and Awards: Saudi Arabia Cultural Mission (SACM), King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences (KSUHS)


Dalal Aldossary, BSN, MSN, RN

Hometown: Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia
Area of research: Biobehavioral Nursing Science (Sickle cell disease)
Faculty mentor: Miriam O. Ezenwa, PhD, RN
Honors and Awards: Saudi Arabia Cultural Mission (SACM), Imam Abdurahman Bin Faisal University (IAU)


Safiya Bakarman, BSN, MSN, RN

  • Hometown: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Area of Research: School nursing and students’ BMI
  • Name of Faculty Mentor: Michael T. Weaver, PhD, RN, 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: Debra Lyon, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, FNAP, FAAN
Honors and Awards: Emanuel and Raidie P. Merdinger Scholarship


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Hussah Bubshait MSN, RN 

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


Dennine McCadden, MSN-ED, RN 

Hometown: Orlando, Florida 
Area of Research: Pain and the Aging Adult with Dementia 
Faculty Mentor: Ann Horgas, PhD, MSN, BSN, RN, FAAN 
Affiliations: Sigma Theta Tau, AORN, FNA 
Honors and Awards: Grinter Award, College of Nursing Scholarship 


Fabiana Dos Santos

Fabiana Cristina dos Santos MSN, RN

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


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Olatunde Madandola MPH, BSN, RN 

  • Hometown: Nigeria
  • Area of Research: Nursing Informatics
  • Faculty Mentors: Gail Keenan, PhD., RN, FAAN, & Ragnhildur Bjarnadottir, PhD, MPH
  • Affiliations: Golden Key International Honor Society
  • Honors and Awards:  Grinter Award, and Emanuel and Raidie P. Merdinger Scholarship Fund Award

Angela Monk, BSN, MPH, RN, IBCLC

Hometown: Gainesville, Florida
Area of research: Neonatal nutrition and human lactation
Faculty mentor: Leslie Parker, PhD, ARNP, NNP-BC, FAAN
Honors and Awards: Arlene P McKitrick Grad Scholarship


Tarah Nelson, MSN, APRN, FNP-C

Hometown: Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Area of Research: Type 2 diabetes in American Indian populations
Faculty Mentor: Lisa Scarton, PhD, RN
Affiliations: Southern Nursing Research Society
Honors and Awards: Graduate School Fellowship, College of Nursing Scholarship


Jennifer Pruitt, RN,MSN, CNM, ARNP

Hometown: Gainesville, Florida
Area of Research: Neonatal hypoglycemia, preterm infants and glucose gel
Faculty Mentor: Leslie Parker, PhD, ARNP (NNP-BC), FAAN
Affiliations: UF Health Shands, Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses
Honors and Awards: Research Fellowship – UF Health, North Florida Doctoral Consortium Scholarship, Brightest Students to Faculty


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: Ann L Horgas, PhD, MSN, BSN, RN, FAAN
Affiliations: American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nurses, Sigma Theta Tau
Honors and Awards: 2017 MEDSURG NURSING Professional Issues Writer’s Award, U.S. Army Nurse Corps Long Term Health Education and Training Program


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Tanya Wallace-Farquharson, MSN, RN

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, PhD, RN, 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
Honors and Awards: Brightest Students to Faculty Scholarship, Jimmy Carnes Memorial Scholarship