Current PhD Students and Research Areas

BSN to PhD


crookJennifer 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

katelynKatelyn Desorcy, B.S.N., R.N.


eadesNyema 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 HunterSamantha 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

IapiccaLarissa 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

LopezJanet 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

OguntoyeAnne 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

magalhaesMarina Magalhães, R.N., B.S.N.


WilliamsRenessa S. Williams, B.S.N., R.N.

  • Hometown: Miramar, Florida
  • Area of Research: Health Disparities in HIV/AIDS
  • Faculty Mentor: Robert Lucero, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.N., FAAN
  • Affiliations: Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Southern Nursing Research Society, Southern HIV/AIDS Research Consortium
  • Scholarships: Thomas M. Kirbo and Irene B. Kirbo Charitable Trust Scholarship, Dr. Cappy Archibald Longstreth/Alex and Mary Frances Archibald Geriatric Psychiatry Scholarship
  • Awards: NIAAA T32 Pre-Doctoral Fellow Trust

Yunpeng (Ray) XiaYunpeng (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: Saudi Arabia
  • Area of Research: Alternative Treatments
  • Faculty Mentor: Saunjoo L. Yoon, Ph.D., R.N.
  • Scholarships:Saudi Arabia Culture and Mission (SACM)

Amal Alanazi, 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)

AlabbasiYasmine 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

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

  • 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

beasleyDanielle Beasley, M.S.N., RNC-OB

  • Hometown: Tampa, Florida
  • Area of Research: Health Promotion/Women’s Health: Postpartum Depression
  • Faculty Mentor: Versie Johnson-Mallard, Ph.D., ARNP, FAAN
  • Affiliations: Healthy Mom & Baby Editorial Advisory Board Member: The Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society: Delta Beta at Large — Governance and Bylaws Committee Member, Golden Key International Honor Society Member

BendixenMarion Marler Bendixen, M.S.N., R.N., IBCLC

  • Hometown: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Area of Research: Maternal/neonatal, Lactation, Microbiome
  • Faculty Mentor: Leslie Parker, Ph.D., ARNP (NNP-BC), FAAN
  • Affiliations: Florida Lactation Consultants Association, International Lactation Consultants Association, National Association of Neonatal Nurses, National League of Nurses, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Southern Nursing Research Society
  • Scholarships: Wendy L. Henderson Fund for Neonatal/Perinatal Nursing Education — 2016-17, Brightest Students to Faculty Scholarship — 2017-18
  • Honors and Awards: Grinter Fellowship — 2016-18, TL-1 Scholar Pre-Doctoral Training Fellowship — 2018-19

Hussah BubshaitHussah Bubshait MSN, RN 

  • Hometown: Dammam, Saudi Arabia
  • Area of Research: Breastfeeding and Neonatal Disorders
  • Faculty Mentor: Leslie Parker, Ph.D., ARNP (NNP-BC), FAAN 
  • Affiliations: Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing

BubshaitKhlood 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 SantosFabiana 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

Foldesi-FreemanAlinka Földesi-Freeman, M.S.N., ARNP-C

  • Hometown: Orange Park, Florida
  • Area of Research: HIV/AIDS health disparities
  • Name of Faculty Mentor:  Robert Lucero, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.N., FAAN
  • Affiliations: Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Academy Health, Southern HIV and Alcohol Research Consortium
  • Scholarships: 2018-2019: Emanuel and Raidie P. Merdinger Scholarship Fund; 2017-2018: Iona M. Pettengill Graduate Fellowship in Public and Community Outreach Nursing; 2016-2017: Emanuel and Raidie P. Merdinger Scholarship Fund; 2015-2016: Mrs. Irene B. Kirbo Scholarship Fund

Madandola_Olatunde_07Olatunde Madandola MPH, BSN RN 


SchoppeeTasha 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 VivienTanika 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 ShearKristen 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

TanyaTanya 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