Current Ph.D. students and recent graduates

Current Ph.D. students

Our doctoral students have varied interests and backgrounds, and focus on their scholarship with the benefit of a strong mentoring and peer relationships.

Kathryn Abramoski

Pre-candidate (admitted in 2016)

Primary mentor: Sarah Stoddard, Ph.D., RN, CNP, FSAHM

Area of study: Childhood trauma, affect regulation, social functioning, and adolescent risk behavior and mental health outcomes. 

 

 

Dana Beck

Pre-candidate (admitted in 2017)

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholar

Primary mentor: Michelle Munro-Kramer, Ph.D., CNM, FNP-BC

Area of study: Understanding community mobilization for maternal and child health interventions. 

 

Julie Buser

Primary mentor: Jody Lori, Ph.D., CNM, FACNM, FAAN

Area of study: Global Child Health

 

Megan Chuey

Candidate

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholar

Primary mentor: Lisa Kane Low, Ph.D., CNM, FACNM, FAAN

Area of study: Reproductive decision-making in Syrian refugee women

 

Megan Czerwinski

Candidate

Primary mentor: Olga Yakusheva, Ph.D. and Yasamin Kusunoki, Ph.D., MPH

Clare Donohoe

Pre-candidate (admitted 2017)

Primary mentor: Ellen Smith, Ph.D., APRN, AOCN, FAAN

Area of study: The impacts of pain in pediatric patients with sickle cell disease

 

Alex J. Fauer

Pre-candidate (admitted 2017)

Primary mentor: Christopher Friese, Ph.D., RN, AOCN, FAAN

Area of study: Health care quality in various adult populations with cancer.

 

Grace Kanzawa-Lee

Candidate

Primary mentor: Ellen Smith, Ph.D., APRN, AOCN, FAAN

Area of study: Exercise to reduce chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy: A pilot RCT

 

HaEun Lee

Pre-candidate (admitted 2017)

Primary mentor: Jody Lori, Ph.D., CNM, FACNM, FAAN

Area of study: Enhancing health literacy in women of sub-Saharan Africa

Bradley Liestenfeltz

Pre-candidate

Primary mentor: Laura Saslow, Ph.D.

Area of study: patient engagement in diabetes prevention programs; health policy

Nick Metheny

Candidate

Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholar

Primary Mentor: Rob Stephenson, MSc, Ph.D.

Dissertation: Multilevel approaches to intimate partner violence prevention in marginalized populations

 

Amanda Missel

Pre-candidate (admitted 2017)

Robert Wood Johnson Foudation Future of Nursing Scholar

Primary Mentor: Laura Saslow, Ph.D.

Area of study: Diabetes treatment and prevention

Innah Park

Candidate

Dissertation: Sense of belonging of older residents in assisted living facilities

Primary mentors: Janet Larson, Ph.D., RN, FAAN and Laura Struble, Ph.D., GNP-BC

 

Laura Sinko

Candidate

Primary Mentor: Denise Saint Arnault, Ph.D., RN, FAAN

Area of study: Healing from unwanted sexual experiences on a college campus

 

Elizabeth Umberfield

Candidate

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholar

Primary Mentor: Milisa Manojlovich, Ph.D., RN, CCRN

Area of study: Characterizing communication failures between oncology care team members

 

Katelyn Webster

Pre-candidate (admitted 2017)

Primary Mentor: Janet Larson, Ph.D., RN, FAAN

Area of study: Physical activity in older adults

 

 

Seoyoon Woo

Candidate, Karl Ma Scholar, 2018

Primary Mentor: Janet Larson, Ph.D., RN, FAAN

Dissertation: COPD-related stigma

 

 

2018 Graduates

Elizabeth Eisenhauer

Dissertation: Informed Choices in Biobanking: An examination of participants' understanding and congruence between knowledge, values, and decisions

Chair: Cynthia Arslanian-Engoren, Ph.D., RN, ACNS-BC, FAHA, FAAN

Sarah Becker Hortsch

Dissertation: The Female overactive bladder in our beverage-centered society: An evolutionary perspective

Chair: Janis Miller, Ph.D., RN, APRN, FAAN

Katherine Finn

Dissertation: Pediatric survivors of severe malaria: Academic performance following a cognitive intervention in Uganda.

Chair: Bruno Giordani, Ph.D.

Cheryl Lee

Dissertation: Understanding factors associated with use of genetic counseling for hereditary cancer

Chair: Debra Barton, Ph.D., AOCN, FAAN, RN

Kayoung Lee

Dissertation: Risk factors for falls in community-dwelling older adults with heart failure

Chair: Marita Titler, Ph.D., RN, FAAN

Yang Li

Dissertation: Maternal stress and posttraumatic stress disorder in adverse birth outcomes

Chair: Julia Seng, Ph.D., CNM, FAAN

Jessica Marsack

Dissertation: Associations between stigma, mental health, and HIV-related outcomes for sexual minority persons

Chair: Rob Stephenson, MSc, Ph.D.

Ying Sheng

Dissertation: Levator ani tear and pelvic floor disorders

Chair: Janis Miller, Ph.D., RN, APRN, FAAN

Julie Ann Slack

Dissertation: The relationships between domain specific cognitive function and life satisfaction in persons with COPD.

Chair: Janet Larson, Ph.D., RN, FAAN

Current position: Associate professor, Eastern Michigan University School of Nursing

Monica Wagner

Dissertation: The Role of Gene Expression in the Lateral Hypothalamus on the Development of Allodynia after Cisplatin Treatment

Chair: Janean Holden, Ph.D., RN, FAAN

2017 Graduates

Kristin Choi

Dissertation: Service using typologies among trauma-exposed children: The roles of PTSD and dissociation

Chair: Julia Seng, Ph.D., CNM, FAAN

Current position: Postdoctoral fellow at University of California, Los Angeles

Ann-Marie Katherine Frankini

Dissertation: Cognitive dysfunction, functional status, and glycemic control in rural adults with Type 2 diabetes mellitus

Chair: Barbara Brush, Ph.D., ANP-BC, FAAN

Current position: Family nurse practitioner, wound healing and hyperbaric medicine, Dickinson County Healthcare System, Iron Mountain, Michigan

Jordan Marie Harrison

Dissertation: Functional status, quality of life, and long-term survival in a cohort of women with breast cancer and heart failure: Results of the Medicare Health Outcomes Survey

Chair: Christopher Friese, Ph.D., RN, AOCN, FAAN

Current position: Postdoctoral fellow, Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research, School of Nursing, and National Clinician Scholar, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

Robert James Knoerl

Dissertation: SONICS: Self-guided online cognitive behavioral strategies for chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy

Chair: Ellen Smith, Ph.D., APRN, AOCN, FAAN

Current position: Postdoctoral fellow, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School 

Susanne A. Quallich

Dissertation: Investigation of clinical characteristics of men with chronic unexplained orchialgia

Chair: Janis Miller, Ph.D., RN, APRN, FAAN

Current position: Adjunct clinical instructor, University of Michigan School of Nursing, and andrology nurse practitioner, urology department, Michigan Medicine

Clayton Shuman

Dissertation: Addressing the practice context in evidence-based practince implementation: Leadership and climate

Chair: Marita Titler, Ph.D., RN, FAAN

Current position: Assistant professor, University of Michigan School of Nursing

Patricia Tillman-Meakins

Dissertation: The strong black woman concept and mental health: Implications for research and practice

Chair: Denise Saint Arnault, Ph.D., RN, FAAN

Current position: Assistant professor, Madonna University, Livonia, MI

Carol Marie Vos

Dissertation: Physical activity in assisted living facility residents

Chair: Janet Larson, Ph.D., RN, FAAN

Current position: Assistant professor of nursing, University of Michigan-Flint