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.

Dana Beck

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. 

Youmin Cho PortraitYoumin Cho

Pre-candidate (admitted 2019)

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

Area of study: Gerontology, cancer neuropathy and pain interventions.

 

Megan Czerwinski

Candidate  (admitted 2015)

Hillman Scholar

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

Area of study: Sustainability education and competencies in nursing education.

Alex J. Fauer

Candidate (admitted 2017)

Hillman Scholar

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

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

Dissertation: Patient experiences with care and service use among older adults diagnosed with hematologic malignancies.

Josephine Granner PortraitJosephine Granner

Pre-candidate (admitted 2018)

Primary mentor: Julia S. Seng, Ph.D., CNM, FAAN

Area of study: Community-based women’s health and cultural factors surrounding gender violence, trauma, and healthcare disparities.

 

Melissa Harris

Pre-candidate (admitted 2018)

Primary mentor: Marita G. Titler, Ph.D., RN, FAAN

Area of study: Interventions to improve behavioral symptoms of dementia.

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.

Clare Kuissel

Candidate (admitted 2017)

Hillman Scholar

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

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

HaEun Lee

Candidate (admitted 2017)

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

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

Rachel Lenko

Pre-candidate (admitted 2019)

Primary mentor: Terri Voepel-Lewis, Ph.D., RN

Area of study: Palliative and end-of-life care.

Bradley Liestenfeltz

Candidate

Primary mentor: Laura Saslow, Ph.D.

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

Amanda Missel

Candidate (admitted 2017)

Robert Wood Johnson Foudation Future of Nursing Scholar

Primary mentor: Laura Saslow, Ph.D.

Area of study: Diabetes treatment and prevention.

Carri Shaw PortraitCarri Shaw

Pre-candidate (admitted 2019)

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

Area of study: Triggers and causable factors for MS.

 

 Asa Smith

Candidate (admitted 2016)

Hillman Scholar

Primary Mentor: Debra Barton, Ph.D., FAAN, RN

Dissertation: Predictors of sexual function and satisfaction in patients post-myocardial infaction: A longitudinal analysis

Elizabeth Umberfield 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

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

 

Weijiao Zhou PortraitWeijiao Zhou

Pre-candidate (admitted 2019)

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

Area of study: Symptom management, perioperative care (focusing on lung cancer patients).

 

2019 Graduates

Kathryn Abramoski

Dissertation: PTSD in trauma-exposed adolescents: The role of interpersonal problems and trauma type.

Chair: Sarah A. Stoddard, Ph.D., RN, CNP, FSAHM

Current position: Assistant Professor, Eastern Michigan University, School of Nursing

Mohamad Baydoun

Dissertation: Yoga for cancer-related fatigue in survivors of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation: A mixed-methods feasibility study.

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

Current position: Postdoctoral Associate, University of Calgary, Cumming School of Medicine

Emily Boltey

Dissertation: Measuring the process of interprofessional collaboration in the care of critically ill adults

Hillman Scholar

Chair: Deena Costa, Ph.D., RN

Julie Buser

Dissertation: Maternity waiting home use and newborn outcomes in rural Zambia

Chair: Jody R. Lori, Ph.D., CNM, FACNM, FAAN

Current position: Fogarty Global Health Postdoctoral Fellow

Meagan Chuey

Dissertation: Exploring the dynamic relationship between life stressors and reproductive decision-making

Chair: Lisa Kane Low, Ph.D., CNM, FACNM, FAAN

Current position: Postdoctoral Fellow, CDC, Division of Global Migration & Quarantine

Nicholas Metheny

Dissertation: Macrosocial forces and intimate partner violence in marginalized populations.

Chair: Rob Stephenson, Ph.D., MSc

Current position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Saint Michael's Hospital, University of Toronto

Innah Park

Dissertation: Role of social engagement and sense of belonging of assisted living residents: A descriptive study.

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

Current position: RN, Advanced Practice Professional, University of Michigan Hospital & Health Center, Internal Medicine

Laura Sinko

Dissertation: Finding the strength to heal: A campus story

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

Current position: Postdoctoral Fellow, National Clinician Scholar, University of Pennsylvania