University of Vermont

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Department of Nursing


Research in Nursing

Faculty in the Department of Nursing engage in qualitative and quantitative research that advances the field of nursing. Areas of expertise include cultural competency, successful aging, rural health, end of life care and more.
Sarah Abrams, PhD, RN
  • Gerontological care in the community and long term care
  • Mental health care of older adults
  • Systems of care for marginalized populations
  • History of nursing, especially public health nursing

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Jean Beatson, EdD, RN
  • Family-centered care
  • Cultural competence
  • Leadership training
  • Health, especially in children with special health care needs or disabilities

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Marcia Bosek, DNSc, RN
  • Ethics
  • Decision-making
  • End of life
  • Simulation

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Carol Buck-Rolland, EdD, APRN
  • Pediatrics
  • Women's health issues
  • Cultural competency/transformative learning through cultural immersion
  • Educational issues for nurse practitioner students
  • Preceptor-student relationships

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Jeanine Carr, PhD, RN
  • Family-centered care
  • Family vigilance
  • Nursing theory

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Judy Cohen, PhD, RN
  • Nursing theory
  • Family issues
  • Cardiovascular nursing
  • Health policy
  • Development of reflective practice

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Brenda Hamel-Bissell, EdD, RN
  • Suicide
  • Women's mental health and successful aging
  • Psychosocial concerns of consumers and/or health care providers
  • Families' health and illness
  • Cancer psychosocial care

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Jennifer Laurent, PhD, APRN
  • Childhood and adolescent obesity
  • Addiction
  • Eating behaviors in adolescents
  • Food environment
  • Health promotion

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Rycki Maltby, PhD, RN
  • Public health nursing
  • Community based participatory research
  • Health promotion
  • Cultural health and diversity issues
  • Nursing education/service learning

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Christina Melvin, MS, RN
  • Vulnerable populations
  • End of life care
  • Sexual/domestic violence
  • Timing of referrals for end-of-life care and how it affects the quality of patient care

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Mary Val Palumbo, DNP, APRN
  • Nursing workforce
  • Nurse health and safety

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Betty Rambur, PhD, RN
  • Rural health
  • Nursing workforce
  • Healthcare policy
  • Moral decision-making in organizational contexts

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Last modified December 12 2014 02:10 PM