Department of Nursing faculty expertise and research areas include multiple specialties, as well as workforce development, successful aging, and end-of-life care.

Faculty/Staff Member Area of Expertise and/or Research

Michael Abajian, M.D., M.P.H.

Vermont Department of Health internship/creation of Vermont State Health Plan

Margaret Aitken, D.N.P., APRN

Adult primary care

Marcia Bosek, D.N.Sc., RN

Ethical decision-making, qualitative methods, simulation learning

Brandon Brown, M.S.N., RN, CNL

Nursing theory/philosophy, Posthumanism, nursing education, planetary health

Carol Buck-Rolland, Ed.D., APRN

Development of cultural competency, pediatric care

Tara Burnham, M.S., RN

Clinical care

Teresa Cahill-Griffin, D.N.P., RNC-OB

Nursing administration, Obstetrics, transition to professional practice

Miller Celestin, M.S.N., RN

Nursing education, diversifying the nursing workforce

Rosemary L. Dale, Ed.D., APRN

Administration and management, congestive heart failure, hypertension

Elizabeth Ellis-Kempner, M.S.

Dance/movement, maternal-child, family and urgent care nursing

Cynthia Frimpong, D.N.P., M.S.N., APRN, PMHNP-BC

Psychiatric Mental Health Care

Emily Glassman, M.S.N., RN, CCRN-K, EOLD

Critical care, palliative care, nursing mentorship

Kate Goodwin, M.S.N., APRN

Pediatric nursing, pediatric primary care, health care for LGBTQ+ youth

Emma Hennessey

Critical care nursing, cardiac nursing

Melanie Keiffer, D.N.P., APRN, CNE

Nurse practitioner competency, nursing education, telehealth, evidence-based practice, quality improvement outcomes, student engagement

Allan Kellehear, Ph.D., FAcSS

Death, dying & end-of-life care, social & policy perspectives on aging, health-promoting palliative care, medical sociology, Health Humanities

Jennifer Laurent, Ph.D., APRN

The intersection of obesity, eating behaviors, and neurobiological mechanisms in youth

Laura Foran Lewis, Ph.D., RN

Autism, qualitative research methods

Hendrika Maltby, Ph.D., RN

Cultural competency, nursing education

Sarah Manacek, D.E.T., M.S.N., RN

Nursing education, educational technology, simulation

Lili Martin, D.N.P., RN, PCCN

Nursing student wellbeing, stress management in nursing students, nursing education, medical-surgical nursing

Kathleen Monforte, M.S.N., RN, PCCN

Nursing education, medical-surgical nursing, active classrooms

Rebecca Nagle, D.N.P., PNP, RN

Integrative nursing, culinary medicine, Shinrin-Yoku, Pediatrics

Sarah Narkewicz, M.S., RN, CDE

Community health improvement, diabetes education, pediatric nursing, quality improvement, care coordination.

Mary Val Palumbo, D.N.P., APRN

Interprofessional education, nursing workforce, Alzheimer's disease

Jean Evelyn Pelski, Ph.D., APRN, NNP-BC

Neonatal/pediatric nursing, nurse practitioner education, evidence-based practice, quality improvement

Kerry S. Prendergast, M.S., CNL

Gerontology, wound care

Janelle Sarnevitz, M.S.N., RN

Medical-surgical nursing, gerontology, nursing education

Abilene A. Smith, M.S., M.H.A., RN

Nurse case management, utilization review, acute care rehabilitation, stroke management

Elise Tarbi, Ph.D., M.B.E., APRN

Palliative care, communication, qualitative research

Mario Trabulsy, M.D.

Curriculum design, mentoring, simulation

Holly Whitcomb, D.N.P., FNP

Family medicine/primary care

Stuart L. Whitney, Ed.D., RN, CNL

Clinical practice, curricular/nursing education, educational leadership and policy