Department of Nursing faculty engage in qualitative and quantitative research, advancing the field in areas including cultural competency, successful aging, rural health 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

Sarah Abrams, Ph.D., RN

  • Development of cultural competency and outcome measurement for cultural competency
  • Health status and infrastructure in developing countries
  • Nursing history

Margaret Aitken, M.S., APRN

  • Adult Primary Care

Jennifer Allaire, M.S., APRN

  • Adult Primary Care
  • Palliative Care

Jean Beatson, Ed.D., RN

  • Family-centered practice
  • Cross-cultural health care
  • Integration of health and education

Marcia Bosek, D.N.Sc., RN

  • Ethical decision-making
  • Qualitative methods
  • Simulation learning

Brandon Brown, M.S., RN, CNL

  • Medical Surgical Nursing
  • Nursing Education
  • Nursing Practice and Climate Change

Carol Buck-Rolland, Ed.D., APRN

  • Development of cultural competency
  • Pediatric Care

Tara Burnham, M.S., RN

  • Clinical Care

Jeanine Carr, Ph.D., RN

  • Qualitative research methods
  • Nursing regulation
  • Ethics
  • Leadership

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

Kate FitzPatrick, D.N.P., RN, ACNP, NEA-BC, FAAN

  • Health care quality and patient safety
  • Administrative nursing practice/acute care leadership
  • Professional nurse peer review
  • Clinical practice: emergency, trauma

Jason Garbarino, D.N.P., RN-BC, CNL

  • Gerontological Nursing
  • Medical-Surgical Nursing

Mary Alice Giannoni, M.S., APRN

  • Maternal Child Health

Emily Glassman, RN

  • Critical Care

Brenda Hamel-Bissell, Ed.D., RN

  • Mental Health
  • Psychiatric Illness
  • Substance Use
  • Assessment and Treatment

Christina Harlow, D.N.P., FNP-BC, APRN

  • Primary care
  • Integrative medicine
  • Depression and anxiety in primary care

Jennifer Laurent, Ph.D., APRN

  • Dr. Laurent’s research focuses largely on how dietary sugars affect brain reward circuits, gut metabolism, and eating behaviors such as addictive-like eating in obese adolescents.

Nancy Lemieux, M.S., RN, CHSE

  • Clinical Simulation
  • Interprofessional Education
  • Emergency Nursing

Laura Foran Lewis, Ph.D., RN

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Qualitative Research Methods

Ellen Long-Middleton, Ph.D., APRN

  • HIV prevention in adolescent young women
  • Delivery of interprofessional primary care services
  • The role of nurse practitioners in national and international communities

Islane Raymond Louis, M.S., RN

  • Psychiatry/mental health

Hendrika Maltby, Ph.D., RN

  • Cultural Competency
  • Nursing Education

Rebecca Marin, M.S., FNP

  • Family Medicine/Primary Care

Lili Martin, M.S.N., RN

  • Nursing Education
  • Medical Surgical Nursing
  • Simulation
  • Active Learning

Loretta G. McManus, M.S., RN, LNHA

  • Acute care hospital settings
  • Long term care complex environment
  • Gerontology

Genell Mikkalson, M.S., CNM, APRN, RN

  • Midwifery
  • Incivility and unkindness in the healthcare workplace
  • Sex Therapy

Rebecca Nagle, M.S., PNP, RN

  • Pediatrics

Sarah Narkewicz, M.S., RN, CDE

  • Community Health Improvement
  • Diabetes Education
  • Quality Improvement
  • Chronic Disease Self-Management
  • Care Coordination
  • Community Health Needs Assessment
  • Pediatric Nursing
  • Asthma Management
  • Grants Management

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

  • Interprofessional education
  • Nursing workforce
  • Alzheimer's disease

Kerry S. Prendergast

  • Gerontology
  • Wound care

Sarah Pinard Rogers, M.S., RN

  • Maternal/Newborn Care
  • Surgical/Pediatric Intensive Care Nursing

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

  • Nurse case management
  • Utilization review
  • Acute care rehabilitation
  • Stroke management

Deborah Wachtel, D.N.P., M.P.H., APRN

  • Endocrinology with a focus on diabetes and obesity
  • Health care reform/ Health policy
  • Harm reduction

Ellen Watson, M.S., APRN

  • Health Behavior Change
  • Behavioral Health in Primary Care

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

  • Clinical Practice
  • Curricular/ Nursing Education
  • Educational Leadership & Policy