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

Margaret Aitken, D.N.P., APRN

Adult primary care

Jennifer Allaire, M.S., APRN

Adult primary care, palliative care

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

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 and 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, 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, RN, PCCN

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

Kathleen Monforte, M.S., RN, PCCN

Nursing Education, Medical-Surgical Nursing

Rebecca Nagle, M.S., PNP, RN


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

Mario Trabulsy, M.D.

Curriculum design, mentoring, simulation

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