School of Nursing Faculty Scholarship

Faculty members and researchers in, and alumni of the School of Nursing regularly publish in leading academic and professional journals, present at conferences, and secure grants – all with the goal of improving techniques and care practices to help improve the lives of patients. Our faculty, a majority of whom are practicing clinicians in leading hospitals and health care centers, integrate their research into the classroom and clinical settings to provide students with the most up-to-date information that will help them become better nurses.


Flanagan, J. M., Post, K., Hill, R.  & Winters, L. N. (2021). Findings from a provider-led, mindfulness-based, Internet-streamed yoga video addressing the psychological outcomes
of breast cancer survivors. Holistic Nursing Practice, 35(5), 281–289.

Mevawala, A. S., Strunk, F. A., Haghiri-Vijeh, R., Corless, I. B., Ramaswamy, P., Kamp, K. J., Scott, S., & Gray, S. (2021). Scientific global nursing hackathon experience. Nurse Educator. Advance online publication.

Renjith, V., Yesodharan, R., Noronha, J. A., Ladd, E., & George, A. (2021). Qualitative methods in health care research. International Journal of Preventive Medicine, 12, 20.;year=2021;volume...

Yuan, F., Klavon, E., Liu, Z., Lopez, R. P., & Zhao, X. (2021). A systematic review of robotic rehabilitation for cognitive training. Frontiers in Robotics and AI, 8, Article 605715.

Hill, R. R., Wong, J., & Parikh, G. S. (MSN ’21). (2021). Relationship between infant tongue-tie and maternal wellbeing. The American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing. Advance online publication.

Pados, B.F., Repsha, C., & Hill, R. R. (2021). The Gastrointestinal and Gastroesophageal Reflux (GIGER) Scale for Infants and Toddlers. Global Pediatric Health, 8, 1-8.
Ruggiero, K. M., Wong, J., Sweeney, C.F., Avola, A., Auger, A. Macaluso, M., & Reidy, P. (2021). Parents’ intentions to vaccinate their children against COVID-19. Journal of Pediatric Health Care.
Pusey-Reid, E., Gona, C., Gall, G. & Lussier-Duynstee, P. (2021). Microaggression in Nursing: Experiences of Black Nursing Students at Predominantly White Institutions [Poster presentation]. 2021 Spring Conference of Massachusetts/Rhode Island League for Nursing (MARILN). Virtual.  

Lopez, R. P., McCarthy, E. P., Mazor, K. M., Hendricksen, M., McLennon, S., Johnson, K. S., & Mitchell, S. L. (2021). ADVANCE: Methodology of a qualitative study. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. Advance online publication.

Wang, X., Lopez, R. P., Rogers, A. H., Li, Y., Ma, Y., & Zhang, Y. (2021). Psychometric properties of the Chinese version of the Surrogate Decision-Making Self-Efficacy Scale. Research in Gerontological Nursing, 14(1), 17-23.

Yuan, F., Anderson, J. G., Wyatt, T., Lopez, R. P., Crane, M., Montgomery, A., & Zhao, X. (2021). Assessing the acceptability of a humanoid robot for Alzheimer's disease and related dementia care using an online survey. arXiv preprint arXiv:2104.12903.

Yuan, F., Klavon, E., Liu, Z., Palan Lopez, R., & Zhao, X. (2021). A systematic review of robotic rehabilitation for cognitive training. Frontiers in Robotics and AI, 8, Article 605715.

Olans, R. D., & Olans, R. N. (2020). Antimicrobial stewardship: Knowing why, seeking how [Editorial]. Joint Commission Journal on Quality & Patient Safety, 46(11), 603-604. 

Pados, B. F., Hill, R. R., Yamasaki, J. T., Litt, J. S., & Lee, C. S. (2021). Prevalence of problematic feeding in young children born prematurely: a meta-analysis. BMC Pediatrics, 21(1), Article 110. 

Gona, C., Lupafya, T., Zhou-Chidavaenzi, N., Mafundikwa, E., & Gona, P. N. (2021). The health status of Zimbabwean born immigrants to the US: A needs assessment. Journal of Clinical Nursing Research. Advance online publication.

Ives Erickson, J., Allard, M., Blanchfield, B., Hammond, J. A., Meyer, G. S., Boland, G. W., & Vanderwagen, C. (2021). Field hospital Boston Hope: Defining culture during uncertainty. Nursing Administration Quarterly, 45(2), 102-108

Leighton, K., Kardong-Edgren, S., McNelis, A. M., Foisy-Doll, C., & Sullo, E. (2021). Traditional clinical outcomes in prelicensure nursing education: An empty systematic review. Journal of Nursing Education, 60(3), 136-142. 

Gona, C. M., Lupafya, T. H., Zhou-Chidavaenzi, N., Mafundikwa, E., & Gona, P. M. (2021). The health status of Zimbabwean immigrants in the US: A needs assessment. Clinical Nursing Research. Advance online publication.
Hillier, M., & Lewis, B. A. (2021). End-of-life virtual simulation. Nurse Educator. Advance online publication. 
Zang, S. M., Benjenk, I., Breakey, S., Pusey-Reid, E., & Nicholas, P. K. (2021). The intersection of climate change with the era of COVID-19. Public Health Nursing. Advance online publication. 

Banks, M., & Phillips, A. B. (2020). Evaluating the effect of automated hand hygiene technology on compliance and c. difficile rates in a long-term acute care hospital. American Journal of Infection Control. Advance online publication.

Bose, E., Wood L. J., & Wang, Q. M. (2020). Topographical data analysis to identify high-density clusters in stroke patients undergoing post-acute rehabilitation. Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation. Advance online publication.

Brown, M., Moore, C. A., MacGregor, J., & Lucey, J. R. (2020). Primary care and mental health: Overview of integrated care models. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners.

Carras, M. C., Shi, J., Hard, G. (MSN '22), & Saldanha, I. J. (2020). Evaluating the quality of evidence for gaming disorder: A summary of systematic reviews of associations between gaming disorder and depression or anxiety. PLoS One, Article e0240032.

Gona, P. N., Gona, C. M., Chikwasha, V., Haruzivishe, C., Rao, S. R., & Mapoma, C. C. (2020). Oral rehydration solution coverage in under 5 children with diarrhea: A tri-country, subnational, cross-sectional comparative analysis of two demographic health surveys cycles. BMC Public Health, 20(1), 1-15.

Hill, R. R., Lee, C. S., & Pados, B. F. (2020). The prevalence of ankyloglossia in children aged < 1 year: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Pediatric Research. Advance online publication.

Olans, R. D., & Olans, R. N. (2020). Knowing why, seeking how. Joint Commission Journal on Quality & Patient Safety, 46(11), 603-604.

Sabo, K. & Chin, E. (2020). Self-care needs and practices of older adult caregivers: An integrative review. Geriatric Nursing. Advance online publication.

Thurler, A. H., Waghmarae, P., Staller, K., & Burke, K. E. (2020). How to incorporate advanced practice providers into GI practice. Gastroenterology. Advance online publication.

Hill, R.R., Park, J., & Pados, B.F. (2020). Bottle-feeding challenges in preterm-born Infants in the first 7 months of life. Global Pediatric Health. Advance online publication.

Alexander, C. (DNP '15), Rovinski-Wagner, C., Wagner, S., & Oliver, B.J. (MSN '03). (2020) Building a reliable health care system. Journal of Nursing Care Quality. Advance online publication.

Polomano, R.C., Giordano, N.A., Miyamoto, S., Trautman, D., Kempf, S., & Milone-Nuzzo, P. (2020). Emerging roles for research intensive PhD prepared nurses: Beyond faculty positions. Journal of Professional Nursing. Advance online publication.

Horstman, M. J., Miltner, R. S., Wallhagen, M. I., Patrician, P. A., Oliver, B. J. (MSN '03), Roumie, C. L., Dolansky, M. A., Perez, F., Naik, A. D., & Godwin, K. M. (2020). Developing leaders and scholars in health care improvement: The VA Quality Scholars Program competencies. Academic Medicine. Advance online publication.

Hill, R. R., & Pados, B. F. (2020). Symptoms of problematic feeding in infants under 1 year of age undergoing frenotomy: A review article. Acta Paediatrica. Advance online publication.

Roy, K. M. (2020). Frequently asked questions about palliative care. American Nurse Today, 15(7), 5.

Nicholas, P. K., Breakey, S., & Blank, MS-Nursing ’20, P. (2020). Roles of nurse practitioners: Health consequences of climate change in vulnerable older adults. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 16(6), 433-437. 

Ros, A. V., LaRocque, R., Fortinsky, R., & Nicholas, P. (2020). Addressing climate change communication: Effective engagement of populations for climate action in the US and globally. Annals of Global Health, 86(1), 1-4. 

Courtenay, M., Burnett, E., Castro-Sánchez, E., Moralez de Figueiredo, R., Du Toit, B., Gallagher, R., Gotterson, F., Kennedy, H., Manias, E., McEwen, J., Ness, V., Olans, R., & Padoveze, M. C. (2020). Preparing nurses for COVID-19 response efforts through involvement in antimicrobial stewardship programmes. Journal of Hospital Infection. Advance online publication. 

Goodman, J. H. (2020). Celebrating nurses. Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association. Advance online publication. 

Shea (MSN’01), J. B., Aguilar, M., Sauer, W. H., Tedrow, U. (2020) Unintentional magnet reversion of an implanted cardiac defibrillator by an electronic cigarette. HeartRhythm Case Reports, 6(3), 121-123. 

Akhavan Farid, E., Davachi, S. M., Pezeshki-Modaress, M., Taranejoo, S., Seyfi, J., Hejzi, I., Tabatabaei Hakim, M., Najafi, F., D’Amico (BSN ’19), C., & Abbaspourrad, A. (in press). Preparation and characterization of polylactic-co-glycolic acid/insulin nanoparticles encapsulated in methacrylate coated gelatin with sustained release for specific medical applications. Journal of Biomaterials Science. Polymer Edition. 

Han, Z., Qi, L., Xu, Q., Xu, M., Cai, L., Wong, J., Hu, X., Luo, X., Wang, J., Zhang, Y., Li, Y., & Wang, Q. M. (in press). BDNF Met allele is associated with lower cognitive function in poststroke rehabilitation. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair.

Gallagher, R., Olans, R.D., Singleton, S., & Bosanquet, J. (2020). Leading and supporting antimicrobial stewardship. In M. Courtenay & E. Castero-Sanchez (Eds.). Antimicrobial stewardship for nursing practice (chapter 8).

Olans, R.D. Truly successful antimicrobial stewardship? Bring in the Nurses. 4th Annual Middle Tennessee Antimicrobial Stewardship Symposium. Nashville, TN. January 2020.

Gona, C., Pusey-Reid, E., Lussier-Duynstee, P., & Gall (NS ’97), G. (2019). The experiences of Black nursing alumni at a predominantly White institution. Nurse Educator, 44, 312-315.

Viamonte Ros, A.M., Markham, S.M., Wu, D., & Nicholas, P.K. (2019). A rapid scoping review of gender inequities in the medical profession. Nursing and Health Sciences Research Journal, 2, 12-20.

Courtenay, M., Castro-Sánchez, E., Gallagher, R., McEwen, J., Bulabula, A.N.H., Carre, Y., Du Toit, B., Figueiredo, R.M., Gjerde, M.E., Hamilton, M., Jorgoni, L., Ness, V., Olans, R., Padvoeze, M.C., Rout, J., van Gulik, M., & Van Zyl, Y. (2019). Development of consensus-based international antimicrobial stewardship competencies for undergraduate nurse education. Journal of Hospital Infection, 103, 244-250.

Olans, R. (2019). The Role of the Nurse: Effective Communication. 54th Annual Region I Meeting, Northeast Branch of the American Society for Microbiology, Randolph, MA.

Ha, D., Forte, M.B., Broberg, V., Olans, R.D., Olans, R., OYong, K., Kullar, R., Catipon, N., Ancheta, V., Desai, M., Khattak, Y., Okamoto, D., Lira, D., Chan, S., Mourani, J., Gluckstein, D., & McKinnell, J. (2019). Bedside nurses improve antimicrobial stewardship and infection prevention outcomes: Results of a 3.5- year study in three hospital telemetry units. Open Forum Infectious Diseases 6, S704-704.

Simon, L., Beckmann, D., Reidy, P., Cohen, M., & Tobey, M. (in press). Evaluation of an interprofessional student-faculty collaborative clinic in a jail. Journal of Correctional Healthcare.

Roy, K.M. (2019). Cystocerebral syndrome. American Nurse Today, 14(11), 8.

 Tomich (DNP '18), J.L., & Sipe, M.H. (2019). Fostering best practices for reducing opioid-induced constipation using technology. Computers, Informatics, Nursing, 37(11), 551-557.

Sabone, M.B., Mogobe, K.D., Matshediso, E., Shaibu, S., Ntsayagae, E.I., Corless, I.B., … Long-Middleton, E.  (2019). A Qualitative Description of Service Providers' Experiences of Ethical Issues in HIV Care. Nursing Ethics, 26(5), 1540-1553.

Ladd, E., Miller, M., Wheeler, K., Wainaina, S., McGrath, H., Nashwan, A., Aguirre, F., Neary, A., Lee, S., Bird, B. Symposium - Advanced practice nursing an expanding global phenomenon. International Council of Nurses, Internationa Congress, Singapore. June 2019.

Courtenay, M., Castro-Sanchez, E., Gallagher, R., McEwen, J., Bulabula, A.N.H., Carrem Y., Du Toit, B., Figueiro, R.M., Gjerde, M.E., Hamilton, N., Jorgoni, L., Ness, V., Olans, R., Padoveze, M.C., Rout, J., van Gulik, N., Van Zyl, Y. (in press). Development of Consensus Based International Antimicrobial Stewardship Competencies for Undergraduate Nurse Education. Journal of Hospital Infection.

Ruggiero, K., Pratt, P., Antonelli, R. (in press). Improving Outcomes Through Care Coordination: Measuring Care Coordination of Nurse Practitioners. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, 31(8), 476-481.

Thompson, M.E., Langer, J., Kinfe, M. (2019). Seizure Detection Watch Improves Quality of Life for Adolescents with Epilepsy and Their Families. Epilepsy & Behavior, 98(Part A), 188-194.

Corless, I., Hoyt, A., Nicholas, P.K. (2019). Patient-Healthcare Provider Rngagement: the Basic Building Block. Podium Presentation, Sigma Theta Tau 30th International Nursing Research Congress. July 2019.

Ladd, E., Fryer Sweeney, C., Guarino, A. & Hoyt, A. (2019). Opioid Prescribing by Nurse Practitioners in Medicare Part D: Impact of State Scope of Practice Legislation. Medical Care Research and Review.

Wong, J., Tuck, I. (2019). Best Practices in Global Academic Exchange: Lessons From an Interprofessional Collaborative Relationship with China. Poster presentation, Sigma Theta Tau 30th International Nursing Research Congress. July 2019.

Reynolds, R., Smoller, S., Allen, A., Nicholas, P.  (2019). Health literacy and health outcomes in persons living with HIV disease: A systematic review. AIDS and Behavior, online, p. 1-20.

Hill, R. (2019). Implications of ankyloglossia on breastfeeding. MCN: The American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing, 44(2), 73-79. doi: 10.1097/NMC.0000000000000501

Hill, R., Wong, J., & Thal, R. (2019). Formative assessment and its impact on student success. Nurse Educator, 44(1): 4.

Hill, R., & Flanagan, J. (2019). The maternal-infant bond: Clarifying the concept. International Journal of Nursing Knowledge.

Bellack, J.P., Dickow, M. (2019). Why nurse leaders derail: Preventing and rebounding from leadership failure. Nursing Administration Quarterly, 43(2), 113-122.

Hill, R. (2019). Implications of ankyloglossia on breastfeeding. American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing, 44(2), 73-79.

Holle, C.L., Sundean, L.J., Dellefield, M.E., Wong, J., Lopez, R.P. (2019). Examining the beliefs of skilled nursing facility directors of nursing regarding BSN completion and the impact of nurse leader education on patient outcomes. Journal of Nursing Administration, 49(2), 57-60.

Mauk, K.L., Almauhy, D., Barks, L., Black, T., Camicia, M., Campbell, G.B., Dzurec, L.C., Green, T.L., Neal-Boylan, L., Pierce, L.L. (2019). Nurse author: Who me? Yes, you! Rehabilitation Nursing, 44(2) 104-114.

Miller, M. Neal-Boylan, L. (2019). Killing me sovereignly. Rehabilitation Nursing, 00(0), 44(2).

Rosa, W.E., Schenk, E., Travers, J.L., Nicholas, P.K. (2019). Climate change and health consequences: Engaging public health nursing within the framework of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Public Health Nursing, 36(2), 107-108.


Clark (DNP ’20), P. A chronicle of the experience of health care workers on the 4th floor of a long term acute care hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic. Eastern Nursing Research Society 33rd Annual Scientific Sessions Virtual Conference, March 25-26, 2021. 

Lewin, (DNP ’20), T. A. Translation of team science to improve work flow in a primary care practice. Eastern Nursing Research Society 33rd Annual Scientific Sessions Virtual Conference, March 25-26, 2021. 

Zieman (DNP ’20), L. Improving emergency department nursing teamwork: A quality improvement project. Eastern Nursing Research Society 33rd Annual Scientific Sessions Virtual Conference, March 25-26, 2021. 

Pusey-Reid, E., Gona, C. M., Gall, G., Lussier-Duynstee, P. A. (2020, December 2-3). “The Experience of black students at a predominantly white institution” [Poster Presentation]. American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) AACN Inaugural Diversity Symposium.

Pusey-Reid, E. (2020, October 22). “Creating a Culture of Success: A Framework for Addressing Untapped Potential Students” [Poster Presentation]. 2020 Massachusetts-Rhode Island League for Nursing (MARILN) Conference.

Olans, R.D. Truly successful antimicrobial stewardship? Bring in the Nurses. 4th Annual Middle Tennessee Antimicrobial Stewardship Symposium. Nashville, TN. January 2020


Patricia Reidy, DNP, FNP-BC, FNAP, FAAN, associate dean of academic affairs and a professor in the School of Nursing, is the PI of a four-year HRSA grant, "Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training Program," to support psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner students with a nurse traineeship. The IHP is the lead agency and has established six academic-clinical partnerships to secure clinical placements. Susan Stevens, DNP, MS, MEd, PMHNP, BC, an assistant professor of nursing, will oversee the program.

U.S.–India 21st Century Knowledge Initiative
$99,178 from the United States – India Educational Foundation. Associate Professor Elissa Ladd, PhD, FNP-BC, Principal Investigator. 2018-2020.

ADVANCE: Assessment of Disparities and Variation for Alzheimer's disease in Nursing home Care at End of Life.
$315,372 from the National Institutes of Health, Ruth Palan Lopez, PhD, GNP-BC, FAAN, Principal Investigator. 2020-2021.

ADVANCE: Assessment of Disparities and Variation for Alzheimer's disease in Nursing home Care at End of Life - COVID-19 SUPPLEMENT.
$133,149 from the National Institutes of Health, Ruth Palan Lopez, PhD, GNP-BC, FAAN, Principal Investigator. 2020-2021.

Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA)
$240,000, subcontract from the Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute, from the National Institutes of Health. Nancy M. Terres, PhD, RN, Sub Principal Investigator. 2018-2023.

Neuromuscular Dysfunction Among Fatigued and On-Fatigued Breast Cancer Survivors​
$444,952, from the National Institutes of Health, Amelia Peabody Professor in Nursing Research and Director of the Fatigue Research Lab Lisa Wood, PhD, RN, FAAN,  Principal Investigator, and Assistant Professor Janet Kneiss, PhD, DPT, MS, Co-Principal Investigator, 2018-2020.