The University of Massachusetts Amherst

2020 Publications by Faculty and Students


Authors: Seven, M.; Moraitis, A.

Title: The Challenges of Cancer Care in the Time of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Journal: Cancer Nursing, 43 (5): 427-428.

Purpose: To examine some of the issues facing people diagnosed with cancer during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Link: doi: 10.1097/NCC.0000000000000852

Authors: Apanovitch, A., McGrath., J.M., McGlothen-Bell, K., & Briere, C.E.

Title: Admission Temperatures of Infants ≥1500 grams: The Cold Truth

Journal: Advances in Neonatal Care. Epub August 19, 2020.

Purpose: To evaluate initial (or admission) temperatures of infants born weighing 1500 g or more with diagnoses requiring admission to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). 

Link: doi: 10.1097/ANC.0000000000000787

Authors: Black, T. M.

Title: Empathy, not sympathy

Journal: Rehabilitation Nursing. 45 (5): 243-244 

Link: doi: 10.1097/RNJ.0000000000000286

Authors: Hsiao W.H.; Paterno M.T.; Iradukunda F.; Hawkins M.

Title: The Preliminary Efficacy of a Sleep Self-management Intervention Using a Personalized Health Monitoring Device during Pregnancy

Journal: Behavioral Sleep Medicine. 2020:1-12

Purpose: This pilot study aimed to characterize sleep changes during pregnancy in women participating in a self-management intervention using a personal health monitor.


Authors: Paterno, M. T., Iradukunda, F., & Hawkins, M.

Title: Feasibility of a pilot randomized controlled trial using a personalized health monitoring device with pregnant women for behavioral sleep research

Journal: Applied Nursing Research. 52, 151246

Purpose: The purpose of this pilot, randomized controlled trial was to determine the feasibility of recruitment (i.e., recruiting a 20% minority sample, most successful recruitment methods), retention, adherence, and data collection methods with a sample of pregnant women (n = 24) at 24 weeks gestation for a 12-week intervention using a personal health monitoring device.


Authors: Iradukunda, F., & Mayers, P.

Title: Rwandan nursing students' knowledge, attitudes, and application of evidence-based practice.

Journal: Curationis, 43(1); a2005.

Purpose: The aim of this study was to determine the knowledge, attitudes and application of EBP by nursing students at a school of nursing in Rwanda.


Authors: Dion, K., & Griggs, S.

Title: Teaching those who care how to care for persons with a substance use disorder

Journal: Nurse Educator, 45(6). 321-325.

Purpose: To determine if a 4-hour antistigma intervention improved prelicensure student nurse attitudes and perceived stigma toward people with substance use disorder.

Link: doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000808

Authors: Dion, K., Chiodo, L., Whynott, L., Loftus, B., Alvarez, P., Shanahan, J., Quaglia, G., Roman, A., Sorbi, E. & Wilkins-Carmody, D.

Title: Exploration of the unmet health care needs of people who inject drugs.

Journal: Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, 32(1). 60-69.

Purpose: To describe the utilization of preventative health care services obtained by people who inject drugs.

Link: doi: 10.1097/JXX.0000000000000201

Authors: Choi, J., Jung, H., Choi, W.

Title: Development of a breast cancer risk assessment model using a machine learning approach.

Journal: Online Journal of Nursing Informatics, 24 (2)

Purpose: To develop breast cancer risk prediction models that outperform the Gail model using an innovative machine learning approach.


Authors: Kalmakis, K., Chiodo, L.M., Kent, N., & J. Meyer.

Title: Adverse Childhood Experiences, Post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms, and self-reported stress among traditional and non-traditional college students

Journal: Journal of American College Health, 68(4), 411-418.

Purpose: To investigate the relationships between adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms (PTSD-S), and self-reported stress among college students.

Link: doi: 10.1080/07448481.2019.1577860

Authors: Henshall, C., Davey Z., Jacelon, C. S., Martin, C.

Title: A usability study to test the effectiveness, efficiency and simplicity of a newly developed Internet-based Exercise-focused Health App for Lung cancer survivors (iEXHALE): Protocol paper.

Journal: Health Informatics Journal, 26(2), 1431-1442

Purpose: The aim of the usability study is to test the effectiveness, efficiency and simplicity of a newly developed exercise-focused self-management mobile web app for lung cancer survivors.

Link: doi: 10.1177/1460458219882268

Authors: Alkawaldeh, M. Y., Jacelon, C. S., Choi, J.

Title: Older Adults' Experience with a Tablet-based Self-management Intervention for Diabetes Mellitus Type II: A qualitative study.

Journal: Geriatric Nursing, 41(3), 305-312.

Purpose: The objective of this study was to assess individuals’ experiences and perceptions of using a tablet-based application for 30 days as a component of routine diabetes self-management care in older adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) in the context of daily living.


Authors: Cody, J., Choi, J., & Martell, C.R.

Title: Developing an innovative tablet-based walking program to improve arthritis fatigue

Journal: Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 46(10), 13-18.

Purpose: An interdisciplinary research team developed the Tablet-based Cognitive Behavioral Intervention (Tab-CBI) for older adults with arthritis fatigue. The goal of the Tab-CBI is to alleviate fatigue by promoting a simple walking activity.

Link: doi: 10.3928/00989134-20200909-03

Authors: Alkawaldeh, M., Choi, J., Jacelon, C. S., Marquard, J., Ridgway, J. V. E. R.

Title: A Diabetes Self-management Tablet-based Application for Older Adults with Type 2 Diabetes: The ASSISTwell Pilot Study.

Journal: Geriatric Nursing, 41(6), November-December 2020, 838-845.

Purpose: A tablet-based application named the ASSISTwell was designed to support older adults’ with type 2 diabetes self-management activities.


Authors: Torossian, M., Jacelon, C. S.

Title: Chronic Illness and Fatigue in Older Individuals: A Systematic Review.

Journal: Rehabilitation Nursing. July 11, 2020

Purpose: A literature review was conducted using four databases to identify themes in relation to risk factors, consequences, and management strategies from research studies about fatigue in older individuals with chronic diseases.

Link: doi: 10.1097/RNJ.0000000000000278

Authors: Chung, J. & Chen, H. C.

Title: Development and psychometric properties of student perceptions of an online course (SPOC) in an RN-to-BSN program

Journal: Nurse Education Today 85: 104303

Purpose: Despite the rapid growth in offering online RN-to-BSN programs, limited information is available on student perception of online courses. The aims were to develop and to evaluate Student Perceptions of an Online Course (SPOC) scale.


Authors: Chen, H. C., Jensen, F., Chung, J., & Measom, G.

Title: Faculty perceptions of teaching cultural competence in nursing.

Journal: Teaching and Learning in Nursing, 15 (1): 1-6.

Purpose: This mixed methods study was to explore nursing faculty cultural competence and their perspectives of teaching culturally competent care to students.