Faculty Research Interests

Pamela Aselton

Dr. Aselton's scholarship currently focuses on the education of primary care nurse practitioners, evidence base practice guidelines and online qualitative studies of at risk populations. You can access her ResearchGate profile here.

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Genevieve Chandler

Dr. Chandler’s research is conducted in collaboration with adolescents, young adults and adults, studying the effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences, Trauma Informed Care and Resilience, and in particular the Chandler ABCS of Resilience Intervention. Her clinical expertise is in mental health where she studies coercive practices of restraints and seclusion and the hope of recovery. Her research is based on her values as seen through a narrative lens of strength, solution-focus emphasizing the question what works, rather than what is wrong. 

Jeungok Choi

Dr. Choi seeks ways to improve healthcare communication by using informatics tools such as mini-tablets. Her research has especially focused on pictograph (simple line drawings showing explicit healthcare actions to be taken)-enhanced discharge instructions for older adults with low literacy skills.

Kim Dion

Dr. Dion’s research interests include harm reduction and substance use disorder. She is interested in the relationship between the person who uses drugs and the nurse; decreasing health care providers stigma and discrimination of persons who use drugs, and improving health care access for this population.

Stephanie Griggs

Dr. Griggs’s research is in examining hope theory, focusing on positive psychological predictors in emotional well-being and academic success in adolescents and young adults. She is establishing a program in intervention research to promote self-management of fatigue symptoms through wearable and contactless devices in young adults with Type 1 Diabetes.

Elizabeth Henneman

Dr. Henneman’s research interests include the identification of medical errors and adverse events by healthcare clinicians; model-driven process guidance to improve the safety and efficiency of blood transfusion; the impact of interruptions on patient identification and medical errors, and nurse behaviors and visual scanning patterns during routine, error prone processes.

MaryAnn Hogan

MaryAnn Hogan’s research interests are clinical competence, nurse decision-making, patient safety, and simulation in nursing education.

Maeve Howett

Dr. Howett’s research and clinical expertise is inter-disciplinary, focusing on breastfeeding and early childhood exposures. She is particularly interested in the at-risk mother-infant dyad made vulnerable by poverty, early childhood malnutrition, and toxicant exposures.

Cynthia S. Jacelon

Dr. Jacelon’s research explores the dignity, function, and sense of control of elders with chronic health problems.

She explores how using handheld and wearable devices can help elders self-manage their symptoms. Her research is focused on how these concepts are related to maintaining health and independence and how health care providers can enhance an elder's dignity, sense of control and self-management of the symptoms of chronic health problems.

Karen A. Kalmakis

Dr. Kalmakis’s areas of research interest are a) the biological stress response following exposure to adversity/trauma, b) managing stress to reduce symptoms of fatigue, and c) screening and brief intervention for adverse childhood experiences among adult primary care patients; translating research to practice.

Maud Low

Assistant Professor Low is studying bullying in the nursing profession and collaborating on a study on substance abuse in pregnant women.

Yeon Sik Noh

Dr. Noh's research interests include: (a) wearable personalized health monitoring system, (b) smart healthcare system based on sensor and communication network, and (c) individualized/ personalized health management system based on sports medicine.

Mary Paterno

Dr. Paterno is interested in innovative community and clinical solutions to improve perinatal, postpartum, and contraceptive care for vulnerable women. Her goal is to promote healthy and supportive experiences that will lead to positive family building and successful transition to the mothering role. As a certified nurse-midwife, her research is enhanced by her extensive clinical experience in reproductive health.

Kalpana Poudel-Tandukar

Dr. Poudel Tandukar’s research interests lie in the area of behavioral and social science research on the causes and solutions to health disparity and social injustice among vulnerable populations, including immigrants and HIV-infected populations. She is interested in evidence-based analysis on various clinical, socio-cultural, behavioral, and environmental determinants of infectious and chronic diseases using multiple levels of analysis including quantitative statistical analysis. She is interested in applied and translational research on the development, testing, adaptation, and delivery of interventions to reduce disparities using community based participatory approaches. Presently, she is studying the role of micronutrients on inflammation and mental health outcomes of HIV-infected persons and designing mental health interventions for the immigrant population.

Jean Elizabeth Swinney

Dr. Swinney’s research is focused on social justice and decreasing health disparities; including the impact of social determinants on health, the impact of racism and inequality on health and health care delivery; and increasing nursing workforce diversity with a focus on veterans, historically underrepresented minorities and disadvantaged individuals.

Rachel Walker

Dr. Rachel Walker is an oncology nurse scientist, gerontologist, and the first nurse to be named an official Invention Ambassador for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). She is an Associate Director of the UMASS Institute for Applied Life Sciences’ Center for Personalized Health Monitoring, and serves on the American Nurses Association’s Innovation Advisory Board. Her team’s research focuses primarily on supportive care and technology to promote dignity, capability, and a sense of well-being, including sexual well-being, in the context of cancer and symptom-related disability.  Her methods include participatory and qualitative approaches, mixed methods, eyetracking research, microfluidics and point-of-care technologies, mHealth strategies, and theory-guided behavioral intervention research. She has active research collaborations with experts who span a wide range of disciplines, including chemistry, computer science, chemical engineering, kinesiology, occupational therapy, molecular biology, psychological and brain sciences, geospatial information systems, public health, medicine, and diversity sciences.

Annette Wysocki

Dr. Wysocki’s program of research is focused on wound healing, proteolytic degradation of extracellular matrix, cell adhesion and migration, tissue engineering and biomaterials, skin biology, bioethics, responsible conduct of research (RCR) and national research policy.

Donna Zucker

Dr. Zucker is recognized as an expert in behavioral treatment for stress in persons with incarceration experience both in the US and abroad.  She is the PI on a 3-year SAMHSA grant, The Power of Nursing to Change Health, training student nurses to screen, use brief intervention and referral to treatment for alcohol and addictive drugs.