Recent Dissertations

Year Completed Student Dissertation Title Advisor Initial Placement After Graduation
2016 Sharlene Georgesen “Baccalaureate Nursing Students’ Attitude Towards, Knowledge About and Self-Efficacy in Addressing Childhood Obesity as a Health Problem” Dr. Larry Ganong Nylen School of Nursing, Morningside College, Sioux City, IA, Associate Professor
2016 Deborah Mercier “A Mixed Methods Study of Perceived Social Support Based on the Medical Outcomes Study Social Survey in Adults with Repeated Challenges with HIV Medication Adherence” Dr. Maithe Enriquez Medical Affairs Division, TESARO, Inc., Waltham, MA; Medical Science Liaison 
2016 Gina Koch “Barriers to Obtaining Annual Diabetic Eye Exams Among Adult Rural Patients” Dr. Greg Alexander TBD
2016 Chantra Promnoi “Exercise Participation: Sleep Quality in Thai Older Adults” Dr. Lorraine Phillips Faculty of Nursing; Prince of Songkla University; Hat Yai, Thailand; Assistant Professor
2016 Marilyn Shepherd “Rothman Index as a Predictor of Rapid Response Episodes, Pressure Ulcer Status, and Hospital Readmissions in Adult Medical-Surgical Patients” Dr. Deidre Wipke-Tevis & Dr. Greg Alexander Quincy University; Blessing Reiman College of Nursing; Quincy IL, Associate Professor
2016 Melissa Wilson “Barriers and Values of Moral Distress Among Critical Care Nurses” Dr. Greg Alexander United States Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine; Wright Patterson Air Force Base; Dayton, OH, Nurse Scientist
2016 Pamela Ostby “The Effectiveness of an Interactive Theatre Intervention on Improving Adherence to Self-Management Regimes for Breast Cancer” Dr. Jane Armer TBD
2015 Vanessa Lyons “The Use of Surgical Safety Checklists during Timeouts in Rural and Urban Operating Rooms” Dr. Lori Popejoy TBD
2015 Tonya Eddy “Maternal Psychosocial Factors Related to Duration and Exclusivity of Breastfeeding Practices Among Rural Women:  The Healthy Moms and Baby Study” Dr. Tina Bloom University of Central Missouri; Warrensburg, MO; Assistant Professor
2015 Jennifer Dine “Characterization of a Novel Regulator and Predictors of Sensitivity to TRAIL-induced Apoptosis in Breast Cancer Cells” Dr. Jane Armer MedStar Washington Hospital Center, MedStar Health Research Institute; Washington, DC, Research Nurse Coordinator
2015 Jennifer Hulett “Impact of Religious and Spiritual Beliefs on Neuroendocrine-Immune Function and Health Outcomes in Breast Cancer Survivors” Dr. Jane Armer University of Utah, College of Nursing; Post-Doctoral Fellow
 2014 Pam Evans-Smith  “An Evaluation of the Relationship Between Self-Esteem and Pet Bonding in Children” Dr. Rebecca Johnson University of Missouri; Assistant Teaching Professor
 2014 Sirinat Sriumporn  “The Moderating Role of Social Support on the Relationship Between Maternal Stress and Infants’ Birthweight of Pregnant Smokers: The Secondary Data Analysis”  Dr. Tina Bloom Boromarajonani College of Nursing, Chiangmai, Thailand; Instructor
 2014  Jo Ana Chase “Interventions to Increase Physical Activity Among Older Adults: A Meta-Analysis” Dr. Vicki Conn  University of Missouri; Assistant Professor & University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing; Post-Doctoral Fellow
 2014 Kathleen Ellis “Abuse and Pregnancy: Exploring Factors that may Contribute to Birth Weight Disparities” Drs. Tina Bloom & Jane Armer Baylor Regional Medical Center, Grapevine, TX;
Nurse Scientist
 2014 Susan D. Scott “Second Victim Exposure and Resultant Impact on Patient Safety Perceptions” Dr. Marilyn Rantz University of Missouri Healthcare System; Manager of Patient Safety & Risk Management
 2013 Leesa McBroom “Overwhelming Responsibility: Divorced Mothers of Children Managing Type 1 Diabetes With Their Children” Dr. Larry Ganong William Jewell College; Assistant Department Chair & Assistant Professor
 2013 LuAnn Tandy “Failure to Rescue: Is the Phenomenon Present in Long Term Care?” Dr. Marilyn Rantz The Ensign Group, Inc.; Compliance Partner 
 2012 Gretchen Carlisle “Pet Dog Ownership in Families of Children with Autism: Children’s Social Skills and Attachment to Their Dogs” Dr. Rebecca Johnson  University of Missouri, College of Veterinary Medicine; Post-Doctoral Fellow
 2012 Ausanee Wanchai “Care Practices in Complementary and Alternative Medicine of Thai Breast Cancer Survivors” Dr. Jane Armer Boromarajonani College of Nursing, Bangkok, Thailand; Instructor 
 2011 Sheila Adams Leander “The Experiences of Black American Living Kidney Donors” Dr. Larry Ganong St. Louis University; School of Nursing, Assistant Professor
 2011 Laurel Despins “Factors Influencing Patient Risk Detection in Intensive Care Unit Nurses” Dr. Bonnie Wakefield University of Missouri Healthcare; Medical-Neurosurgical Intensive Care Unit CNS & Project Director, Office of Clinical Effectiveness
2011 Patricia Groves “The Intersection between Safety Culture and Hospital Nursing Practice”  Dr. Bonnie Wakefield University of Iowa, College of Nursing; Post-Doctoral Fellow & Associate Faculty Member
2011 Michelle Matteson “Pilot Intervention to Improve Medication Adherence in Nonadherent Inflammatory Bowel Disease Patients” Dr. Cindy Russell University of Missouri Healthcare; Medicine-Gastroenterology Nurse Practitioner
2011 Teak Nelson “Finding ‘The Answers Inside Me’: A Model of Empowerment Through Breastfeeding and Weaning” Dr. Kay Libbus Truman State University; Assistant Professor