Research Focus Areas

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The PhD Research Focus Areas are based upon MU Sinclair School of Nursing PhD faculty research interests and expertise. Each PhD student selects one Research Focus Area upon which to focus. Research Focus Areas include Innovation Science; Prevention and Treatment of Trauma across the Lifespan; Managing Symptoms and Promoting Healthy Behaviors. Content related to these areas form the basis of the rotating Research Focus Area courses. Students are required to take at least one Research Focus Area Seminar course as part of their PhD coursework.

Innovation Science

Content and research interests of students selecting this focus area might include innovations in:

  • Patient Safety
  • Quality Improvement
  • Assistive Technology
  • Healthcare Systems
  • Human Factors
  • Care Coordination

Prevention and Treatment of Trauma

Content and research interests of students selecting this focus area might include:

  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Intimate Partner Violence
  • Child Abuse and Neglect
  • High Risk Populations
  • Substance Abuse and Treatment

Managing Symptoms and Promoting Healthy Behaviors

Content and research interests of students selecting this focus area might include:

  • Adherence to Health Promoting Behaviors
  • Optimizing Physiologic, Psychosocial & Physical Function
  • Coping with Acute or Chronic Illness
  • Managing Disability or Disabling Conditions           
  • Physical and Emotional Effects of Cancer Survivorship