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Recent Dissertations

Year Completed Student Dissertation Title Advisor Initial Placement After Graduation
2016 Melissa Wilson "Barriers and Values of Moral Distress Among Critical Care Nurses Dr. Greg Alexander TBD
2016 Pamela Ostby The Effectiveness of an Interactive Theatre
Intervention on Improving Adherence to Self-Management Regimes for Breast
Cancer-Related Lymphedema”
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; 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; 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; Instructor
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; 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
2010 Brenda Beshears "The Experience of Young Adults Living with Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis" Dr. Eileen Porter Quincy University, Blessing Reiman College of Nursing; Academic Dean & Associate Professor
2010 Jean Krampe "Dance-Based Theory to Decrease Fall Risk in Older Adults" Dr. Marilyn Rantz St. Louis University; Assistant Professor
2010 Yaowarat Matchim "A Qualitative and Quantitative Study Examining Effects of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) on Physical and Psychological Well-being Among Breast Cancer Survivors" Dr. Jane Armer Prince of Songkla University, Hat Yai, Songkhla, Thailand; Instructor
2010 Orawan Nukaew “Family caregivers's strategies in managing medication for adults with schizophrenia” Dr. Beth Geden Prince of Songkla University, Hat Yai, Songkhla, Thailand; Instructor
2010 Teresa Russell "Professional Practice Models in Long-Term Care" Dr. Marilyn Rantz Cox College of Nursing; Assistant Professor
2009 Sheila Capp "Grief and Mourning Among African American Elders After Spousal Bereavement" Dr. Larry Ganong Quincy University, Blessing Reiman College of Nursing; Associate Professor
2009 Sharon Kist "Correlates of Pet-Keeping in Residence Halls on College Student Adjustment at a Small, Midwestern College" Dr. Rebecca Johnson Southern Arkansas University; Assistant Professor
2009 Todd Ruppar "A Behavioral Feedback - Based Intervention to Improve Medication Adherence in Older Adults with Hypertension" Dr. Vicki Conn University of Basel, Basel Switzerland; Post-Doctoral Fellow