Judith Fitzgerald Miller, PhD, RN, FAAN

Dean Judith Fitzgerald Miller

Dean & Professor

E-mail: millerjud@missouri.edu
Phone: 573.882.0278
Fax: 573.884.4544
Twitter: @MUSONdean

S215 Sinclair School of Nursing
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211

Nursing Specialty

Adult nursing

Interest Area(s)

Psychosocial responses to chronic illness; hope; cognitive changes-chemotherapy; coping

Education

  • Music Major, University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, Wis.
  • Diploma in Nursing, Luther Hospital School of Nursing, Eau Claire, Wis.
  • BSN, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wis.
  • MSN, Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wis.
  • PhD, University of Illinois, Chicago, Ill.
  • Post Doctoral Study, University of Illinois-Chicago

Area of Doctoral Study

Nursing

Area of Post-doctoral Study

Aging

Program of Research

 

Judith Fitzgerald Miller has made distinct contributions to the discipline of nursing through her program of research on psychosocial responses to chronic illness and through the resulting publications including three editions of her book, “Coping with Chronic Illness: Overcoming Powerlessness.” A series of studies on hope beginning with exploratory, qualitative designs and evolving to studies using triangulated methods have been completed. Most noteworthy in the hope studies has been the development and psychometric testing of the Miller Hope Scale. Other studies on hope have substantiated the importance of family hope and client hope in adjustment to chronic illness. Dr. Miller’s studies on the elderly included the “Impact of Arts Interventions in Persons with Dementia” and “Spouse Response to and Management of Aggression in Persons with Dementia.” She also has focused on a critical review of the tailored intervention research on health behavior change; developed critical analyses guides for tailoring research and a Guide for Fidelity for Intervention Research. “Coping Challenges after Hospitalization” completed in collaboration with two nurse colleagues has had high impact. Recently, she completed an interdisciplinary study on cognitive changes in women receiving adjuvant chemotherapy for breast cancer, published in Applied Nursing Research.

Dr. Miller has received funding for research and nonresearch projects from sources such as: NIH, National Center for Nursing Research, U.S. Department of Education, Department of Health and Human Services-Health Resources Services Administration Advanced Education in Nursing, American Nurses’ Foundation, Alzheimer’s Association, Bader Foundation, National League for Nursing, National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare, and Missouri State Board of Higher Education as examples. 

Selected Publications

Articles in Refereed Journals (7 out of 42)
  • Piacentine, L.B., Miller, J.F., Haberlein, S., & Bloom, A.S. (2016). Perceived Cognitive Changes with Chemotherapy for Breast Cancer: A Pilot Study. Applied Nursing Research, 29, 9-11.
  • Veal, J., Bull, M. & Miller, J.F. (2012). A framework of ethnically diverse graduate nursing students’ academic persistence and success. Nursing Education Perspectives, 33(5), 322-327.
  • Miller, J.F. & Holm, K. (2011). Graduate programs in nursing for non-nurses: A national perspective. Journal of Regulation, 2, 4-9.
  • Miller, J.F., Piacentine, L., & Weiss, M. (2008). Coping challenges after hospitalization. Clinical Nursing Research, 4, 278-296.
  • Tornabeni, J. & Miller, J.F. (2008). The power of partnership to shape the future of nursing: The evolution of the Clinical Nurse Leader. Journal of Nursing Management, 16, 608-613.
  • Bull, M. & Miller, J.F. (2008). Preparing teacher-scholars to reduce health disparities. Nursing Education Perspectives, 29, 156-160.
  • Miller, J.F. (2007). Hope: A concept central to nursing. Nursing Forum, 42(1), 12-19.
Book

Miller, J.F. (2000). “Coping with chronic illness: Overcoming powerlessness (3rd ed.).” Philadelphia: F.A. Davis Company.

Book Chapter

Dreher, M. & Miller, J.F. (2006). The Clinical Nurse Leader’s Use of Healthcare Informatics to Insure Patient Safety and Quality. In C. Weaver, C. Delaney, R. Carr, P. Weber (Eds). “Nursing and Informatics for the 21st Century: An International Look at Trends, Cases and the Future.” Chicago: Healthcare Information Management Society.

Bio and Professional Experience

Dean Miller assumed the role of Dean and Professor at the MU Sinclair School of Nursing on August 1, 2008. Prior to this appointment, Dean Miller served as Marquette University’s College of Nursing Interim Dean with previous roles as Associate Dean for Graduate Programs and Research and Professor. Her faculty appointment to Marquette began in 1971.

Judith Miller’s professional leadership is noted by her officerships in Sigma Theta Tau International (Research Committee member and chair), Publications Committee member and chair of the Journal of Nursing Scholarship Review Committee. She held offices in the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), the American Nurses Association Council for Nurse Researchers, and the Midwest Nursing Research Society. She was appointed to the nation Task Force on the Implementation of the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) for AACN and served on the CNL Certification Advisory Board and on the CNL National Steering Committee. She has served on community boards, the Board of Health, and Health Commissions. 

Grants and Awards

Project Title: Future of Nursing Scholars
Funding Agency: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation with Northwell Health, Inc.
Role: PI
Proposed Dates of Project Period: 2017-2020
Total Projected Costs: $125,000

Project Title: Nurse Faculty Loan Program
Funding Agency: HRSA
Role: PI
Proposed Dates of Project Period: 2017-2018
Total Projected Costs: $122,336

Project Title: Nurse Education Incentive Fund – Meeting the Nursing Faculty Needs in Missouri
Funding Agency: State of Missouri
Role: PI
Project Period: 2016-2017
Total Costs: $150,000

Project Title: Nurse Faculty Loan Program
Funding Agency: HRSA
Role: PI
Proposed Dates of Project Period: 2016-2017
Total Projected Costs: $74,011

Project Title: Future of Nursing Scholars
Funding Agency: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Role: PI
Proposed Dates of Project Period: 2016-2019
Total Projected Costs: $250,000

Project Title: Jonas Scholars
Funding Agency: American Association of Colleges of Nursing – Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence
Role: PI
Project Period: 2016-2018
Total Costs: $20,000

Project Title: Future of Nursing Scholars
Funding Agency: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Role: PI
Proposed Dates of Project Period: 2015-2018
Total Projected Costs: $250,000

Project Title: Nurse Faculty Loan Program 
Agency: HRSA
Role: PI
Proposed Dates of Project Period: 2015-2016
Total Projected Costs: $78,693

Project Title: Jonas Scholars
Funding Agency: American Association of Colleges of Nurses – Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence
Role: PI
Project Period: 2014-2016
Total Costs: $40,000

Project Title: Nurse Faculty Loan Program
Funding Agency: HRSA
Role: PI
Project Period: 2014-2015
Total Costs: $89,923

Project Title: Nurse Education Incentive Fund – Advancing Professional Nursing for Rural Missouri
Funding Agency: State of Missouri
Role: PI
Project Period: 2014-2015
Total Costs: $150,000

Project Title: Loan Forgiveness Program
Funding Agency: Missouri Community Health Foundation
Role: PI
Project Period: 2014-2017
Total Costs: $30,000

Project Title: New Careers in Nursing
Funding Agency: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Role: PI
Project Period: 2013-2014
Total Costs $100,000

Project Title: Nurse Faculty Loan Program
Funding Agency: HRSA
Role: PI
Project Period: 2013-2014
Total Costs: $102,707

Project Title: Jonas Scholars
Funding Agency: American Association of Colleges of Nursing – Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence
Role: PI
Project Period: 2012-2014
Total Costs: $40,000

Project Title: New Careers in Nursing
Funding Agency: Robert Woods Johnson Foundation
Role: PI
Project Period: 2012-2013
Total Costs: $50,000

Project Title: Nurse Education Incentive Fund – Preparing Diverse and Traditional Faculty for Missouri: Enhancing Student Cultural Competence
Funding Agency: State of Missouri
Role: PI
Project Period: 2013-2014
Total Costs: $153,746

Project Title: Nurse Faculty Loan Program
Funding Agency: HRSA
Role: PI
Project Period: 2012-2013
Total Costs: $92,259

Project Title: Nurse Education Incentive Fund – Increasing Faculty and Pediatric Competence for Missouri School of Nursing
Funding Agency: State of Missouri
Role: PI
Project Period: 2012-2013
Total Costs: $149,940

Project Title: New Careers in Nursing
Funding Agency: Rober Woods Johnson Foundation
Role: PI
Project Period: 2011-2012
Total Costs: $50,000

Project Title: Nurse Faculty Loan Program
Funding Agency: HRSA
Role: PI
Project Period: 2011-2012
Total Costs: $91,833.33

Project Title: New Careers in Nursing
Funding Agency: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Role: PI
Project Period: 2010-2011
Total Costs: $50,000

Project Title: Nurse Faculty Loan Program
Funding Agency: HRSA & ARRA
Role: PI
Project Period: 2010-2011
Total Costs: $38,290

Project Title: Nurse Faculty Loan Program
Funding Agency: HRSA (awarded by OSPA)
Role: PI
Project Period: 2009-2011
Total Costs: $36,185

Presentations and Lectures

  • Placentine, L., Bloom, A., & Miller, J.F., 2012, September. Perceived Cognitive Changes of Women Undergoing Chemotherapy for Breast Cancer Compared to Health Controls. Council for Advancing of Nursing Science, Washington, D.C. (REF).
  • Placentine, L., Bloom, A., & Miller, J.F., 2012, March. Perceived Cognitive Changes of Women Undergoing Chemotherapy for Breast Cancer Compared to Healthy Controls. Midwest Nursing Research Society, Detroit, MI. (REF). 
  • Miller, J.F., 2008, April. CNL Roles in Practice. AACN Spring Conference, Washington, D.C. (REF).
  • Miller, J.F., Placentine, L. & Weiss, M., 2007, March. Coping Challenges after Hospitalization. Midwest Nursing Research Society, Omaha, NE. (REF).
  • Miller, J.F., 2006, July. Development of a Guide for Fidelity in Intervention Research. Sigma Theta Tau International. Montreal, CA. (REF).
  • Miller, J.F., 2008, May. Differentiation the CNL Role from CNS, NP. Building Bridges to/from CNS, NP. Building Bridges to Research Based Practice. Milwaukee, WI. 

Honors and Awards

  • Ingram’s Magazine 50 Missourians You Should Know (2017)
  • International Women’s Leadership Association (2016)
  • Irish Education 100 (2015)
  • The 30 Most Influential Deans of Nursing in the United States (ranked #17 by Momentrix) (2015)
  • Griffiths Leadership Society (2015)
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN) (2004)
  • Marquette University Distinguished Scholars’ Recognition (1987-1988, 1992-1996, 1998-2007)
  • Governor’s Task Force on Health Workforce Shortage (2002)
  • Sigma Theta Tau International Distinguished Lecturer Award (1989) Served as lecturer (1990-1992)

Memberships

  • Griffith’s Society (2017-present)
  • Phi Kappa Phi (2014-present)
  • Oncology Nursing Society (2013-present)
  • Mizzou Flagship Council (2009-present)
  • Missouri Association of Advanced Practice Nurses (2009-present)
  • Missouri Nurses Association (2008-present)
  • Missouri Association of Colleges of Nursing (2008-present)
  • American Association of Colleges of Nursing Clinical Nurse Leader Steering Committee (2006-present)
  • American Association of Public Health (1997-present)
  • National Association of Boards of Health (1997-present)
  • Midwest Nursing Research Society (1981-present)
  • American Nurses’ Association, Council of Nurse Researchers (1979-present)
  • Sigma Theta Tau International (1977-present)
  • American Nurses’ Association (1965-present)