Recent Dissertations

Year Completed Student Dissertation Title Advisor Initial Placement After Graduation



Rungnapha “Lek” Khiewchaum

“The Effectiveness of Psychoeducational Intervention of Quality of Life for Family Caregivers: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis”

Dr. Jo-Ana Chase

Senior Professional Nurse, Phrapokklao Nursing College, Chanthaburi, Thailand



Jody Blankenship

“The Feasibility, Acceptability, and Effectiveness of an Immersive Virtual Reality Intervention on Symptoms of Depression and Anxiety in Older Nursing Home Residents”

Dr. Kari Lane



Benjamin Coe

·        “The Relationship Between Medication Adherence, Health Literacy And Social Support Network In The Hypertensive Emergency Department Patient”

Dr. Maithe Enriquez



Neethu Arikupurathu Phillips

“Mental Health Education in New York State Schools:The Teachers’ Perspective “

Drs. Tina Bloom & Linda Bullock

Quality Management Coordinator, Northwell Health, Zucker Hillside Hospital, Queens, NY


Maureen Varty

·        “Decision-Making Involvement, Self-Efficacy, and the Relationship to Transition Readiness in Youth with Sickle Cell Disease”

Dr. Lori Popejoy

Research Nurse Scientist, UC Health, University of Colorado Hospital, Aurora, CO


Laura Remy

“We Have a Duty to Eradicate HIV in the Community, in the World: Successful Prep Use among Black Men Who have Sex with Men”

Dr. Maithe Enriquez

Head, Office of Infection Control & Clinical Trials Coordinator, Stowers Institute for Medical Research, Kansas City, MO



Lea Brandt

“Transforming the Ethical Behavior of Clinicians through Pedagogical Innovation: Sensemaking as a Means to Promote Ethical Practice in the Face of Moral Ambiguity”

Dr. Lori Popejoy

Associate Professional Practice Professor, School of Medicine, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO


MaryAnn Niemeyer

 “Exploring Novice RN’s Perception of ACLS Simulation: Recognition and Prevention of Failure to Rescue”

Dr. Amy Vogelsmeier

Assistant Professor, Goldfarb College of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College, St. Louis, MO


Poungkamon Krisanabud

“Symptoms, Walking Behaviors, and Mobility of Thai Patients After Colo-rectal Cancer Surgery”

Drs. Deidre Wipke-Tevis & LeeAnne Sherwin

Instructor, Department of Adult & Gerontology Nursing, Faculty of Nursing, Naresuan University, Phitsanulok, Thailand


Lynn Glenn

“A Socioecological Perspective: The “Ups and Downs” of Living with Type 2 Diabetes among Working Adults in the Rural South”

Dr. Maithe Enriquez

Assistant Professor
College of Nursing
Augusta University
Augusta, GA


Tipparat Udmuangpia

“A Mixed-Methods Research: Predicting Intentions and Perceptions about Intimate Partner Violence Screen Among Nursing Students and Nurse Educators in Thailand”

Dr. Tina Bloom

Instructor, Department of Maternal-Child Health and Midwifery, Boromarajonani College of Nursing, Khon Kaen, Thailand



Jennifer O’Connor

“Effects of a Community-Based Foot Care Self-Management Program in Older Adults without Diabetes”

Dr. Deidre Wipke-Tevis



Karen Clark

“Custodial Grandparents:  An Analysis of Parenting & Its Impact on Health”

Dr. Kari Lane

Assistant Professor, College of Nursing & Health Professions, Georgia State University,

Atlanta, GA


Jeri Sindt

“The Development of Clinical Reasoning in Undergraduate Baccalaureate Nursing Students”

Dr. Bonnie Wakefield

Associate Professor, Graceland University School of Nursing, Lamoni, Iowa


Jan Akright

“Maternal-Child Nurses Social Judgements about Types of Fathers”

Dr. Lawrence Ganong

Academic Dean,

Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing and Health Sciences,

Quincy, IL

2019 Sharon Van Wicklin

“Systematic Review and Meta-Analyses of Trendelenburg And Prone Position on Intraocular Pressure in Adult Patients Undergoing Surgery”

Drs. Jo-Ana Chase & Vicki Conn Perioperative Consultant & Professional Legal Nurse Consultant, Denver, CO
2018 Elizabeth Monsees

“Bedside Nurse Antimicrobial Stewardship: Recognition, Confidence, & Organizational Factors Across Nine Hospitals”

Dr. Lori Popejoy Antibiotic Stewardship Program Manager & Senior Patient Care Services Researcher; Patient Care Services Research, Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, MO
2018 Donna Prentice

“Exhaled Carbon Dioxide Level in the Diagnosis of Acute Pulmonary Embolism in Adult Patients”

Dr. Deidre Wipke-Tevis Research Scientist & Clinical Nurse Specialist; Department of Research for Patient Care Services, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO
2018 Ellen Chiocca

“Attitudes and Beliefs about Corporal Punishment among Inner City Homeless Parents: A Qualitative Narrative Analysis”

Dr. Tina Bloom Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Department of Pediatrics, Child and Family Wellness Child Protective Services, John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County, Chicago, IL
2018 Dorit Tidhar

“Practice Based Evidence Research Design for Lymphedema Management”

Dr. Jane Armer Physical Therapist & Researcher; Department of Physical Therapy, Maccabi Healthcare Services; Tel Eviv, Israel
2018 Tammie Conley

“Impact of a Mobile Hypertension Program in Four Rural Dominican Bateyes”

Dr. Maithe Enriquez Assistant Professor; Missouri Western State University, St. Joseph, MO
2018 Yuanlu Sun

“The Influence of Breast Cancer-Related Lymphedema on Women’s Return-to-Work”

Dr. Jane Armer Assistant Professor; University of Missouri-St. Louis College of Nursing, St. Louis, MO
2018 Kimberly Hart “What Single Midlife Women Think About And Do To Protect their Sexual Health” Dr. Maithe Enriquez Senior Medical Science Liaison, Women’s Health; Medical Affairs Division, Bayer U.S. Pharmaceuticals LLC; Whippany, NJ
2018 Ginny Schulz

“Understanding Decisional Conflict in Families of Children and Adolescents with Sickle Cell Disease: Should We Choose Hematopoietic Cell Transplant?”

Dr. Jane Armer  Washington University School of Medicine at St Louis; Pediatric Nurse Practitioner; Division of Pediatric Hematology & Oncology; St. Louis, MO
2018  Sabrina Sanchez Orique  “Clinical Deterioration and Perception of Cues Among Medical-Surgical Nurses”  Dr. Amy Vogelsmeier  Oncology/Renal Clinical Nurse Specialist; Kaweah Delta Health Care District; Visalia, CA
2018 Erin Cattoor “The Effectiveness of CARES Dementia Training Modules of Delivery of Person Centered Care Inside a Memory Care Unit: Utilizing the CARES Observational Tool” Dr. Marilyn Rantz Research Nurse Coordinator II, Washington University, St. Louis, MO
2017 Tammie Gainey “Pharmacogenetic Testing in Outpatient Mental Health Clinics” Dr. Tina Bloom

School of Nursing
University of North Carolina, Greensboro &
Nurse Practitioner/Nurse Researcher,
Carolina Behavioral Care,
PA Pinehurst, NC

2017 Bunmi Folarinde “Exploring Perceptions of Healthcare Providers’ Use of Advance Directive Forms in Electronic Health Records” Dr. Greg Alexander Nurse Family Practitioner, Star Family Healthcare & Wellness Center, College Park, GA
2017 Caroline Mohrmann “The Experience of Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy Among Childhood Cancer Survivors” Dr. Jane Armer Postdoctoral Research Associate; Division of Public Health Sciences, Department of Surgery, Washington University at St. Louis; St. Louis, MO
2017 Ashley Shaw “We Are Our Sister’s Keepers: The Experience of Black Female Clergy Responding to Intimate Partner Violence: A Phenomenological Study” Dr. Maithe Enriquez Postdoctoral fellow, KU Alzheimer’s Disease Center,  KU Clinical Research Center, University of Kansas Medical Center, Fairway, KS
2017 Allison Anbari “A Qualitative Study Exploring Nurses’ Communication about Patient Safety” Dr. Amy Vogelsmeier Assistant Professor; School of Nursing; Missouri State University; Springfield, MO
2017 Briana Snyder “Views of Women with Dissociative Identity Disorder on Intimate Partner Violence” Dr. Deborah Finfgend-Connett Assistant Professor; Department of Nursing; Towson University; Towson, MD
2017 Julie Starr “Immediate and Long Term Effects of Comprehensive Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation by an APRN on Women with Symptoms of Pelvic Floor Dysfunction” Dr. Marilyn Rantz University of Missouri Health System; Nurse Practitioner; Female Continence & Advanced Pelvic Surgery Clinic; Columbia, MO
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 Assistant Professor, Loewenberg College of Nursing, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN
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 Adjunct Nursing Faculty, Lindenwood University, St. Charles, MO
2015 Vanessa Lyons “The Use of Surgical Safety Checklists during Timeouts in Rural and Urban Operating Rooms” Dr. Lori Popejoy Nursing Instructor, West Kentucky Community & Technical College, Paducah, KY
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