Research Projects


Current Research Projects at the Capstone College of Nursing

Listed below are active research projects being conducted by our distinguished faculty. Students & faculty interested in participating and/or collaborating with a research project should contact the principle investigator.


Faculty Name Project Title
Research Area: Technology/Informatics
Dr. Heather Carter-Templeton Nursing Informatics Competencies among MSN Students
Nursing Informatics Competencies at Three Program Levels
Simulated Clinical Experiences with Distance Graduate Students
Chronic Disease Management or Prevention
Dr. Michele Montgomery & Dr. Paige Johnson Assessing Overweight and Obesity and Associated Risk Factors in Rural Preschool Children
Assessing community readiness for and attitudes to health promotion and disease prevention in Pickens County
Longitudinal study of the Tuscaloosa Pre-K  Initiative
Dr. Mary Ann Kelley Breast Cancer Awareness
Dr. Ann Graves Comparisons of Cardiometabolic Risk between African- American and Caucasian Women in a Worksite Wellness Program
Prevalence and clustering of   cardiovascular risk factors in a worksite wellness program at a U.S. southeastern university
Reducing Cardiometabolic Risk with an iHealth  Watch in WellBAMA: A Pilot Study
Dr. Susan Gaskins Project FAITHH: faith-based Anti-stigma Initiative Towards Healing HIV/AIDS
Dr. Monika Wedgeworth Social Support, Interpersonal Sensitivity, Hopelessness, and Quality of Live in Rural Community Dwelling Older Adults
Dr. Safiya George US Virgin Islands HIV Project
Mother’s and Daughter’s Project: Cognitive and Sexual Risk Behavior
Heart, Body and Soul Project
Spirituality, Stress and Social Support HIV Project
Neural Substrates of Sexual Decision-Making and Sexual Risk Behavior of Mid-Adolescent Females: Neuroimaging Pilot Study
Nursing Education/ Professional Development
Dr. Mary Louanne Friend Interprofessional education (IPE): Effects on undergraduate nursing and medical student’s understanding of their unique roles in healthcare teams and attitudes toward teamwork and IPE.
Dr. Alice March & Dr. Monika Wedgeworth Factors Affecting Undergraduate Progression and Graduation
Dr. Felecia Wood Assessment of Writing Self-Efficacy
Leigh Booth, MSN IPE: Nursing and Pharmacy Students Learning Through an International Medical Trip
Dr. Haley Strickland & Dr. Michelle Cheshire Predicting Nursing Student Success:  Exploring New Variables
Dr. Sara Kaylor Assessment of Leadership Competency and Skill in Baccalaureate Nursing Students
Dr. Haley Strickland, Dr. Michelle Cheshire, Dr. Melondie Carter, Dr. Sara Kaylor Predictors of Baccalaureate  Nursing Student Success
Dr. Michelle Cheshire Emotional Intelligence a Longitudinal Study in Nursing Education
Dr. Sara Kaylor Elsevier Optimized Learning Suite Research and Evaluation Agreement
Dr. Robin Lawson Advancing Nursing Education: Interprofessional Collaboration addressing Multiple Chronic Conditions in Rural Communities
Dr. Susan Appel Polymorphisms, plasma levels of PAI-1 and genetic admixture among African-Americans
Ghrelin, PAI-1 and their associations with adipokines and obesity indices, CVD and fat mass distribution in the Jackson Heart Study
Nursing Care/ Palliative Care
Dr. Amy Beasley Physicians attitudes towards end-of-life
Boundaries in Hospice
Disparities in palliative care in rural Alabama communities
Dr. Stephanie Turner Needs of Nurses Pre and Post Disaster
Dr. Susan Gaskins End of Life Needs of People Living with HIV/AIDS in Tennessee and Alabama
Veterans Research
Dr. Marietta Stanton TriService Nursing Research Program – “Reintegration of Military Nurse Veterans”