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 principal 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
Diffusing Nursing Research in a Nurse Residency Program via a Twitter Online Journal Club
Chronic Disease Management or Prevention
Dr. Michele Montgomery & Dr. Paige Johnson Assessing Overweight and Obesity and Associated Risk Factors in Rural Preschool Children
Improving Pickens County Residents’ Knowledge of Risk Factors for Cardiovascular Disease and Type 2 Diabetes Through Increased Access to Health Screenings and Health Education: The Pickens Health Promotion Program.
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. Safiya George Spirituality, Stress and Social Support HIV Project
Neural Substrates of Sexual Decision-Making and Sexual Risk Behavior of Mid-Adolescent Females: Neuroimaging Pilot Study
Affordable Housing and Community Advocacy for People Living with HIV: Assessing Best Practices and Health Impact
Dr. Betty Key, Dr. Teresa Welch, Dr. Ann Graves Community Health Workers and Chronic Disease Management
Dr. Monika Wedgeworth, Dr. Josh Eyer Behavioral Health Integration in a Nurse Practitioner Primary Care Clinic in Rural Alabama
Health Promotion and Wellness
Dr. Leslie Cole Evaluating the Effectiveness of a University-based Employee Wellness Program in Improving Health Indicators:  A Five-year Longitudinal Study
Determining the Effectiveness of the STOP-bang Protocol in Predicting Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Dr. Ann Graves Comparisons of Cardiometabolic Risk between African- American and Caucasian Women in a Worksite Wellness Program
Access to diabetic education services in Alabama: A geographical information system analysis.
Mindful Eating:  A Path to Cardiometabolic Health for Women (MAP-CH).
Promotion of Evidence-Based Communication Strategies Focused on Health Literacy in the Advanced Nursing Practice Curriculum
Nursing Education/ Professional Development
Dr. Alice March & Dr. Monika Wedgeworth Factors Affecting Undergraduate Progression and Graduation
Dr. Felicia Wood Assessment of Writing Self-Efficacy
Dr. Leigh Booth 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, Dr. Haley Strickland, Dr. Peter Harms, Dr. Dustin Wood, and Graham Lowman Investigating Nursing Job Search Behavior, Perceptions of Organizational Fit, and General Work Outcomes
Dr. Michelle Cheshire Emotional Intelligence a Longitudinal Study in Nursing Education
Dr. Ashley WoodsMeredith Rice Role Modeling in Simulation
Dr. Megan Pfitzinger Lippe End of Life Education within Baccalaureate Programs: A Feasibility Study Assessing Nursing Curricula
Withdrawing Care for an Unexpectedly Ill Patient: Interprofessional Simulations
Evaluating the Impact of End-of-Life Simulations on Students’ Emotional Perceptions and Perceived Competence in Caring for Dying Patients
Development of an Instrument to Measure Nursing Students’ Knowledge of Palliative Care
Preparing Students for their First Clinical Day: A Communication Simulation
Dr. Monika Wedgeworth, Dr. Cassandra Ford Clinical Journaling in Mental Health Education
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
Dr. Felecia Wood, Dr. Ann Graves Promotion of Evidence-based Communication Strategies Focused on Health Literacy in the Advanced Nursing Practice Curriculum
Nursing Care/ Palliative Care
Dr. Amy Beasley Physicians attitudes towards end-of-life
Boundaries in Hospice
Disparities in palliative care in rural Alabama communities
Susan Gaskins End of Life Needs of People Living with HIV/AIDS in Tennessee and Alabama
Program Grants
Dr. Norma Cuellar & Dr. Michelle Cheshire Nursing Workforce Diversity Program: BAMA- Latino
Dr. Alice March Scholarship for Disadvantaged Students
Nurse Faculty Loan Program