Current Research Projects and Focus Areas at the Capstone College of Nursing

Students & faculty interested in participating and/or collaborating with a research project should contact the principal investigator.

Faculty Name Project Title/Focus Area
Research Area: Technology/Informatics
Dr. Heather Carter-Templeton Diffusing Nursing Research in a Nurse Residency Program via a Twitter Online Journal Club
Dr. Todd Smith My research focuses on Healthcare Outcomes, Healthcare Financing, Telemedicine, Rural Healthcare, Emergency Medical Services, Transportation & Healthcare, Medical Group Practices, and Leadership & Management
Dr. Haley Townsend & Dr. Mercy Mumba Delivering SBIRT Services Using Mobit Technology to Address Substance Abuse Disorders.
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
Utilizing Aliceville Public Library as a Community Change Agent: Implementation of Two Health Promotion Programs
The Health Lab: A Student-Staffed Clinic to Improve Health Literacy and Health Outcomes
Dr. Mary Ann Kelley Women Wellness Workshops for Breast Cancer Awareness
Dr. Paige Johnson The Y on the Wheels project in Tuscaloosa County in collaboration with the YMCA
Dr. Keri Barron Cardiovascular Disease Management and Prevention in African-Americans
Cardiovascular Disease Management and Prevention in Educators
Dr. Mercy Mumba Substance abuse and addiction disorders; mental health and psychosocial wellbeing of individuals, communities, and populations
Social Determinants of Health, Health disparities, Minority Aging, Community Based Participatory Research, and Global Health Issues
Dr. Rachael Mumbower My research is focused on sleep in survivors of TBI and their caregivers, particularly factors that influence sleep and fatigue and the impact of sleep on social and occupational engagement
Dr. Betty Key, 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
Community-Level Strategies to Reduce Opioid-Use Disorders
Dr. Betty Key Cardiometabolic Risks in Underserved Populations
Dr. Keri Barron, Dr. Ann Graves Heart Failure and Overactive Bladder Prevalence and Experiences (HOPE).
Health Promotion and Wellness
Dr. Michael Callihan, Dr. Sarah Kaylor The development of best practice for the lifting of a patient from the floor secured to a rigid spine board, direct patient lift from the floor, and the horizontal transfer of a patient
The Impact of Fitness Programming on Employee Health, Safety, and Wellness
Dr. Leslie Cole , Dr. Melondie Carter The Impact of an Employee Wellness Program on Biometric Screening Data: A Longitudinal Study
Dr. Leslie Cole, Dr. Heather Carter-Templeton, Dr. Ann Graves Clustering of Major Cardiovascular Risk Factors in a Worksite Wellness Program
Dr. Michael Callihan Links Between Gait Abnormalities and Lower Back Pain
Health Behaviors of Generation Z
Dr. Ann Graves Promotion of Evidence-Based Communication Strategies Focused on Health Literacy in the Advanced Nursing Practice Curriculum
Dr. Ann Graves, Elena Thompson, Laura Canaday & Grace Liu Access to diabetic education services in Alabama: A geographical information system analysis. Computer Based Honors Project.
Dr. Ann Graves, J. Weber, J. Higginbotham, Dr. Susan Appel & J. Parton Access to diabetic education services in the Southeastern United States: A geographical information system analysis.
Dr. Josh Eyer LGBTQ+ Health
Dr. Sarah Kaylor & Undergraduate Research Team Health Behaviors of Generation Z College Students
Dr. Gibran Mancus Resilience and Environmental Migrants: What Factors Impact Vulnerable Populations In Long Term Recovery After Natural Disaster Displacement.
Urban Parks and Wellbeing: How Are Subjective Wellbeing and Psychological Resilience Impacted.
Environmental Factors Of Rural Substance Use Among Rural Residents.
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. Haley Strickland & Dr. Michelle Cheshire Predicting Nursing Student Success: Exploring New Variables
Dr. Cheryl Hines To promote critical thinking in complex situations through active learning strategies and experiential learning
Dr. Haley Strickland, Dr. Michelle Cheshire, Dr. Melondie Carter 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 Woods & Meredith Rice Role Modeling in Simulation
Dr. Ashley Woods Innovative Curriculum
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
Connecting the Dots: Nursing Students Perspectives of their First Simulation Experience Connecting Content from Three Courses
Dr. Betty Key Teaching and Learning Strategies in Nursing Education.
Dr. Monika Wedgeworth, Dr. Cassandra Ford Clinical Journaling in Mental Health Education
Dr. Rebecca Owings My area of research focuses on evaluation of programs and educational interventions which assist pre and post licensure registered nurses during their transition into the clinical work environment
Dr. Michael Callihan, Dr. Sarah Kaylor Engaging Undergraduate Students in Rural Health Nursing and Research
Dr. Sarah Kaylor, Dr. Megan Pfitzinger Lippe, Dr. Ashley Woods Innovation, Integration, and Active Learning: A Journey into Curricula Redesign
Dr. Teresa Welch A Feasibility Study: Assess Knowledge. Educational Experiences, Attitudes and Practices of Unit Based Nurse Managers in Acute Care Hospital Settings Related to Cost and Cost Management
Dr. Keri Barron Clinical Reasoning in Traditional BSN Students
Dr. Betty Key, Dr. Rebecca Owings, Dr. Cassandra Ford & Dr. Ann Graves Evidenced-based Practice: Undergraduate Nursing Student Readiness To Implement.
Dr. Felecia Wood, Dr. Ann Graves Promotion of Evidence-based Communication Strategies Focused on Health Literacy in the Advanced Nursing Practice Curriculum
Dr. Cassandra Ford Health Disparities in Rural Populations, Particularly Related to Cardiovascular Disease
Angela Collins-Yoder Nursing education with an emphasis on the identification and implementation of strategies, including emotional intelligence, that promote success among undergraduate nursing students.
Genetics
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. Theresa Wadas Telomere Length, Cardiometabolic Risk, and Psychosocial Profiles Among African-American Women
Telomere Length, Life Simple 7, and Psychosocial Profiles Among African-American Women
Dr. Norma Cuellar All of Us Research Program in Collaboration with the National Association of Hispanic Nurses
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. 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
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
Dr. Robin M. Lawson Advanced Nursing Education Workforce (ANEW) Bama-Care
Clinical Practice
Angela Collins-Yoder Quality Assurance with Drug Induced Diseases and Neuroscience Patients
Women’s Health
Dr. Amy Lee Telemedicine – Toward Empowering Rural Moms (TERM) Program
Violence Against Women, Emergency Gynecology, Gynecologic Care, Family Planning