Doctoral Faculty in Nursing

Profiles in nursing leadership

Profiles in nursing leadership Following are College faculty members who direct doctoral studies and advise PhD students. Click on names below for profiles and publications.

Name   Research Interests
Sue Barnason, PhD   Cardiovascular
  • Weight management
  • Symptom management
  • Care Transitions
  • Vulnerable populations
  • Comparative effectiveness
  • Technology/Telehealth Intervention Delivery and Monitoring
Ann Berger, PhD   Cancer Survivorship
  • Fatigue
  • Sleep intervention
  • Physical activity
  • Circadian rhythms
  • Quality of life
  • Rural/Urban population
Diane Brage-Hudson, PhD   Vulnerable families
  • Social support interventions
  • Parenting
  • Depressive symptoms
  • Technology
  • Health care utilization
Marlene Z. Cohen, PhD   Cancer & Palliative Care
  • Qualitative research – especially phenomenological methods
  • Experience of cancer, treatments, symptoms and quality of life
  • End of life and palliative care
Mary Cramer, PhD   Nursing Workforce
  • Outcomes & impact evaluation
  • Health policy
  • Rural health services/populations
  • Community partnerships
Janet Cuddigan, PhD   Pressure Ulcers
  • Physiological measurements of pressure ulcer risk in critically ill patients
  • Quality improvement strategies
  • Development of decision support tools for prevention of pressure ulcers
  • Guideline development of strategies
  • Implementation/evaluation of pressure ulcer programs
Julia Houfek, PhD   Smoking/Tobacco Use, Genetics
  • Nicotine addiction
  • Genetic contributions to psychiatric disorders, particularly tobacco use/nicotine addiction
  • Self-regulation theory
  • Mental Representations of illness;
  • Schema Theory, including self-schemas
Katherine Kaiser, PhD   Life Transition & Health Effects in Women
  • Intensity of need for nursing care
  • Self-reported health status
  • Health management
  • Health services use in women and children
  • Health promotion and clinical prevention interventions
Bunny Pozehl, PhD   Heart Failure Patients
  • Heart failure
  • Exercise/Physical activity interventions
  • Self-efficacy/Adherence
  • Physical functioning
Connie Miller, PhD   Education
  • Simulation & learning
  • Interprofessional education
  • Interprofessional simulation
  • Evaluations of clinical teaching strategies, including skills lab environment
Carol Pullen, EdD   Rural, Mid-Life & Older Women: At-risk populations
  • Weight reduction and weight maintenance
  • Health promotion
  • Cardiovascular risk reduction
  • Eating & activity
  • Technology
  • Tailored/Non-tailored messages
Paula Schulz, PhD   Cardiac Patients/Elderly Patients
  • Symptom management strategies
  • Dyads (caregiver)
  • Physical Activity
Sheila Ryan, PhD   Patient Centered Care systems
  • Complex Adaptive Systems
  • Quality Improvement
  • System Redesign
  • Transformational Leadership
  • Health Reform: ACA and ACO’s
Karen Schumacher, PhD   Caregivers & Pain Management
  • Mixed methods
  • Qualitative
  • Cancer patients
  • Family Caregivers
Bernice Yates, PhD   Cardiac Rehab Delivery
  • The stressors, social supports and recover outcomes of cv patients/spouses
  • Physical activity and healthy eating interventions for cv patients/spouses
  • Testing alternate methods of delivering cardiac rehabilitation
Lani Zimmerman, PhD   Cardiovascular (CV) Population
  • At-risk CV populations
  • Symptom management for cardiac interventions
  • Self-management for risk factor modification or chronic disease management
  • Using technology to deliver interventions and monitor outcomes
  • Care transitions and Health Care Utilization for chronic disease management


Fast faculty profile
  Dr. Carol Pullen  
A leading authority on health promotion among rural populations, Dr. Carol Pullen was awarded a $1 million federal grant to launch a Healthy Heart Center, an interdisciplinary distance-technologies collaborative for health professionals and patients throughout Nebraska. She is also team leader of the UNMC-wide bioterrorism preparedness education collaborative among all health professions. 

Fast faculty fact

Of the College's over 130 total faculty members, more than 60% hold doctoral degrees.