PhD Nursing Students Excel in Research and Scholarship

College of Nursing and Health Sciences | March 01, 2012
PhD Nursing Students Excel in Research and Scholarship

Please join us in congratulating our PhD students on their recent scholarly accomplishments:

Mercy Kamau successfully completed her PhD qualifying exams and is now a PhD candidate in the BS-PhD Program in Nursing. Mercy’s Conceptual paper was titled: Cardiovascular Disease Behavioral Risk Factors in Sub-Saharan Africa: Integrative Review of Literature and her Methods paper was titled: Methodological Issues on Measuring Cardiovascular Disease Behavioral Risk Factors in Sub-Saharan Africa. Mercy’s committee consisted of Eileen Stuart-Shor, PhD, ANP-BC, FAHA, FAAN, Jerry Cromwell, PhD and Laura L. Hayman, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN.

In addition to working on her Comprehensive Exam papers, Mercy has also been involved in important policy work for the Kenyan Diaspora, interviewing presidential candidates and arranging presidential debates. She recently returned from Kenya in January, where she and Professor Eileen Stuart-Shor oversee the Kenya Heart and Sole: Afya Njema Project. Mercy has also worked with Professor Stuart-Shor on researching behavioral strategies for reducing cardiovascular disease in diverse and underserved racial/ethnic groups. Their article, Recent Advances in Preventive Cardiology and Lifestyle Medicine, has been published in the American Heart Association Journal Circulation.

Julio Toro successfully passed his comprehensive exams in November. His methods paper was titled: An Analysis of the Methods Used in Cost Effectiveness Studies of Colonoscopy Screening for Colorectal Cancer, and his literature review was titled: Analysis of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of January 2, 2010 in Relation to Colorectal Cancer Screening Using Colonoscopy. Committee members for both papers included Carol Hall Ellenbecker, PhD, RN, Jerry Cromwell, PhD, and Laura Hayman, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN.

When asked about the significance of passing his comprehensive exams, Julio comments:

"Writing the comprehensive papers was more difficult than I had anticipated, but it’s helped me focus my dissertation research. I had to apply all the knowledge I’d acquired during my previous courses. Having a strong conceptual model helped me formulate the answers to some difficult questions during the exams.”

Julio is currently working on his dissertation, researching the determinants of colorectal cancer screening by colonoscopy. The focus of this research is on the importance of a medical home on ameliorating racial inequities in screening.

Hermine Poghosyan’s dissertation proposal, titled: Racial Disparities in Health-Related Quality of Life Following Lung Cancer Surgery, was approved by her dissertation committee on February 2, 2012. College of Nursing and Health Sciences Assistant Professor Lisa Kennedy Sheldon, PhD, APRN-BC is Hermine’s committee chair. Other committee members are Jacqueline Fawcett, PhD, RN, FAAN, Mary E. Cooley, PhD, RN, Jerry Cromwell, PhD, and David Nerenz, PhD.

Additionally, Hermine’s study, written in collaboration with Assistant Professors Lisa Kennedy Sheldon and Mary Cooley, The Impact of Computed Tomography Screening for Lung Cancer on Smoking Behaviors: A Teachable Moment? is being published in the January/February 2012 issue of Cancer Nursing.

We wish Mercy, Julio, and Hermine ongoing success in their future endeavors and look forward to seeing what they accomplish next.

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