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Faculty Research

Kelly Bosak, PhD, RN

Associate Professor

Implementation Mapping: Systematic Development of an Implementation Intervention Strategy for Exercise with Heart Failure Patients

  • The study aims are to 1) Assess the perspectives of key stakeholders (MD, NP, and PA providers) involved in implementing guideline-directed exercise recommendations to improve access to safe, effective exercise for patients with heart failure (HF), 2) Identify the determinants (multi-level barriers and facilitators) of implementing guideline-directed exercise recommendations in routine clinic care for HF patients, and 3) Define a) intermediate implementation outcomes, b) clinical outcomes, and c) performance objectives for a future implementation trial to evaluate exercise recommendations provided to HF patients during routine clinic care.
  • Funding through the KU School of Nursing Jean Johnson award.

Nancy Dunton, PhD

Research Professor

Research Services to Support Vizient's Nurse Residency Program

  • This study aims to identify high performing nurse residency programs, their key to success, and develop a report for public distribution on attributes of successful nurse residency programs.
  • Funding through Vizient, Inc.

Research and Development to Support the National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators

  • The goal of this project is to develop new quality measures of nurse staffing, nursing processes, patient outcomes, and the nursing work environment.
  • Funding through Press-Ganey, Inc.

Amy Garcia, RN, DNP, CENP

Clinical Associate Professor

COVID Impact on Nurses Survey (COINS), Yang (Co-PI)

  • The purpose of the COINS study is to use survey methodology to longitudinally assess nurse's quality of life, fatigue, mental and emotional health and intent to leave in the era of COVID-19.

Kesa Herlihy, PhD, RN

Clinical Assistant Professor

Student Nurses' Management of Identity-Based Patient Bias in the Clinical Setting: A Pilot Teaching Initiative

  • This study aims to assess the nursing students' experience with identity-based patient bias (IBPB) and to evaluate nursing student skills and confidence in managing IBPB during clinical experiences.
  • Funding through the School of Nursing Faculty Pilot Research Award.

Health Professions Students' Management of Identity-Based Patient Bias in the Clinical Setting: An Interprofessional Training Initiative, Maryellen Potts (Co-PI)

  • The aims of this study are to assess health professions students' experience with identity-based patient bias (IBPB), to evaluate student skills and confidence in identifying and managing IBPB during clinical experiences, and t o explore students' perspectives, experiences, and response to IBPB training.
  • Funding through the MacArthur Interprofessional Collaboration Award.

Gina Johnson, MSN, RN

Clinical Assistant Professor

A Qualitative Description of Public Health Nurses' Experiences Working in State and Local Health Departments in a Midwestern State

  • Funding through the Association of Community Health Nursing Educators.

Teri Kennedy, PhD, MSW, ACSW, FGSA, FNAP

Associate Dean, Interprofessional Practice, Education, Policy, & Research

Prevention of Financial Abuse Among Elders Affected by Cognitive Decline: A Randomized Controlled Trial in Three Rural Communities

  • The goals of this study are to test a training intervention with people living with dementia and their family caregivers to prevent financial abuse.
  • Funding through a subaward from Michigan State University (Prime Sponsor: Department of Justice).

Diane Mahoney, PhD, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, WHNP-BC

Assistant Professor

Effects of Gastrointestinal Microbiota Dysbiosis on Inflammatory Markers, Ovarian Cancer Development, and Metastasis

  • This study aims to investigate gastrointestinal (GI) microbiota as a novel biomarker for detecting ovarian cancer utilizing mouse models. The study's aims are to 1) study GI microbiota dysbiosis influences on circulating inflammation markers during ovarian carcinogenesis and 2) identify specific GI microbiota signatures associated with ovarian cancer development, progression, and metastasis.
  • Funding through the MacArthur Interprofessional Collaboration Award.

Sally Maliski, PhD, RN, FAAN

Dean and Beverly Gaines Tipton Endowed Professor in Oncology Nursing

Androgen Deprivation Therapy Receipt for Black Men

  • This study explores the provider and patient perceptions related to receiving the Androgen Deprivation Therapy (ADT) treatment, specifically between Black and White men in a midwestern health system. The study's aims are to 1) describe differences in ADT receipt between Black men and White men using the EPIC clarity database, 2) identify provider characteristics and ADT utilization/recommendation patterns for Black men and White men, and 3) explore perceptions of and experiences with ADT among Black and White men using semi-structured interview methods.
  • Funding through Oncology Nursing Society Foundation.

Assessment of Geriatric Transgender Adverse Health Outcomes and Risk Factors

  • This study is utilizing case series focus groups to determine adverse health outcomes in geriatric transgender patients. This study's objectives include 1) identify adverse health outcomes in geriatric transgender patients and 2) identify social determinants of health and other psychosocial factors affecting the health of geriatric transgender patients.

Jamie Myers, PhD, RN, AOCNS

Research Associate Professor

Androgen Deprivation and Sleep Disturbance: Remote Assessment and Intervention

  • The purposes of this study are to 1) determine the feasibility of remotely assessing participants' fitness, physical activity, cognitive function, and sleep outcomes, 2) remotely deliver and oversee a guided telehealth CBT-I intervention (teleCBT-I) to improve sleep outcomes, and 3) garner participants' feedback and recommendations for refinement of the teleCBT-I content.
  • Funding through the University of Kansas Cancer Center Pilot Project Grant.

Emerging from the Haze: Feasibility Pilot Comparing Two Telehealth Virtual Delivery Formats of a Multi-Dimensional Psychoeducational Cognitive Rehabilitation Intervention for Cancer Survivors Reporting Impaired Cognitive Function Post-Chemotherapy

  • This study's aims are to 1) demonstrate feasibility of a three-arm study design comparing virtual “live”, virtual “pre-recorded” and wait-list control group sessions, 2) assess between group differences for change in perceived cognitive function, and 3) explore between group differences for changes in health behaviors, psychosocial outcomes, a determinant of behavior change and health related quality of life.
  • Funding through the Oncology Nursing Society Foundation.

First-Line Immunotherapy with Check-point Inhibitors: Prospective Assessment of Cognitive Function

  • This pilot study will demonstrate 1) feasibility for prospective recruitment, retention, and neurocognitive assessment of individuals diagnosed with cancer who will receive 1st-line therapy with check point inhibitor(s) and 2) provide preliminary evidence of changes in cognitive function associated with checkpoint inhibitor immunotherapy.
  • Funding through the University of Kansas Medical Center Lied Pre-Clinical Pilot Grant.

Combined Exercise and Game-based Cognitive Training Intervention: Correlative Study of Neurotrophic and Inflammatory Biomarkers for Women with Breast Cancer

  • The purpose of the study is to collect fingerstick bloodspot samples and measure levels of neurotrophic and inflammatory biomarkers pertinent to the potential mechanism of the intervention using multiplexed magnetic bead-based immunoassays (Milliplex assays, Millipore). The biomarker levels will be used to explore potential mechanisms for the effect of the intervention on changes in cognitive function for women with breast cancer.

Substudy: Psycholinguistic Assessment of Cognitive Function in Breast Cancer Survivors: A Secondary Analysis

  • The purpose of the substudy is to gather preliminary data on the correlation between psycholintuistic measures, self-report of cognitive function, and performance on neuropsychologic tests for breast cancer survivors.
  • Secondary Analysis of Cognitive Function in Breast Cancer Survivors: Psycholinguistic Assessment
  • The purpose of this study is to gather preliminary data on the correlation between psycholintuistic measures, self-report of cognitive function, and performance on neuropsychologic tests for breast cancer survivors.

KUCC Falls Prevention Quality Improvement Project

  • The study purpose is to evaluate KUCC outpatient falls data to determine root cause(s) and to develop, implement, and evaluate intervention strategies for future policy refinement.

Heather Nelson-Brantley, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, CCRN-K

Program Director, Leadership

Optimizing Patient-Clinician Communication in Cancer Treatment and Palliative Care: An Exploration of the Use of Open Notes

  • The overall objective of this study is to determine palliative care clinicians', oncology clinicians', and patients with cancer's perspectives on the use of open notes in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. This exploratory pilot study will use a convergent parallel mixed method design to conduct interviews with palliative care clinicians, oncology clinicians, and patients with cancer, combined with questionnaires, to understand their use and experiences with open notes.
  • Funding through the University of Kansas Cancer Center Pilot Project Grant.

Using Implementation Science to Close Disparities in Advance Care Planning in Rural Primary Care

  • The aims of this study are to identify barriers and facilitators to the implementation of advance care planning and to develop an implementation approach for advance care planning adoption and implementation in rural primary care practices.
  • Funding through the MacArthur Interprofessional Collaboration Award.

Danielle Olds, RN, PhD

Research Assistant Professor

Care and Safety Practices during the COVID-19 Pandemic in Home-Based Long-term Services and Supports (C. Wendel-Hummell, PI)

  • The purpose of this study is to examine how the COVID-19 pandemic has challenged those who receive and provide the support, how they have adapted and how in-home services can adjust, both to the current situation and for the future
  • Funding through the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Determining Implementation Variation and Outcome Measures for a Peer Recovery Coach Program.

  • The purpose of the project is to examine how a peer recovery coach program has been implemented in Emergency Departments and determine the best ways to measure program success. <
  • Funding through the University of Kansas Medical Center Clinical Pilot Program. <

Kansas City Engaging Patients in Care Coordination (KC-EPICC): Tele-Peer Recovery Coaching During COVID-19.

  • The purpose of this project is to describe how the KC-EPICC program has been changed by COVID-19 and the impact of these changes to stakeholders. <
  • Funding through the School of Nursing COVID-19 Pilot Faculty Research Award. <

Shin Hye Park, PhD, RN <

Associate Professor <

Effects of Patient Turnover on Nursing Care and Patient Outcomes in Acute Care Hospital Settings

  • This study examines the effects of patient turnover on nursing care and patient safety in various types of inpatient units and hospitals. The study's specific aims are to: (1) assess variations in hospital and unit characteristics and nurse staffing associated with patient turnover; (2) determine the effects of unit patient turnover on nurses' work conditions, practice environments, and nurse outcomes; and (3) determine the effects of hospital and unit patient turnover on patient outcomes.
  • Funded through the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Jill Peltzer, PhD, APRN-CNS

Associate Professor

CBPR to Foster Cancer-Related Health among African Americans Living in Wyandotte County

  • The purpose of this community-based participatory research project is to build capacity for creating community-engaged research projects to promote physical, mental, social, and spiritual health and well-being for African Americans and their families living in northeast Wyandotte County. The specific aims are to 1) create a community advisory board with representation of cancer survivors and caregivers to inform the pilot project process; 2) identify and prioritize health needs for African American cancer survivors and their caregivers; and 3) explore factors that facilitate or impede health for African American cancer survivors and their caregivers.
  • Funding through the University of Kansas Medical Center Clinical Pilot Program.

Barbara Polivka, PhD, RN, FAAN

Associate Dean, Research & Professor <

The Changing COVID-19 Landscape: A Feasibility Study to Capture Momentary Residential Environmental Exposures and Asthma Symptoms in Adults

  • The aims of this study are to: 1) determine the feasibility and usability of: (a) ecological momentary assessment (EMA) to assess self-report residential environmental exposures and asthma symptoms, (b) home monitoring of objective environmental exposures (total volatile organic compounds, particulates, and lung function; 2a) assess the frequency and degree of residential environmental exposures via (a) self-reported data, and (b) home monitoring objective measures, 2b) assess the level of asthma control as indicated by self-reported asthma symptoms and lung function; and 3) explore associations of self-reported and objective measures of residential environmental exposures with self-reported and objective measures of asthma control. <
  • Funded through the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIH).

Asthma in Older Adults: Identifying Phenotypes and Factors Impacting Outcomes

  • For older adults with asthma, the aims of this study are to: (1) develop and systematically implement a phenotyping algorithm; (2) Longitudinally investigate the effects of (a) asthma phenotypes and (b) VOC exposures on asthma control; and (3) develop a predictive model of asthma quality of life.
  • Funding through the National Institute on Aging (NIH)

Research communication projects.

Maryellen Potts, PhD

Education Assistant Professor

Immunotherapy Patient Education: A Cross-sectional Survey of Patient Knowledge and Information Seeking Strategies

  • The purpose of this study is to learn patients' gaps in education about immunotherapy immune-related adverse events (IrAEs) and better understand their experience of IrAEs, their information-seeking behaviors, and their side effect management choices.

Qiuhua Shen, PhD, APRN, RN

Assistant Professor

Investigating the Relationship of Platelet Mitochondrial Function and Clinical Outcomes in Obese Patients with Heart Failure

  • The purpose of the study is to examine the biological signature of platelet mitochondria in obesity-related heart failure and explore the potential as a biomarker for heart failure. The study aims to 1) examine the association of platelet mitochondrial function with cardiac function measured by echocardiography; 2) investigate the association of platelet mitochondrial function with cardiac output assessed by right heart catheterization; and 3) explore the association of platelet mitochondrial function with self-reported health status evaluated by the Kansas City Cardiomyopathy Questionnaire (KCCQ).
  • Funded through the University of Kansas Medical Center Clinical Pilot Program.

Leukocyte Genomics in Morbidly Obese Patients with High Output Heart Failure

  • The purpose of this study is to analyze and compare leukocyte genomic variations (transcriptomes) between morbidly obese patients with HOHF and other morbidly obese patients with normal cardiac output HF, using RNA sequencing. In particular, this study will employ a global transcriptomics approach to uncover biological pathways of obesity-related HOHF.
  • Funded by the School of Nursing Faculty Pilot Research Award.

Carol Smith, PhD, RN, FAAN

Professor

Coaching End-of-Life Palliative Care for End-Stage Heart Failure Patients and Their Family Caregivers in Rural Appalachia, Piamjariyakul (PI)

  • The aim of this study is to test the FamPALcare nursing care intervention with patients and family members managing home supportive EOLPC for advanced HF.
  • Funding through the National Institutes of Health.

Pilot Study: Palliative Care Coaching for Family Caregivers & Patients with Rare Advanced Lung Disease, Piamjariyakul (PI)

  • The aim of this project is to test the feasibility of coaching Family Caregivers & Patients with Rare Advanced Lung Disease in home palliative care.
  • Funding through the West Virginia Clinical and Translational Science Institute.

Kristine Williams, RN, PhD, APRN-BC, FGSA, FAAN
E. Jean Hill Professor

Changing Talk Online Training (CHATO): A National Trial to Reduce Behavioral Symptoms in Long Term Care Residents with Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias

  • Major Goals: Test effects of online communication training for nursing home staff on behavioral symptoms and psychoactive medication use for nursing home residents with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias in a national sample of 120 nursing homes. Identify implementation strategies and cost linked to outcomes.
  • Funded through the National Institute on Aging (NIH).

Communication with Personal Protective Equipment (CHAT-PPE)

  • This administrative supplement to the CHATO study will develop and pilot test a web-based intervention module (CHAT- PPE) to promote success in communication with persons living with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias for nursing home staff who use personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • Funded through the National Institute on Aging (NIH).

Speeko for Elderspeak: A Self-Monitoring App to Improve Communication and Reduce Behavioral Symptoms in Care for Persons with Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias

  • Major Goals: To test feasibility and preliminary effects of an automated feedback app to reinforce CHATO communication training skill implementation in practice. To evaluate app accuracy and costs and acceptability for use in nursing home settings.
  • Funded through the National Institute on Aging (NIH).

Strategies for Effective Caregiver Communication with Persons with Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias (SECC-AD), Coleman (Co-PI)

  • Major Goals: Identify communication strategies family caregivers use with persons with dementia. Identify strategies that reduce communication breakdown and increase successful repair. Identify dyad factors that predict effective strategies. This is a secondary behavioral analysis of FamTechCare video data.
  • Funded through the National Institute on Aging (NIH).

Functionally-tailored Oral Intervention for Community-dwelling Older Adults with Dementia and Their Caregivers

  • The major goals of this study are to develop and test an intervention to support community dwelling persons with dementia and their caregivers maintain optimal oral care.
  • Funded through the University of Iowa.

Frances Yang, PhD

Research Associate Professor

The Emerging Novel Data on COVID-19 for iNvestigating Outcomes Worldwide (END COVID-19 NOW) Study

  • The study aims are 1) To develop a global strategic index for COVID-19 using the National Institutes of Health Office of Data Science Strategy Open-Access Data and Computational Resources to Address COVID-19 and 2) to validate the global strategic index with vaccination data in a pilot study with countries that have the new variants of COVID-19.
  • Funded through the University of Kansas Medical Center Clinical Pilot Program.

Carli Zegers, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC

Assistant Professor

Cross-Cultural Adaptation and Translation of the Functional, Communicative, and Critical Health Literacy (FCCHL) Questionnaire

  • The study aims are to 1) Cross-culturally translate the FCCHL tool into Spanish using appropriate methods inclusive of language and culture; and 2) Assess the validity of the Spanish-FCCHL (S-FCCHL) tool with native-Spanish speakers.
  • Funded through Sigma Theta Tau and the National Association of Hispanic Nurses.

Research Citizen Health Journalism: Workshop Series

  • The study aims are to: (1): To extend existing work training and supporting citizen journalists covering underrepresented topics that matter to their communities and would focus specifically on health-related topics, how citizen journalists can engage in reporting and writing on these topics, and ethics and strategy concerns related to writing about questions of health; and (2) To explore citizen journalism as a potential site for community/university collaboration to support health literacy. <
  • Funded through University of Kansas Health Humanities and Arts Research Collaborative.
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