The focus of the PhD program at the College of Nursing is the examination of the broad determinants of health and disease in individuals, families and communities, with the intent to develop and test interventions to improve health. Consistent with the biopsychosocial focus of our discipline and growing national emphasis on interdisciplinary research and translational health science, special attention is given to the interactions among mind, body and environments through interdisciplinary research studies.
Research Areas of Interest
There are three major foci of scholarship within the College of Nursing:
Risk reduction, health promotion and symptom management
Health promotion in women, infants and youth
Complex and critical illness
All three areas overlap with and complement each other. In all areas, faculty integrate biological, psychological, behavioral and social measures to capture the dynamic processes underlying these phenomena and test innovative approaches to improve health and healthcare outcomes. Please view our comprehensive list of faculty research areas of interest to learn more.
We look for students whose areas of research interests coincide with one or more of these areas, so that we may provide them with the support needed to be successful.
Research Centers of Excellence
In line with our research areas of interest, the College of Nursing Supports three Research Centers of Excellence, designed to support faculty and students in their research:
The Center for Research and Transdisciplinary Scholarship provides statistical consultation and access to editorial services to assist you in the development of your research and dissemination of the findings.
The Center of Excellence in Critical and Complex Care is a transdisciplinary center in research, education, practice and clinical scholarship that fosters the highest quality of care for adults with critical and complex illnesses.
The Center for Women, Children & Youth fosters discovery of new knowledge and its translation into real world settings to optimize health and wellness outcomes in infants, children, adolescents and women through health promotion and risk reduction.
We also have two laboratories equipped to measure genetic and protein biomarkers’ expression in tissue and fluid samples. The laboratory is staffed with a research technician to help faculty and students learn particular bioassays to be performed in the laboratory in the course of their research.