Dissertations and DNP Projects

We're so proud to have such a distinguished graduating class!

We look forward to watching these graduates implement their research, plans, and practices to keep our profession progressing.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Graduates

Graduate Dissertation Title Faculty Advisor
Rachel Bremen Promoting Admission in Active Labor for Childbirth: Triage Dynamics and Early Labor Meg Johantgen, PhD, RN
Lauren Covington Exploration of Toddler Sleep and Maternal Sleep/Mental Health in Low-income Families at Risk for Sleep Disparities Carla Storr, ScD, MPH
Amy Daniels Clinical Simulation in Pre-licensure Nursing Students: Improving Learning Outcomes in Psychologically Safe Learning Environments Meg Johantgen, PhD, RN
Ana Duarte The Use of Text Messaging to Improve Adherence and Functioning in Psychiatric Patients Carla Storr, ScD, MPH
Betsy Heetderks Neuroimaging in Headache Patients: The Sensitivity of CT in Missed Stroke Diagnoses Meg Johantgen, PhD, RN
Stacey Iobst Factors Influencing the Use of Labor Management Interventions and Their Effect on Cesarean Birth  Meg Johantgen, PhD, RN
Marik Moen Social Stability as a Consistent Measure of Social Context in a Low-Income Population  Meg Johantgen, PhD, RN
Tracy Zvenyach

Diet Quality Among Pregnant Women Associated with Food Supplementation from the Women, Infants and Children Program

Mary Regan, PhD, RN

Read 3-sentence summaries of these PhD dissertations.

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Graduates

Graduate Project Title Faculty Advisor
Dave Adeleye Implementation of Violence Screening Tool in a Psychiatric Emergency Department  Debra A. Scrandis, PhD, FNP-BC, FPMHNP-BC 
Ifeoluwa Adewale The Usability of an Insight-Enhancing Intervention in a Psychiatric Emergency Department Debra A. Scrandis, PhD, FNP-BC, FPMHNP-BC
Kelly Allen Translation of a Vascular-Specific Cardiac Risk Stratification Tool into Practice for Patients Undergoing Open Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair Joan Davenport, PhD, RN
Sharon Ballinger The Development of a Clinical Practice Guideline for Purposeful Patient Rounding on a Medical Surgical Unit with Scripted Messaging for Pain Management Joan Davenport, PhD, RN
Mary Ann Bautista Implementation of Cognitive Screening in Hemorrhagic Stroke Patients Maranda Jackson-Parkin, PhD, CRNP-BC, ACNP, CCNS, CCRN-K
Kafayat Bello Clinical Practice Guideline for Preoperative and Postoperative Management of Patients at Risk for Obstructive Sleep Apnea Veronica Amos, PhD, CRNA, PHCNS-BC
Eugena Bergvall Perception and Feasibility of Implementation of the Critical-Care Pain Observation Tool Maranda Jackson-Parkin, PhD, CRNP-BC, ACNP, CCNS, CCRN-K
Leah Berry Improving Delivery of Evidence-Based Smoking Cessation Treatments Among Primary Care Providers  Kathleen M. Buckley, PhD, RN
George Bigalbal A Clinical Practice Guideline for Ultrasound for Peripheral IV Access Maranda Jackson-Parkin, PhD, CRNP-BC, ACNP, CCNS, CCRN-K

Alayna Blazakis

Implementation of an Outpatient Falls Evaluation and Prevention Program for Independent Older Adults Margaret Hammersla, PhD, CRNP-A
Millicent Boa-Amponsem Implementation of Teach-Back on an Adult Inpatient Psychiatric Unit Debra A. Scrandis, PhD, FNP-BC, FPMHNP-BC 
Jamie Bowman Increasing Palliative Care Consultations for the End-Stage Heart Failure Patient Ronald J. Piscotty, Jr., PhD, RN-BC
Allison Boyer Maryland Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program (EHDI), and Maryland Women Infants and Children (WIC) Hearing Screening Partnership Program Bridgitte Gourley, DNP, FNP-BC

Morgan Brissette

A Multidisciplinary Effort to Develop Statewide Educational Program for Local Health Department Bridgitte Gourley, DNP, FNP-BC


Susan Candido

Specialty Pharmacies’ Use of the FDA MedWatch for Adverse Events  Roseann Velez, DNP, FNP-BC, FAANP
Christine Carter Implementation of an Obstructive Sleep Apnea Screening Tool in Primary Care Karen Scheu, DNP, FNP-BC
Jane Casciano Perioperative Intravenous Acetaminophen: Effective Postoperative Analgesia Veronica Amos, PhD, CRNA, PHCNS-BC
Kathleen Casper  Mindfulness-Based Training for Nurse Practitioners Carmel McComiskey, DNP, PPCNP-BC, CPNP-AC, FAANP, FAAN
Stephanie Catalano  Implementation of Obstructive Sleep Apnea Screening in Primary Care Setting Margaret Hammersla, PhD, CRNP-A
Uche Chidolue Adductor Canal Block: Pain Control for Total Knee Arthroplasty Veronica Amos, PhD, CRNA, PHCNS-BC
Diana Lynn Clapp Use of Electronic Documentation Template to Reduce Down Coding in the Emergency Department Joan Davenport, PhD, RN
Madelyn Clark Implementing a Standardized Communication Simulation into a Nurse Resident Orientation Program Hazel Jones-Parker, DNP, FNP-BC
Ashley Connelly Perioperative Management of Adult Patients at Risk for Obstructive Sleep Apnea Veronica Amos, PhD, CRNA, PHCNS-BC
Megan Copel Adductor Canal Block: Pain Control for Total Knee Arthroplasty

Veronica Amos, PhD, CRNA, PHCNS-BC

Elsa Correa-DeLeonardo Clinical Practice Guideline: Using Environmental Factors to Prevent Violence in the Outpatient Behavioral Health Clinic Charon Burda, DNP, PMHCNS, PMHNP-BC, CARN-AP
Collen Culbertson Perioperative Blood Management for Total Hip Arthroplasty Joseph Pellegrini, PhD, CRNA, FAAN
Vanita Dowdell Guideline for Suicide Risk Assessment and Safety Planning Recommendations Charon Burda, DNP, PMHCNS, PMHNP-BC, CARN-AP

Precilla D'Souza

Implementing and Evaluating an Evidence-Based Pediatric Fall Prevention Program in an Inpatient Pediatric Unit Robin JP Simon, PhD, RN, FNP-BC
Heather Dunning Operationalization of Influenza Vaccines and Implementation of a Standing Orders Program  Karen Scheu, DNP, FNP-BC
Ashley Duvall Improving Influenza Vaccination Rates Among Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Inpatients  Shari L. Simone, DNP, RN, CPNP-AC, APRN-BC, FAANP, FCCM, FAAN
Kimberly Ferrara Implementation of De-Escalation Training to Medical Surgical Nurses Mary Lynn Davis-Ajami, PhD, MBA, MS, FNP-C, RN
Olatunji Folawewo Implementation of Teamstepps; Improving Staff Communication in a Psychiatric Rehabilation Program  Charon Burda, DNP, PMHCNS, PMHNP-BC, CARN-AP
Johanna Francis  Ensuring Practice Safety: A Preoperative OSA Guideline Joseph Pellegrini, PhD, CRNA, FAAN
Angela Greenfield Decreasing Cardiac Monitor Alarm Fatigue in Registered Nurses on a Cardiovascular Unit Roseann Velez, DNP, FNP-BC, FAANP
Julieann Griffith The Development of a Clinical Practice Guideline in a Large, Tertiary Care Center in the Mid-Atlantic Region Joan Davenport, PhD, RN
Jayme Hallinan Implementation of a Screening Tool to Identify Opioid Addiction in a County Correctional Facility Bridgitte Gourley, DNP, FNP-BC
Patrick Heins Sepsis Guideline Adoption and Implementation Robin JP Simon, PhD, RN, FNP-BC
Daniel Herring Preoperative Clinical Practice Guideline for Diabetic Patients Undergoing Surgery

Angela Hester

Development of a Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of Violence in an Outpatient Mental Health Setting Charon Burda, DNP, PMHCNS, PMHNP-BC, CARN-AP
Catherine Hood Improving Skin-to-Skin Rates in a Large Urban Birth Center Rebecca Wiseman, PhD, RN
Natasha Hopkins Ensuring Patient Safety: A Perioperative Obstructive Sleep Apnea Guideline Joseph Pellegrini, PhD, CRNA, FAAN
Ajibola Ibironke Effectiveness of the Quick Sequential Organ Failure Assessment in the Emergency Department Maranda Jackson-Parkin, PhD, CRNP-BC, ACNP, CCNS, CCRN-K
Ike Iyamu Anesthesia Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension Management Using Echocardiography Study to Predict Patient Outcome Joseph Pellegrini, PhD, CRNA, FAAN
Taylor Jones Pediatric Symptom Checklist-17 to Improve Detection of Psychosocial Disorders in School Age Children Carmel McComiskey, DNP, PPCNP-BC, CPNP-AC, FAANP, FAAN
Lindsey Kennedy Chemotherapy Induced Nausea Vomiting: Nursing Assessment and Utility of the Baxter Retching Faces (Barf) Nausea Scale Shari L. Simone, DNP, RN, CPNP-AC, APRN-BC, FAANP, FCCM, FAAN
Nadia Khan Development and Evaluation of a Urinary Tract Infection Clinical Practice Guideline to Promote Antibiotic Stewardship in a Long-Term Care Setting Margaret Hammersla, PhD, CRNP-A
Andrea King Human Immunodeficiency Virus Patient Educational Handout Intervention: An Evidence-Based Translation Hazel Jones-Parker, DNP, FNP-BC
Danielle LeVeck Palliative Care Consultations for Inpatient Heart Failure Patients in the Cardiac Critical Care Unit Ronald J. Piscotty, Jr., PhD, RN-BC
Laura Lewis Development of a Standardized Communication Simulation for New Graduate Nurses Karen Scheu, DNP, FNP-BC
Jennifer Linehan Fall Prevention in Long-Term Care Using Purposeful Hourly Rounding Margaret Hammersla, PhD, CRNP-A
Sandee Lopez Use of Sugammadex in Prevention of Residual Paralysis for High Risk Patients
Megan Lucciola Improving Chlorhexidine Bathing Practices Using an Evidence-Based Bathing Protocol and Competency Assessment Ronald J. Piscotty, Jr., PhD, RN-BC
Melvin Makey Clinical Practice Guideline for Intra-Operative and Post-Operative Management of Pulmonary Hypertension Joseph Pellegrini, PhD, CRNA, FAAN
Jennifer Matvey Implementation of an Undisturbed Night Time Sleep Protocol for the Prevention of Delirium in a Cardiac Surgical Intensive Care Unit  Linda Costa, PhD, RN, NEA-BC
Elizabeth McCarthy Intraoperative Hyperglycemic Management: A Clinical Practice Guideline Joseph Pellegrini, PhD, CRNA, FAAN
Lauren Meekins Development and Evaluation of a Clinical Practice Guideline to Improve Antibiotic Stewardship Related to Skin and Soft Tissue Infections in a Post-Acute/Long-Term Care Setting Margaret Hammersla, PhD, CRNP-A
Joseph Mendiola Evidence-Based Temperature Measurement Guide for the Intensive Care Unit Linda Costa, PhD, RN, NEA-BC
Melanie Mendoza Perioperative Hyperglycemia Management Clinical Practice Guideline Joseph Pellegrini, PhD, CRNA, FAAN
Jennifer Miller Standardization of CHG Bathing Through Utilization of a Quality Improvement Project with an Emphasis on a Nursing Competency Ronald J. Piscotty, Jr., PhD, RN-BC

Caroline Moughon

Operationalization of Influenza Vaccines in Primary Care Karen Scheu, DNP, FNP-BC
Priya Nair Improving Teamwork and Communication: A Trauma Outpatient Center Teamstepps Project Roseann Velez, DNP, FNP-BC, FAANP
Peterson Nguyen The Use of Sugammadex in Prevention of Residual Paralysis Joseph Pellegrini, PhD, CRNA, FAAN
Jasmine Noronha Development of a Midazolam Clinical Practice Guideline for a Pediatric Unit at an Urban Medical Center Rebecca Wiseman, PhD, RN
Theresa Nowak Implementation of a Health Literacy Universal Toolkit to Improve Post Discharge Care at an Urban Trauma Center Linda Costa, PhD, RN, NEA-BC
Anthony Nwaiwu Reducing Physical Restraint Use Robin JP Simon, PhD, RN, FNP-BC
Vanessa Chibuzor Ohakam Development and Evaluation of a Clinical Practice Guideline on Respiratory Tract Infections and Antimicrobial Stewardship in Long Term Care Margaret Hammersla, PhD, CRNP-A
Courtney Perkins Telephone Support Intervention for Type 2 Diabetic Patients Margaret Hammersla, PhD, CRNP-A
Rocio Ramirez Preoperative Clinical Practice Guideline for Diabetic Patients Undergoing Surgery
Gregory Raymond Improving Controlled Substance Diversion Investigations with the Use of Huddles Robin JP Simon, PhD, RN, FNP-BC
Ashley Read The Implementation and Evaluation of the SCOFF Eating Disorder Screening Tool for Children and Adolescents Carmel McComiskey, DNP, PPCNP-BC, CPNP-AC, FAANP, FAAN
Mary Grace Renfrow Incorporating Best Practices for Identification of Pediatric Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Bridgitte Gourley, DNP, FNP-BC
Samantha Rogers A Quality Improvement Project Addressing Anxiety in a Pediatric Gastroenterology Clinic Debra A. Scrandis, PhD, FNP-BC, FPMHNP-BC 
Karan Sarhadi Perioperative Allogeneic Blood Transfusion Management Joseph Pellegrini, PhD, CRNA, FAAN
Susan Scherr Integrating Oral Health Screening into Primary Care to Promote Dental Referrals Shannon Reedy Idzik, DNP, CRNP, FAANP, FAAN
Louise Senft Assessment of Pain in Pediatric Burn Patients: Use of Itching and Anxiety Scales Shari L. Simone, DNP, RN, CPNP-AC, APRN-BC, FAANP, FCCM, FAAN
Lisa Sohn Depression Screening at a Pediatric Gastroenterology Clinic Debra A. Scrandis, PhD, FNP-BC, FPMHNP-BC 
Lindsey Stanton Implementation of a Referral Criteria for Acute Pain Service Consultation  Rebecca Wiseman, PhD, RN
Christine Steinberg Standard Referral Tracking System for Linkage to HIV Primary Care Hazel Jones-Parker, DNP, FNP-BC
Jennifer Stephenson Implementation of a Pilot Nurse Mentorship Program in a Community Hospital  Susan L. Bindon, DNP, RN-BC, CNE
Erin Story Postoperative Hyperglycemia Management of the Diabetic Orthopedic Surgical Patient Utilizing Intravenous and Subcutaneous Insulin and Subcutaneous Insulin Pumps: A Clinical Practice Guideline Joseph Pellegrini, PhD, CRNA, FAAN
Stephanie Streb Universal Trauma History Screening with Adult Behavioral Health Admissions Charon Burda, DNP, PMHCNS, PMHNP-BC, CARN-AP
William Sutton Implementation of the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale on a Community Hospital Postpartum Unit Charon Burda, DNP, PMHCNS, PMHNP-BC, CARN-AP
Jennifer Takach Utilizing Buccal Dextrose Gel to Improve the Management of Neonatal Hypoglycemia Carmel McComiskey, DNP, PPCNP-BC, CPNP-AC, FAANP, FAAN
Cesar Visurraga Preoperative Opioid Risk Assessment for a Change in Perioperative Pain Management Robin JP Simon, PhD, RN, FNP-BC
Jamal Winkler Perioperative Intravenous Acetaminophen: Effective Postoperative Analgesia Veronica Amos, PhD, CRNA, PHCNS-BC