Research Faculty


CimiottiJeannie Cimiotti, PhD, RN, FAAN
Dorothy M. Smith Endowed Chair
Director, Florida Blue Center for Health Care Quality

Area of Research: Research efforts include clinical trials, survey development and implementation, working with large patient data sets, and an array of analytic techniques. Research interests have focused on nurse workforce factors, and the quality of patient care in the hospital setting for adult and pediatric clients.








Christa Cook_JSJ_IMG_9104Christa Cook, PhD, RN, APHN-BC
Assistant Professor

Area of Research: HIV, Health Care Access and Engagement, Disparities, Community Engagement, and Qualitative Methods







Elder, Jennifer_0118Jennifer Elder, PhD, RN, FAAN
Professor and Director, PhD program

Area of Research: Main research program focuses on biobehavioral aspects of autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Other foci include research related to other child neuropsychiatric disorders (e.g., ADHD), child development, parent-child interactions, family dynamics, and the role of fathers and typically developing siblings in treating chronic childhood disorders.








Miriam Ezenwa, PhD, RN
Associate Professor

Area of Research: Health disparities in pain management, particularly, healthcare injustice, a psychological stressor, as an explanatory factor for the disparities; pain and symptom management for people with sickle cell disease or cancer; palliative care for end-of-life cancer patients; biobehavioral research including cortisol as a biomarker of stress and use of computer technologies for stress and pain measurement, and delivery of stress reduction intervention in sickle cell disease.







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Toni Glover, PhD, GNP-BC
Assistant Professor

Area of Research: Pain in older adults, Palliative and End-of-Life Care, Health Disparities










Horgas_2011_photo2 (2)Ann Horgas, PhD, RN, FAAN
Associate Professor

Area of Research: Pain and aging; pain management in persons with dementia, predictors of persistent post-surgical pain; and pain at end of life.











Versie Johnson-Mallard

Versie Johnson-Mallard, PhD, WHNP, FAANP, FAAN
Chair, Department of Family, Community and Health Systems Science

Area of Research: Clinical practice, research and publications are in the area of women’s health, reproductive health promotion, sexually transmitted infection prevention, HPV/cancer screening/prevention/vaccination and behavior change in response to culturally appropriate educational interventions (e-Learn and Print).








Gail Keenan

Gail Keenan, PhD, RN, FAAN
Annabel Davis Jenks Endowed Professor

Area of Research: Dr. Keenan’s innovative research focuses on capturing standardized nursing and clinical data for improving the planning, delivery, cost and health outcomes of nursing care across the continuum. She has developed HANDS, the “Hands-on Automated Nursing Data System”, that provides rich data that represents nursing care provision, measures care impact and supports care planning over time.








Debra Lynch Kelly, PhD, RN, OCN
Assistant Professor

Area of Research: Research goals are directed toward understanding the biological mechanisms and behaviors that mediate symptoms of chronic illness, with a population focus in oncology.









Krueger, Charlene_0049Charlene Krueger, PhD, ARNP
Associate Professor

Area of Research: Biobehavioral measure in the premature infant and fetus











Lucero, Robert-webRobert Lucero, PhD, MPH, RN 
Associate Professor

Area of Research: Design, development and evaluation of consumer and clinician-centered health information technology. Secondary use of electronic clinical data for use in comparative effectiveness research. Research targets include quality, self-management, healthy aging and maintaining independence. Population focus is on the aging (acute care and community-based settings) and caregiver dyads.









Debra Lyon, PhD, RN, FAAN
Kirbo Endowed Chair and Executive Associate Dean

Area of Research: Symptom management, including complementary modalities, in women with breast cancer and other chronic illnesses. Biobehavioral research, including molecular markers of inflammation and genetic markers.









Anna M. McDanielAnna M. McDaniel, PhD, RN, FAAN
Dean and Professor

Area of Research: Using technology for cancer prevention and control, specifically, the treatment of nicotine dependence








Leslie Parker, Clinical Associate Professor, College of Nursing, UF Health

Leslie Parker, PhD, NNP-BC
Clinical Associate Professor

Area of Research: Nutrition of critically ill and premature infants. Increasing delivery of breast milk. Decreasing insufficient milk supply and delayed lactogenesis stage II. Assessment of gastric residuals.










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Jeanne-Marie Stacciarini, PhD, RN
Associate Professor

Area of Research: Mental health, health promotion, social health determinants, community-based interventions, minority and underserved populations, mixed-methods and social network analysis.












Joyce Stechmiller, PhD, ACNP-BC, FAAN
Chair, Department of Biobehavioral Nursing Science

Area of Research: Immune function, nutritional status and interventions for wound healing in adults and elderly.









Michael Weaver, PhD, RN, FAAN
Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship

Area of Research: Dr. Weaver’s research interests are in applied statistics and health prevention and promotion.










Diana Wilkie

Diana Wilkie, PhD, RN, FAAN
Prairieview Trust-Earl and Margo Powers Endowed Professor
Director, Center for Palliative Care Research and Education

Area of Research: Use of informatics to promote patient-centered care and big data science; pain assessment; biobehavioral therapies for cancer pain; behavioral correlates of cancer pain; palliative and end-of-life care; sickle cell disease pain mechanisms, assessment and management; reproductive choices for people with sickle cell disease or sickle cell trait; intervention research.








YOON_2X3Saun-joo “Sunny” Yoon, PhD, RN
Associate Professor

Area of Research: Research interests include 1) interventions with use of complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) modalities to improve nutritional status, cancer-cachexia and symptom management in adult patients with gastrointestinal cancers, 2) herbal supplement use to manage symptoms and health promotion in older adults, and 3) palliative care related to cancer-cachexia in patients with GI cancers.