Dedicated to offering our students the highest degree of academic rigor, College of Nursing faculty create innovative teaching/learning environments and provide the latest technological teaching tools.

The College is proud of our world class faculty, 25% of whom have been inducted in the prestigious American Academy of Nursing. UWM College of Nursing currently boasts more AAN “Living Legends” than any other school or college of nursing in the nation.

American Academy of Nursing Fellows

Clinton, Jacqueline ǂ
Coenen, Amy ǂ
Dean-Baar, Susan ǂ
Devine, Beth ǂ
Feetham, Suzanne §
Glass, Laurie K. ǂ
Kovach, Christine ǂ
Kuramoto, Alice ǂ
Lang, Norma §
Leske, Jane ǂ
Litwack, Kim
Lundeen, Sally ǂ
Morin, Karen ǂ
Murphy, Ellen ǂ
Nichols, Barbara §
Rodgers, Beth ǂ
Sawin, Kathleen ǂ
Schiffman, Rachel
Selder, Florence ǂ
Snethen, Julia
Stevens, Patricia ǂ
Talsma, AkkeNeel
Underwood, Sandra
Werley, Harriet (deceased) ǂ §

ǂ  Professor Emeritus
§ Received AAN “Living Legend” Designation

Faculty Research Interests

Mary Butler

  • Pediatric cardiology
  • Adolescent transition to adult care
  • Pediatric and family research
  • Family Nurse Practitioner specialist practice
  • Health promotion research

Freddy Cao

  • Neural pathways controlling body temperature and blood pressure
  • Endocrine secretion in response to a variety of stresses

Jennifer Doering

  • Maternal health
  • Postpartum fatigue and depression
  • Postpartum nursing
  • Mothering and feminism; Motherhood ideology
  • Rogerian science
  • Self-transcendence

Anne Dressel

  • Global health
  • Social determinants of health among vulnerable populations
    • Food Security
    • Housing
    • Environmental health
  • Cultural competency/cultural humility education

Timothy Ehlinger

  • Ecological risk assessment and sustainable development planning
  • Aquatic and restoration ecology
  • Fisheries biology

Julie L. Ellis

  • Gerontological nursing
  • Health disparities
  • Faith-based nursing
  • Cultural competence

Jeanne Erickson

  • Cancer-related symptom management in adolescents and young adults
  • Interprofessional education
  • Practice related to oncology and end-of-life care

Kaboni W. Gondwe, PhD, RN

  • Perinatal emotional/psychological distress
  • Mother-infant interactions
  • Preterm birth
  • Perinatal substance abuse
  • Health disparities affecting maternal and child health
  • Maternal and child health outcomes
  • Global health
  • Theory development for provision of care in low-income countries
  • Transcultural care

Sandeep Gopalakrishnan

  • Pathophysiology
  • Use of near-infrared photons in the treatment of retinal degeneration using animal models of retinitis pigmentosa
  • Role of autoregulation in cerebral blood flow

Seok Hyun (Joshua) Gwon

  • Electronic cigarette use among adolescents/young adults
  • Health risk behavior
  • Public health nurse workforce and health outcomes
  • Population health
  • Epidemiology

Barbara Haase

  • Knowledge development
  • APN, educational initiatives in the science of human milk
  • breastfeeding and lactation support of mothers of medically complex, premature and term infants

Jeana Holt

  • Nurse-led care in under-served populations
  • Doctor of nursing practice/family nurse practioner practice
  • Team-based science
  • Patient-facing informatics and technology
  • Patient engagement and experience
  • Primary care research
  • Population health
  • Omaha System

Teresa S. Johnson

  • Term and pre-term infants; fetal/infant growth
  • Infant anthropometrical measurements
  • Breastfeeding mother-infant dyad support
  • Evidenced based practice protocols in neonatal care
  • Fetal and infant morbidity and mortality
  • Breastfeeding and work issues

Peninnah Kako

  • HIV/AIDS and women
  • Health needs evaluation
  • International research (sub-Saharan Africa)
  • Vulnerable populations
  • Rural and urban comparative research
  • Multicultural research

Jennifer Kibicho

  • Health economics
  • Economic analyses of health care costs, prescription drug cost drivers, cost containment policies, and the cost of providing care to persons living with HIV/AIDS
  • Pharmacy-mediated medication adherence interventions in diverse real-world pharmacy settings
  • Global health, including evaluations of structural-level interventions that address poverty, gender-based violence, and other structural factors that place individuals at elevated risk for HIV infection in sub-Saharan Africa

Carol Klingbeil

  • Health literacy interventions
  • Consumer health and informatics
  • Patient family education
  • Transitions in care: discharge
  • Lifespan growth and development
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Transition to practice

Kim Litwack

  • Pre anesthesia care
  • Primary care
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Pain management

Paula Lucey

  • Leadership and career redefinition

Heidi Luft

  • Health of Latinx and Caribbean populations
  • Sexual health equity
  • Cultural humility in healthcare

Natalie McAndrew

  • Ethical conflict and moral distress
  • Nurse ethical decision-making
  • End-of-life decisions
  • Nursing family care and family engagement
  • Family-centered care
  • Family responses during critical illness
  • Integration of palliative and hospice care in the Intensive Care Unit

Lucy Mkandawire-Valhmu

  • Women’s health in low-income communities in Milwaukee and in the South East Africa region
  • Community engagement

Sarah Morgan

  • Gerontology – family caregivers of persons with dementia
  • Cultural diversity
  • Health and health care disparities
  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender health
  • Online teaching
  • Grant start-up and management
  • Clinical Simulation

Hyun Kyoung Oh

  • Self-Management for chronic conditions
  • Older adults with multiple chronic conditions
  • Nursing outcome measurements
  • Assistive technologies for supporting Self-Management
  • Tai-Chi based Self-Management intervention
  • Standardized nursing terminologies

Michele Polfuss

  • Pediatric obesity and co-related morbidities
  • Special interest in the role of the family through parenting, feeding behaviors and obesity within the special needs population
  • Acute and primary care pediatrics within the subspecialties of obesity, endocrinology, and cardiology

Kim Ryan

  • Advanced practice nursing/Nurse Practitioner
  • Population health/community nursing
  • Primary Care
  • Interprofessional education and interprofessional collaborative practice

Diane Schadewald

  • Maternal-child health/preterm labor
  • Women’s health
  • Quality improvement initiatives
  • War and public health

Julia A. Snethen

  • Childhood obesity
  • Chronic conditions in children and adolescents
  • Parents/siblings of children with chronic conditions
  • Family focused care
  • Creative teaching strategies
  • Maternal-child health care/post-partum
  • International nursing

Murad Taani

  • Older adult health and illness care
  • Physical activity
  • Self-Management
  • Sarcopenia
  • Community health nursing

AkkeNeel Talsma

  • Implementation science
  • Quality/safety related outcomes
  • Perioperative quality / safety
  • Clinical informatics (EHR)
  • Point of care measures
  • QI model evaluation
  • Maternal/child outcomes

Vipavee Thongpriwan

  • Interpersonal violence
  • Mental health
  • Minority research
  • Feminist theory

Sandra Millon-Underwood

  • Diabetes: Retinopathy screening, diabetic foot care and diabetes risk management
  • Cancer early detection and control (breast, prostate, colon, lung and cervical)
  • Family/hereditary cancer risk assessment and management
  • Cancer survivorship
  • Participation of minorities and women in research
  • Health disparities

Lynne Woerhle

  • Sustainable social change
  • Community-based research and evaluation
  • Peacebuilding and community health
  • Community economic development
  • Food, work, gender