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


Freddy Cao

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

Julie Darmody

  • Adult health
  • Quality and safety in acute care
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Clinical nurse specialist practice
  • Health services research

Jennifer Doering

  • Postpartum sleep
  • Actigraphy
  • Postpartum fatigue
  • Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders with a focus on postpartum depression
  • Postpartum nursing
  • Sleep-related infant death and the sleep environment
  • Maternal health and health disparities in birth outcomes
  • Mothering and feminism; motherhood ideology
  • Grounded theory methodology

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

Loren Galvao

  • Global health
  • HIV prevention
  • Maternal and reproductive health and family planning

Michelle A. Gehring

  • HIV/AIDS and Faith-Based Interventions
  • Homeless Health Care
  • Adult Mental Health
  • Health Care Access for the Urban Poor

Sandeep Gopalakrishnan

  • Pathophysiology
  • Therapeutic efficacy of photobiomodulation in animal models of multiple sclerosis, chronic diabetic ulcers and retinal degeneration.
  • Mechanism of retinal degenerative diseases(Retinitis Pigmentosa)
  • Role of autoregulation in cerebral blood flow

Seok Hyun (Joshua) Gwon

  • Prevention and cessation of tobacco use among adolescents and young adults
  • Influence of tobacco retailers on tobacco use
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for built environment and health research
  • Public health nursing outcomes
  • Male nurse characteristics
  • Nurse demand forecasting

Kay Jansen

  • International Clarification for Nursing Practice
  • Adult psychiatric-mental health
  • Hospital readmission
  • Health care informatics
  • Role of auto regulation in cerebral blood flow

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

Christine R. Kovach

  • Dementia care: pain management, behavior management, environmental design
  • Older adult health and illness care
  • Reminiscence therapy
  • Effectiveness of palliative care models
  • Therapeutic activity interventions

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

Heidi Luft

  • Disease prevention/health promotion
  • Health of Latino communities within the US and abroad
  • Women’s health
  • Sexual health
  • Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR)

Lucy Mkandawire-Valhmu

  • Violence against women
  • Third world women’s health
  • Domestic violence

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

Hyun Kyoung Oh

  • Adults with multiple chronic conditions
  • People with early stage of cognitive impairment and metabolic diseases
  • Self-management with technology
  • Nursing informatics
  • Effectiveness of nursing care
  • Standard nursing languages

Michele Polfuss

  • Pediatric obesity and co-related morbidities
  • Special interest in the role of the family through parenting and feeding behaviors
  • Obesity within the Special Needs Population
  • Acute and primary care pediatrics within the sub specialties of obesity, endocrinology, and cardiology

Kim Ryan

  • Primary care
  • Nurse practitioner
  • Nursing leadership
  • Population health
  • Faith based nursing

Diane Schadewald

  • Women’s health
  • Preterm labor symptoms/prevention
  • Quality improvement/safety in clinical practice
  • Nurse practitioner practice/health policy

Rachel Schiffman

  • Maternal – child health
  • Women’s health
  • Family health
  • Prenatal care
  • Early childhood interventions
  • Nutrition in children

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
  • Quantitative methods
  • Community health nursing

AkkeNeel Talsma

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

Vipavee Thongpriwan

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

Sandra Millon-Underwood

  • Cancer early detection and control (breast, prostate, colon, lung and cervical)
  • Family/Hereditary cancer risk assessment and management
  • Cancer survivorship
  • Evidenced based cancer nursing practice
  • Community-based care
  • Participation of minorities and women in research
  • Health disparities

Bev Zabler

  • Violence and abuse and women living with HIV/AIDS
  • Nurse managed health center services
  • Adolescent pregnancy prevention
  • Krieger-Kunz Therapeautic Touch