Faculty Research Interests

Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden's award-winning faculty investigate topics within a framework of social justice, health promotion, and population health. They are recognized experts in their fields of study and clinical practice who explore topics including poverty, built environments, and vulnerable communities; disease prevention and health literacy; access to care; community-based research; and social determinants of health – to name a few. Our dedicated teacher-scholars translate findings into advanced nursing practice, bring their expertise into classrooms and communities, and are innovators who transform nursing knowledge into ideas that make an impact.

Our faculty are highly regarded nurse leaders who have made significant contributions to nursing education, practice, and research. They are fellows in the American Academy of Nursing, the National League for Nursing Academy of Nursing Education, and the National Academies of Practice. School of Nursing–Camden scholars are regularly invited to present their research internationally and nationally at the International Congress of Nurses, Sigma Theta Tau International Research Congress, Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science, American Academy of Nursing Policy Conference, Eastern Nursing Research Society Symposium, and many other distinguished conferences. Rutgers–Camden faculty are widely published, internationally respected, and consistently awarded highly competitive research grants that recognize the profound value of their work.

Ji-Young An, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor
Consumers’ online health information seeking behaviors and visualizes the pattern of data explored. She utilizes big data using social network analysis and decision tree analysis. Recent research emphasizes the role of wearable technology and augmented reality in healthcare.
Rahshida Atkins, PhD, APN-C, RN
Assistant Professor
Identify and prevent depression and effectively manage depressive symptoms by examining the relationship between depressive symptoms and physical activity in disadvantaged mothers. Explores cultural and psychosocial factors contributing to depression in this vulnerable at-risk group of women.
Robert Atkins, PhD, RN, FAAN
Associate Professor
Health of children living in distressed environments; and health and well-being of vulnerable populations living in high poverty neighborhoods
Margaret Avallone, DNP, RN, CCRN
Assistant Professor
Undergraduate transition to practice; safety communication and transitions of care; and peer learning
Cynthia Ayres, PhD, RN
Associate Professor
Health promotion and disease prevention among urban adolescents and young adults; and health disparities among vulnerable and diverse populations
Claudia Beckmann, PhD, RN, WHNP, BC, CNM
Associate Dean, Graduate and Professional Programs
Women's health; the impact of bullying on patient safety; and quality in academic environments
Director, Wound Ostomy Continence Nursing (WOCNEP) Certificate Program
Wound ostomy continence nursing care issues; use of EBP algorithms to promote safer care; pressure ulcer prevention; diabetes mellitus prevention; perioperative safety; academic bullying; and teaching/learning issues including metacognition.
Lynne Borucki, PhD, RN, RNC-OB
Program Director of Special Projects
Clinical Associate Professor
Facilitating education of under-represented students; lactation; care of childbearing families; service learning; health care technologies; and post-partum care
Renee E. Cantwell, DNP, RN, CNE, CPHQ
Director, Accelerated Baccalaureate in Nursing Program
Assistant Professor
Primary interventions that promote student success in nursing programs
Nancy Cresse, MSN, RN, APRN-BC
Clinical Assistant Professor
Frailty and care of the older adult
Clinical Assistant Professor
Palliative wound management; pressure ulcers; and non-healing wounds
Janet Golden, PhD
Medical history; women’s history; U.S. social history
Kathleen Jackson, DNP, RN, APRN, BC-ADM
Assistant Professor
Community engagement for health-with a focus on low income communities; diabetes-enhancing self-management; and patient engagement in primary care
Bonnie Jerome-D'Emilia, PhD, MPH, RN
Associate Professor
Disparities and variation in breast cancer screening and treatment, Community Based Participatory Research, Breast cancer treatment decision making
Angela Kelly, DNP, RN, APN, WHNP-BC, RNC-OB
Clinical Assistant Professor
Sexual health disparities among women and adolescents living in vulnerable communities; global health; community health; and health promotion; nursing education of advanced practice nurses; leadership and inter-professional education among health care disciplines
Terri-Ann Kelly, PhD, MSN, RN
Assistant Professor
Program of research focused on strategies to encourage African Americans to adhere to a healthful diet, and engage in appropriate aerobic and muscle strengthening activities to protect their health. Seeks to develop theoretically grounded interventions, which are culturally competent, sustainable, and tailored to address relevant environmental and socio-cultural contexts in which individuals make decisions. 
Sheila Linz, PhD, RN, PMHNP-BC
Assistant Professor
Severe mental illness; homelessness, social isolation and social integration for people with severe mental illness; and alternate research methods
Susan Norris, PhD, RN
Assistant Professor
Adolescent health practices, theory driven interventions, health disparities, and global health.
Marie O'Toole, EdD, RN, FAAN
Senior Associate Dean, Academic and Faculty Affairs Professor
Academic lexicography and global health and leadership
Staci Pacetti, PharmD
Assistant Professor
Appropriate selection of pharmacotherapy; infectious diseases; and interprofessional education and collaboration
Nancy Pontes, PhD, RN, APN, FNP-BC, DRCC
Assistant Professor
Social determinants of health and wellbeing in youth and families nationally and globally: 1) Bullying and school victimization, 2) Physical and sexual Victimization, 3) Psychological Distress and Suicidality, 3) Time Famine; underlying factors that influence health and wellbeing in women, children and families; and large data-sets analysis
Katherine Prihoda, DNP, MSN, RN, APN
Assistant Professor
Health of children living in foster care and underserved populations
Joanne Robinson, PhD, RN, FAAN
Founding Dean
Post-prostatectomy incontinence; lower urinary tract symptoms in men with Parkinson's disease; and nursing care in nursing homes
Tyshaneka Saffold, MSN, RN, CNE
Clinical Instructor
Health disparities in urban populations; impact of poverty on health; HIV treatment and management; and teenage pregnancy prevention
Patricia Sayers, DNP, RN
Director, RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program
Assistant Professor
The effects of seasonality and extreme weather on chronic disease management; and enhancing wellness for patients with chronic disease
Elizabeth Scannell-Desch, PhD, RN, OCNS
Associate Dean, Baccalaureate Programs
  Veteran's health; military nursing practice in war and in operations other than war (OOTW); reintegration of military personnel following; widowhood in mid-life women  
Robert Scoloveno, PhD, RN, CCRN
Director, Simulation Labs
Assistant Professor
Health outcomes of resilience in vulnerable populations; and educational outcomes of hi-fidelity simulation
Jeanann Sousou, DNP, RN, CNM-FA
Assistant Professor
Health of women and neonates; health assessment; and mentorship and leadership in the academic setting
Patricia Suplee, PhD, RN, RNC-OB
Associate Professor
Obstetrical issues; morbidity and mortality; breast cancer; nursing education and leadership: maternal health and mortality; and breast cancer
Carol Wallinger, JD, BSN, RN
Clinical Professor, School of Nursing–Camden
Clinical Professor, School of Law–Camden
Hospice care; and applying self-determination theory and autonomous support to increase graduate student motivation
Melanie Wassel, DNP, RN, NP-C, GNP-BC
Clinical Assistant Professor
The effects of patient activation and motivation on treatment plan adherence and patient outcomes
Wanda Williams, PhD, RN, WHNP-BC
Assistant Professor
Improving physical activity in minorities with a focus on adolescent girls; health behavior interventions targeting African American girls and women through a faith-based approach; improving health outcomes through a community-based approach; policy and environment changes to promote physical activity across all age groups, but especially in the youth; and lifestyle intervention for low income women through community-based participatory research (CBPR);health disparities as it relates to women (SES, health, incidence and prevalence of diseases).
Mary Wunnenberg, EdD, MSN, RN, CNE
Clinical Instructor
Nursing education; patient experiences with depression; and chronic illness