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.

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
Director, Traditional Baccalaureate Program
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

Michael Clark, DrNP, RN, APN, AGPCNP-BC, DCC
Director, Doctor of Nursing Practice Program - Adult Gerontology and Clinical Nurse Practitioner Track
Assistant Professor

Care of older adults, including LGBT older adults

Nancy Cresse, MSN, RN, APRN-BC
Clinical Assistant Professor

Frailty and care of the older adult

Laurie Davis, MSN, RN
Director, Office of Clinical Operations
Clinical Instructor


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

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, MSN, RN, CNE
Clinical Instructor

Nursing education; patient experiences with depression; and chronic illness