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Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing

Faculty working with Students: 51
Students: 32
Students receiving assistantships or scholarships: 18.75%
Priority deadline:
  • Summer October 15
Campus:
  • Spokane: Yes
Tests required:
  • 550 TOEFL Minimum score
  • 80 TOEFLI Minimum score

Degree Description:

The Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD) prepares you to advance the discipline of nursing science through a research-focused program emphasizing innovative approaches and leveraged resources to improve helath care for all. Graduates of the program are equipped to become leaders in nursing education and research, critical roles in today’s health care environment.

Admission Requirements:

RN license, Masters from an accredited program admission is summer only using Fall app deadlines

Student Learning Outcome:

All graduates will be able to:

  1.  Contribute to advancing nursing science and practice through clinical research.
  2.  Analyze, construct, and test theoretical frameworks that guide nursing research design, methodology, data analyses, and the transfer of new knowledge into practice.
  3.  Create effective interdisciplinary collaborations to foster research and the transfer of evidence-based knowledge into best clinical practices.
  4.  Synthesize knowledge from a variety of disciplines to create research designs and methods for nursing science and to address ethical, social, cultural, political, and professional issues.
  5.  Implement proven and emerging technologies to enhance nursing research and education.
  6.  Implement innovative research designs, methodologies, leadership skills, health education, and/or lifestyle modification techniques to address the health care needs of vulnerable  populations and disparities in the access to or delivery of care.

Student Opportunities:

Opportunities to collaborate and publish with research faculty, present at national conferences

Career Opportunities:

tenure faculty, researchers, and health care administration, Nurse Scientist, Hospital Nurse Researcher

Career Placements:

Colleges and schools of Nursing, Education and Research departments of hospitals and other health care environments, state and local government departments related to health care

Faculty Members:

Abshire, Demetrius A, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Allen, Carol B, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Bailey, Lori A, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

Exploring the characteristics and socialization needed for nurses to be advocates beyond the bedside, including in health policy and in communities.

Banasik, Jacquelyn Lou, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Barbosa-Leiker, Celestina, PhD

Research Interests

Examining psychosocial risk factors of heart disease, specifically the predictive ability of stress, depression, and anger on traditional heart disease risk factors such as hypertension, adiposity, and dyslipidemia.

Benavides-Vaello, Sandra, Ph.D.

Bindler, Ruth C, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Butterfield, Patricia, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Environmental health nursing, Household environmental risk reduction, Occupational and environmental health in rural settings, Conceptual approaches to public health nursing.

Caines, Karen, D.N.P.

Corbett, Cynthia Lou, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Daratha, Kenn B, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Davis, Andra, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Interprofessional education

Dermody, Dana, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Gerontology, gerontologic nursing, prevention of functional decline in older adults, evidence-based practice in the acute care setting; patient-centered care, care coordination and nursing care delivery, interdisciplinary team, complexity science and translational science. Issues with nurse-documentation in the electronic health record; microsystem and macrosystem factors that contribute to barriers to the integration of evidence-based nursing care delivery; Evidence-based–practice, nursing care delivery in the global context, and the development of partnerships with the international community.

Dotson, Joann, Ph.D.

Doutrich, Dawn Liam, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

international nurse educators: what the experts say, and creating a diverse nursing workforce through workforce partnerships.

Eddy, Linda Lee, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Eide, Phyllis, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Rural health, global climate change, and public health

Fincham, Sarah J, D.N.P.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Fitzgerald, Cynthia Edith, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Fleming, Susan Elaine, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

Susan Fleming earned her diploma of nursing at Los Angeles County School of Nursing, and her BSN from Washington State University Intercollegiate College of Nursing. In 2005, she received her MN from University of Washington, Seattle where she earned two certificates: Nurse Educator Certificate and Perinatal Clinical Nurse Specialist Certificate. She is a graduate of the PhD program at Washington State University College of Nursing. She currently teaches N316 Foundations in Nursing and assists Dr. Billie Severtsen with N309 Ethics. She advocates for individuals with disabilities working in healthcare fields and newborns who are born with birth defects. Her clinical practice extends many years primarily working in hospital nursing with mothers and newborns. Her research interest lies in studying technology and the American birth experience. Her goal is to improve nursing practice and health outcomes of mothers and their off springs for generations to come.

Graves, Janessa, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Pediatric injury research, health services research, head injuries in children & adolescents, occupational injuries among working adolescents, impacts of work on young people, global health.

Haberman, Melvin R, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Hoeksel, Renee Celeste, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Holliday, Carrie, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

Suicide, suicide prevention, suicide assessment and risk management, substance abuse, adolescent mental health, vulnerable populations

Howell, Donelle Neco, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Kardong-Edgren, Suzan, Ph.D.

Katz, Janet Ruth, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Klein, Tracy Ann, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Lohan, Janet, Ph.D.

McPherson, Sterling Marshall, PhD

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

Director, Program of Excellence in Addictions Research, Associate Director, Providence Medical Research Center: 1) Development of evidence-based substance use disorder treatments, 2) Behavioral pharmacology, 3) Innovative analytical methods to answer novel research questions in psychopharmacology and substance abuse, 4) Kidney disease and acute kidney injury, mental illness and drug and alcohol use as risk factors.

Nguyen-Truong, Connie, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Cervical cancer screening health disparity

Nogueras, Debbie J, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Odom-Maryon, Tamara, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Application of statistical methods, with an emphasis on longitudinal data analysis techniques, to health data including studies focusing on nursing interventions, environmental health, and asthma.

Oneal, Gail Ann, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

Health literacy, risk communication and health information use, risk messages, environmental and occupational health, population health, underserved and rural populations

Postma, Julie Marie, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Purath, Janet, Ph.D.

Richardson, Barbara, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Roll, John Michael, PhD

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

Human behavioral pharmacology, the development and refinement of behavioral interventions for addiction and other psychiatric disorders, as well as technology transfer issues.

Schiavenato, Martin, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Development of tools and methods to measure pain in vulnerable populations, especially newborn infants and pre-school children.

Schumann, Lorna Lou, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Severtsen, Billie M, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

Ethical decision making in health care, life narratives of illness and quality of life, Heideggerian Hermaneutic Phenomenology, and health care policy   

Shaw, Michele Rose, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Shishani, Kawkab, Ph.D.

Short, Robert A, Ph.D.

Smart, Denise, D.P.H.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

Work place safety, military health, women’s health and health and safety for disaster response workers.

Son, Catherine Van, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Gerontology, managing chronic conditions, qualitative methods, late-in-life migration, health literacy, gero-education

Tzeng, Huey-Ming

Vandermause, Roxanne, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Experiential aspects of women’s addiction as well as completed educational and community health demonstration and evaluation projects

Ward, Linda D, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Wilson, Marian L, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

Pain, self-management programs to assist patients with persistent (chronic) pain, mood disorders, opioid dependency/misuse, addiction.

Contact Information:

Cindy Fitzgerald
Eileen Swalling
PO Box 1495 #123
103 E Spokane Falls Blvd
Spokane, WA 99210
509-324-7297
509-324-7341
Mel Haberman
Roxanne Vandermause