PhD Student Research

The University of Wisconsin–Madison is a highly ranked research-intensive university. PhD students benefit greatly from our world-renowned faculty, unique research opportunities, and extensive funding resources. Students are matched with faculty mentors who share similar interests and engage in early and ongoing research experiences. In addition, students participate in interprofessional research with other faculty focusing on topics such as gender and women’s studies, global health, industrial engineering, medicine, social work, psychology, and educational psychology. 

Current students have received support for their research from the National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Nursing Research, American Cancer Society, American Academy of Colleges of Nursing/Johnson & Johnson Foundation, the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing, and other internal and external funding sources.

Meet Our PhD Students:

Lacey AlexanderLacey Alexander, BS, RN
E-mail: lalexander@wisc.edu
Faculty Advisor: Diane Lauver
Minor: Endocrinology and Reproductive Physiology, Gender and Women’s Studies
Funding: School of Nursing Teaching Assistantship

Research Focus: I want to become a nurse leader, educator, and advocate. I will conduct research to promote the health of the LGBT community and advocate for health care systems to meet their needs. As a leader and educator, I hope to encourage students to optimize their education through interdisciplinary curricula and becoming involved in community organizations.

 

Chen Xiao Chen, MS
E-mail: xchen243@wisc.edu
Faculty Advisor: Kristine Kwekkeboom
Minor: Distributed
Funding: School of Nursing Research Assistantship

Research Focus: My area of interest is pain management. My current research focuses on dysmenorrhea self-management among women. The long-term goal of my research is to develop interventions that improve women’s self-management of dysmenorrhea, prevent or minimize co-morbid pain conditions, and enhance the quality of life among affected women. 

 

Natasha CrooksNatasha Crooks, BS, RN   
E-mail: ncrooks@wisc.edu
Faculty Advisors: Audrey Tluczek, Diane Lauver and Rebecca Muehrer
Minor: Gender and Women’s Studies
Funding: UW-Madison Graduate Research Scholars Advanced Opportunity Fellowship

Research Focus: I hope to conduct research to improve women’s health and focus specifically on sexual health. In addition, I want to become a nurse educator to help future nurses navigate the nursing profession.



Dami KoDami Ko, MS, RN
E-mail: dko4@wisc.edu
Faculty Advisors: Rebecca Muehrer, Kris Kwekkeboom
Minor: Distributed
Funding: School of Nursing Research Assistantship

Research Focus: My area of interest focuses on the self-care management of patients, especially liver transplant recipients who need constant care after transplantation. I believe that research in this area could contribute to more effective self-care management for liver transplant recipients so that they can return to the lives they led prior to transplantation.

 

Anna KruppAnna Krupp, MS, RN, CNS
E-mail: aekrupp@wisc.edu
Faculty Advisors: Barb King, Kimberlee Gretebeck
Minor: Distributed
Funding: School of Nursing Project Assistantship

Research Focus: My areas of interest include reducing complications in ICU and improving ICU-patient’s long-term outcomes. I am specifically interested in factors associated with early ambulation in the ICU.


Wan-Chin KuoWan-Chin Kuo, BSN, RN
E-mail: wanchinya@gmail.com
Faculty Advisor: Diane Lauver
Minor: Distributed
Funding: UW-Madison School of Nursing Research Assistantship

Research Focus: I want to explore the health behavior changing process for people with heart disease risk factors. While caring for patients with cardiovascular disease, I found that changing a lifestyle is the most difficult part of health intervention and disease prevention. My area of interest centers on developing the practical program and system for the community to help people prevent cardiovascular disease.

 

Maichou Lor, MS, RN
E-mail: mlor2@wisc.edu
Faculty Advisor: Barbara Bowers
Minor: Distributed Minor in Statistics/Quantitative Research Methods
Funding: UW-Madison Graduate Research Scholars Advanced Opportunity Fellowship, AACN JONAS Scholar, BAGNAC Hartford Scholar

Research Focus: My research interests center on improving health service delivery and outcomes for first-generation elders with limited English proficiency, particularly the Hmong elders. I will focus my research on supporting organization change along with understanding system-related barriers to the implementation of translational change in the health care setting (see her video).

 

Chooza Moon, MSN, ACNP-BC, RN
E-mail: cmoon4@wisc.edu
Faculty Advisor: Diane Lauver
Minor: Clinical and Translational Research
Funding: School of Nursing Research Assistantship, Wisconsin Distinguished Graduate Fellowship, School of Nursing Project Assistantship

Research Focus: My primary area of interest is the impact of patients’ behavioral care models on congestive heart failure and its comorbidities, especially disturbed sleep. I hope to devote my future research to studying how sleep habits in patients with heart failure affect their disease status and how nurses can improve patients' quality of life.

 

Cissy OndomaCissy Ondoma, BSN, RN
E-mail: condoma@wisc.edu
Faculty Advisors: Audrey Tluczek, Susan Zahner
Minor: Distributed

Research Focus: I hope to significantly impact the advancement of nursing care for children with chronic neurological diseases, especially in the settings of limited health care resources.

 

 

Tolu OyesanyaTolu Oyesanya, MS, RN
E-mail: toyesanya@wisc.edu
Faculty Advisor: Earlise Ward, Barbara Bowers
Minor: Distributed
Funding: TEAM-Science Scholar, NIH/NIGMS Initiative for Maximizing Student Development, R25

Research Focus: My primary area of interest is traumatic brain injury (TBI), especially in women. My program of research is focused on enhancing TBI rehabilitation care and improving patient health outcomes following TBI.

 

Kristine PecanacKristen Pecanac, MS, RN
E-mail: lund2@wisc.edu
Faculty Advisor: Barbara Bowers
Minor: Bioethics
Funding; School of Nursing Research Assistantship, School of Nursing Teaching Assistantship

Research Focus: I am interested in decision making regarding life-sustaining treatment in the ICU. I am most interested in conversations that doctors and nurses have with patients or families that lead to the decisions.

 

Anne RollAnne Roll, MS, RN
E-mail: aroll@wisc.edu
Faculty Advisors: Barbara Bowers, Barbara King
Minor: Distributed
Funding: School of Nursing Research Assistantship

Research Focus: I want to research the role of nurses in the care for aging people with intellectual disabilities. I am also interested in person-centered care for people with dementia and Down syndrome. Integrating the voice of people with intellectual disabilities or dementia into research and practice is an important concern for me.


Yingzi ZhangYingzi Zhang, MS
E-mail: yzhang456@wisc.edu
Faculty Advisor: Kris Kwekkeboom
Minor:
Funding: School of Nursing Research Assistantship

Research Focus: I want to analyze how the intolerance of uncertainty affects the quality of life, symptom burden, psychological adaptation, and functional status for patients with cancer and also affects patients' family relationships.