Forging Innovative Pathways: New Faculty Researchers at the College of Nursing
With the start of the Fall semester, three new full-time faculty members are contributing their knowledge and expertise to College of Nursing research endeavors. Dr. Versie Johnson-Mallard, Ph.D., RN, APRN, FAANP, FAAN, joins the College of Nursing as Dean, Professor, and Henderson Endowed Chair, succeeding retired Dean Barbara Broome and Interim Dean Denice Sheehan. Dr. Loretta Aller, Ph.D., RN, comes to the Kent campus after serving at Kent State University at Stark, and Dr. Stacy Miner, Ph.D., RN, CCRP, joins College of Nursing faculty from University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center. Working within their unique areas of research, each new faculty member brings her ideas and experiences to stimulate discussion and enrich the research environment at the College of Nursing.
Versie Johnson-Mallard, Ph.D., RN, APRN, FAANP, FAAN, Dean, Professor, and Henderson Endowed Chair
One of only 15 candidates chosen from across the country for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Nurse Scholar program in 2009, Dr. Johnson-Mallard is an alumna of that program and also served as a Pre-Doctoral Fellow for the National Institute of Nursing Research within the National Institutes of Health. In recognition of her notable accomplishments in research, education, and clinical practice, Dr. Johnson-Mallard was named Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing in 2014. In her previous position, she served as Project Manager for a University of Florida Health Cancer Center Pilot Project grant through the Florida Consortium of the National Cancer Institute Centers Program and taught a range of graduate nursing courses such as Health Promotion, Leadership and Management in Nursing, and Residency in Advanced Nursing. She currently serves as an advisor to National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) and is a board-certified Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner and Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.
Loretta Aller, Ph.D., RN, Assistant Professor
Dr. Aller earned her BSN, MSN, and Ph.D. degrees in nursing at Kent State University and served as an Associate Lecturer at Kent State University at Stark for over a decade before accepting her current position as Assistant Professor at the Kent campus. Her work experience also includes clinical positions at Summa Health, Hospice & Palliative Care of Visiting Nurse Service, and Middlebury Manor in Akron, as well as test item writing and review for Kaplan, Inc. and Elsevier Publishing, Inc. She and her research team received funding from the Health Foundation of Greater Massillon and the Austin-Bailey Health & Wellness Foundation, as well as internal funding awards through Kent State University and the University of Mount Union. Dr. Aller’s recent study findings were published in Nurse Educator, and she has authored several book chapters for Elsevier’s Fundamentals of Nursing. She has also embraced unique methods of knowledge dissemination through invitational podcasts and webinars, including participation in a recent podcast series by Nurse Educator.
Stacy Miner, Ph.D., RN, CCRP, Assistant Professor
In addition to her research activities, Dr. Miner has served in various positions for area institutions, including as a research assistant for Case Western Reserve University and clinical nurse and clinical research coordinator for University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center. In her current position as clinical research nurse for University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, she provides nursing care, study medicine administration, and data collection for subjects participating in clinical research trials. “My experience and certification are in clinical research,” she explains, adding “I love that my nursing background gives me a different perspective for studying these disorders.” She is a member of the Society of Clinical Research Associates, International Society of Autism Research, Autism Society of Greater Cleveland, and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society and serves as a Chemotherapy and Biotherapy Provider for the Oncology Nursing Society. In addition to her Ph.D., Dr. Miner earned her BSN from the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University.