Center for Nursing Research
The Center for Nursing Research (CNR) at Kent State University is dedicated to supporting faculty and students to advance the science of nursing and health care research and engage in collaborative research locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. Led by the Associate Dean for Research at the College of Nursing with assistance from a Grants Administrator and Grants Coordinator, the CNR provides infrastructure support for all phases of research, project leadership, and research mentoring to faculty and students pursuing research and other scholarly endeavors.
Areas of Expertise
Andrea Warner Stidham, Ph.D., MSN, RN
Dr. Stidham’s research interests include psychiatric and/or mental health issues, as well as children, adolescents, and adults with posttraumatic growth. Her research examines posttraumatic growth in people who have experienced traumatic life events, including sexual violence, spousal deployment, foster care, and HIV. Dr. Stidham’s research experience and expertise includes participating in mixed methods studies and analyzing qualitative data using multiple approaches.
Ya-Fen Wang, Ph.D., RN
Dr. Wang’s research examines eating styles among children and their families and how they relate to overweight and obese children in order to make appropriate inferences to address health disparities. She is particularly interested in understanding how resourcefulness, which includes cognitive-behavioral self-control skills, is related to stress, overeating styles, and activity in underserved populations. Her interest in this area includes parents since they have the greatest influence on a child’s life.
Dana M. Hansen, Ph.D., APRN, ACHPN
Dr. Hansen’s research examines the dynamics of family interaction during advanced serious illness to enhance quality of life for patients, caregivers, and their families through improved communication. She studies contemporary approaches to communication, particularly social media illness stories or blogs, which may provide comfort, aid in creating meaning, and enrich family communication at the end of life. Dr. Hansen is currently investigating the experiences of health care providers with social media illness stories.
Pamela L. Stephenson, Ph.D., RN
Dr. Stephenson’s research is on spirituality and spiritual uncertainty at the end of life. She is currently working to develop, refine, and test the theoretical and empirical basis for a newly identified construct of spiritual uncertainty as it relates to persons facing a serious, life-limiting illness. Dr. Stephenson is developing two instruments for spiritual uncertainty.
Contact The CNR
We are conveniently located in Room 214 in Henderson Hall on the Kent campus.
Center for Nursing Research
Kent State University
College of Nursing
P.O. Box 5190
Kent, OH 44242-0001