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
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.
Denice K. Sheehan, Ph.D., RN
Dr. Sheehan’s research focuses on the end of life, hospice, and coping skills of adolescents experiencing the life-limiting illness of a parent. In NIH-funded work, her team identified processes adolescents use to manage their lives while a parent is in hospice and after the parent's death. They also found a lack of support from health care professionals for adolescents’ involvement in care provision. Within her research team, Dr.
Amy Petrinec, Ph.D., RN
Dr. Petrinec’s research is focused on physical and psychological symptoms in caregiver, family member, and older adult populations, examining factors that influence quality of life. Her initial longitudinal work included post-intensive care syndrome (PICS) and health-related quality of life for patients and family decision-makers in the intensive care unit (ICU) and long-term acute care settings and has expanded to include caregivers across the spectrum of illness.
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