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Doctor of Nursing Practice Research Faculty

The Drexel Doctoral Nursing Department features 28 faculty, chiefly from the College of Nursing and Health Professions but also from the Drexel School of Public Health.

At present the doctoral nursing faculty have an exceptionally strong emphasis on women's health, sleep disorders, and health-related decision making, but the faculty have very diverse interests and work with doctoral students from many different clinical backgrounds.

Since the merger of Drexel University and MCP Hahnemann University in 2002, we have increased our focus on research and knowledge generation. This led Drexel Nursing to enter the National Institutes of Health Nursing Research rankings for the first time in 2006 at number 69!

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Research Grant Recipients

Four of our doctoral nursing faculty were recently awarded National Institutes of Health (NIH) research grants. They are featured as follows:

Dr. Kathleen Fisher, tenured associate professor. Awarded an NIH R-21 grant (2003–2005) from the National Institute of Nursing Research as prinicpal investigator for her study "Proxy Decision Making in Mental Retardation." Doctoral students interested in working with Dr. Fisher can reach her at kmf43@drexel.edu.

Dr. Elizabeth Gonzalez, associate professor. Awarded an NIH R-15 grant (2006–2009) from the National Institute of Nursing Research as principal investigator for her study "Caregiving With Elders." Doctoral students interested in working with Dr. Gonzalez can reach her at ewg22@drexel.edu.

Dr. Joan Rosen Bloch, assistant professor. Awarded an NIH K-23 grant (2009–2012) from the National Institute of Nursing Research as principal investigator for her study " Perinatal Health Disparities Between Foreign-born and US-born Black Women “Doctoral students interested in working with Dr. Bloch can reach her at jrb68@drexel.edu

Dr. Bobbie Posmontier, tenure track assistant professor. Awarded an NIH R-21 grant (2010-2012) from the National Institute of Mental Health as principal investigator for her study “Multidisciplinary Model of Nurse Midwife Psychotherapy for Postpartum Depression (1R21MH086610-01A1).” Doctoral students interested in working with Dr. Posmontier can reach her at bp98@drexel.edu

American Nurses Foundation (ANF) as ANF Scholars Research Grant Recipients

Two of our faculty have also received prestigious research grants from the American Nurses Foundation (ANF) as ANF Scholars. They are featured as follows:

Dr. Judith Reishtein, assistant professor. Awarded an ANF research grant (2006–2008) as the Lucille Lukens Awardee as principal investigator for her study "“Sleep and Neurobehavioral Function in People with Chronic Lung Disease." Doctoral students interested in working with Dr. Reishtein can reach her at: jlr75@drexel.edu.

Dr. Roberta Waite, assistant professor. Awarded an ANF research grant (2007–2009) as the Lucille Lukens Awardee as principal investigator for her study "Explanatory Models of ADHD and Treatment Acceptability among Young Adults from Ethnic Minority Backgrounds." Doctoral students interested in working with Dr. Waite can reach her at: rlw26@drexel.edu.

John A. Hartford Foundation Claire M. Fagin Post-doctoral Fellowship Recipient

Dr. Rose Ann DiMaria-Ghalili, Associate Professor. Awarded a John A. Hartford Foundation Claire M. Fagin Post-doctoral fellowship (2007-2009) for her work on “Factors Related to Unintentional Weight Loss in Older Adults Undergoing Cardiac Surgery”. She was also awarded an ANF Research Grant (2003-2005) as the Ada Sue Hinshaw Awardee as PI for her study “An exploration of Recovery in Off-Pump Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Patients”. Doctoral students interested in working with Dr. DiMaria-Ghalili can reach her at rad83@drexel.edu.

Visit the Building Academic Geriatic Nursing Community (BAGNC) Web site to learn more about Dr. DiMaria-Ghalili.