The Center for Nursing Research (CNR) advances the College of Nursing research and scholarship mission by facilitating faculty and student efforts to obtain external funding to support research, educational, and service demonstration projects. The CNR team coordinates student and faculty access to a wide range of support services within the College of Nursing and Augusta University.

In supporting the strategic plans of Augusta University and the CON to achieve the goal of becoming a “R1 University,” the CNR aims to advance research and other types of scholarship by facilitating the research efforts and success of faculty and students to:

  • Obtain extramural research, training, and service funding
  • Disseminate findings through publications, presentations, and implementation
  • Create a supportive environment for employing a cadre of established researchers

The CNR team provides meaningful services to support CON faculty and students in reaching the following goals:

  • Increase funded research
  • Boost database publications with significant authorship and impact
  • Create a supportive environment for employing a cadre of established researchers  

Support Services Offered

RESEARCH AND GRANTS

  • Grants preparation - developing program of research and identifying funding opportunities
  • Pre-award support - proposal development and grant submissions
  • Post-award support - grants management and progress reports
  • Research protocol support - human subjects protocol submission, amendments, and continuing reviews
  • Research data consultation – data collection, management, analysis, and interpretation

SCHOLARSHIP AND DISSEMINATION

  • Publications - manuscript preparation and editorial services, high impact journals
  • Professional presentations - travel awards, poster production, and graphics consultation
  • Research workshops and seminars

ResearchersFaculty & StaffSeminars & WorkshopsCommunity Involvement

Contact Us

Center for Nursing Research

706.721.3162

clemons@augusta.edu

Distinguished by Excellence

Faculty Researchers

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Desiree Bertrand, PhD, MSN, RNC-MNN, CNE

Interim Chair, Department of Prelicensure Programs
Assistant Professor, College of Nursing
The Graduate School

Research Focuses health disparities, intimate partner violence (IPV), African Caribbean women and girls, IPV & HIV risk reduction interventions, IPV and contraceptive use

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Jennifer Castleberry, EdD, MSN, RN, CNL

Assistant Professor, College of Nursing

Research Focuses transgender health, attitudes and beliefs

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Cynthia Chernecky, PhD, RN, AOCN, FAAN

Professor, College of Nursing
The Graduate School

Research Focuses cancer, infection,  vascular access, Clinical ABCDE interdisciplinary pedagogy, Healthcare and Technology Synergy (HATS) model for clinical research, and lung cancer respiratory symptoms

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Pamela R. Cromer, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC

Professor, College of Nursing
The Graduate School

Research Focuses USA Hispanic farmworker cardiometabolic risks, interprofessional outreach, community training partnerships, African American chronic bacterial vaginitis, substance abuse, and curriculum integration

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Mary Lou LaComb Davis, PhD, APRN, CPNP-PC, PMHS-PC

Coordinator, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program
Director, Health Grandparents Program
Associate Professor, College of Nursing
The Graduate School

Research Focuses child, youth, resilience and intimate partner violence

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Lynn Engelberg Glenn, PhD, APRN-C

Assistant Professor, College of Nursing

Research Focuses rural health disparities, diabetes, community-based participatory research, workplace based interventions

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Bill Hamilton, EdD

Assistant Professor, College of Nursing
Assistant Dean, Instruction and Innovation

Research Focuses adult learning, educational research, group dynamics, instructional core, instructional rounds, meditation, metacognition, reflective practice, telehealth

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Robin Johns, PhD, RN

Associate Professor, College of Nursing
The Graduate School

Research Focuses  stress, nutrition, lifestyle, methylation, reactive oxygen species, inflammatory mediators, ET-1, and NOS3

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Thomas V. Joshua, PhD

Associate Professor, College of Nursing

Research Focuses epidemiology, infectious disease, community health, and behavioral interventions

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Dawn Langley-Brady, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, CHPN, CCA

Assistant Professor, College of Nursing

Research Focuses aromatherapy, complementary modalities (CAM), pain and symptom management, holistic nursing, hospice and palliative care, pediatrics, health disparities, photovoice, visual methodologies, and community-base participatory research

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Terri Marin, PhD, NNP-BC, FAAN, FAANP

Assistant Professor, College of Nursing
The Graduate School

Research Focuses neonatology, hematology, ischemic disease

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Lucy Marion, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAANP

Professor and Dean Emerita, College of Nursing
The Graduate School

Research Focuses health disparities, community health, behavior change, faith-based interventions, sexually transmitted infections, diabetes, healthcare utilization, and community based participatory research

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Caroline McKinnon, PhD, PMH/CNS-BC

Coordinator, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program
Associate Professor, College of Nursing
The Graduate School

Research Focuses proactive readiness, content analysis, and substance abuse

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Beth G. NeSmith, PhD, ACNP-BC

Chair, Department of Nursing Science
Professor, College of Nursing
The Graduate School

Research Focuses  trauma, sepsis, immunology, translational research, inflammatory function, and inflammaging 

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Jean Pawl, PhD, RN, OCN, CNE

Professor, College of Nursing
The Graduate School

Research Focuses behavioral interventions, educational delivery, mental health, rural health

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Colleen Walters, DNP, FNP-C, CNE

Coordinator, Family Nurse Practitioner Program
Associate Professor, College of Nursing
Department of Family Medicine
The Graduate School

Research Focuses maternal outcomes, group prenatal education, lifestyle medicine, international service-learning

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Lufei Young, PhD, RN, APRN-NP

Associate Professor, College of Nursing
The Graduate School

Research Focuses self-management, symptom, composite functioning, personalized health, cardiopulmonary wellness, independence living and quality of life for individual with chronic conditions, evidence-based practice, cost-effectiveness, patient activation, and adherence

CNR Faculty & Staff

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Julie Zadinsky, PHD, RN

  • Interim Associate Dean for Research
  • Assistant Dean for Research
  • PhD Program Director
  • Associate Professor

706-721-2469

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David Adams, PhD

  • Administrative Assistant II

706-721-4781

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Thomas Joshua, PhD

  • Research Data Manager
  • Assistant Professor

706-721-4093

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Chelsey Lemons, MS

  • Research Manager

706-721-3162

Cindy Oxford

  • Research Assistant

706-721-4768

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Natalee Reese, MLS

  • Nursing Information Librarian

706-721-9892

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Keith Williams, BA

  • Grant Development Specialist II

CNR Seminars and Workshops

The Center for Nursing Research (CNR) seminars and workshops focus on research works-in-progress, completed research, research-related topics, and engaged scholarship. Presenters include College of Nursing and other Augusta University faculty as well as guest speakers. CNR Workshops may be designed for a specific audience. However, CNR Seminars are open to all AU faculty, staff, and students as well as AUMC employees.


Jul. 8, 2022, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Vulnerable Populations: Addressing Disparity among the International Agricultural Workforce in Southeast USA and the Rapid Response of Community Alliances
Pam Cromer, DNP, FNP-BC, TTS
Professor, College of Nursing

Denotra Gaillard, DNP, FNP-BC
Assistant Professor, College of Nursing

Lynn Glenn, PhD, APRN-C
Assistant Professor, College of Nursing

Kathy Jennings, BA
Carolina Health Centers, Inc.
Recording
Handout
Jun. 24, 2022, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Behavioral Health Outcomes in Rural and Underserved Communities: Findings from two HRSA Projects
Jean Pawl, PhD
Chair, Department of Biobehavioral Nursing
Professor, College of Nursing
Recording
Handout
Apr. 22, 2022, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Disrupting Systems of Inequality and Injustice: Nurses Have Entered the Chat
Loretta Jackson Brown, PhD
Acting Diversity, Equity, Belonging, Inclusion, and Accessibility Advisor
National Center for Injury Control and Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Recording
Handout
Mar. 25, 2022, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Evaluation of Telehealth Education Modules at a College of Nursing
Bill Hamilton, EdD, MBA/MHA
Assistant Dean, Office of Instructional Support and Innovation
Assistant Professor, College of Nursing

Collen Walters, DNP, FNP-C, CNE
Assistant Professor, College of Nursing
Department of Medicine

Zack Howington, PhD
Instructional Designer, Office of Instructional Support and Innovation
Recording
Feb. 25, 2022, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
A Research Program that Includes Books: Wise or Foolish?
Neil J. MacKinnon, BSc (Pharm), MS (Pharm), PhD, FCSHP, FNAP
Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
Recording
Handout
Jan. 14, 2022, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Unpacking the IRB Process: Human Subject Research and Exempt Determinations
Ivy Tillman
IRB Director
Recording
Nov. 12, 2021, Online, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Next Generation NCLEX: Teaching Clinical Judgment to meet the Needs of New BSN Students
Carolyn Kerns
Nursing Education Specialist with Elsevier
Recording
Handout
Oct. 22, 2021, Online, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Obesity Associated Differently Methylated Regions in Colon Cancer
John Milner, PhD(c)
PhD candidate in AU PhD program in nursing
Recording
Sept. 24, 2021, Online, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Survival Analysis, Risk Factors, and Discharge-Time Likelihood Prediction in Hospitalized COVID-19 Patients Using Clinical Data
Thomas Joshua, PhD 
Associate Professor
College of Nursing
 
Sept. 10, 2021, Online, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
The Presence of Virtual Simulation in Nursing Education: An Update
Kelly Rossler, PhD
Associate Professor
Louise Herrington School of Nursing
Baylor University
Recording
Handout

Community Data Repository

Information Today, Helping Communities Tomorrow

Approved by the Augusta University Institutional Review Board (IRB), the Information Today, Helping Communities Tomorrow data repository is an educational and research resource for faculty and students in the College of Nursing.
Health attributes collected at various CON offerings such as health fairs or well checkups after obtaining consent by a research team member are placed in the completely anonymous repository. Community members who consent to sharing their health information are given a carbon “health” data sheet on which no names are placed. After participating in the community event, the participant may choose to place a copy in a secure collection box or keep both copies and not participate.
Repository data is available by request only from the Research Team and must be IRB approved. Please contact Kerrie Scott to have the Research Team attend your community events.

Community Advisory Board

The College of Nursing established the Community Advisory Board (CAB) in 2003 with the mission “to promote mutual understanding and cooperation in working toward improved health for community members.” The board has a special focus on health disparities and advises university-wide researchers on matters of interest to the broader community. Community Advisory Board »

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