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PhD - Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing About the Program

The PhD in Nursing at UAB is designed to prepare nurses as researchers, scholars, and leaders who will make a substantive contribution to the science of nursing.  The program builds on preparation at either the master's or baccalaureate level. 

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Heaton-posterIn line with the AACN report "The Research-Focused Doctoral Program in Nursing: Pathways to Excellence", the PhD Nursing program is designed to be a research intensive experience.  Students are strongly encouraged to attend full time and to collaborate with funded SON faculty

It is through immersion in a research project that PhD students learn the multitude of skills and techniques required for the successful completion of a dissertation.  In addition, UAB is notable for a wide variety of interdisciplinary research centers and collaborations including the CCTS and the Comprehensive Cancer Center, who welcome participation from School of Nursing doctoral students.

Graduates of the PhD program are prepared to continue the trajectory towards becoming independently funded investigators whose work will ultimately improve healthcare outcomes for all patients.

PhD Fact Sheet*

Want to know more? Contact Jennifer Frank, PhD at jfranf@uab.edu or 205-975-9423

*“Although the UAB School of Nursing PhD Program is a distance-accessible program, in-person visits are required periodically for orientations, summer intensives, qualifying exams, comprehensive exams, dissertation committee meetings, and research practicums.  These visits are a necessary component of the research immersion experience and will be scheduled months in advance with the entire program or on an individual basis when it requires work with an individual student and her/his committee (i.e., dissertation committee work).” 
For all PhD students admitted Fall 2014 and thereafter,  all regularly scheduled class sessions (e.g., synchronous and asynchronous on-line class sessions, on-campus class sessions) will be held on Thursdays (8AM to 6PM, Central Time Zone) for all semesters.


Pre & Post Docs


Pre & Post Doctoral Opportunities & Highlights

Getting to know Post-Docs J. Nicholas Dionne-Odom, PhD, RN, MA

OdomNick Odom is currently involved in several funded research studies. He is a nurse research interventionist for a National Palliative Care Research Center exploratory grant, a 2 year, 2-site (UAB/Birmingham, AL & Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Hanover, NH) single arm pilot study of the ENABLE CHF PC (Educate Nurture Advise Before Life Ends Comprehensive Heartcare for Patients and Caregivers) intervention with 50 HF patient/caregiver dyads. He is also a core team nurse coach consultant for an American Cancer Society implementation science grant that uses Glasgow’s Evidence Integration Triangle (EIT) to bring an evidence-based palliative care model (ENABLE) to four high-risk ethnically diverse rural communities: Birmingham, AL, Grand Rapids, MI, Spartanburg, SC, and Bangor, ME.
Odom dissertation research was funded by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses and Sigma Theta Tau where, using a qualitative case study design augmented with a cognitive task analysis interviewing and data analysis approach, the aim is to describe, and develop a theoretical model of the psychological processes of surrogate decision-making for incapacitated adults at end of life in the intensive care unit. 

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Pre and Post Doc Opportunities

UAB-Grad-School There are many opportunities offered by the Graduate School for students to enhance their professional and work skills beyond their specialty with an eye toward presenting, publishing, teaching, and working on inter-disciplinary and cross-cultural teams.  

 

CPCTPUAB Cancer Prevention and Control Training Program (CPCTP) trains interdisciplinary cancer prevention & control researchers. This is done by an interdisciplinary team that recruits, supports, and mentors qualified pre- and postdoctoral trainees.

 

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Postdocs rank UAB first among public universities nationwide in “Best Places to Work for Postdocs”, according to the 2012 Postdocs Rankings newly published by The Scientist.

 

OPEThe UAB Office of Postdoctoral Education (OPE) was established in 1999 and was one of the first Postdoctoral offices in the country. Since its inception, the OPE has been instrumental in establishing and maintaining competitive terms, benefits and training programs for all postdoctoral fellows. The goal of the OPE is to provide postdoctoral fellows with the opportunities and skills they need to be successful in their chosen careers.

 

Health Services & Outcomes Research Training Program (a collaboration between the UAB Center for Outcomes and Effectiveness Research and Education and the UAB Lister Hill Center for Health Policy). The overall goal of the program is to prepare independent investigators to pursue health services research careers focused on translating research evidence into practice. The Fellowship is available for PhD prepared Nurses. For more information contact  Ryan Outman at routman@uab.edu

 

VAQS 
VA National Quality Scholars Fellowship Program (VAQS) for nurse applicants must who have been accepted into a DNP, PhD or postdoctoral training program and have a desire to learn how to do, lead, or study health care improvement. For more information contact Patricia Patrician, PhD, RN, FAAN at ppatrici@uab.edu

 
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Faculty Research Interests


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Andres Azuero, PhD, MBA

Associate Professor

Center for Nursing Research, Room 1019G
205-996-9941
andreo@uab.edu
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Marie A. Bakitas, DNSc, NP-C, FAAN

Professor, Marie O’Koren Endowed Chair

Center for Nursing Research, Room 2M024
205-934-5277
mbakitas@uab.edu

Bowen 108 151Pamela Bowen, PhD, CRNP, FNP-BC

Assistant Professor

Nursing Building, Room 416
205-934-2778
pbowen@uab.edu
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Gwendolyn Childs PhD, RN

Assistant Professor

Nursing Building, Room 444
205-996-4687
gchilds@uab.edu
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June Cho, PhD, RN

Assistant Professor

Center for Nursing Research, Room 1019D
205-996-7843
jcho@uab.edu

Enah-150-x-210Comfort Enah, PhD, RN

Assistant Professor

Nursing Building, Room 344
205-934-5482
enahcc@uab.edu

Gakumo-150-x210C. Ann Gakumo, PhD, RN

Assistant Professor

Nursing Building, Room 548
205-996-5547
cagakumo@uab.edu

Ivankova-108-151Nataliya Ivankova, PhD, MA

Associate Professor

Nursing Building, 1007
205-934-2422
nivankov@uab.edu

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Rita Jablonski, PhD, CRNP, FAAN

Associate Professor

Nursing Building, Room 520
205-975-9019
rajablon@uab.edu

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Mirjam- Collette Kempf, PhD

Associate Professor

Center for Nursing Research, Room 1019A
205-934-9333
mkempf@uab.edu

Lee-108-151Loretta Lee, PhD, RN, FNP-BC

Assistant Professor

Nursing Building, Room 542
205-996-5826
llee@uab.edu

Meneses-150x-210Karen Meneses, PhD, RN, FAAN

Professor, Associate Dean for Research

Center for Nursing Research, Room 1013
205-934-0614
menesesk@uab.edu

Moneyham-108-151Linda Moneyham, PhD, RN, FAAN

Professor, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Nuring Building, Room 202D
205-934-3485
moneyham@uab.edu

Patrician-108-151Patricia Patrician, PhD, RN, FAAN

Professor, Donna Brown Banton Endowed Professor

Nursing Building, Room 324
205-996-5211
ppatrici@uab.edu

Vance-150-x-210David Vance, PhD, MGS

Associate Professor

Center for Nursing Research, Room GM026
205-934-7589
devance@uab.edu

Wilson-108-151Lynda Wilson, PhD, RN, FAAN

Assistant Dean and Professor

Nursing Building, Room 420
205-934-6787
LyndaWilson@uab.edu

News & Highlights

Johnson receives Society of Pediatric Nurses grant for dissertation work

Johnson-AnnUAB SON PhD Student Ann Johnson, MSN, RN, CPNP was awarded the 2014 Society of Pediatric Nurses Corrine Barnes Research Grant for her dissertation work entitled The Effects of Perceived Stress, Sleep, and Cortisol on Fatigue in 8-12 Year Old Central Nervous System Cancer Survivors.
As a pediatric nurse practitioner in neuro-oncology, Ms. Johnson was very familiar with the impact that symptoms such as fatigue, caused by poor sleep and stress, have on the quality of life of survivors of childhood cancer, particularly central nervous system cancer (CNS) cancer.   Read more here...




Recent PhD Grads - Dissertation Abstracts

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Debra Baldwin, PhD   Dawn Aycock, PhD   Linda Gibson, PhD  
Donna Dunn, PhD   Pam Bowen, PhD   Alethea Hill, PhD  
Vanessa Gaioso, PhD   Mary K. Brethour, PhD   Caralise Hunt, PhD  
Candace Knight, PhD   Christine Feeley, PhD   Cynthia Joiner, PhD  
Luz Huntington-Moskos, PhD   Thuy Lam, PhD   Jennifer McLeod, PhD  
Yeow Chye Ng, PhD   Loretta Lee, PhD   Bettina Riley, PhD  
Dianne Richmond, PhD   Tonya Moore, PhD   Larry Slater, PhD  
 Tracy Shamburger, PhD   Cathy Roche, PhD   Heather Sobko, PhD  
     Patsy Spratling, PhD   Elizabeth Wright, PhD  

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Forms


School of Nursing PhD Forms

Publication Update Form  

Have you had any recent publications?  Fill this form out to keep us updated.

Presentation Update Form  

Have you had any recent presentations?  Fill this form out to keep us updated.

Program of Study (AY 2007-2013)
The POS outlines the basic classes required for students who have entered prior to 2014.  A new POS will be provided for students entering on and after Fall 2014.  Students using this POS (2007-2013) are encouraged to complete their remaining class ASAP while they are still offered.  If these required classes are not completed within the old curriculum, then student will need to take equivalent classes in the new curriculum to satisfy their requirements.  Please note, the class transition equivalent rubric has not been developed yet.  

FormsApplication for Change of Advisor for PhD Students
This application must be signed by the student and the Program Director.  Students must discuss the proposed change with the current and proposed advisors prior to submitting this form.

Doctoral (PHD) Comprehensive Examination
This form must be signed by the Committee Chair and the Program Director to indicate that the comprehensive examination has been passed.

Graduate Committee Meeting Room Request Form
This form is used to schedule committee meetings as well as the final defense.  This form must be submitted at least 3 weeks prior to your requested meeting date. You must receive official notification from the Graduate School that your committee has been appointed before you submit this form.

Guidelines for Doctoral Level Research Practicum NUR 798 
This form is a contract to concentrate on research in a selected area (1-9 credits), and must be signed by the student and the sponsoring faculty member

PhD Student Protocol Oversight Review Form
Must be completed prior to submitting the dissertation project to the IRB 

PhD Individual Development Plan

Graduate School Forms

  • Admission to Candidacy  - This form must be completed in order to register for dissertation hours. Signatures from of all committee members and Program Director are required. You must attach your IRB approval to this form and return to the graduate school.
  • Application for Degree The application must be signed by your committee Chair and the Program Director. A copy of this application must be received in the Graduate Student Records Office by the deadline date listed on their website
  • Dissertation Approval Form -This form must be requested from the graduate school at least 3 weeks prior to your defense. You are required to bring the form to your defense to obtain the required signatures from your committee members

Want to know more?
Contact Jennifer Frank, PhD at jfranf@uab.edu or 205-975-9423

Resources

Scholarly Resources

Example of the PhD 3 Article Format

Working with your chair in determining whether the 3 Articles for Publication Dissertation Option is right for you, it is generally a good idea to see an example or two of how this is done well. 
Since writing for publication is more challenging than writing a dissertation, the 3 Article Option is reserved for those students who already have shown skill in publishing first-authored articles in peer-reviewed journals. Click here for an example.

Poster Templates

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Tutorials

Printing Options

There are many options for printing your poster, listed below are a few resources that our faculty and students have used in the past.  Remember to always plan ahead and check with any printing service to be sure that they will be able to meet your timelines and budget.



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