PhD Students

Khulud Khalid Almutairi, MSN, FNP, RN, BSN

Research Interests: Improving the cardiac patient outcome in Saudi Arabia, advance technology in nursing.


Tericka Smith Cesar RN, MSN

Research Interest: Influence of the family unit’s impact on generational health, nutritional lifestyles, obesity & health disparities


Kathryn S. Gerber, RN-BSN

Research Interest:  Traumatic brain injury, biomarkers of injury, physical and psychological trauma


Judy Greengold, MSN, CRNP, BFA, FNP-C

Research Interests: Digital Inclusion & Health Equity, Diagnostic Precision in Primary Care, Health Systems Resiliency


Shanelle Hodge, MPA, BSN, RN

Research Interests: Minority Health and Health Disparities, Intimate Partner Violence, and Psychological Trauma related to Sexual Violence


Jiye Lee, MSN, CPNP-AC 

Research Interests: Pediatrics, Mental health, Chronic illness, Health Disparities


Alexa M. Parra BSN, BSPH, RN

Research Interest: Social/health determinants in minority pregnant women 


Renae L. Patterson, MBA, BSN, RN, BCPA, PMP

Research Interests: Patient advocacy and empowerment, healthcare disparities among vulnerable populations, and clinical informatics.


Jazmin Ramirez BSN, RN

Interest: Maternal/ Child Health


Dalton Scott, MPH, BSN, RN

Research Interests: Adverse childhood experiences, multiple minority stress, HIV risk behaviors


Carmen Sierra, DNP, MBA, RN, CCTN

Research Interest: Tuberculosis infection in foreign-born transplant recipients living in the US


Sophia O. Thomas, MSN, MBA, M.M

Research interests: Maternal health, Child health