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 Oluwamuyiwa Winifred Adebayo, PhD, joined our research faculty in 2018 as an assistant professor in the graduate program. Originally from Nigeria, Dr. Adebayo came to the United States nine years ago to begin her college education. She obtained her bachelor’s degree from South Carolina State University and a Ph.D. in nursing, with a focus on sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among youth, from the University of Miami. Her passion for the health of college students and the burden of STIs among them inspired her to pursue a career in nursing research. Her clinical experiences include emergency room and pediatric HIV nursing.

Dr. Adebayo’s area of research focuses on understanding the concept of proactivity as it relates to STI testing/screening, with the plan of developing an intervention that will facilitate proactive testing among youth. She has successfully conducted a study to examine proactive HIV testing among youth and discovered that there are modifiable factors that could inform interventions on facilitating HIV testing. Building on her previous work, Dr. Adebayo plans to collaborate with fellow researchers and community-based organizations to further understand self-initiation of STI testing and its impact on sexual health. Dr. Adebayo aspires to be a leader and successful nurse scientist who will positively challenge the state of STI research and care among youth.


Ashley Miller, our first B.S.N.–D.N.P. graduate, placed first for her project, ”Developing LGBT Competencies in an RN Residency Program,” in Penn State’s Graduate Exhibition March 23–25.
Allyson Favuzza, a 2018 D.N.P. graduate, placed third for her project, ”Increasing Human Papillomavirus Vaccination Rates through a Multimedia Intervention,” in Penn State’s Graduate Exhibition March 23–25. A Jonas Scholar, Favuzza has received four degrees from the College of Nursing, including an A.S. and B.S. at Penn State Scranton and an M.S.N. in 2015.
Liza Behrens, a Ph.D. student working with Drs. Kolanowski and Van Haitsma on their project, “Implementation of EIT-4-BPSD in Nursing Homes,” received the Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) Translational Science Fellowship (TSF) award in April.

2018 Eastern Nursing Research Society (ENRS) Scientific Sessions

Student Winners 

D.N.P. Student Peer-Reviewed Posters
First Place: Allyson Favuzza—”Increasing human papillomavirus vaccination rates through a multimedia intervention”
Second Place: Jill Kargo—”Evaluating the teach-back method for medication teaching in home care”
Third Place: Ashley Miller—”Developing LGBT competencies in an RN residency program”

School-sponsored Posters (chosen through a blind review by the graduate faculty)
First Place (Master’s): Emily Whitaker—”Subjective cognitive impairment is consistently related to lower quality of life in older adults”
First Place (Early Ph.D.): Abigail McGinnis—”The role of palliative care in LVAD-DT recipients and their caregivers”



Y.-L. Jao, J. Mogle, K. Williams, C. McDermott, and L. Behrens. 2018. Real-time observation of apathy in long-term care residents with dementia: Reliability of the Person–Environment Apathy Rating Scale. Journal of Gerontological Nursing. doi:10.3928/00989134-20180131-02

S. J. Loeb, R. K. Wion, J. Penrod, G. McGhan, E. A. Kitt-Lewis, and C. S. Hollenbeak. 2018. A toolkit for enhancing end-of-life care: An examination of implementation and impact. The Prison Journal 98(1):104–118.

P. C. Spigelmyer, J. E. Hupcey, C. A. Smith, S. J. Loeb, and L. Kitko. 2018. Resistiveness to care as experienced by family caregivers providing care for someone with dementia. Journal of Nursing Scholarship 50(1):36–46.

H. Thurston and S. Miyamoto. 2018. The use of model-based recursive partitioning as an analytic tool in child welfare. Child Abuse and Neglect 79:293–301.

S. Miyamoto, M. Dharmar, S. Fazio, Y. Tang-Feldman, and H. M. Young. 2018. mHealth technology and nurse health coaching to improve health in diabetes: Protocol for a randomized controlled trial. JMIR Research Protocols 7(2):e45.

A. M. Kolanowski. 2018. Delirium in people living with dementia: A call for global solutions. Aging & Mental Health 22(4):444–446.

B. Resnick, E. Galik, A. M. Kolanowski, K. Van Haitsma, M. Boltz, J. Ellis, L. Behrens, and N. Flanagan. 2018. Reliability and validity testing of the quality of life in late-stage dementia scale. American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease & Other Dementias Jan 1:1533317518765133. doi: 10.1177/1533317518765133. [E-pub ahead of print]

L. Massimo, H. Kales, and A. M. Kolanowski. 2018. State of the science: Apathy as a model for investigating behavioral and psychological symptoms in dementia. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 66(S1):S4–S12. doi: 10.1111/jgs.15343.

B. Resnick, A. Kolanowski, K. Van Haitsma, E. Galik, M. Boltz, J. Ellis, L. Behrens, N. M. Flanagan, K. J. Eshraghi, and S. Zhu. 2018. Testing the evidence integration triangle for implementation of interventions to manage behavioral and psychological symptoms associated with dementia: Protocol for a pragmatic trial. Research in Nursing & Health Feb 27. doi: 10.1002/nur.21866. [E-pub ahead of print]

S. L. Molony, A. Kolanowski, K. Van Haitsma, and K. E. Rooney. 2018. Person-centered assessment and care planning. The Gerontologist 18:58(S1):S32–S47. doi: 10.1093/geront/gnx173.

L. Behrens, K. Van Haitsma, J. Brush, M. Boltz, D. Volpe, and A. M. Kolanowski. 2018. Negotiating risky preferences in nursing homes: A case study of the Rothschild person-centered care planning approach. Journal of Gerontological Nursing Jan 16:1–9. doi: 10.3928/00989134-20171206-02. [E-pub ahead of print]

M. Boltz, T. Chippendale, K-H. Lee, and R. Trotta. 2018. The influence of family caregiver factors upon preadmission functional decline in hospitalized persons with dementia. Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics 74:49–54.

S. Gilster, M. Boltz, and J. L. Dalessandro. 2018. Long-term care workforce issues: Practice principles for quality dementia care. The Gerontologist 74:49–54. PMID: 28957688.

B. Resnick, E. Galik, M. Boltz, E. Vigne, S. Holmes, and S. Fix. 2018. Physical activity and function in assisted living residents. Western Journal of Nursing Research March 1:193945918764448. doi: 10.1177/0193945918764448. [E-pub ahead of print]

L. Massimo, S. Xie, L. Rennert, D. Fick, A. Halpin, K. Placek, A. Williams, K. Rascovsky, D. J. Irwin, M. Grossman, and C. T. McMillan. 2018. Occupational attainment influences longitudinal decline in behavioral variant frontotemporal degeneration. Brain Imaging and Behavior March 14. doi: 10.1007/s11682-018-9852-x. [E-pub ahead of print]

O. W. Adebayo, J. P. Salerno, V. Francillon, and J. R. Williams. 2018. A systematic review of components of community-based organisation engagement. Health & Social Care in the Community. Jan 4. doi:10.1111/hsc.12533. [E-pub ahead of print]



Y.-L. Jao, J. Parajuli, J. S. Sefcik, W. Liu, D. V. Petrovsky, L. Massimo, and A. Kolanowski. 2018. Determinants of behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia: A scoping review. Poster accepted for the Eastern Nursing Research Society (ENRS) 30th Annual Scientific Sessions, Newark, New Jersey.

Y.-L. Jao, J. Parajuli, K. Williams, J. Mogle, C. McDermott, and L. Behrens. 2018. Reliability of person-environment apathy rating for residents with dementia in long-term care using real-time observation. Paper accepted for the Eastern Nursing Research Society (ENRS) 30th Annual Scientific Sessions, Newark, New Jersey.

V. Myers, S. J. Loeb, E. Kitt-Lewis, T. Jerrod, S. Strickfade, R. K. Wion, and J. Penrod. 2018. What works in corrections: Front-line insights on computer-based training. Peer-reviewed poster presentation. Society of Behavioral Medicine 39th Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions, New Orleans, La., April 11–14.

S. J. Loeb, E. A. Kitt-Lewis, and V. H. Myers. 2018. Development of computer-based training for inmate peer caregivers through nursing science and technological innovations. Peer-reviewed poster presentation at the Eastern Nursing Research Society (ENRS) 30th Annual Scientific Sessions, Newark, New Jersey.

S. Miyamoto and T. Rodgers. 2018. Transforming care of sexual assault patients through telehealth technology. End Violence Against Women International Conference, Chicago, Ill.

A. Kolanowski. 2018. The challenge of delirium in people living with dementia. Keynote address for Bonnie Bullough Endowed Lecture, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, April 19.

A. Kolanowski. 2018. International collaboration, German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases Scientific Review, Bonn, Germany, April 10–13.

O. W. Adebayo. 2018. Proactive HIV testing among youth. Second annual Penn State Pan-African Professional Alliance, April 21.

D. M. Fick. 2018. Delirium superimposed on dementia assessment and management: A person-centered approach. Keynote address at Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders (NICHE) conference in Atlanta, Ga., April 12.



O. W. Adebayo, PI; L. A. Kitko, Co-I; L. D. Dorn, Co-I; J. G. Rosenberger, Co-I; and J. P. DeSantis, Co-I. Exploring facilitators and barriers to self-initiated sexually transmitted infection testing among college students. American Nurses Association. 9/1/2018—8/31/2019. $12,797.

L. A Kitko and J. E. Hupcey, MPIs. Strategies to improve communication between providers and persons living with advanced heart failure: The PATHS algorithm. National Palliative Care Research Center. 7/1/2018—6/30/2020. $140,000.

L. D. Dorn. Can the health risks to adolescents associated with parental military deployment be mitigated by parent–adolescent distance communication? NIH, The George Washington University. 9/1/2018—8/31/2023. $75,453.

A. M. Geronimo, PI; Z. Simmons, Co-I; and S. Miyamoto, Co-I. Respiratory health management in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis through telemonitoring and nurse health coaching. National Institutes of Health. 9/1/2018—8/31/2020. $422,549.

J. A. Mogle and N. L. Hill, MPIs. Exploring emotional reactions to daily memory lapses as a predictor of Alzheimer’s disease risk: A coordinated analysis across three datasets. National Institute on Aging. 9/1/2018—8/31/2020. $436,150.

J. E. Hupcey, PI. DNP Jonas Nurse Leaders Program. American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Jonas Doctoral Nurse Scholars Program 2018–2020. 6/1/2018—7/31/2020. $10,000.

L.A. Kitko and J. E. Hupcey, MPIs. Advanced illness management for persons with co-occurring depression and multiple chronic conditions in primary care. The Donaghue Foundation, Letter of Intent.

M. P. Boltz, PI. Engage nursing home residents, family caregivers, and nursing home staff in falls prevention: Project Engage. Florida Atlantic University through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. 7/1/2018—6/30/2019. $11,828.


J. M. Neiderhiser, PI, and L. D. Dorn, Co-I. An adoption study of the development of early substance use: The joint roles of genetic influences, prenatal risk, rearing environment, and pubertal maturation. National Institute on Drug Abuse. R01DA045108-01. 4/1/2018—1/31/2023. $3,321,673.

F. E. Ritter, PI, and C. M. Garrison, Co-I. Virtual intelligent tutor for the andragogy of military medicine integrated skills (VITAMMINS). Charles River Analytics, Inc. (DoD DHP). SC1519801. $242,166.

A. Y. Sillner, PI. Collaboration with James Rudolph. Providence VA Medical Center. 5/15/2018—8/15/2018. $8,741.

L. L. Behrens and K. Van Haitsma. Direct care nurse’s perceptions of risks associated with honoring nursing home resident preferences: An exploratory focus group study. NIH Translational Science Fellowship program through Clinical and Translational Science Institute. 6/01/2018—8/31/2018. $11,922.