Recently Completed Nursing Research Studies, Publications & Principal Investigator(s) 

  • Liszka L, Heiny E, Smith JR, Schlagger B, Mathur A, Pineda R. (2019). Differences in Early Auditory Exposure across Neonatal Environments. Early Human Dev 136:27-32. doi: 10.1016/j.earlhumdev.2019.07.001. 
    Joan R Smith, PhD, RN, NNP-BC

Impact of a Novel Relaxation Method of Touch on Neonatal Neurobehavioral Development Among Very Preterm Infants
Joan R Smith, PhD, RN, NNP-BC

  • Smith JR, McGrath JM, Brotto M, & Inder T. (2014). A randomized-controlled pilot study examining the neurodevelopmental effects of a 5-week M Technique application on very preterm infants. Adv Neonatal Care, 14, 187-200. doi: 10.1097/ANC.0000000000000093


  • Pineda R, Raney M, Smith JR*. (2019). Supporting and Enhancing NICU Sensory Experiences (SENSE): defining developmentally-appropriate sensory exposures for high-risk infants. Early Hum Dev, 133:29-35. doi: 10.1016/j.earlhumdev.2019.04.012

Impact of a Neonatal-Bereavement Support DVD on Parental Grief:  A Randomized Controlled Trial
Joan R. Smith, PhD, RN,NNP-BC

  • Rosenbaum JL, Smith JR, Yan Y, Abram N, Jeffe DB. (2015). Impact of a neonatal-bereavement-support DVD on parental grief: A randomized controlled trial. Death Studies Journal, 39(4), 191-200. doi: 10.1080/07481187.2014.946628

Provider Education for Electronic Clinical Decision Support to Optimize Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy Diagnosis and Treatment
Joan R. Smith, PhD, RN, NNP-BC

A Randomized Controlled Trial Comparing the Effect of Duration of Manual Expression and Breastfeeding Self-efficacy on Milk Volume in Premature Infants (MERIT)
Lisa M. Steurer, PhD, RN, CPNP-PC, CPN, CLC
Dissertation link 

The Use of a Child Life Intervention to reduce Pre-operative Anxiety in Children
Tyler Robertson, CLS & Veronica Barrett, MSN, RN, CPNP-PC

Examining the Outcomes of a Critical Care Hospital Based Fellowship for Senior Nursing Students (Faculty Collaborative Grant)
Vicki Moran, PhD, RN, CNE, Rose Hansen, MSN, RN, & Deirdre Schweiss, DNP, RN, CPNP

  • Moran, V., Hansen, R., &Schweiss, D. (2018). Outcomes of a critical care hospital-based fellowship for senior nursing students. Journal of Nursing Education, 57 (8): 469-475. Doi: 10.3928/01484834-20180720-04

Pain Control and Positioning in Children Following Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy Surgery
Janette Coble, BSN, MS, RN
Accepted for publication: Journal of Neuroscience Nursing (2019): (in press)

A Randomized Controlled Trial to Compare Pain Medications in Children Undergoing Strabismus Surgery
Hasima Hajdini, BSN, RN

Reducing Flat Time in Pediatric Patients after Cardiac Catheterization
Rebecca Roiger, MSN, RN, CPNP-PC

Improving the Discharge to Home Experience for Pediatric Patients and Families
Kari Vigna, BSN, RN 

  • Vigna, K., Balakas. K., Steurer, L.M., Ercole, P.M. (2018). Improving the discharge to home experience for pediatric heart center patients and families. Journal of Pediatric Nursing 41, 42-47.

The Use of Simulation with Pediatric Nurses: Increasing Confidence and Increasing Referrals to Social Work of Adolescents Engaging in Risky Behaviors (Faculty Collaborative Grant)
Deirdre Schweiss, DNP, RN, CPNP & Moe Schmid, MSN, RN

The Feasibility of Kangaroo Care and the Effect on Maternal Attachment for Infants in the Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit
Mary Jane Broge, MSN, RN, CPNP-PC

Implementation of a Focused Education Program for Pediatric Emergency Unit Staff on Identification and Referral of Adolescents Exposed to Human Trafficking
Kathleen Houston, DNP, RN, CPNP-PC

The Feasibility of a School Nurse Led Mindfulness Program in an Inner-City Public School
Lisa Henry, MSN, RN, CPNP-PC

Exploring How a Palliative Care Team Impacts the Grieving Process for Families after the Death of a Child
Pam Piel, MSN, RN, CPNP-PC