College of Nursing Research Office
The College of Nursing at Montana State University is dedicated to supporting the endeavors of the faculty and students engaging in research and scholarly projects. To facilitate research endeavors the Office of Research & Scholarship, under the direction of the Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Education, provides comprehensive pre- and post-award services.
Faculty Research Profiles
The College of Nursing is a national leader in rural nursing research and is responsive to the evolving health needs of the people of Montana and the nation. Faculty members in the college contribute, through their research, to a variety of important health and health care topics. We invite you to review the information below, which is presented as an introduction to the breadth of the exciting research opportunities available in our college. Please feel free to contact any of our researchers for more information about their research activities.
Yoshiko Colclough, PhD, RN
Dr. Colclough’s research centers on generational and cultural differences in end-of-life decision making, especially minority population in particular Japanese Americans and American Indians. More broadly, her interest includes nursing ethics, qualitative method, a community-based participatory research approach, and gerontology.
Wade Hill, PhD, APRN, BC
Dr. Hill is a public health clinician and researcher who investigates ecological determinants of human environmental exposures.
Elizabeth Kinion, EdD, MSN, APN-BC, FAAN
Dr. Kinion’s research foci are oral health and health disparities using community-based participatory approaches in rural and American Indian communities.
Sandra W. Kuntz, PhD, APRN, CNS-BC
Dr. Kuntz is a community/public health clinical nurse specialist with a research focus in environmental health, disaster, health disparities and community-based participatory approaches in rural and Native American communities.
Laura Larsson, PhD, MPH, BSN, RN
Dr. Larsson’s research interests are in the field of environmental public health nursing. Her research focuses on improving the health of vulnerable families with children by reducing their exposures to harmful agents in the places where they live, work, and play.
Susan Luparell, Ph.D, CNS-BC, CNE
Dr. Luparell has a long standing interest in incivility in nursing and nursing education. More recently she has begun to explore the role of simulation in nursing education.
D “Dale” Mayer, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC
Dr. Mayer is a cardiac clinical nurse specialist with a strong interest in cardiovascular nursing, grief and loss, palliative care and end of life issues. Recent research completed by Dr. Mayer includes a qualitative study, which used narrative analysis to examine family bereavement experiences after sudden cardiac death.
A. Gretchen McNeely, DNSc, RN
Dr. McNeely’s research interests are in professional nursing issues approached from a historical perspective. These include the study of professional organizations, nursing education, professional regulation, and legislation related to professional nursing education and practice.
Helen Melland, PhD, RN
Dean and Professor
Dr. Melland’s research interests include complementary therapies, interdisciplinary education, faculty roles and responsibilities, plus teaching and learning issues and strategies.
Polly Petersen, PhD, RN
Dr. Petersen’s research focuses on the characteristics of advanced practice nurses that support independent practice and primary care for patients, especially patients in rural Montana.
Alice Running, PhD, APRN-BC
Dr. Running's research centers on utilization of complementary therapies for the treatment of chronic conditions and ease at end of life. Clinical research has involved the use of acupuncture for women's health in primary care, and current research focuses on breast cancer in a murine (mouse) model.
Kathleen Schachman, PhD, RN
Dr. Schachman’s research interest focuses on military families, specifically, the stressors they encounter during the transition to parenthood. Recent research completed by Dr. Schachman includes a study of postpartum depression in military wives, and a qualitative study exploring adaptation to fatherhood in men returning from combat.
Jean Shreffler-Grant, PhD, RN
Dr. Shreffler-Grant’s program of research focuses on access to and quality of formal (allopathic) and informal (complementary) health care services for people living in sparsely populated rural areas. Her recent research activities concern health literacy about complementary care among rural residents.
Christina Sieloff, PhD, RN, CNA, BC
Dr. Sieloff's program of research focuses on how the power, embedded naturally within groups of clinicians, can impact patient outcomes directly. As a theorist, Dr. Sieloff facilitates the work of nurse researchers, at any level, to further the development and testing of nursing knowledge, and its application to nursing situations.
Linda Torma, PhD, APRN, GCNS-BC
Dr. Torma is a clinical specialist in gerontological nursing whose research focuses on factors that promote health and physical function in older adults living with chronic, persistent pain. Her most recent research explored resilience in older adults living with fibromyalgia and its influence on the relationship between pain and physical function.
Donna A. Williams, PhD
Dr. Williams is a cardiovascular physiologist with a specific research focus on microcirculation and control of water permeability by intact, living capillaries. Clinical significance includes hydration, exercise, edema formation, and cardiovascular health and disease.
Charlene Winters, PhD, APRN, BC
Dr. Winters is a clinical nurse specialist with research interests in two areas: chronic illness (individual responses, adaptation, illness self-management) and rural health issues (rural nursing practice, health disparities, rural nursing theory development). She has a particular interest in asbestos-related disease and heart failure.
Karen Zulkowski, DNS, RN, CWS
Dr. Zulkowski's research centers on wounds and pressure ulcers. This includes risk and skin assessment, dressings, and nurse's knowledge. She also has conducted multiple evidence based projects related to wound care.