Precision Science

Precision science is aimed at predicting symptom susceptibility, disease occurrence and progression, and developing tailored interventions.

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Precision science maximizes effectiveness by taking into account individual personal and environmental characteristics (e.g., how an individual’s type of lifestyle, co-existing diseases, biomarkers of risk, cognitive and emotional factors, and genetic and environmental factors) are associated with disease risk and progression. Precision science spans basic science through implementation science methodologies.

Within precision science, our researchers are addressing topics such as omics, physiological, psychological, and environmental factors, and also phenotypes, chronic disease, symptoms, self-management, and palliative care within a variety of health-related conditions.

Faculty

Terry A Badger

Terry A Badger

Terry A Badger , PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN

Professor

Precision Science

Chronic Disease, Psychological, Self-Management, Symptoms
My research helps cancer survivors and their caregivers to reduce psychological distress and manage cancer symptoms during and after cancer treatment. I remove the barriers to receiving supportive care services by using the telephone to provide health education and counseling.
Accepting PhD Students

Tracy E Crane

Tracy E Crane

Tracy E Crane

Assistant Professor

Precision Science

Chronic Disease, Self-Management, Symptoms
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Janice D Crist

Janice D Crist

Janice D Crist , PhD, RN, FNGNA, FAAN

Associate Professor

Precision Science

Chronic Disease, Palliative Care, Self-Management
My interdisciplinary community-based participatory research (CBPR) matches the right community health system, with the right caregiving family, at the right time. With the ENCASA Community Advisory Council, we test culturally appropriate innovations; e.g., digital “graphic-novelas” to assist minority older adults to “age in place.”
Accepting PhD Students

Judith S Gordon

Judith S Gordon

Judith S Gordon , PhD

Professor, Nursing

Precision Science

Chronic Disease, Psychological, Self-Management
I conduct research to help people engage in healthier lifestyle behaviors, primarily tobacco use cessation and prevention. Currently, I focus on reaching tobacco users in a variety of healthcare settings, and using integrative approaches and technology to reduce tobacco use.
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Kathleen C Insel

Kathleen C Insel

Kathleen C Insel , PhD, RN

Professor

Precision Science

Chronic Disease, Psychological, Self-Management
My area of research focuses on cognitive function and how cognition is influenced by age, illness, and treatment; this also informs how cognitive function influences self-management. Using cognitive theories, we developed an intervention to improve medication adherence. We are now translating this intervention to an App.
Accepting PhD Students

Mary S Koithan

Mary S Koithan

Mary S Koithan , PhD, RN, CNS-BC, FAAN

Associate Professor

Precision Science

Chronic Disease, Symptoms
I conduct research about whole person/whole systems wellbeing and health. My current work is focused on designing and evaluating healthcare delivery systems that employ the full spectrum of interventions to reduce symptom distress and improve individual and systems outcomes.
Accepting PhD Students

Lois J Loescher

Lois J Loescher

Lois J Loescher , PhD, RN, FAAN

Professor

Precision Science

Environmental Factors, Phenotypes
I conduct cancer prevention and control research, primarily targeting skin cancer. I focus on technology-based, theory-driven behavioral interventions to: reduce individual skin cancer risk, train healthcare and service providers to reduce skin cancer risk in their clients, and educate adolescents to improve sun safety behaviors.
Accepting PhD Students

Marylyn M McEwen

Marylyn M McEwen

Marylyn M McEwen , PhD, PHCNS-BC, FAAN

Professor

Precision Science

Chronic Disease, Self-Management
I conduct research to decrease diabetes health disparities among adults of Mexican origin who reside in the AZ-Sonora border region. Specifically, I conduct community engaged, culturally tailored, family-based interventions targeting behavioral changes to improve type 2 diabetes self-management.

Ida M Moore

Ida M Moore

Ida M Moore , PhD, RN, FAAN

Dean

Precision Science

Physiological, Psychological
My research focuses on the impact of central nervous system (CNS)-directed treatment on neurodevelopmental outcomes and mechanisms of neurologic injury in children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) and brain tumors.
Accepting PhD Students

Helena W Morrison

Helena W Morrison

Helena W Morrison , PhD, RN

Assistant Professor

Precision Science

Phenotypes, Physiological
I am working to improve stroke patient outcomes by informing novel sex-specific therapeutics. I investigate microglia cells—the brain phagocyte—under physiologic and pathologic conditions. My primary research inquiry focuses on discovering how sex, estrus cycle and ovarian function influences microglial morphology in the healthy brain and their phagocytic phenotypes after ischemic stroke.
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Thaddeus Wesley Warren Pace

Thaddeus Wesley Warren Pace

Thaddeus Wesley Warren Pace , PhD

Assistant Professor

Precision Science

Chronic Disease, Environmental Factors, Phenotypes, Physiological, Psychological, Self-Management, Symptoms
I study mechanisms of stress-biological changes in cancer survivors who experience distress, fatigue and depression. Informed by this work, I also investigate effectiveness of novel integrative interventions for survivors designed to optimize psychosocial wellness. These include Cognitively-Based Compassion Training, a compassion meditation program, and curcumin.
Accepting PhD Students

Leslie S Ritter

Leslie S Ritter

Leslie S Ritter , PhD, RN, FAAN

Professor

Precision Science

Chronic Disease, Physiological, Self-Management
My research focuses on community-based models to support those who are living with stroke as a chronic condition. I am focused on identifying inflammatory mechanisms in the microcirculation of the brain during reperfusion after ischemic stroke.
Accepting PhD Students

Jennifer Ruel

Jennifer Ruel , DNP, RN, FNP-BC, ENP-BC

Clinical Assistant Professor

Precision Science

Chronic Disease, Environmental Factors, Physiological, Psychological, Self-Management, Symptoms

Kimberly Denise Shea

Kimberly Denise Shea

Kimberly Denise Shea , PhD, RN, CHPN

Clinical Associate Professor

Precision Science

Palliative Care, Self-Management, Symptoms
I conduct research that combines serious illness care (palliative and hospice) and technology, primarily in residential settings. Currently, I am focusing on tele-palliative care that uses mobile device instant video conferencing to reduce stress and time to symptom reduction.
Accepting PhD Students

Ruth E Taylor-Piliae

Ruth E Taylor-Piliae

Ruth E Taylor-Piliae , PhD, RN, FAHA

Associate Professor

Precision Science

Chronic Disease, Physiological, Psychological, Self-Management, Symptoms
My research focuses on increasing physical activity among older adults, especially those with heart disease and stroke. I use innovative interventions such as Tai Chi, to help them improve their physical and cognitive function, reduce fall rates, ameliorate negative symptoms, and enhance quality of life.
Accepting PhD Students

Shu Fen Wung

Shu Fen Wung

Shu Fen Wung , PhD, MS, RN, ACNP-BC, FAAN

Associate Professor

Precision Science

Omics, Phenotypes
I conduct research to help clinicians and caregivers effectively and safely use of health technologies when caring for patients who are acutely ill or with multiple chronic illness. Currently, I focus on improving interactions between nurses and medical devices to lower medical device alarms and associated sensory overload among critical care nurses to improve critical care working environment.
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