Faculty Research, Publications and Achievements

College of Nursing faculty are teacher-scholars. They are engaged in scholarly inquiry, often working with undergraduate and graduate students, on their research projects.

The College also houses a Center for Nursing Research and has the Diane L.  and Robert F. Moritz, Jr. Endowed Chair in Nursing Research, established in 2013 by Robert F. Moritz, Jr. DDS ’51 VSB and his wife Diane to advance research and scholarship within the College and its academic programs.  It is held by Helene Moriarty, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC.

Areas of research include:

  • Health issues of veterans and their families
  • Health risk behaviors of children, including internet safety
  • Healthcare access and health issues of people with disabilities
  • Healthy eating habits of children*
  • Infection control
  • Intimate partner violence
  • Simulation as a teaching-learning strategy
  • Texting technology use by community health workers and health outcomes in Nicaragua**

*interdisciplinary study with the College's MacDonald Center for Obesity Prevention and Education (COPE) and IBC's Health Futures Initiative

**interdisciplinary study with College of Engineering and Villanova School of Business



Elizabeth M. Blunt, PhD, RN, APN-BC, Assistant Professor

Dr. Blunt  is the editor as well as the author of chapter published the book, ANCC Family Nurse Practitioner Review Manual.   In Elizabeth M. Blunt (Ed.), Chapter 1 - TAKING THE CERTIFICATION EXAMINATION.  Silver Spring, MD: ANCC.


Carol Toussie Weingarten PhD, RN, ANEF, Associate Professor 

Paper published in the Pennsylvania Nurse: Nursing through Generations, 68(3), 13-15, 22.



Patricia K. Bradley PhD RN FAAN, Associate Professor

Grapes, Muffins, and Pancakes: What Every Nurse Needs to Know About Breast Cancer Luncheon Keynote   Speaker National Black Nurses Association Regional Health and Wellness Summit  Phila PA April 20, 2013

With Colleen Meakim: Developing Psychiatric Assessment Skills and Empathy though Simulation in Undergraduate Nursing Students Education Management Solutions, Inc. (EMS) Webinar January 9, 2013

Marcia Costello PhD, RDN, LDN Assistant Professor

Conducted a one day WIC State of Delaware Staff Development Program: “Breastfeeding Promotion and Obesity Prevention: Let’s Be Real”, Dover, Del., March 2013

M. Louise Fitzpatrick EdD, RN, FAAN, Connelly Endowed Dean and Professor

Guest speaker on October 5, 2013 at the banquet of the Worldwide Alumni Association of the American University of Beirut Philadelphia/Delaware Valley Alumni Chapter.  She addressed “The Role of Nursing in Primary Care.”

Tamara M. Kear ’09 Ph.D., RN, CNN, Assistant Professor

Presented with Hain, D. "The HOW, NOW, and WOW of Evidence-Based Practice," a national webinar sponsored by the American Nephrology Nurses' Association, October 2013. 

Margaret “Peggy” G. Lyons,  ‘87 BSN, DNP, RN, CRNI, Nurse Faculty Coordinator Online RN-MSN Program 

Presented "A Randomized Controlled Comparison of Flushing Protocols in Homecare Patients with Peripherally Inserted Central Catheters," at the Crozer Keystone Health System (CKHS) 8th Annual Research Symposium.

Bette A. Mariani,’82 BSN, PhD, RN, assistant professor
and Colleen M. Meakim, ’84 MSN, RN, director of the Learning Resource Center 

Presented "Designing and Debriefing: Critical Tools for Effective Simulation," at Society for Healthcare Education and Training Conference in Vorhees, N.J. on April 19, 2013.

Amy McKeever, PhD, RN, CRNP, WHNP-BC Assistant Professor

On February 26, 2013 conducted a national webinar for Gannett education/ Nurse.com titled The Facts about Cervical Cancer.

Helene Moriarty, ’77 BSN, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, Professor, Diane L & Robert F. Moritz Endowed Chair in Nursing Research

Abstract, co-authored with Robinson, J.P., Bunting-Perry, L., Bradway, C.W., & Avi-Itzhak, T. Using mixed methods to understand symptom distress in patients with Parkinson’s disease and urinary symptoms., Presented at poster session, The Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science, 2013 Special Topics Conference on Innovative Approaches to Symptom Science: Measurement and Analysis. Washington, DC, October 16, 2013.  

Nancy C. Sharts-Hopko, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor and director, PhD Program

Keynote speaker "Promoting Women's Health: What's New Under the Sun?," at the Eighth Annual Alumni Association of the Training School for Nurses - PGH Nursing Lecture Series, Neumann University Division of Nursing and Health Sciences.

Invited presentation to the TriState Consortium of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society, a topic titled "STTI Global Initiatives" on October 20, 2013 in Philadelphia.

Keynote speaker at the Main Line Health Systems Annual Nursing Research Conference, "Nursing Research: Past, Present, Future." April 30, 2013.

Suzanne C. Smeltzer Ed.D., RN, FAAN, Professor and Director of the Center for Nursing Research

Presented at The Arc Health Meet Webinar, "Women's Health Issues Over a Lifespan," The ARC, webinar, (January 9, 2013).

Sharing expertise with the Villanova University community

Frances M. Amorim, MSN, RN, CCE, Clinical Assistant Professor, Coordinator of Clinical Education and Arcamone, Angelina C.  ’82 BSN, ’86 MSN, Ph.D., RN, CCE, Assistant Dean of the Undergraduate Program presented at the Villanova University College of Nursing Clinical Faculty Workshop, "Legal Savvy for the Clinical Nurse Educator," Villanova University, College of Nursing, Villanova University, College of Nursing, January 9, 2013.

Theresa Capriotti, DO, CRNP, MSN, RN, Clinical Associate Professor, and Kevin Merrill Buckley, presented at the VITAL and CIT Conference, "Engineering, Biology and Nursing Intercollegiate Project 2011- 2012," Teaching and Learning at Villanova University.

Marcia Costello, PhD, RD, Assistant Professor presented with Jennifer Gunberbg Ross, ’00 BSN, ’05 MSN, ’11 PhD, RN, CNE, Adjunct Clinical Instructor, and current undergraduate, Meghan Long (VU’16), "Creative Integration of Social Media in the Classroom,"  at Teaching and Learning Strategies at Villanova University, Villanova, PA, May 15, 2013.

Bette A. Mariani,’82 BSN, Ph.D., RN Assistant Professor, Mary Ann Cantrell, ’89 M.S.N., Ph.D., RN, CS, Professor, and Colleen M. Meakim, ’84 MSN, RN Director of the Learning Resource Center presented the paper "What's Wrong with this Patient: Integrating Quality and Safety Through Simulation," Villanova Institute for Teaching and Learning, Villanova, PA, May 8, 2013.

Bette A. Mariani,’82 BSN, Ph.D., RN Assistant Professor, and Colleen M. Meakim, ’84 MSN, RN Director of the Learning Resource Center  presented, "Designing and Debriefing: Critical Tools for Effective Simulation," Villanova University Continuing Education and Main Line Health System, Villanova University College of Nursing, 8 hour Continuing Education Symposium. December 5, 2012.

McKeever, A. E., Student Nurses Association of Pennsylvania, Villanova University, Villanova University, (November 2013)."Fact or Fiction: Women's Health across the Lifespan"

Melissa O’Connor, PhD, MBA, RN, COS-C, assistant professor and the first Eugenie and Joseph Doyle Research Fellow, Center for Home Care Policy & Research at the Visiting Nurse Services of New York presented: “Management of Health Sciences Data” at the Faculty Forum on Research Presentation: Data Management Plans for Research Grant Compliance at Villanova University, 9/2013

Petit de Mange, E. & McKeever, A. E. (January 28, 2014). Freedom School, Villanova University, Villanova University, "Collecting Data on Race and Ethnicity: Is This Practice Still Necessary"

Elizabeth Petit de Mange, PhD MSN NP-C RN, Assistant Professor, presented at the Catholic Social Teaching and Access to Health Care, "Health care access for vulnerable populations in the United States," Villanova University,  and  "The impact of the economy on access to health care for the poor," at the Catholic Relief Services, Villanova University.

Nancy C. Sharts-Hopko, PhD, RN, FAAN, spoke at the Teaching and Learning Strategies at Villanova, on the topic of "Flipping over Research in the Undergraduate Nursing Program," (May 15, 2013), at Falvey Library’s  Library Futures Symposium, "Lightning Talk," Villanova University, May 14, 2013.

Carol Toussie Weingarten PhD, RN, ANEF, Associate Professor and, Michael S. Weingarten, MD presented at the Student Nurses Association of Pennsylvania (SNAP-Villanova), Villanova University a talk on "Working with staff and ill and wounded troops at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany."  

Deborah W. Wimmer, MSN, CRNP, Clinical Assistant Professor, presented “"HIV Care in Durban, South Africa," to the Villanova University Catholic Relief Service Ambassadors.


Achievements & Leadership

Nancy C. Sharts-Hopko, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor and Director, PhD Program

Appointed to be a Middle States Commission on Higher Education site evaluator

Recent guest editor for MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing.

In the Media

Theresa Capriotti, DO, MSN, RN, CRNP  Clinical Associate Professor

12.31.13  weatherchannel.com "Watch Out for These Winter Woes"

Elizabeth Burgess Dowdell, PhD, RN, FAAN Professor

2.11.13  KYW1060 radio "Sleep texting"                                   

2.21.13  CNN.com "Sleep texting"                     

7.24.13  The Bump "How Is Your Nanny Using Social Media?"

8.2.13    USNews & World Report "The trouble with sleep texting"                 

8.27.13  NBC News  "Sleep-texting is a nightmare for some cellphone addicts"                               

9.9.13    WHYY Newsworks  "If I shall text before I wake: Villanova prof says 'sleep texting' is common"                            

9.24.13  Christian Science Monitor "Facebook regret? California law lets kids erase embarrassing posts."

12.5.13  Minnesota StarTribune "A new disorder is plaguing teenagers: Sleep texting"

Kathy Gray Siracusa PhD, RN, MBA, NEA-BC, CCRN Clinical Assistant Professor

1.13.13  Healthcare finance news “Nurses' union contract features first-in-nation needlestick and workplace violence benefit”

Carol Toussie Weingarten, PhD, RN, ANEF  Associate professor

8.29.13  The Salt Lake Tribune "What music can help soothe a baby?"                

Joyce S. Willens, PhD, RN,BC  Assistant professor

11.16.13  TV   Discovery Health channel  "Pain matters"             

Erin Winterhalter MPH, RD, LDN, CDE Director, MacDonald Center for Obesity Prevention and Education

11.7.13 NBC10 Philadelphia  "FDA bans trans fats"               

Faculty present their findings at local, national and international conferences and publish in top journals including, but not limited to:

  • The American Journal for Nurse Practitioners
  • AJN, American Journal of Nursing
  • Critical Care Nurse
  • Journal of Emergency Nursing
  • Journal of Neuroscience Nursing
  • Journal of Nursing Care Quality
  • Journal of Nursing Scholarship
  • Journal of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing
  • MCN, the American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing
  • Nephrology Nursing Journal
  • Nursing Education Perspectives
  • Nursing Outlook
  • Nursing Research
  • Oncology Nursing Forum
  • Pain Management Nursing
  • Pediatric Nursing