Selected faculty presentations and achievements

Linda Copel, PhD,RN,CNS,BC,CNE,NCC,FAPA, professor. presented

Copel, L. C., 26th International Nursing Research Congress, Sigma Theta Tau International, San Juan, Puerto Rico, "Student Perceptions of Human Trafficking: It's in Our Community?", Professional, International, proposal peer-reviewed/refereed (July 25, 2015).

Copel, L. C., 27th Annual ENRS Scientific Sessions: Nursing Science, Evidence and Policy: Creating a Culture of Health, ENRS, Washington, DC, "Challenges in Recruiting Military Couples", Professional, Regional, proposal peer-reviewed/refereed (April 17, 2015).

Copel, L. C., 27th Annual ENRS Scientific Sessions: Nursing Science, Evidence and Policy: Creating a Culture of Health, Eastern Nursing Research Society, Washington, DC, "The Experience of Verbal Abuse in Military Couples after Participation in an Educational Program", Professional, Regional, proposal peer-reviewed/refereed, Accepted. (April 15, 2015).

Bette Mariani, PhD, RN, assistant professor, preesnted a poster 

Medication safety simulation: A comparison of students’ knowledge, perceptions, and comfort. Mariani, B., Ross, J. & Paparella, S. at the Sigma Theta Tau International Biennium. November 2015.

Ruth McDermott-Levy, MPH, PhD, RN, associate professor and director of the Center for Global and Public Health

in May 2015 earned her master’s degree in public health from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst.

And she presented as an invited speaker: 

“Living with Pennsylvania’s Gas Boom: Voices from the Community.”  Distinguished Lectorship, Xi Chi At-Large Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International, Millersville University, Millersville, PA. October 22, 2015.  

Helene Moriarty, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN, professor and the Diane L. & Robert F. Moritz Endowed Chair in Nursing Research, presented 

Moriarty, H.J., Winter, L., Robinson, K., True, G., Newhart, B. Predictors of depression in family members of military veterans with traumatic brain injury. Eastern Nursing Research Society 27th Annual Scientific Sessions, Washington, DC, April 17- 18, 2015.

and had the following abstracts:

McKinley, L., Moriarty, H., Hagel, M., Valentine, S., Short, T., & Safdar, N. Conducting a funded population-level infection control intervention pilot study: Lessons learned.  [Abstract], Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc., APIC’s 42nd Annual Conference, Nashville, TN, June 27 - 29, 2015. 

Piersol, C.V., Vause-Earland, T., Winter, L., & Moriarty, H.  Evaluating the Veterans’ In-home Program (VIP): Promoting participation in veterans with TBI.  [Abstract],  4th Annual National Occupational Therapy Summit of Scholars, sponsored by University of Southern California, Thomas Jefferson University, University of Illinois at Chicago, and Washington University, Los Angeles, CA, May 1-2, 2015. 

Piersol, C.V., Vause-Earland, T., Winter, L., & Moriarty, H. Evaluating the Veterans’ In-home Program (VIP): Promoting participation in veterans with TBI. [Abstract], Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association 2014 Annual Conference, King of Prussia, PA, October 31, 2014.   

Jennifer Ross, PhD, RN, CNE, assistant professor

Ross, J. & Bruderle, E. (October 2015). Integrating the QSEN Competency, Safety, into an Essentials of Nursing Practice Course.  Poster Presentation.  Professional Nurse Educators Group Conference, Indianapolis, IN.

Nancy C. Sharts-Hopko, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor and director of the PhD Program in Nursing

Was appointed to Radnor Township’s Board of Health on January 4, 2016 and will serve a three-year term.

And presented "Mental Health Status Indicators and Vision Status Among Adult Women Respondents to the 2010-2013 National Health Interview Survey” at the ENRS Scientific Sessions in Washington DC in April 2015.

Carol Toussie Weingarten, PhD, RN, ANEF, associate professor

Heads the interdisciplinary Joining Forces Task Force at the College of Nursing and serves as a faculty liaison between SNAP-Villanova and the Athletic Department for Military Appreciation events like the annual football game (Nov. 14, 2015) and the 2015 Veterans Day campus program honoring active duty military, veterans, their families and the nurses and other health care providers who care for them.  Along with Linda Copel, Susan Meyers, Helene Moriarty, and Sharon Roth-DeFulvio, she is consulting on a special project with colleagues on the childbearing units at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, an American military hospital in Germany.


Weingarten, C.T., McKeever, A. (Sept. 18, 2015).  Testing as teaching:  Health promotion strategies for "high stakes" course exams. Poster presentation, National League for Nursing Summit, Las Vegas, NV.