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Faculty publications, presentations and achievements


Below is a selection of achievements and leadership by College of Nursing faculty. More listings can be found in Villanova Nursing magazine.


Elizabeth A. Bruderle, '90 M.S.N., Ph.D., R.N., clinical assistant professor, was a finalist in May 2012 for Villanova University’s Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for Outstanding Teaching.

Theresa Capriotti ’95 M.S.N., D.O., R.N., CRNP, clinical associate professor, presented “Engineering, Biology and Nursing Intercollegiate Project 2011- 2012,” at Villanova University’s VITAL and CIT Conference.

Linda Carman Copel, Ph.D., R.N., PMHCNS, BC, CNE, NCC, FAPA, professor, presented a paper, “Intimate Partner Violence Experienced by Women with Disabilities,” at the Family Therapy Networker Conference in Washington, D.C., in March 2012.

Elizabeth Burgess Dowdell, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN, professor, was a finalist in May 2012 to give Villanova University undergraduates their “Last Lecture,” based on votes by the senior class. Dr. Dowdell in April 2012 presented three papers in Atlanta at the U.S. Department of Justice OJJDP’s National Law Enforcement Training on Child Exploitation: “Adolescents and the Internet: Sexting, Cyberbullying, Online Strangers and Offline Victimization”; “Self-production of Child Pornography by Minors on The Pennsylvania ICAC Response”; and “Social Networking Patterns of Adolescents, Young Adults, and Offenders.”

Tamara M. Kear ’09 Ph.D., R.N., CNN, assistant professor, co-presented a poster with student A. Behette, “Hypertension in Haitian Migrant Communities in the Dominican Republic: An Investigation of Three Rural Bay Communities,” at the College of Nursing’s Research Symposium in March 2012. She presented a webinar, “Renal Failure: An Update for Healthcare Professionals,” at the ADVANCE for Nurses Publication, Virtual Job Fair in January 2012.

Michelle M. Kelly ’94 B.S.N., ’12 Ph.D., CRNP, clinical assistant professor, and Naomi Wallis ’11 B.S.N., R.N. presented “Life after Prematurity: Health-related Quality of Life and Special Health Care Needs of Children Born Prematurely” at the College of Nursing Annual Research Symposium.
Margaret “Peggy” G. Lyons ’87 B.S.N., D.N.P., CRNI, program coordinator of Continuing Education in Nursing and Health Care, in May 2012 presented “Navigating Your Way Through Open Access, Copyright, Fair Use and the TEACH Act” at the 20th Annual Conference for Nurse Educators, sponsored by Saint Anselm’s College and held in Hyannis, Mass. In June 2012 she received a research award from the Gardner Foundation of the Infusion Nurses Society.

Bette A. Mariani ’82 B.S.N., Ph.D., R.N., assistant professor, co-presented with Colleen M. Meakim ’84 M.S.N., R.N., director of the Learning Resource Center, a preconference lecture on “Using Structured Debriefing to Enhance Clinical Judgment Abilities in the Simulation Experience” at the 11th Annual International Nursing Simulation/Learning Resource Centers Conference. They offered a workshop, “Debriefing for Meaningful Learning,” at the ATI Nurse Educator Summit in April 2012 in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Ruth A. McDermott-Levy ’96 M.S.N., ’08 Ph.D., R.N., assistant professor, presented a poster, “Health Needs Assessment in Philadelphia’s Arab American Community,” at the College of Nursing’s Annual Research Symposium in March 2012.

Amy E. McKeever ’08 Ph.D., R.N., CRNP, assistant professor, presented two posters at the Association of Women’s Health Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses National Convention in June 2012 in Washington, D.C.:
 o “The Effect of Innovative Educational Programs on the Initiation and Continuation of Breastfeeding Among Low-Income African American Women,” with P. Digiacomo; and
o “Lilfisha for the Cure: The Education of Arab-Muslim Women in Breast Health Using Community Health Workers. An Empowerment Model of Health Education,” with Ruth A. McDermott-Levy ’96 M.S.N., ’08 Ph.D., R.N., assistant professor.

Patricia A. Mynaugh, Ph.D., R.N., associate professor, in January 2012, received Villanova University’s Recognition for Student Mentoring.

Kelly Ann P. Nestor ’96 B.S.N., ’08 M.S.N., ANP-BC, clinical professor, was elected to a three-year term on the board of Saunders House, a rehab/long-term care facility in Wynnewood, Pa.,  and Bryn Mawr (Pa.) Terrace, a senior care community.
Bing-Bing Qi ’94 M.S.N., Ph.D., R.N., assistant professor, and student Victoria Daubert presented a poster, “Osteoporosis Knowledge, Health Beliefs and Preventive Behaviors among Freshmen Nursing Students,” at the College of Nursing’s Annual Research Symposium in March 2012.

Kathryn M. Reynolds ’79 B.S.N., M.S.N., PNP, clinical assistant professor, co-presented two sessions with Isabella “Belle” Erickson, Ph.D., R.N., assistant professor: “Clinical Evaluation of Nursing Students” and “Clinical Conferencing” at the Clinical Conferencing and Evaluation for Clinical Faculty, Villanova University.

Carol Toussie Weingarten, Ph.D., R.N., ANEF, associate professor, returned again to Germany in the summer of 2012, working with U.S. wounded warriors at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center and providing continuing education as well as faculty development for its Department of Nursing. In Pittsburgh, she presented “Working with Ill and Wounded Troops Transported to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany: Through the Eyes of a Civilian Volunteer Who Is A Nurse,” at the 60th National Convention of the National Student Nurses Association (NSNA) in April 2012. In May 2012, she was a semifinalist for Villanova University’s Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for Outstanding Teaching