APNA Research Grant Recipients

Ensuring the Future: The APNA Research Grant program aids scientific research and contributions which add to the knowledge and practice of psychiatric-mental health nursing. This year, APNA will assisting three members in their research or evidence-based project with a grant to support their work.

Charania Nadia

Nadia Ali Muhammad Ali Charania, Ph.D., RN
University of Michigan School of Nursing
Arab American Women with Recurrent Depression: Self-management Strategies and
Social Determinants

Informed and inspired by her Ph.D. dissertation research findings on the strategies Pakistani women use to self-manage recurrent depression, Charania will introduce a newly created instrument, the Self-management Strategies Scale for Depression (SMSS-D) and will assess its psychometric properties.  The study will also provide information about social determinants including demographics, neighborhood composition, social inclusion, and social support specific to Arab American women with depression.  Such knowledge and understanding is aimed to help health care providers, agencies, and those concerned with access to care better understand the needs of and the ways Arab American women manage recurrent depression.  She is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan School of Nursing where she works as a Specialty Lead, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing and as an embedded faculty at the Inpatient Psych Unit at the University of Michigan Health System.



Elizabeth Hutson

Elizabeth Hutson, MS, RN, PMHNP-BC
Ohio State University
#mindstrong to Combat Bullying a Cognitive Behavior Skills Building Intervention for Adolescents

Liz Hutson is a PMHNP and PhD student at The Ohio State University. She has tried to achieve the academic trifecta; clinically as a PMHNP at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in their Adolescent Mood Disorders Program, teaching as an instructor at The Ohio State University in both the undergraduate and graduate programs, and through research on childhood bullying. She began her career in psychological research at Brown University and quickly recognized the need to integrate the medical and psychological models for patient treatment. Thus, she began her career in psychiatric nursing. Liz has worked as a psychiatric RN on a child and adolescent inpatient unit and now as a PMHNP. As she was working as a PMHNP she realized she was seeing many patients who were involved with bullying, whether as a perpetrator, victim or both. This bullying was adversely affecting their mental health status, sometimes as the antecedent, making the person more vulnerable to bullying or sometimes as the consequence, with the bullying was causing adverse mental health outcomes. She decided to adapt her mentor, Bern Melnyk’s COPE Program for adolescent victims of bullying, now named #mindstrong and is completing this study for her dissertation. Liz would like to thank APNA for awarding her the research scholarship to complete this important work on interventions for childhood bullying.


Krista Scorsone

Krista Scorsone MS, RN, PMPNP-BC
University of New Mexico College of Nursing
Exploring Perspectives of Medication Assisted Therapy

In her research, Scorsone will explore the experiences and perspectives of rural individuals pursuing medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder to better understand patient-level barriers that impact access to it.  With her work, Scorsone hopes to inform the development of strategies to address the opioid epidemic, facilitate care delivery to vulnerable populations, and address the disparities in treatment for opioid use disorder experienced by marginalized and rural communities.  Scorsone is a fourth-year PhD candidate at the University of New Mexico College of Nursing and a Visiting Assistant Professor at St. John Fisher College Wegmans School of Nursing.


The APNA Grant Review Committee would like to thank all of the applicants.

Past APNA Grant Recipients 


Jenna Brager, MS, BSN-RN
Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing
Perceptions, Use, and Impact of Digital Technologies for Strengthening Parenting

Brenda C. Fore, MHA, BSN, RN-BC, PMHN
Mission Health
Trauma Informed Care: Using Evidence-Based Education to Combat a Population Crisis

Allison McCord, BSN, RN
Indiana University School of Nursing
The Unfolding of Depressive Symptoms, Disease Self-Management, and Treatment Utilization for Latina Adolescents


Nicholas Guenzel, PhD, APRN
University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing
Relationships between Historical Trauma and Mental Health among Adult Urban American Indians


Kosuke Niitsu, MSN, APRN-NP, PMHNP-BC/PhD Student
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Genetic Influence on Resilience to Potentially Traumatic Events
Hear from Niitsu about his research and experience as an APNF Research Grant Recipient.


Robin Osterman, PhD, RNC-OB, CNS
University of Cincinnati College of Nursing
Alcohol Use Biomarkers in Pregnant Methadone Users

Choochart Wong-Anuchit, PhD(c), RN
Saint Louis University School of Nursing
A Meta-analysis of Motivational Interviewing in People with Severe Mental Illness


Marian J. Hardwick, MS, RN
University of South Florida, School of Nursing
Accelerated Resolution Therapy for PTSD and Sleep Disturbance

Kerry Peterson, DNP, PMHCNS, PMHNP
Johns Hopkins University, School of Nursing
Evaluation of Two Dating Violence Prevention Programs on a College Campus


Esther Meerwijk, PhD(c), RN
University of California, San Francisco, School of Nursing
Heart rate variability and frontal EEG asymmetry as markers of psychological pain.

Andrea Warner Stidham, PhD, RN
Kent State University
The Relationship of PostTraumatic Growth to Depressive Symptoms and Physical Health in Spouses of U.S. Service Members Deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan.


Abir Bekhet, PhD, RN, H.S.M.I.
Marquette University
Effects of Positive Cognitions and Resourcefulness on Autism Spectrum Disorder Caregiver’s Burden

Nutchanart Bunthumporn, RN
Case Western Reserve University – PhD candidate
Effects of Biofeedback Training on Negative Emotions, Depressive Cognition, and Resourcefulness in Thai Elders

Carrie M. Carretta, PhD(c), APN, AHN-BC
Vanderbilt University – PhD candidate
Rape Trauma: A Study of Preferred Rape Disclosure Methods and Factors Influencing Psychological Outcomes in Rape Victims

Jennifer Rode, MSN, RN
University of Cincinnati – PhD candidate
The Protective Effects of Social Support on Postpartum Depression: Does Emotional Intelligence Matter?

Kimberly A. Williams, RN, DNSc, PMHNP-BC, ANP-BC
University of South Alabama
School Nurse Feasibility, Reliability and Validity Test of the SARA and SLICE® Tools for Self-Harm


Andrea N. Kwasky, DNP, PMHNP-BC, PMHCNS-BC
University of Detroit Mercy
Vitamin D and Depression:  Is There a Relationship in Young African American Women?

Betty D. Morgan, PhD, PMHCNS, BC
University of Massachusetts Lowell
Nursing Educational Needs for Caring for People with Serious Mental Illness (SMI) at End-of-Life

Mary Rosedale, PhD, PMHNP-BC, NEA-BC
College of Nursing, New York University
The structure of the lived experience of the expert electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) nurse and their meaning of expertise


Eileen Cormier, PhD, RN
Florida State University
How Parents Make Decisions about Medication to Treat Their Child’s ADHD Symptoms

Kimberly O. Hemphill, APRN-BC
Doctoral Student, University of Virginia
Determinants of Health Risk Behavior in Male Juvenile Offenders in Rural Arizona

Linda C. Lewin, PhD, APRN-BC
Case Western Reserve University
Parenting Among Women in Substance Abuse Treatment


Kathryn Anderson
Florida International University
Factors Affecting Health Promoting Screening, Treatment, Couple Relationships and Depression during Breast Cancer: Identifying Couple Risks, Needs, and Solutions from Ethnically Diverse Couples

Ursula Kelly
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Group Interventions for PTSD symptoms in immigrant Latina women exposed to Intimate Partner Violence

Mary Rosedale
New York University
The structure of the lived experience for persons having undergone rTMS for depression treatment

Marianne Smith
University of Iowa
Improving mood in Long-term Care: A Psychiatric Nurse Enhanced Model

Richard Zoucha
Dusquesne University
Understand the Meaning of Mental Health and Illness in an Urban Nicaraguan Community: An Ethnography

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