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School of Nursing

(323) 343-4700

Marlohn Balas
Professor of Nursing; M.A., Loma Linda University

Contact: (323) 343-4711


Professor Balas' expertise includes: case management, home health,
physical assessment issues and trends in health care, and
geriatric and adult health care issues and treatment.

Loretta Birckhead
Associate Professor of Nursing; Ed.D., Boston University

Contact: (323) 343-4705


Dr. Birckhead's areas of research include the awareness process
in psychotherapy for trauma survivors; awareness as a curative
factor in group psychotherapy; and development of a measurement
tool to assess self/other awareness in group psychotherapy.
Dr. Birckhead is the author of Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing:
The Therapeutic Use of Self

Randy M. Caine
Professor of Nursing; Ed.D., Pepperdine University

Contact: (323) 343-4738


Dr. Caine is nationally certified as an adult nurse practitioner,
a medical surgical clinical nurse specialist, and in critical care.
Her research and publication interests center on caring relationships
in the work setting and with patients and families. Recently, her
research has focused on end-of-life treatment decisions. She has edited
three textbooks on nursing care planning, and has published numerous
articles. She currently serves on the editorial boards of Clinical
Nurse Specialist
and Critical Care Nurse.

Evelyn Ruiz Calvillo
Professor of Nursing; D.N.Sc., UCLA

Contact: (323) 343-4707


A specialist in medical surgical nursing, Dr. Calvillo
studies the health beliefs of Mexican Americans and is
concerned with health care of Mexican Americans, particularly
with diabetes in Mexican Americans. Three publications
from her dissertation all focus on pain response in Mexican
. She is President of the National Association of
Hispanic Nurses (Orange County Chapter) and is active in recruitment
of ethnically diverse faculty in health professions
. She
also acts as a mentor to Hispanic nursing students.

Fluent in: Spanish.

Sarah P. Farnham
Emerita Professor of Nursing; M.S., UCLA

Contact: (323) 343-4707

Professor Farnham is a clinical specialist in adult psychiatric and mental health nursing. She has expertise in the area of family violence, particularly as it relates to spousal abuse in heterosexual and homosexual relationships.

Marlene Farrell
Emerita Professor of Nursing; M.S., UCLA

Contact: (323) 343-4705

Professor Farrell is an expert in mental health. In 1967,
she was honored as an Outstanding Young Woman in America. She
has been involved in several projects developed to examine innovative
approaches to teaching nursing.

Eleanor Ferguson-Marshalleck
Professor of Nursing; Ph.D., Stanford University; R.N.; P.H.N.

Contact: (323) 343-4737

Community health and primary care are two of Professor
Ferguson-Marshalleck's areas of interest. She has expertise on public health, health promotion and prevention programs, and health assessment of communities.

Fluent in: Spanish.

Darlene Finocchiaro
Lecturer, Nursing; M.S., Cal State L.A.

Contact: (323) 343-5663


Finocchiaro is the co-author of Rehabilitation Nursing Practice
(1998, McGraw Hill), and the past secretary/treasurer of the
Association of Rehabilitation Nurses. Her expertise is in
medical-surgical nursing, especially rehabilitation.
She is also involved with spirituality and developed "N480,"
a course on the spiritual aspects of nursing practice. She is the
2002 Educator Role Award winner of the Association of Rehabilitation

Marilyn Friedman
Professor of Nursing; Ph.D., USC

Contact: (323) 343-4712


Dr. Friedman's areas of expertise are family nursing, family ethics, and
nursing research. She is the author of the most widely
used text in family nursing, Family Nursing: Theory, Research and Practice, first, second, third and fourth editions, and has made national and international presentations in areas addressing issues in family nursing and
family and home health research. She was recipient of Cal State L.A.'s
Outstanding Professor Award for 1991-92. She served as director
of a federally-funded pediatric nurse practitioner program.

Jo Ann Johnson
Professor of Nursing; D.P.A., USC

Contact: (323) 343-4700

Dr. Johnson's expertise is in nursing administration.
She has published in Nursing Outlook, Journal of Nursing
and Nursing Management.
Professor Johnson currently presides over the California Association
of Colleges of Nursing.

Lorie Judson
Assistant Professor, Nursing; M.S., UCLA, DNSC, University of San Diego

Contact: (323) 343-4719


Professor Judson is an expert on pediatric nursing,
acute nurse practition, health care management and
chronic illness in children-mothering the children.

Kim Miller
Professor of Nursing; Associate Director, Edward G. Roybal Institute for Applied Gerontology; Ph.D., USC

Contact: (323) 343-4709 or -4715


Dr. Miller's area of expertise is gerontology. She is
currently involved in a research grant studying caregivers
of patients with Alzheimer's Disease among the Korean community,
and menopause study from a multicultural perspective.

Fluent in: Korean.

Karen Nielsen-Menicucci
Lecturer of Nursing; M.S., Loma Linda University

Contact: (323) 343-4730


Karen Nielsen-Menicucci's areas of expertise include public health,
immunization, pediatrics, community-based nursing, health education,
teen pregnancy and distance learning.

Judith Papenhausen
Professor of Nursing; M.S., Cal State L.A., Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Contact: (323) 343-4727


Dr. Papenhausen's areas of expertise are nursing care
, critical care and medical-surgical nursing. She was the
editor of Clinical Nurse Specialist, the journal for professional
nursing practices. She completed her dissertation for a doctorate in nursing for the University of Texas, Austin, investigating quality care outcomes of nursing care management interventions in chronically-ill elderly clients. She has also authored three textbook chapters on nursing care management.

Barbara Peterson Sinclair
Professor of Nursing; M.N., Emory University

Contact: (323) 343-4718


A noted expert in women's health and healthcare delivery
, Professor Sinclair presents on numerous topics and
is particularly interested in menopause, advanced practice nurses,
HIV/AIDS in women and children, family planning options, sexually-transmitted
diseases and healthcare needs of middle-aged and older women.
She is listed in Who's Who of American Women, is a Fellow
in the American Academy of Nursing and is editor-in-chief of LIFELINES (on the health care of women and babies) and is the director of the Institute of Nursing. In addition, she consults with a variety of healthcare agencies.

Rhea P. Williams
Professor of Nursing; M.N. (Nursing); Ph.D. (Education), UCLA

Contact: (323) 343-4717


Dr. Williams teaches maternal-infant nursing and family
. She is particularly interested in issues related
to parenting, especially the transition to parenthood.
With colleague Dr. Kim Miller, she has conducting research
to determine women's perceptions and ability to cope with menopause
from a multicultural perspective
. She is also interested
in the career development of nurses and exploring issues for students
entering nursing programs. Her interest also covers encouraging
students and nurses from diverse backgrounds to further their
education in nursing. She has published articles in the journal Quality Nursing and textbook chapters in the areas of family and culture.

Ruth R. Wu
Professor Emerita of Nursing; Ph.D., UCLA

Contact: (323) 343-4600

Dr. Wu is a leader in nursing education at the state and
local levels. She served as Chair of the California Deans and
Directors of Baccalaureate and Higher Degree Programs in Nursing
and as a representative to the Western Commission for Higher Education
in Nursing. While serving as chair of the Nursing Department,
Dr. Wu established a retention program designed specifically for
educationally disadvantaged students and developed an Ethnic
Educational Issues Committee that provided input into admission
and curricular decisions that have a specific impact on ethnic
minority students.

DeAnn Young
Professor of Nursing; M.S.N., Ohio State University

Contact: (323) 343-4717


Professor Young, an expert in mental health, has worked
at the Crisis Intervention Center and the Suicide Prevention
. She has been involved in the hospice movement and
specializes in loss, death and dying. Professor Young
is highly involved on the Board of Directors and a volunteer (regarding
grants, client services and licensing for Residential Aids homes)
for Santa Maria House Inc., Long Beach, California.

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