Cal State L.A. - Guide to the Experts "School of Nursing"

 


School of Nursing
(323) 343-4700

Marlohn Balas
Professor of Nursing; M.A., Loma Linda University
Contact: (323) 343-4711
E-mail: mbalas@calstatela.edu
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
E-mail: lbirck@calstatela.edu
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
E-mail: rcaine@calstatela.edu
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
E-mail: ecalvil@calstatela.edu
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 Americans. 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
E-mail: efergus@calstatela.edu
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
E-mail: dfinocc@calstatela.edu
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 Nurses.

Marilyn Friedman
Professor of Nursing; Ph.D., USC
Contact: (323) 343-4712
E-mail: mfriedm@calstatela.edu
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 Administration 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
E-mail: ljudson397@aol.com
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
E-mail: kmiller@calstatela.edu
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
E-mail: knielse2@calstatela.edu
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
E-mail: jpapenh@calstatela.edu
Dr. Papenhausen's areas of expertise are nursing care management, 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
E-mail: bsincla@calstatela.edu
A noted expert in women's health and healthcare delivery systems, 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
E-mail: rwillia@calstatela.edu
Dr. Williams teaches maternal-infant nursing and family nursing. 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
E-mail: dyoung2@calstatela.edu
Professor Young, an expert in mental health, has worked at the Crisis Intervention Center and the Suicide Prevention Center. 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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