Research

Our researchers are distinguished scientists recognized nationally and internationally for their contributions to science and academia. Consistent with faculty research expertise, the PhD program specifically promotes the development of scientific and theoretical expertise that contributes to scholarly endeavors in six key areas:

Prospective PhD Students

Working with a research advisor who is an expert in your projected area of research is instrumental to success. We encourage you to meet individually with faculty to discuss your interests and any questions about doctoral study.

Review potential faculty mentors below. You can filter faculty by key areas of focus and send a meeting request through the provided form.

Integrative health is an approach to care that puts the patient at the center and addresses the full range of physical, emotional, mental, social, spiritual and environmental influences that affect a person’s health. Employing a personalized strategy that considers the patient’s unique conditions, needs and circumstances, integrative health uses the most appropriate interventions from an array of scientific disciplines to heal illness and disease and help people regain and maintain optimum health and wellness. Students choosing this focus may work with UCI faculty (Nursing Science and others) on stress and coping, women’s health, complementary alternative medicine, obesity prevention and nutrition, to name a few specific areas.

Adeline Nyamathi Michelle A. Fortier Lorraine S. Evangelista Melissa Pinto
Adey (Adeline) Nyamathi
PhD, ANP, FAAN
Michelle Fortier
PhD
Lorraine S. Evangelista
PhD, APRN, CNS, FAHA, FAAN
Melissa Dawn Pinto
PhD, RN, FSAHM, FAAN
Jung-Ah Lee Yuqing Guo UC Irvine Assistant Professor Dana Rose Garfin
Jung-Ah Lee
PhD, RN
Yuqing Guo
PhD, RN
Amir M. Rahmani
PhD
Dana Rose Garfin
PhD

Community health is a blend of primary health care and nursing practice with public health nursing to provide care that is preventive, curative and rehabilitative. The philosophy of care is based on the belief that care directed to the individual, the family and the group contributes to the health care of the population as a whole. Students choosing this focus will have an opportunity to study the development of community activities that contribute to the promotion of, education about and maintenance of good health. These activities require comprehensive health programs that pay special attention to social and ecological influences and specific populations at risk.

Adeline Nyamathi Dawn Bounds, assistant professor of NursingSteve Zylius/UCI Candace Burton
Adey (Adeline) Nyamathi
PhD, ANP, FAAN
Nakia Best
PhD, RN
Dawn Bounds
PhD
Candace Burton
PhD, RN, AFN-BC, AGN-BC, FNAP
Michelle A. Fortier Yuqing Guo uci school of nursing professor alison holman confronts racism in u.s. healthcare system Jung-Ah Lee
Michelle A. Fortier
PhD
Yuqing Guo
PhD, RN
E. Alison Holman
PhD, APRN, FNP, FAAN
Jung-Ah Lee
PhD, RN

Melissa Pinto Sanghyuk Shin
Jung In Park
PhD, RN
Melissa Dawn Pinto
PhD, RN, FSAHM, FAAN
Amir M. Rahmani
PhD
Sanghyuk Shin
PhD
UC Irvine Assistant Professor Dana Rose Garfin
Dana Rose Garfin
PhD, RN

While empirical scholarship is a critical element of nursing, generating evidence for sound interventions that improve the health of patients, families, and communities, philosophical/theoretical scholarship is also vital for the development of the discipline. Students choosing this focus will have the opportunity to work with leading scholars to advance understanding of the nature of nursing science and practice.

Candace Burton
Candace Burton
PhD, RN, AFN-BC, AGN-BC, FNAP
Miriam Bender
PhD, RN, CNL

Health policy and the economics of delivering health care are important issues affecting health outcomes. Students choosing this focus will have an opportunity to examine the implications of a variety of policies and services on health and health system outcomes. There will be opportunities to study with researchers who have expertise in health care system management, law, organizational theory and behavior, and quality of care.

Jung-Ah Lee
Jung-Ah Lee
PhD, RN
Miriam Bender
PhD, RN, CNL, FAAN
Nakia Best
PhD, RN
Amir M. Rahmani
PhD
Jung In Park
PhD, RN

Digital technology is the integrated use of electronic information and telecommunications technology to support remote clinical health care, patient and professional health-related education, public health and health administration to deliver relevant and up-to-date, real-time, information to researchers in a more efficient way, given the sheer amount of data being produced every day. Students choosing this focus may work with UCI faculty (Nursing Science and others) on support and enhancement of a collaborative informatics community; promotion of software standards for interoperability; growth of collaborative innovation across informatics tools, methods and processes; data science education for clinicians and researchers; and development of novel methods and tools for the evaluation of the impact of these activities to enhance health care through data and informatics.

Jung-Ah Lee Lorraine S. Evangelista Melissa Pinto Michelle A. Fortier
Jung-Ah Lee
PhD, APRN, CNS, FAHA
Lorraine S. Evangelista
PhD, RN
Melissa Dawn Pinto
PhD, RN, FSAHM, FAAN
Michelle A. Fortier
PhD
Yuqing Guo
Yuqing Guo
PhD, RN
Nakia Best
PhD, RN
Amir M. Rahmani
PhD
Jung In Park
PhD, RN
Adeline Nyamathi
Adey (Adeline) Nyamathi
PhD, ANP, FAAN

The focus on Health Disparities acknowledges that there are individuals, families, and communities who are not equally treated in the quest for health. Many do not have equal access to quality health care nor the means to achieve an equal level of desired health outcomes. The emphasis will be to examine these health disparities among diverse populations who encounter differences in treatment and outcomes. Students choosing this focus will have an opportunity to work with diverse community members in Orange County and beyond, and they will be mentored by researchers who study the experiences of these community members.

Adeline Nyamathi Dawn Bounds, assistant professor of NursingSteve Zylius/UCI Candace Burton
Adey (Adeline) Nyamathi
PhD, ANP, FAAN
Nakia Best
PhD, RN
Dawn Bounds
PhD, PMHNP-BC
Candace Burton
PhD, RN, AFN-BC, AGN-BC, FNAP
Lorraine S. Evangelista Michelle A. Fortier Yuqing Guo uci school of nursing professor alison holman confronts racism in u.s. healthcare system
Lorraine S. Evangelista
PhD, RN
Michelle A. Fortier
PhD
Yuqing Guo
PhD, RN
E. Alison Holman
PhD, APRN, FNP, FAAN
Jung-Ah Lee Melissa Pinto
Jung-Ah Lee
PhD, RN
Jung In Park
PhD, RN
Melissa Dawn Pinto
PhD, RN, FSAHM, FAAN
Amir M. Rahmani
PhD
Sanghyuk Shin UC Irvine Assistant Professor Dana Rose Garfin
Sanghyuk Shin
PhD
Dana Rose Garfin
PhD
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