Laurie Theeke, Ph.D., R.N.

Laurie Theeke, Ph.D., R.N. is an Associate Professor of Nursing at West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia. Dr. Theeke’s research emphasizes the development of interventions that target loneliness as a psychosocial stressor that impacts overall health. Her pilot data indicate that loneliness is a significant problem for rural older adults and that it is associated with poor health perception and diminished quality of life.

E. Alison Holman, Ph.D., F.N.P.

E. Alison Holman, Ph.D., F.N.P. is Associate Professor in the Program of Nursing Science at the University of California, Irvine and is a nationally certified Family Nurse Practitioner. She earned her BSN at San Francisco State University, BA in psychology at University of California, Santa Cruz, PhD in Health Psychology at University of California, Irvine, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in social psychology at Stanford University.

Betty Bekemeier, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.N., F.A.A.N.

Betty Bekemeier, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.N., F.A.A.N. is an Associate Professor at the University of Washington (UW) School of Nursing and adjunct associate professor at the UW School of Public Health. Her scholarship in Public Health Services and Systems Research emphasizes state and local health departments and their role in eliminating health disparities. From 2001-2007 Dr.

How important is it these days to be interdisciplinary in your research?

Our profession went through a period where it was important to accentuate nursing research because we were collectively trying to demonstrate to others and ourselves the unique contributions nurse scientists could make in finding “answers” to important healthcare questions. During this period, what is now the National Institute of Nursing Research was established and journals/annuals devoted to nursing research were founded to showcase nursing research. Now that professionals and the public alike have a better handle on the kinds of scientific contributions nurses can make, the focus is less on proving what we can do and more on integrating what we do into larger understandings of complex matters. All along the best scientists went from asking questions generated by their discipline-specific perspective—e.g., something about how parental attitudes affect chronic-illness management in young children with epilepsy—only to realize that the experience was more complicated than originally understood—that’s when the nurse scientist added a school psychologist and neurologist to her research team in order to understand the older child’s perspective and more about seizures. As the team became more interdisciplinary so did the presentations and publications. This normal progression from (a) looking at an issue from the perspective of a nurse, to (b) looking more broadly at the phenomenon under study is only accelerating as we build the knowledge base.

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