PhD, Adult Health and Physical Activity, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pa.
MSN, Carlow University, Pittsburgh, Pa. 
BSN, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pa.


  • Investigation of health literacy, diversity in graduate nursing curricula, healthcare delivery in rural Appalachia, curriculum in nursing education, and the use of graduate assistants related to nursing education outcomes
  • Examination of counseling behaviors of registered nurses in primary care, home care and public health on physical activity behaviors (Doctoral dissertation)


  • Donovan H.S., Ward S.E., Sereika S., et al., “Web-Based Symptom Management for Women with Recurrent Ovarian Cancer: A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial of the WRITE Symptoms Intervention,” Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 2014

Awards & Recognition

  • Nursing Excellence Educator Award honorable mention, Carlow University, 2021
  • Cameos of Caring, Carlow University, 2019
  • Adjunct Faculty of the Year, Carlow University, 2008
  • Nurse VALOR Resident Award, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, 1989-1990

Professional Memberships 

  • American Association of Colleges of Nursing Diversity Equity and Inclusion Group
  • American Association of Men in Nursing Western Pennsylvania
  • Healthcare Council of Western PA sub-committee on Health Literacy
  • Sigma Theta Tau, Eta and Eta Epsilon chapters

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