Shown below are the active members of the management team, those whose main focus is to provide regular blog posts, and our “emerita” who are no longer active, but who made significant contributions during their service on the team.

The main responsibility of the management team is  development of content for the site, and providing assurance that we proceed in concert with our stated mission, goals, values and ethics.  We meet on video conference once a month.  Management team members contribute to the web site by (1) writing blogs, (2) submitting exemplars of applications of nursing theories or models, (3) developing content about one or more conceptual models and theories of nursology, (4) assisting with keeping the site current and accurate, and (5) attending as many as possible of our monthly Zoom meetings (usually held at 4 PM Eastern Time on the 3rd Thursday of each month).

We welcome all contributions to the site, using the forms provided on the main pages of each section.  In addition, we welcome:

If you would like to become involved in our work, please contact us!

Management Team

Peggy L Chinn, RN, PhD, DSc(Hon), FAANPLCsm

Lucinda Canty, PhD, CNM, FACNM

  • Associate Professor, University of Massachusetts – Amherst
  • Host and co-founder, “Overdue Reckoning on Racism in Nursing
  • Founder and Director, Lucinda’s House, addressing racial disparities in maternal mortality and severe maternal morbidity.
  • Provides direct care for women and families at Planned Parenthood in Hartford, CT
  • National and international leader in virtual forums to forge new paths for anti-racism in nursing policy, practice, education and research
  • Research focuses on the history of Black Midwives, maternal mortality and morbidity
  • Widely sought as a presenter and leader in addressing racism in nursing, including testimony before the Connecticut state legislator
  • Advocate for the recognition and inclusion of Black doulas serving all communities in Connecticut

W. Richard Cowling, III, RN, PhD, AHN-BC, ANEF, FAAN

  • Editor of the Journal of Holistic Nursing
  • Executive nursing academic consultant
  • Associate Professor, East Carolina University
  • Vice President of Academic Affairs for Chamberlain College of Nursing where he helped shepherd the implementation of the Chamberlain Care Student Success Model (2011-2017)
  • Scholarly publications related to original conceptual and theoretical work of unitary appreciative nursing:
    • Unitary knowing in nursing practice, NSQ, 1993
    • Healing as appreciating wholeness, ANS, 2000
    • Pattern, participation, praxis, and power in unitary appreciative inquiry, ANS. 2004
    • Despair: A unitary appreciative inquiry, ANS, 2004
    • Despairing women and healing outcomes, ANS, 2005
    • A unitary healing praxis model for women in despair, NSQ, 2006
    • A unitary participatory vision of nursing knowledge, ANS, 2007
    • An essay on women, despair, and healing: A personal narrative, ANS, 2008
    • Unitary appreciative inquiry: Evolution and refinement, ANS, 2010 (with E. Repede)
    • Wholeness and life patterning: Unitary foundations for a healing praxis, ANS, 2011 (with K. Swartout)
  • Worked with nurses to promote innovative approaches to holistic and unitary appreciative nursing practice and scholarship throughout the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, and Germany
  • Co-creator of with Drs. Peggy Chinn and Sue Hagedorn
  • Certified as Advanced Holistic Nurse
  • 2008 Holistic Nurse of the Year -American Holistic Nurses Association
  • Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing
  • Academy of Nursing Education Fellow, National League for Nursing

Jane K. Dickinson, RN, PhD, CDE

  • Program Director/Lecturer for the Diabetes Education and Management (DEDM) Masters Program at Teachers College Columbia University
  • Research focuses on the impact of language on health in general, and diabetes specifically.
  • Contributor for and

Jessica Dillard-Wright, PhD, MA, CNM, RN

  • Current research: an intellectual history of nursing and feminism
  • Contributor for
  • Co-founder, with Jane Hopkins Walsh and Brandon Blaine Brown, of the “Compost Collective” developing posthumxnism perspectives on nursing and healthcare


Rosemary William EustacePhD, RN, PHNA-BC

  • Associate professor & 2017 Carnegie Fellow at the Wright State University College of Nursing and Health
  • Power of Nursing (PON) Course Director
  • Teaching specializations include family and community/public health nursing.
  • Authored conceptual work in family and community/public health nursing:
    • A concept analysis of the meaning of family nursing intervention paper with Bobbe Gray and Donna Curry in the Research and Theory for Nursing Practice: An International Journal2018.
    • A concept analysis of HIV disclosure paper with Perla Ilagan in the Journal of Advanced Nursing, 2010.
    • A knowledge synthesis discussion paper on HIV/AIDS Family Interventions in the Journal of Advanced Nursing, 2013.
    • A teaching strategy to facilitate nursing student’s translation of global health learning from classroom to the community utilizing the  Community as a Partner Model paper published in the Journal of Community Health Nursing, 2018
  •  Chairs a student DNP project that is utilizing the nursingConceptual model for Partnership and Sustainability in Global Health by Leffer & Mitchell’s (2011) and Theory of Culture Care Diversity and Universality by Leininger (2008).
  • Led the first collaborative Wholeheartedly Resources in Global Health Teamwork or ‘WRIGHT’ Kaseye Community Hospital Nurse Assistant Training Curriculum in Malawi with Harriet Knowles, Cindra Holland and Sherri Gunasekera, nurse educators in the Wright state University College of Nursing and Health, along with Michael Gilles and Benjamin Fornshell, two nurses from Premier Health, The project was guided by concepts from the Conceptual model for Partnership and Sustainability in Global Health by Leffer & Mitchell’s (2011), Theory of Culture Care Diversity and Universality by Leininger (2008), Watson’s Caring Theory by the Watson Caring Science Institute (2010) and Social Learning Theory by Bandura (Bandura, 1986, 1991).

Adeline Falk-Rafael, PhD, RN, FAAN

  • Senior Scholar, York University, Toronto, ON
  • Former Director of School of Nursing, York University
  • Taught in undergraduate and/or graduate programs at D’Youville College (Buffalo, NY), University of Western Ontario, and York University – courses included community health nursing, health promotion, global health, nursing theories, leadership, health policy.
  • Former President, Registered Nurses Association of Ontario
  • Researched public health nursing practice, primarily in Ontario, Canada which resulted in numerous publications, including articulation of Critical Caring Theory.
  • Member, leadership team, NurseManifest activist project
  • Member, Nursology Management Team.

Jacqueline Fawcett, RN: PhD; ScD (hon); FAAN; ANEF fawcett color

  • Facilitator, management team
  • Professor, Department of Nursing, University of Massachusetts Boston
  • Teaches undergraduate nursing research courses emphasizing conceptual-theoretical-empirical structures
  • Teaches a PhD program nursing course addressing contemporary disciplinary knowledge.
  • Member of the planning/management team for the Nursing Theory Conference project
  • Provides consultation about use of nursing conceptual models
  • Author, with Susan DeSanto-Madeya, of the 3rd edition of Contemporary Nursing Knowledge
  • Author or co-author of numerous Essays in Nursing Science, published in Nursing Science Quarterly since 2012.
  • Author, with Gail Russell, of the Conceptual Model of Nursing and Health Policy
  • Author, with Carol Hall Ellenbecker, of the Conceptual Model of Nursing and Population Health
  • Author of the Conceptual Model for Equity and Quality: Population Health and Health Policy.

Jane Flanagan, PhD, RN, ANP- BC, AHN-BC, FNAP, FNI, FAAN

  • Associate Professor and Program Director of Adult Gerontology Program at Boston College William F. Connell School of Nursing, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, USA
  • Member of the planning/management team for the Nursing Theory Conference project
  • Teaches graduate nursing courses in adult gerontology heatlh with an emphasis on incorporating nursing theory into advanced practice.
  • Teaches on the PhD level, advanced qualitative research.
  • Editor of International Journal of Nursing Knowledge.
  • President of the Society of Rogerian Scholars,
  • Board member of the International Association for Human Caring.
  • Co-chair American Academy of Nursing, Nursing Theory Guided Practice Expert Panel, 2017-2018.
  • Research and practice focused on applying the Martha Rogers theory of the science of unitary human beings and the Margaret Newman theory of health as expanding consciousness.
  • Clinical practice as a NP at Bournewood Health.
  • Nurse Scientist, Massachusetts General Hospital, Munn Center for Nursing Research.

Karen J. Foli, MSN, PhD, RN, FAAN

Marsha Fowler, Ph.D., MDiv, MS, RN, FAAN, FRSA

  • Holds faculty appointments in the United States, Canada and United Kingdom teaching nursing ethics
  • Fulbright Research Scholar, University of Surrey, UK, 2018-2019
  • Consultant, Ministry of Health, Republic of Russia, 1992 to 2003
  • Member of the writing subgroup, Steering Committee for the revision of the ICN Code of Ethics for Nurses, International Council of Nurses, 2019-2021
  • Elected Co-chair Expert Panel of Bioethics, 2022, American Academy of Nursing
  • International Council of Nurses, Steering Committee for the revision of the ICN Code of Ethics for Nurses, 2019
  • Has played a major role in the development of American Nurses’ Association Code of Ethics
    • Committee on Ethics, 1985-87 
    • Chairwoman 1987-89 Committee on Ethics  
    • Project team, evaluation for revision of the Code for Nurses, 1995
    • Member, task force for the Revision of the Code for Nurses with Interpretive Statements, 1996/2001 
    • Member, Task Force for the Review of the Code of Ethics, 2012-2013;
    • Member, Steering Committee for the revision of the Code of Ethics for Nursing with Interpretive Statements, and committee Historian and Code Scholar, 2013-2014
  • Author of two significant “Guides” related to understanding and interpreting the following ANA policy statements:

Kunta Gautam, NP, MPH

  • Ph.D. Candidate, Texas Woman’s University, Houston
  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Texas Children’s Hospital
    • Clinical Preceptor for Nurse Practitioner students
  • Editorial Board Member, International Journal for Human Caring
  • National Diversity Council Certified Diversity Professional
  • Research interests: Issues related to health equity, caregiver burden, health and well-being of mothers of children with autism spectrum disorder. Building research trajectory on children and families with ASD. 
  • Member, American Association of Nurse Practitioners
  • Member, Evidence-Based Outcome Committee, Texas Children’s Hospital
  • Member, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Beta Beta Houston Chapter
  • Contributor to Sigma Nursing Centered
  • Contributor to Nursology

Deborah Lindell DNP, MSN, RN, CNE, ANEF, FAAN

  • Associate Professor, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University.
  • Member of the planning/management team for the Nursing Theory Conference project
  • Directed CWRU’s Graduate Entry Nursing Program (evolved from the original Doctor of Nursing (N.D.) Program) (2005-2017)
  • Teaches nursing theory for Masters and DNP students & advises DNP projects (over 10 years).
  • Visiting Faculty, Wuhan (China) University (since 2007). Teaches Masters’ nursing theory and advanced community health nursing and advises Masters’ student research.
  • Coordinated abstract review, Nursing Theory: A 50 Year Perspective, Past and Future (Cleveland, March, 2019).
  • Member, AAN Nursing Theory Guided Practice Expert Panel.
  • Former Chair, NLN Nurse Educator Certification Commission.

Chloé Littzen-Brown, PhD, RN, AE-C

  • Co-web manager of
  • Assistant Professor, The University of Portland, School of Nursing
  • Research Analyst, The University of Arizona, College of Nursing
  • Founding member of the Nursology Theory Collective
  • Current research: Experiences of healthcare providers during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Research interests: Nurse well-being, nursing theory and philosophy, integrative health, social justice, and mixed methods
  • Teaches: Doctoral level statistics and undergraduate healthy work environment/healthcare policy/healthcare law

Lucy Mkandawire-Valhmu, PhD, RN

  • Associate Professor University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, College of Nursing
  • Author, Cultural Safety, Heathcare and Vulnerable populations: A Critical Theoretical Perspective (2018)
  • Current research: the use of feminist theories in advancing gender equity in low-income communities; addressing barriers for BIPOC women who are survivors of violence
  • Teaches Advanced qualitative health research at PhD level
  • Member, Nursology management Team
  • Advances in Nursing Science Advisory Board

Leslie H. Nicoll, PhD, MBA, RN, FAAN

Patrick A. Palmieri, DHSc, DPhil(Hon), PGDip(OXON), EdD, MBA, RN, FAAN

  • Vice Chancellor for Research and Jean Watson Distinguished Professor, Universidad Norbert Wiener.
  • Co-Director, Peruvian Center for Qualitative Research.
  • Director, EBHC South America: A Joanna Briggs Affiliated Group.
  • Adjunct Professor, PhD Program in Nursing, Walden University.
  • Adjunct Professor, Center for Global Nursing, Texas Woman’s University.
  • Faculty Associate, Watson Caring Science Institute
  • Dr. Palmieri was the first nurse researcher qualified at the highest level in Peru (RENACYT #P0022630) by the National Committee for Science, Technology, and Innovation (CONCYTEC).
  • Author of works focusing on international nursing theory development including co-editor, with Susan M. Lee and Jean Watson of Global Advances in Human Caring Literacy.

Marlaine Smith, RN, PhD, AHN-BC, HWNC-BC, FAAN

  • Dean, Professor, Helen K. Persson Eminent Scholar, Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL
  • Member, leadership team, NurseManifest activist project.
  • Editor of Nursing Theories and Nursing Practice (5th edition) 3rd and 4th editions with Marilyn Parker.
  • Editor of Caring in Nursing Classics with Marian Turkel and Zane Wolf.
  • Editor of Philosophies and Practices of Emancipatory Nursing: Social Justice as Praxis with Paula Kagan and Peggy Chinn.
  • Associate Editor of A Handbook of Caring Science.
  • Author of a “Middle Range Theory of Unitary Caring” In Nursing Theories and Nursing Practice, 3rd & 4th editions.
  • Research and scholarship focus on knowledge development, unitary science, caring science and their intersections, holistic nursing practice, healing processes and manifestations especially healing through touch.
  • Board member and Past-President, Society of Rogerian Scholars.
  • American Academy of Nursing, Nursing Theory-Guided Practice Expert Panel, chair in waiting.

Patricia H. Strachan RN BScN, MSc, PhD

Patricia is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. She has been an advocate for a palliative approach to care in regional, national and international venues. Her experience as a nurse, nurse academic and human-in-the-world has fostered a passion for illuminating and advancing the critical role of nurses’ expertise in fostering therapeutic relationships with seriously ill patients and their families- no matter the circumstance or how fleeting the interaction. She is fascinated by language and its power to make a difference when people are experiencing stress, loss and uncertainty. She is deeply committed to optimizing education for meaningful engagement in relational aspects of care that are grounded in a critical paradigm.

A passionate and innovative nurse educator, Patricia has drawn from the arts, philosophy and science to engage learners in imagining the possibilities for nurses and nursing. She is an expert in problem-based learning and nursing education. Most recently her scholarship has taken a poetic turn, expressed in the writing of poetry to explore, play with and critique the intersection of language, care and existential issues related to serious illness.

Marian Turkel, RN, PhD, NEA-BC, FAAN

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Marian Turkel
  • Watson Caring Science Institute Postdoctoral Scholar
  • Member, management team
  • Affiliate Associate Professor, Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, Florida Atlantic University
  • Teaches undergraduate nursing course Creating Healing Environments with focus on nursing theories guiding holistic modalities and holistic nursing practice
  • Teaches graduate nursing course Advanced Nursing Practice Grounded in Caring
  • Serves as member of PhD dissertations
  • Co-Investigator with Dr. Marilyn Ray (principal Investigator) on 3 federal nursing research grants funded by Tri-Service Nursing Research related to caring and economics in healthcare systems. Funding for 3 grants close to one million dollars.
  • Chair American Academy of Nursing, Nursing Theory Guided Practice Expert Panel 2016-2017
  • Past President International Association for Human Caring
  • Author with Marlaine Smith & Zane Wolf, Caring in Nursing Classics
  • Author with Marilyn Ray Nursing, Caring and Complexity Science (AJN Book of the Year 2012)
  • Associate Editor A Handbook for Caring Science: Expanding the Paradigm

Danny Willis, DNS, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN

  • Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Nursing, Madison, Wisconsin, USA
  • Experienced in nursing education, including PhD courses in nursing knowledge development and qualitative research methods, and graduate courses in psychotherapy
  • Board of Directors experience: Society of Rogerian Scholars
  • Member: Roy Adaptation Society, International Association for Human Caring
  • Research Council Steering Committee –Chair: American Psychiatric Nurses Association
  • Associate Editor, Research and Theory for Nursing Practice
  • Co-chair American Academy of Nursing, Nursing Theory Guided Practice Expert Panel, 2017-2018.
  • Research and philosophical writings on qualitative methods, healing, and a central unifying focus of the discipline
  • Nurse Scientist appointment, Massachusetts General Hospital, Munn Center for Nursing Research.

Jennifer Woo, PhD, RN, CNM/WHNP, FACNM

  • Assistant Professor, Texas Woman’s University
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Green Center for Reproductive Biology Sciences at UT Southwestern
  • Certified Nurse Midwife/Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner at Parkland Memorial Hospital
  • Teach at both PhD level (Statistics, quantitative research) and Master’s level in the Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner core courses.
  • Researched interests: health disparities and equity as it relates to maternal child health, vitamin D deficiency and impact on maternal health, diversifying midwifery/women’s health workforce.
  • Vice-chair of Midwives of Color Committee through the American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM)
  • Member, TWU’s Chancellor’s Diversity and Inclusion Council
  • Member, Nursology Management Team.

Emerita Team Members

Margaret Pharris, PhD, RN, MPH, AHN-BC, FAAN

  • Professor and Nursing Outcomes Coordinator, St. Catherine University, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA (Retired)
  • Founding management team member; retired April 2020  

Page updated January 19, 2021