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PhD Dissertations

Students in the PhD program at the UNM College of Nursing choose a dissertation topic they are passionate about, one that advances the science of nursing and makes an impact. Dissertations demonstrate the student’s ability to do independent research and competence in scholarly exposition. At an advanced level, the dissertation should present the results of an original investigation of a significant problem and should provide the basis for a publishable contribution to research literature in the field.

Watch some of our most recent dissertation presentations.

Predictors of Birth Center Sustainability in the United States

Melanie Cabezas Phipps, MNS, RN, CNM, FNP-BC
PhD Class of Fall 2020

Dissertation Committee Chair: Roberta Lavin, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, FAAN

Dissertation Committee Members: Mark Parshall, PhD, RN, FAAN; Patricia Watts Kelley, PhD, RN, GNP-BC, FNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN; Mary K. Barger, PhD, MPH, RN, CNM, FACNM


The Bystanders’ Perspectives on the Provision of Informal, Hospital-Based Care to Bedridden Patients with Cancer in Sri Lanka

B. Sunil S. De Silva, BScN, MN, RN
PhD Class of Fall 2020

Dissertation Committee Chair: Barbara I. Damron, PhD, RN, FAAN

Dissertation Committee Members: Elizabeth Tigges, PhD, RN, PNP-BC; Nancy Ridenour, PhD, APRN, BC, FAAN; Charlotte Gunawardena, PhD


Trying to Cover the Sun with Your Thumb: A Critical Ethnography of Maternity Care Provision in Rural Northern New Mexico

Abigail L. Reese, MSN, RN, CNM
PhD Class of 2018

Dissertation Committee Chair: Kim Cox, PhD, RN, CNM

Dissertation Committee Members: Van Roper, PhD, RN, FNP-BC; Jennifer Averill, PhD, RN; Lawrence Leeman, MD, MPH


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