Center for Nursing Research

Villanova Center for Nursing Research

The Center for Nursing Research at the Villanova University College of Nursing was established in 2006 as the focal point for scholarly inquiry within the College. The Center coordinates and supports research activities within the College, in collaboration with other Villanova academic areas, as well as external entities.

The Center assists faculty and undergraduate and graduate students with education, assistance and mentoring in the grant writing process, other funding activities and sources, the research process, scholarly evaluation and activities such as those relating to publication and other professional routes of dissemination of scientific work.

The Center is the locus for research-oriented events such as the College’s Annual Research Symposium, and special partnerships and projects that advance its mission and that of the College.

Research supported by the Center reflects areas of study that are aligned with the College’s mission. The risk posed by children’s Internet usage, childhood obesity prevention, the psychosocial effects of breast cancer on African-American women survivors, situational violence affecting women with disabilities…these are just a few of the research topics explored in The Center for Nursing Research.

Other examples of faculty research being conducted include:

  • effect of prenatal nutrition education on Hispanic pregnant women
  • effect of delayed prenatal care among low socioeconomic status Latino women in Texas
  • coping mechanisms of young adult survivors of childhood cancer
  • hospital-based experience of people with disabilities in their interactions with nursing staff
  • intimate partner violence
  • effect on couples where one has had a stroke

Center Contact

Suzanne Smeltzer, EdD, RN, FAAN

Director, Center for Nursing Research and Professor of Nursing