PhD in Nursing Science Program

2014 - 2015 Cohort

Nasreen Bahreman

Research Interests: Adolescent self-management in Type 1 Diabetes; depression and diabetes

nasreen bahreman

Nasreen Bahreman is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University where she earned her BSN in 1992 and MSN in 2011. During her time at Hopkins, she gained experience in various pediatric clinical settings and worked as a certified Forensic Nurse Examiner at one of the largest forensic programs in Maryland. She began working as a research coordinator in 2009 for a faculty mentor while in the graduate program which sparked her interest in pursuing a research focused doctoral degree. Upon graduating from the MSN program, she was awarded the Sigma Theta Tau Nu Beta Chapter award. She is currently a faculty member at Towson University. Her current research interests include adolescent self-management in Type 1 Diabetes and depression. She is the recipient of the Academic Nurse Educator Certification Award. 

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Sheila Mulvaney


Whitney Kvistad

Research Interests: Palliative care; family-sibling experiences of care for children with major illnesses or disabilities; family-sibling bereavement

whitney kvistad

Whitney Kvistad graduated in 2013 with an MSN from the University of Minnesota. Her personal and volunteer experience in pediatric oncology inspired her current interest in oncology family cancer-related experiences, psychosocial adjustment, and bereavement in pediatric palliative care. Her research interests include family-sibling experiences of care for children with major illness or disability, including bereavement. Her dissertation will explore caregiver perceptions of the young (ages 3-7 years) healthy child’s experiences and responses to sibling cancer. She is a member of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. 

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Mary Jo Gilmer


Jason Saucier

Research Interests: Organizational and health care provider behavior

jason saucier

Jason Saucier received his BS in Biology and MS in Human Development at the University of Maine, Orono. He then earned his BSN from Johns Hopkins University as a HRSA scholarship recipient. He gained critical care nursing experience at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania while completing his MSN as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner at the University of Pennsylvania. He joined the critical care advanced practice team for Trauma and Surgical Critical Care. He then continued to develop his research interests and his leadership abilities as the manager for the NPs and PAs in critical care at the three downtown Philadelphia hospitals at Penn Medicine. Developing effective teams and optimizing the critical care environment has been the focus of his career and academic inquiry. As a health services researcher, he has presented at multiple conferences, including the Society of Critical Care Medicine where he received the Bronze Research Award for his abstract, “Discrete Roles of Advanced Practice Providers Need to be Better Defined for Critical Care Families.” His doctoral study will characterize the organizational and provider variables necessary for trauma patient transitions and will delve into provider behavior attributes associated with trauma patient transitions. 

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Ann F. Minnick