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The mission of the Doctoral Student Organization (DSO) of the University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing is to support and encourage students by engaging in professional and social endeavors which will enhance educational experiences while promoting integrity of character, leadership, and organizational skills.

We organize social events to foster a nursing doctoral student community.

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Congratulations to our Newest Doctors

Dr. Emilia Flores successfully defended her dissertation, “A Multi-Method Evaluation of a Guideline Based Clinical Decision Support Intervention on Provider Outcomes and Inter-Professional Communication,” on August 22.

Dr. Lauren Johnson successfully defended her dissertation, “Implementing Botswana’s National Cervical Cancer Prevention Program: Providers’ Fidelity to the See-and-Treat Algorithm,” on July 17.

Dr. Cynthia Paidipati successfully defended her dissertation, “Understanding the Role of Family Management for Ethnically Diverse Children with ADHD from Urban Philadelphia,” on July 11.

Dr. Darina Petrovsky successfully defended her dissertation, “The Relationship of Musical Abilities with Cognition and Neurodegenerative Pathology in Older Adults with Mild Cognitive Impairment,” on July 10.

Dr. Stephen Perez successfully defended his dissertation, “Public Reporting of Healthcare-Associated Infections: The Impact of Public Policy on Healthcare Organizations and Patient Outcomes,” on June 27.

Dr. Ruth Lebet successfully defended her dissertation, “Defining the Difficult-to-Sedate Clinical Phenotype in Critically Ill Children,” on June 13.

Dr. Elliane Irani successfully defended her dissertation, “Exploring Home Health Nurse Decision Making: Development and Implementation of the Visit Plan,” on May 31.

Dr. Hyejin Kim successfully defended her dissertation, “Exploring Surrogates’ Experiences of POLST Discussions for Individuals with Advanced Dementia,” on May 30.

Dr. Sangmi Kim successfully defended her dissertation, “The Role of Chronic Stress in Age Gradients of Preterm Birth Among Racial/Ethnic Groups,” on May 8.

Dr. Madelyne Greene successfully defended her dissertation, “Obstetric History and Sexual Health Screening Among Sexual Minority Women,” on May 5.

Dr. Xiaopeng Ji successfully defended her dissertation, “Serum Micronutrient Status, Sleep and Neurobehavioral Function in Early Adolescents: A Cohort Study,” on May 4.

Dr. Naixue Cui successfully defended her dissertation, “Child Maltreatment, Behavior Problems, and Neurocognition: Main and Mediation Effects,” on May 2.