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PhD Students in Fagin Hall with Dean Villarruel Credit: Photo by Gene Smirnov

The mission of the Doctoral Student Organization (DSO) of the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing is to inclusively support all students by engaging in professional and social endeavors. Such endeavors will: a) enhance educational experiences; b) foster integrity, leadership, and professional development; c) encourage students to actively challenge structural racism; d) promote social justice and health equity.

DSO News

Congratulations to our Newest Doctors

Dr. Olivia Arnold has successfully defended her dissertation, “Low Blood Levels, Parental Education, Physiological Stress, and Neurocognition: A Cohort Study.”

Dr. Rachel French has successfully defended her dissertation, “The Impact of Hospital Nursing Resources on Postsurgical Outcomes for Patients with Opioid Use Disorder”

Dr. Matthew Lee has successfully defended his dissertation, “Continuation Amidst Constraint: Factors Influencing Retention and Well-Being for Players of Augmented Reality Exergames.”

Dr. Joshua Porat-Dahlerbruch has successfully defended his dissertation, “Are Variations in Baccalaureate Nursing Education Pathways Associated with Patient Outcomes?”

Dr. Michael Stawnychy has successfully defended his dissertation, “Relationship Characteristics and Self-Care in Adults with Heart Failure.”

Dr. Kathryn Riman has successfully defended her dissertation, “The Association Between Hospital Nursing Resources and Outcomes of Pediatric Medical and Surgical Patients with Comorbid Mental Health Conditions.”

Dr. Onome Henry Osokpo has successfully defended his dissertation, “Sociocultural Factors Influencing Self-Care Among African Immigrants Living with Chronic Illness in the United States.”

Dr. Elizabeth Broden has successfully defended her dissertation, “Caring for Actively Dying Children and their Parents in the Pediatric ICU: A Mixed Methods Study.”