Doctoral Student Organization
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.
Rachel French, PhD, RN, a soon-to-be postdoctoral fellow through the National Clinician Scholars Program at Penn Nursing and Penn Medicine, has been named a 2021-22 American Academy of Nursing (AAN) Jonas Policy Scholar.
“While considering what to write for this post, I kept coming back to a central purpose. In sharing my passions and background, I hope to motivate students to begin pursuing their goals.
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.”