Eastern Michigan University

Deborah Collins-Bohler

Assistant Professor

366 Marshall Bldg

734.487.2526

dcolli38@emich.edu

Education

Ph.D., Doctor of Nursing Philosophy, Wayne State University

M.S.N, Wayne State University

B.S.N, Wayne State University

Post, Master's Certification in Gerontology, Wayne State University

Teaching Interests

Selected Presentations and/or Publications

Publications:

  • Collins-Bohler, Deborah, "The Lived Experience Of African American Women With Breast Cancer-Related Lymphedema" (2012). Wayne State University Dissertations. Paper 644. http://digitalcommons.wayne.edu/oa_dissertations/644
  • Vallerand, A.H., Hasnau, S., Templin, T., & Collins-Bohler, D. 2005. Disparities Between Black and White Patients with Cancer Pain: The Effect of Perception of Control over Pain. Pain Medicine; 6(3):242-250.                        
  • Vallerand, A.H., Collins-Bohler, D., Templin, T., & Hasenau, S.M. 2007. Knowledge of and Barriers to Pain Management in Caregivers of Cancer Patients Receiving Homecare. Cancer Nursing; 30(1):31-37.

Abstracts:

  • Marcovitz, P., Collins-Bohler, D., Boura, J., & Billecke, S.S. Elevated Serum C- Reactive Protein is Associated with Structural Indices of Cardiac Hypertrophy and Systolic Function in Women. Hypertension 54; e52, 2009.
  • Marcovitz, P., Collins-Bohler, D., Boura, J., & Billecke, S.S. Antihypertensive Medications Attenuate the Association between C- Reactive Protein and Echocardiographic indices in Women. 64th High Blood Pressure Conference, Washington, DC, October 13 – 15, 2010.

Presentations:

  • Poster Presentation: Vallerand, A.H., PhD, Riley-Doucet, C., Hasenau, S., MSN & Collins-Bohler, D, MSN. Improving cancer pain management in the home.  Sponsored by Wayne State University, College of Nursing, Detroit, MI. 2003.
  • Abstract/Poster- Elevated Serum C-Reactive Protein is Associated with Structural  Indices of Cardiac Hypertrophy and Systolic Function in Women. Sponsored by   American Heart Association, High Blood Pressure Conference, 2009. P. Marcovitz, MD, D. Collins-Bohler, MSN, J, Boura, MS, & S. Billecke, PhD.

Additional Information

Research Interests:

  • Clinical trial methodology, design, implementation, and monitoring
  • Health-related Quality of Life in postmenopausal women with chronic illnesses
  • Quality of Life in the elderly and the impact of support networks
  • Qualitative and Quantitative methods including multi-method studies and evaluation and outcomes studies in urban populations
  • Breast Cancer-related Lymphedema in ethnically and culturally diverse populations of women
  • Healthcare disparities in diverse ethnic populations

Research:

  • 2014- 2015 “The Lived Experiences of Breast Cancer Survivors with Lymphedema from Diverse Ethnic Origins”. Qualitative research    methodology to explore how Asian, Hispanic and Latino women described the challenges of living with Lymphedema after being treated for breast cancer. Principle Investigator; Deborah Collins-Bohler, PhD, MSN, CG, RN. Funded by Eastern Michigan University, Provost New Faculty Research Award, Academic and Student Affairs.
  • Master’s Thesis: “The Effectiveness of Nursing Intervention on Occupational Skin Diseases”.  Advisor: Dr. Bernice F. Morton PhD, College of Nursing, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI.
  • “Assessing the Needs of Older Detroiters: Health, Housing, and Transportation”.  Research design and methodology in Quantitative Research: Principle Investigators (PI): Dr. Elizabeth Chapleski and Linda Herskovitz, M.A., Institute of Gerontology, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI.
  • Quantitative/qualitative, triangulated study-“Barriers to pain management in caregivers of cancer patients receiving homecare”. Focus to determine the impact of an educational intervention on nurses and their practice in the management of pain and opioid-related symptoms in homecare patients with cancer.  Principle Investigator: Dr. April Vallerand, College of Nursing, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI.  Funded by NCI.
  • “The Effect of Psychosocial aspects of Care Among African Americans”.  Quantitative study focusing on the effects of psychosocial interactions with healthcare providers and the hypertensive health outcomes measured in adult African Americans. Principle Investigators: Dr. Ramona Benkert PhD and Dr. Rosalind Peters PhD, College of Nursing, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI. Funded by Detroit Medical Center and Wayne State University, College of Nursing. Scholars Award.
  • “Looking for Answers in Lymphedema Prevention: Is it what we inherit? Is it what we do? Is it what we treat?” Interrelated Studies/Clinical Trials Studies: LINK (Susan G.Komen + Research Enhancement Program (Wayne State University), Department of Defense, Heparanase, Tainsky, and Hedascan conducted by WSU and the Walt Comprehensive Breast Center.   Clinical/translational study to determine related causes and prevention for Lymphedema.  Research methodology - Clinical/translational study to determine related causes and prevention for Lymphedema.  Principle Investigator: Dr. Mary Ann Kosir, MD, WSU, Detroit, MI.  Funded by Wayne State University Research Enhancement Program (REP), Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, and the Department of Defense.  

  • Ministrelli Women’s Heart Center (WHC), William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, MI.  Research Clinician (both on-site and multi-centered) include: research coordination for the center’s Principle Investigators, study proposal  and protocol design, regulatory and study monitoring, recruitment and execution of study methodologies for Phase I – IV studies, evaluations, trends and outcomes, and laboratory specimen collection and processing, and supply storage and accountability, writing, and submitting federal and commercial funding and publications and management of database and research monitoring.  Primary Principal Investigator and Director of WHC: Pamela Marcovitz, M.D. – William Beaumont Hospital.
  •  “Power Over Pain-Coaching”, Quantitative/Qualitative mixed research design to investigate improving functional status in African Americans with Cancer Pain. Wayne State University, College of Nursing, Detroit, MI. Principal Investigators; Vallerand, A.H., Schim, S.M., Templin, T., & Hasenau, S. NIH Funded: 1 R01 CA149432-01A1.
  • “The Lived Experience of African American Women with Breast Cancer-Related Lymphedema”. Qualitative research methodology to explore how African American women described the challenges of living with Lymphedema after being treated for breast cancer.  Principle Investigator; Deborah Collins-Bohler, RN, MSN, CG, CCRP. Funded by Wayne State University and Wayne State College of Nursing.

Honors/Awards:

  • Nursing Fellowship, Wayne State University
  • Wayne State University College of Nursing – Graduate Teaching Award
  • Women of Wayne Incentive Scholarship Award
  • Lifeline Scholarship Award – Wayne State University
  • College of Nursing Alumni Doctoral Scholarship – Wayne State University
  • Cambridge Who’s Who Executive and Professional Registry – Honors Edition
  • Eastern Michigan University - Provost's New Faculty Research Award 2014-15

Advisory:

  • Advisory Committee-Graduate Certificate Program, Institute of Gerontology, Wayne State University.
  • Wayne State University College of Nursing, Alumni Association Board of Directors, Detroit, MI.

Memberships/Societies:

  • Wayne State University, College of Nursing Alumni Board of Directors
  • Detroit Medical Center, Wayne State University Nursing Research Interest Group
  • Society of Clinical Research Associates
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