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Deborah Collins-Bohler

Assistant Professor

Deborah Collins-Bohler 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:

  • Collins-Bohler, D. Similarities and Differences in Perceptions of Breast Cancer Survivors with Lymphedema.  2nd International Nursing Conference, Madrigde Conferences, Barcelona Spain, 2017.
  • 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.

  • 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.

Presentations:
Oral/Presentation

  • Deborah Collins-Bohler, D. (2017). Similarities and Differences in Perceptions of Breast Cancer Survivors with Lymphedema. The 2nd International Nursing Conference, Madrigde Conferences, Barcelona Spain, 2017.
  • Deborah Collins-Bohler (2016). Sharing Your Stories, The Importance of Qualitative Research. Sponsored by the Oncology Nurses Society, Ann Arbor Chapter, presented at the Breast Cancer Summit, University of Michigan, April 2016.
  • Deborah Collins-Bohler (2015). Experience of African American Breast Cancer Survivors with Lymphedema. Indiana Center for Evidence Based Practice. The Joanna Briggs Collaboration.

Poster Presentation

  • Deborah Collins-Bohler (2016). Similarities and Differences in Perceptions of Breast Cancer Survivors with Lymphedema. The Breast Cancer Summit; University of Michigan.
  • Deborah Collins-Bohler (2015). The Lived Experience of African American Women with Lymphedema. Ohio Nurses Association, 2015 Biennial Convention, Hilton Polaris, Columbus, Ohio.

  • 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.
  • 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.

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:

  • 2016 - 2018: “Collaborative Practice in Real Time: An IPE Field Experience in Care Transitions”. A pilot developing an Interprofessional Education field experience for graduate students focused on Community-Based Transitional Care in the Aging Population. Principle Investigators: Deborah Collins-Bohler, PhD, RN, and Stephanie P. Wladkowski, PhD, LMSW, ACHP-SW. Funded by EMU Office of the Advancement of Interprofessional Education, Research, and Practice.
  • 2015 -2016 “Bridging The Gap: Similarities and Differences in Perceptions of Breast Cancer Survivors with Lymphedema”. Mixed Methods to broaden understanding and increase awareness of issues of distrust of health providers, educational barriers, and lack of culturally sensitive, formal community-based, support groups. Principle Investigator: Deborah Collins-Bohler, PhD, MSN, RN. Faculty Research/Creative Activity Fellowship. Funded by Eastern Michigan University, Office of Research Development and Administration.

  • 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.
  • “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.
  • “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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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. 

  • “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.

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
  • Eastern Michigan University – Faculty Research/Creative Activity Fellowship – 2015-1016

  • Eastern Michigan University - IPE Mini-Grant Award -  Office of the Advancement of Interprofessional Education, Research, and Practice - 2016 -2017
  • Eastern Michigan University - IPE Mini-Grant Award - Office of the Advancement of Interprofessional Education, Research, and Practice - 2017-2018

Advisory/Professional:

  • Editorial Board Member for The Scientific Pages of Breast Cancer             
  • American Public Health Association Press Book Reviewer                               
  • Editorial Board Member for Annals of Nursing Research                                 
  • Nursing Value Expert Workgroup for Big Data                                                      
  • Editorial Board Member for Western Journal of Nursing Research
  • Editorial Board Member for Archives of Palliative Care and Medicine

Professional Memberships/Societies:

  • Big Data Expert Workgroup - Nursing Values
  • Wayne State University, College of Nursing Board of Visitors
  • Sigma Theta Tau International; Honor Society of Nursing, Eta Rho Chapter
  • Oncology Nursing Society - Ann Arbor Chapter
  • Oncology Nursing Society – Detroit Chapter
  • Michigan Public Health Association
  • National League of Nursing

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