PhD , Doctoral (Alumni)
I. Identifying Information
Name: Dr. Willa M. Doswell
II. Past Education/Training
Undergraduate College, Degree, Date: Loma Linda University, BSN, 1968
Graduate University (Ies), Degrees, Dates: New York University, M.A., 1975; PhD, 1982
MFP Period Of Support: 1975-82
Other Training, Certification, Etc.:
1986-1988 Postdoctoral Fellow, Measurement & Evaluation Workshop, University of Maryland
1987 1991,1992 Postdoctoral Fellow, Neonatal Nursing Research Institute, University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing
III. Career Goals And Interests
Major Career Goals: Academic Researcher
Long-Term Research Interests: Research on cultural, spiritual and reproductive and mental health behavior issues with African American early adolescent girls
Doswell, W.M. (1989). Physiologic responses to stress. Annual Review of Nursing Research, 7, 51-69.
Doswell, W.M. (1989). The process of measuring patient outcomes. The Journal of the New York State Nurses Association, 20,(3), 20-21.
Millor, G.K., Carter, L., Doswell, W.M., Jacobsen, L., Levin, R.F., & Shortridge, L. (1991). Cognitive skills and developmental competencies for conducting research critiques. The Journal of the New York State Nurses Association, 20(3), 12-16.
Doswell, W.M. (1993). The nursing research internship program: Providing research training in the clinical setting. Journal of the New York State Nurses Association, 24(3), 11-14.
Doswell, W., & Vandestienne, G. (1996). The use of focus groups to examine pubertal concerns in preteen girls: Initial findings and implications for practice and research. Issues in Pediatric Nursing, Vol. 14, 103-120.
Doswell, W., Millor, G., & Thompson, H. (1998). Self-image and self-esteem in African-American preteen girls: Implications for mental health. In Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 19, 1, 71-94.
Doswell, W., & Erlen, J. (1998). Multicultural issues and ethical concerns in the delivery of nursing care interventions. Nursing Clinics of North America, 33, 2, 353-61.
Doswell, W. (1999). Adolescent sexuality in girls. In Health status of African Americans in Pittsburgh. (Bang, R. & Mason, M. (Eds.). Pittsburgh, PA: The Pittsburgh Urban League.
Doswell, W. (1999). Viewpoint: After Littleton. American Journal of Nursing, 99(10), p.9. Dunbar-Jacob, J., Erlen, J., Schlenk, E., Ryan, C., Sereika, S., & Doswell, W. (2000). Adherence in chronic disease. Annual review of Nursing Research, 18, 48-90.
Doswell, W. (2000). Promotion of sexual health in the American cultural context: Implications for health promotion in school age African American girls. Journal of the National Black Nurses Association, 11, 1, 51-57.
Dunbar-Jacob, J., Erlen, J., Schlenk, E., Ryan, C., Sereika, S., & Doswell, W. (2000). Adherence in chronic disease. Annual Review of Nursing Research, 18, 48-90.
Doswell, W. (December, 2002). Overview of middle childhood in societal context: Implications for research and practice. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 17, (6), 392-401.
Doswell, W. (2001). The NIA Girls' Group: A program initiative to reduce pregnancy behavior risk. In H. White & A. Ford (Eds.). Health praxis and minority communities, (pp. 39-49). Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh, Center for Minority Health.
Doswell, W. (2002). Health disparities: Two Pathways. [Editorial] Research in Nursing & Health, 25, 1-2.
Doswell, W., & Braxter, B. (2002). Risk-taking behaviors in early adolescent minority women: Implications for research and practice. Journal of Obstetrical, Gynecological and Neonatal Nursing, 31, (4), 2-9.
Doswell, W. (October, 2002). The National Child Study. SRCD Developments, 45 (4), 1, 11.
Doswell, W. (2002). Women's health issues across the lifespan. The Jamaican Nurse, 40, (2), 10-14. Doswell, W. (2003). Adolescent Sexuality. In T. P. Gullotta & M. Bloom (Eds.). Encyclopedia of Primary Prevention and Health Promotion. New York: Plenum Publishers.
Doswell, W. (2004). The NIA Group: A program of self-development for preadolescent African American Girls: A novel approach to nursing leadership in community health. Nursing Leadership Forum, vol. 8 (3).
Doswell, W., Kim, Y., Braxter, B. Taylor, J., Kitutu, J. & Hsu, A. (2003). Models of early teen sexual behavior: What the research tells us about mother's influence on sexual behavior in early adolescent girls. The Journal of Theory Construction & Testing, 7, (2), pp. 56-60.
Jones, M.A., Schlenk, E.A., Doswell, W. M., Tull, E., Kitutu, J.M., Sereika, S.M. & Dunbar-Jacob, J. (2003). Differences in subjective norms, illness perception, spirituality, and religiosity in African Americans and whites with hypertension. Circulation, 108 (17, Suppl. IV), IV-382.
Professional Practice Interests: Adolescent Medicine
IV. Past Professional Work Experiences (major)
1994-1999: Assistant Professor, Department of Health Promotion and Development, University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing (nonprofit-teaching/research)
1999-Present: Associate Director, Development and Dissemination Core; Center for Research, Chronic Disorders, University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing
1998-Present: Ad hoc Reviewer, NIH/NINR IRG-K01 Awards (nonprofit, research)
2003-Present: Associate Professor, Department of Health Promotion and Development, University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing (nonprofit, teaching/research)