Doctoral education is meant to be a mentored experience. The College of Nursing has Ph.D. faculty with a wide breadth of nursing experience. Explore the complete faculty directory and review the research interests of doctorally prepared faculty.

Our Ph.D. coordinator is Dr. Ellise Adams:

Ellise Adams

Ellise Adams, Ph.D., CNM
Associate Professor

Office: NUR 214D
Curriculum Vitae


  • PhD in Nursing Science, Texas Woman's University
  • MSN, Case Western Reserve University
  • BSN, University of Alabama in Huntsville

Professional Certifications

  • Nurse-Midwifery, Frontier Nursing University and American Midwifery Certification Board

Clinical Expertise

  • Intrapartum nursing
  • Normal birth practices
  • Women's health
  • Writing for publication

Research Interests

  • The beliefs of Intrapartum Nurses related to birth practices
  • Benefits of skin-to-skin care during cesarean birth
  • Homebirth practices of American women
  • The practice of newborn airway clearance, nursing practice and parental experiences