Past Dissertation Titles

If you would like to view one of the above dissertations, please contact Dean Gross at or 701.231.8355

Listed below in order of author, title, and chair (if applicable).

  • Ashley Benson, Childhood Obesity: Developing Early Nutrition and Feeding Education for Parents at Well Child Visits, Tina Lundeen
  • Teresa Formo, Lung Cancer Screening: Identification of High Risk Patients and Shared Decision-Making, Kelly Buettner-Schmidt
  • Kayli Gross, Identifying Risk for HIV and Implementation of PrEP Amonst Primary Care Providers, Kara Falk
  • Joshua Hadsell, Colorectal Cancer: Utilizing Educational Handouts, Endorsement Letters, and Questionnaires to Increase Screening and Identifying Barriers and Facilitators at a Rural Clinic in Elgin, North Dakota, Kara Falk
  • Heather Kranitz, Identification of Disordered Eating Behaviors in Adolescents with Type 1 Diabetes, Adam Hohman
  • Erin Lubitz, Skin Cancer Screening in Primary Care Using Dermoscopy, Dean Gross
  • Gretchen Peters, Skin Cancer Screening with the Use of Dermoscopy in Primary Care, Dean Gross
  • Nicole Pink, A Collaborative Hypertension Clinic Pilot Program in Rural Primary Care, Heidi Saarinen
  • Haley Pomonis, Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Needs in Rural ND: A Needs Assessment, Molly Secor-Turner
  • Liya Rodovskaya, Improving the Diagnosis and Management of Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo in Rural Healthcare Setting, Mykell Barnacle
  • Jaclin Seeberg, Opioids: Implementation of Opioid Prescribing Education and Policy in a Primary Care Center, Allison Peltier
  • Shaun Seibold, Identifying Barriers to Preventive/Primary Care Utilization of Men in a Rural Setting, Dean Gross
  • Lisa Swanson, Diabetes Education Among American Indians on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation: Improving Educational Interventions in the School Setting, Mykell Barnacle
  • Lisa Vaca, Implementation of a Diabetes-Related Distress Scale in a Primary Care Clinic, Allison Peltier
  • Kari Bergman, Implementation of Prenatal Services in a Rural Setting, Kara Falk
  • Laura Bond, Colorectal Cancer Screening:  A Collaboration with Public Health and Primary Care to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening in a Rural North Dakota Community, Heidi Saarinen
  • Jordan Coplin, Development and Implementation of an Evidence-Based Buprenorphine-Naloxone Medication Assisted Program in a Primary Care Setting, Tina Lundeen
  • Julie Emerson, Screening for Adverse Childhood Experiences in Primary Care:  Recommendations for Practice, Molly Secor-Turner and Kelly Buettner-Schmidt Co-Chairs
  • Sarah Frauenberg, Aspirin Use for Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease, Dean Gross
  • Carly Hanson, HPV Immunization: Reducing Missed Opportunities Through Enhanced Provider Knowledge and Communication Strategies, Allison Peltier
  • Sarah Hanson, Understanding Provider Knowledge and Awareness About Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptives, Mykell Barnacle
  • Ryan Heisler, Addressing Advance Directives in Rural Primary Care North Dakota Implementing a Tool for Healthcare Providers, Adam Hohman
  • Kristen Hogan, Implementation of Ankle-Brachial Index to Screen for Peripheral Artery Disease in High-Risk Asymptomatic Populations, Mykell Barnacle
  • Samantha Hulst, Diabetes Self-Management Education Service at a Rural Minnesota Health Clinic, Heidi Saarinen
  • Aminata Kamara, Assessing Postpartum Depression in the Refugee Population in a Primary Care Setting, Heidi Saarinen
  • Kati Motis, Increasing Awareness of the Role of Breast Density as an Independent Risk Factor for Breast Cancer: A Pilot Study, Tina Lundeen
  • Taylor Mueller, Promoting Tobacco Cessation in a Rural North Dakota Primary Care Clinic, Tina Lundeen
  • Lindsey Sand, Emergency Skills Competency Among Rural North Dakota Nurse Practitioners, Adam Hohman
  • Trevor Stavig, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in North Dakota: Database to Screening: Bridging the Gap Between What We Know and Where to Go, Tina Lundeen
  • Amanda Abrams, Emergency/Disaster Preparedness of Rural Healthcare Providers, Adam Hohman 
  • Mariya Bowen, Development of a Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses:  A Case Study, Tina Lundeen
  • Amber Burgad, Provider Communication Regarding Childhood Vaccines:  An Educational Module, Heidi Saarinen
  • Katlyn Dobberstein, A Data Analysis of the Predictive Risks for Readmission of Patients with Depression Post-Myocardial Infarction. Dean Gross
  • Karissa Emerson, Osteoporosis Treatment Based on Fracture Risk:  A Quality of Care Study, Mykell Barnacle
  • Brittany Frank, Development and Implementation of a Peer Mentoring Program for Undergraduate Student Nurses, Heidi Saarinen
  • Sarah Hanish, Colorectal Cancer: Improving Screening Compliance with the Utilization of FIT-DNA (Cologuard), Kara Falk
  • Carrie Nelson, An Assessment of Psychological Distress and Resilience Among Nurse Practitioner Students, Mykell Barnacle
  • Laura Rupp, Disaster Preparedness of Rural Healthcare Providers, Adam Hohman
  • Josie Senger, A Concussion Toolkit Educational Session:  Promoting Evidence-Based Management of Youth Concussion in a Rural Primary Care Setting. Dean Gross
  • Sarah Siebert, Human Papillomavirus Vaccine Knowledge, Beliefs, Attitudes, and Barriers:  A College-Based Intervention for Students to Increase Knowledge, Vaccine Intent, and Vaccine Uptake. Mykell Barnacle
  • Kelsey Striefel, Opiods:  A Reason for Concern. Mykell Barnacle
  • Elizabeth Ugelstad, Developing and Implementing an Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Sleep Study Patient Education Video in a Sleep Medicine Clinic, Heidi Saarinen
  • Kayla Weigel, Decreasing Caregiver Burden:  A Quality Improvement Intervention, Dean Gross
  • Deanna Wieser, Barriers to New Nurse Practitioner Job Satisfaction, Tina Lundeen
  • Monica Wenschlag, Enhancing Resilience and Self-Efficacy Through COPE: Rural High School Seniors, Tina Lundeen
  • Katie Banley, Assessing the Health Needs of Women Reentering the Community After Incarceration, Molly Secor-Turner
  • Dustin Czapiewski, Enhancing the Orientation Process for Nurse Practitioners Entering Primary Care, Tina Lundeen
  • Julian Good, Screening for Bipolar Disorder in the Primary Care Setting Using the Mood Disorder Questionnaire, Tina Lundeen
  • Sheila Greseth, Addressing Lyme Disease:  An Educational Module for Healthcare Providers, Dean Gross
  • Kari Hektner, Easing the Transition:  Needs Assessment and Seminar Development for Novice Advanced Practice Clinicians in Primary Care, Mykell Barnacle
  • Erin Hencley, Screening for Skin Cancer in Primary Care:  Implementation of Dermoscopy, Dean Gross
  • Liz Hodny, Increasing Awareness and Knowledge About Ovarian Cancer to Enhance Health Outcomes of Women, Tina Lundeen
  • Jessica Lindblom, Cope:  Evaluation of a School-Based Intervention to Improve the Overall Mental Health, Resiliency, and Social-Emotional Development of Rural North Dakota Adolescent Youth, Molly Secor-Turner
  • Jenna Wallace, Chronic Pain Management: Implementing Best Practice Strategies, Mykell Barnacle
  • Lindsey Weisgarber, Implementing a Comprehensive Diabetes and Depression Program at Family Health Care, Mykell Barnacle
  • Rayna Bergseth, Improving Resident Assistants’ Knowledge About Eating Disorders on a College Campus, Tina Lundeen
  • Rebecca Boesl, Essential Oil Education for Healthcare Providers, Heidi Saarinen
  • Kayla Chesley, Screening for Youth Depression in Primary Care, Molly Secor-Turner
  • Val Erickson, Increasing LARC Utilization Through Standardized Contraception Education, Molly Secor-Turner
  • Amanda Helmer, Increasing Provider Awareness and Knowledge About Preconception Care to Women of Reproductive Age, Mykell Barnacle
  • Nicholee Lange, Eating Disorder Screening Evaluation and Referral in the Primary Care Setting, Tina Lundeen
  • Saundra Lauer, Improving Stroke Care and Patient Outcomes in a Rural Minnesota Hospital, Dean Gross
  • Vanessa Lien, Screening for Noise-Induced Hearing Loss in Rural Farmers, Dean Gross
  • Anna Thomas, Looking Beyond the Question “Do You Feel Safe at Home?”: What Healthcare Providers Need to Know to Identify, Support, and Appropriately Refer Female Victims to Intimate Partner Violence. Mykell Barnacle
  • Nathan Tiedeman, Screening and Brief Intervention for 12-25 Year Olds in Primary Care, Dean Gross
  • Ginger Warren, Prescription Drug Abuse: Implementing an Evidence-Based Pain Management Protocol, Mykell Barnacle
  • Natalie Aughinbaugh,The Fruit and Vegetable Consumption Problem, Mykell Barnacle
  • Kayla Dascher, Teamwork During Cardiopulmonary Resuscitations at a Rural Minnesota Hospital, Mykell Barnacle
  • Laurel Dimler, Implementation of Fluoride Varnish as a Quality Improvement Intervention for Primary Care Providers in a Rural Pediatric Population, Dean Gross
  • Jenna Gross, Implementing Provider Orders For Life-Sustaining Treatments Into Bemidji Dialysis, Tina Lundeen
  • Emily Kalina, Standardized Postpartum Depression Screening and Treatment, Norma Kiser-Larson
  • Dianne Kappelman Beyer, Addressing Student Depression on Campus:  Barriers and Assets. Molly Secor-Turner
  • Christa Kleinjan, Concussion Assessment and Management in Young Athletes:  A Primary Care Module, Dean Gross
  • Christine Olson,Emergency Care Education for Advanced Practice Providers in Rural Critical Access Hospitals, Mykell Barnacle
  • Allison Peltier, Addressing Cervical Cancer Disparities Among American Indian Women: Implementing An Educational Module for Healthcare Providers, Loretta Heuer
  • Vanessa Skolness, Success Through Transition:  A Transition Planning Checklist for Diabetes Care Transition, Molly Secor-Turner
  • Taryn Treumer, Adult ADHD Self-Report Scale: Implementation in a Primary Care Setting, Dean Gross
  • Jamie Upton, Medication Therapy at Discharge and Medical Follow Up: Outcomes Following Surgical Coronary Revascularization in American Indians, Loretta Heuer
  • Molly Vasihnav, Breast Cancer Screening in Native American Women at an Urban Minnesota Community Clinic, Tina Lundeen
  • Melinda Anderson, Improving Adolescent Friendly Healthcare Services: Implementing Comprehensive Psychosocial Histories into Practice, Molly Secor-Turner
  • Danielle Danielson, Designing a Hypertension Management Program for Family, Tina Lundeen
  • Ashley Huot, Development of Interprofessional Education Modules for Implementation in the Doctor of Nursing Practice Curriculum, Dean Gross
  • Bonita Jenzen, Primary Care Resource and Referral Guide for Children 4-11 Years of Age with ADHD, Mykell Barnacle
  • Toby Redden, New Referral Hepatitis C Protocol: The New Standard, Tina Lundeen
  • Nichole Roller,Development of an Algorithm for Adolescent Bariatric Surgery, Tina Lundeen
  • Jenna Stout, Evaluating an Evidence-Based Prevention Program Delivered by Primary Care Providers and In-Home Nurse Visits: The Period of Purple Crying: An Abusive Head Trauma Prevention Program, Molly Secor-Turner
  • Kayla Thompson, Implementation of the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test to Improve Practice in a Rural Primary Care Clinic, Dean Gross
  • Kelly Agnello, Assessment of Obese Children within a Family-Vased Intervention Pilot Study
  • Leah Brewster, "I am AIDS" - Bridging the Gap
  • Angela Dolalie Kelsch, Screening and Brief Interventions for Alcohol Use in College Students
  • Kathryn Stendgard (Gustin), Skin Cancer Prevention in North Dakota Farmers and Ranchers
  • Alicia Hauff, Medical Respite Care for Fargo-Moorhead Homeless Population: A Needs Assessment
  • Andrea Middlestead, Cultural Awareness and Provider Based Care for Refugee Women
  • Nancy Nyongesa, Implementing and Evidence-based Oral Health Assessment Tool (OHAT) in a Nursing Home
  • Lisa Schoenberg, Assessing North Dakota Nurse Practitioner's Knowledge of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network's Treatment Guidelines for Adult Cancer Pain
  • Lisa Ann Gerhart, Mentorship Needs Of Novice Advance Practice Providers And Recommended For Practice
  • Hope Marie Mathern, Healthcare Providers' Attitude, Understanding, And Perceived Benefits Of Exercise On Depression In Primary Care
  • Julie Mae Ternes, Barriers To Measuring Waist Circumference In Primary Care
  • Chantee Seung, An Assessment Of Patient Health Literacy Levels And Preferred Learning Styles
  • Bethany Joy Mello, Determining The Need For A Student Health Service Center On A Small Liberal Arts College Campus
  • Kara Lewis, Effective nurse leader characteristics: Recommendations for leadership success of the DNP
  • Brooke Brekke, Providers' perceptions and attitudes of a nutritional assessment and screening tool in congestive heart failure patients.
  • Camille Brown, Evidence based best practice for intimate partner violence screening by nuse practitioners in the primary care setting
  • Linda Kibot, Assessing nurse practitioner knowledge about the use of American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association guidelines for diagnosing and managing patients with heart failure
  • Jill McMullen, A grassroots letter writing campaign to affect health policy and improve health among Minnesotans
  • Sharon Simon, Motivational interviewing for smoking cessation
  • Jana Suder, Screening for eating disorders in primary care
  • Bonnie Lee Kihne, Willingness Of Nurse Practitioners To Address Parental Perceptions Of Childhood Weight
  • Alison Jo Edin, Standardizing Practice Through A Resource For Camp Nurses
  • Elisha Dawn Anderson, Impact of Education On Parents In Motivating Initiation And Completion Of HPV Vaccination Series In Rural Adolescents
  • Amber Jean Sandness, Soporific Solutions
  • Julie Ann Tobkin, Healthcare Provider Evaluation Of Sexual History Questionnaire At A Public Health Clinic
  • Marisa Lea Zutter, The Effect Of Sauna Therapy As A Form Of Complimentary Therapy On Perceived Stress Levels, Pulse And Blood Pressure
  • Susan Marie Harris, Hypertension Therapeutic Goal Attainment In Patients With Dual Diagnosis Of Hypertension And Diabetes
  • Arian Lorene Klose, The Effects Of Internalized Stigma Of Mental Illness In Self-Efficacy
  • Sara Beth Hansen, Family Practice Providers' Attitudes And Perceptions Of Antibiotic Resistance, And Intention To Practice Prudent Use Of Antibiotics
  • Heidi Saarinen, Breastfeeding during infant immunization
  • Jana Sundeen, The impact of vitamin D education on healthcare providers
  • Leslie Koltes, Healthcare workers' attitudes, understanding and perceived risk of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus
  • Tina Marie Lundeen, Nurse Practitioner Knowledge, Beliefs, And Attitudes About Obesity, The Obese Patient, And The Management Of Obesity In Clinical Practice
  • Bonnie Lynn McGuire, Adult Output Chemotherapy Patients' Attitudes And Preferences Toward Complimentary And Alternative Therapies (CAM) And The Physical Environment Of Treatment
  • Benjamin Bruce Ranstrom, Taking Steps Together: A Family Centered, Lifestyle Education And Behavioral Modification Program For Overweight And Obese Children And Their Families
  • Terry Lynn Evers, Schizophrenia Physical Co-Morbidity Case Study
  • Jessice Gabrielle Olson, Retrospective Analysis Of Puerperal Depression, Assessment, And Treatment
  • Mykell Marie Barnacle, Young Women's Knowledge About HPV, Cervical Cancer And The HPV Vaccine
  • Adam Gregory Hohman, Disaster Preparedness Of North Dakota Nurse Practitioners For Biological/Chemical Agents
  • Mary Jo Olson McCracken, Meeting The Self-Care Needs Of Adolescent And Young Adults With Cystic Fibrosis
  • Tamara Ann Garberg, Understanding Students' Indoor Tanning Practice And Beliefs
  • Tosha Lynn Bayer, The Effect Of A Health Information Intervention Of Perceptions Regarding Colorectal Cancer
  • Jessica Lynn Hanzel, An Assessment Of Patient Health Literacy Levels
  • Kelly Ann Kruschke, An Impact Of Guided Imagery On Healthcare Employees As A Means To Lower Their Blood Pressure, Pulse, And Perceived Levels Of Stress
  • Georgia Gayle Nygaard, Disaster Nursing: The Primary Care Challenge
  • Aaron Kevin Lindstrom, Patient Health Literacy Levels And The Readability Of Patient Education Materials
  • Jeanne Ann Unterseher, Cardiovascular Health Risk Management
  • Manuel James, Circadian Rhythm Of People Of A Sub-Polar Region
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