Our Committees

2015 Special Topics Conference Planning Committee


Kathy Knafl, PhD, FAAN
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Area of Research: Family Caregiving, Chronic Illness in Children

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 Committee Chair



Catherine Chesla, PhD, RN, FAAN
University of San Francisco

Area of Research: Family Caregiving, Adult Illness, Diabetes Melitus (Type 2), Asian Americans


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Sandra Dunbar, RN, DSN, FAAN, FAHA
Emory University School of Nursing

Area of Research: Self Management and Psychosocial Responses to Serious Cardiac Illnesses

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Planning Member



Barbara Habermann, PhD, RN, FAAN
University of Delaware College of Health Sciences

Area of Research: Caregiving in Parkinson’s Disease, End of Life Preferences in Advanced Neurologic Illnesses

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Planning Member

Carol Musil, PhD, RN, FAAN
Case Western Reserve University

Area of Research: Health, Stress, Mental and Physical Health of Community Dwelling Older Adults by Caregiver Status

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Planning Member


Susan Sullivan-Bolyai, DNSc, CNS, RN, FAAN
New York University

Area of Research: Family Management Interventions for Children with Health Care Needs, Qualitative Research

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Planning Member




Lola Fehr, MS, RN, CAE, PRP, FAAN
University of Colorado