The Center for Enhancing Quality of Life in Chronic Illness (CEQL) provides funding for early career investigators at Indiana University School of Nursing with the mission of building the science of quality of life in chronic illness by developing and testing high impact intervention research.
CEQL funding supports pilot projects conducted by early career investigators through monetary support and mentoring. In addition, CEQL provides support for research training of faculty.
Originally funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research in 2000, today CEQL is made possible through a generous endowment from the late Ms. Sally Reahard and the IU Faculty Endowment Matching Program.
We're on a mission to improve everyone's quality of life in chronic care
It’s our mission to build the science of quality of life in chronic illness by developing and testing high impact intervention research.
The Center for Enhancing Quality of Life in Chronic Illness is working toward four primary goals:
Develop and test interventions to reduce symptoms, promote self management, and improve quality of life among persons with chronic illness and family caregivers.
Translate efficacious and effective interventions to improve quality of care.
Integrate cutting-edge technologies across studies to build the science of quality of life in chronic illness research for the future.
Develop the next generation of nurse scientists to lead interdisciplinary teams in conducting high impact quality of life in chronic illness research.
For over two decades, the Center for Enhancing Quality of Life in Chronic Illness has funded life-changing projects. From piloting telephone assessments to understanding the needs of kidney disease patients, the Center is proud of our researchers and the work accomplished.
Kelly Wierenga, PhD, RN, FAHA Long-term efficacy of eMotion to improve moderate to vigorous physical activity in survivors of major cardiac events
Wendy R. Miller, PhD, RN, CNS, CCRN, FAAN, FAES Use of the mini-Delphi Method to gather Stakeholder input on a Novel Epilepsy Self-Management Intervention
Kelly Wierenga, PhD, RN, FAHA Predictors of COVID-19 Self-management and Quality of Life among US Adults
Kelly Wierenga, PhD, RN, FAHA Emotion Regulation Intervention to Sustain Physical Activity in Rural-Dwelling Women and Men after Myocardial Infarction
Eileen Hacker, PhD, RN, FAAN Phenotypic Characterization of Persistent Fatigue in Allogeneic Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation Survivors
Chen Chen, PhD, RN; J. Dennis Fortenberry, MD, MS; Janet S. Carpenter, PhD, RN, FAAN; David E. Nelson, PhD Phenotypic Characterization of Dysmenorrhea in Female Adolescents and Young Adults
Diane Von Ah, PhD, RN, FAAN; Janet Carpenter, PhD, RN, FAAN; Robert Considine, PhD; Patrick Monahan, PhD; Susan Pressler, PhD, RN, FAAN; Brian Schnieder, MD; Fredrick Unverzagt, PhD Computerized Cognitive Training in Breast Cancer Survivors
Rebecca Ellis, PhD, RN; Euzelia dos Santos, PhD; James Hill, PhD; Aaron Ganci, MFA Development of InterACT-Intervention to Promote Medication Adherence and Blood Pressure Control in CKD
Rebecca Ellis, PhD, RN; Joan Haase, PhD, RN, FAAN; Mary Sitterding, PhD, RN Patients’ Perceptions of Healthcare Provider Communication and Understanding of Prescribed Medications
Wendy Trueblood Miller, PhD, RN, CCRN; Dragos Sabau, MD Pilot and Feasibility Testing of the Telephone Assessment and Problem Solving (TAPS) Intervention in Older Adults with Epilepsy
Sheri Robb, PhD, MT-BC; Susan M. Perkins, PhD; Joan E. Haase, RN, PhD, FAAN; David D. Delgado, MD; Paul R. Haut, MD; Amanda K. Henley, MM, MT-BC Active Music Engagement to Manage Acute Distress and Improve Positive Health Outcomes in Young Children Undergoing HSCT and Parents
Janet L. Welch, PhD, RN, FAAN; Julie Meek, PhD, RN, CHWC; Brian S. Decker, MD, PharmD, MS; Roberta Ambuehl Understanding the Care Seeking Behaviors of People with Chronic Kidney Disease
Rhonda Schwindt, DNP, RN, PMHCNS-BC; Karen Hudmon, DrPH, MS, RPh; Kathy Lay, PhD; Robin Corelli, PhD; Barbara Friesth, PhD, RN; Jodi Prochaska; Daryl Sharp Tobacco Cessation Training for Health Professional Students Working with Seriously Mentally Ill Patients Who Smoke
Carol Shieh, DNSc, RNC-OB, MPH; Daniel Clark, PhD; David M. Haas, MD, MS; Mary H. Blackburn, CNM, MSN; Maureen Lindsey, MSW, LSW Self-monitoring of Lifestyle Behavior Related to Weight Gain in Pregnant Women
Julie L. Otte, PhD, RN, OCN; Kevin L. Rand, PhD; Todd Skaar, PhD; Shalini Manchanda, MD; Michael Weaver, PhD, RN, FAAN Understanding Sleep Disorders in Breast Cancer Survivors: Feasibility and Acceptability of Study Procedures
Susan E. Hickman, PhD; Bernard "Bud" Hammes, PhD The Quality of POLST Decision-Making: A Pilot Feasibility Study
Janice M. Buelow, PhD, RN, FAAN; David W. Dunn, MD; Kathleen M. Hanna, PhD, RN; Jennifer M. Katzenstein, PhD; Nadia Krupp, MD; Brenna C. McDonald, PsyD; Susan M. Perkins, PhD; Jennifer A. Zimmer, MD Social Cognitive Functioning in Early Adolescents with Chronic Epilepsy
Wendy Trueblood Miller, PhD, RN, CCRN; Janice M. Buelow, PhD, RN, FAAN; Dragos Sabau, MD Development and Psychometric Testing of the Adaptational Outcomes in Epilepsy Scale
Ukamaka M. Oruche, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC; Claire B. Draucker, PhD, RN, FAAN; Matthew C. Aalsma, PhD; Marion E. Broome, PhD, RN, FAAN Needs and Concerns of Family Members of Adolescents with Disruptive Behavior Disorders
Diane Von Ah, PhD, RN; Barbara Habermann, PhD, RN, FAAN; Janet Carpenter, PhD, RN, FAAN Cognitive Dysfunction and its Impact on Quality of Life in Breast Cancer Survivors
Janet Fulton, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, FAAN; Richard Jackson, DMD; Elizabeth Hughes, RDH, MS; Peter Johnstone, MD; Michael Weaver, PhD, RN, FAAN; Marsha Ellett, DNS, RN Measuring Oral Mucositis and Related Side Effects in Head and Neck Cancer Patients Receiving Radiation Therapy
Seongkum Heo, PhD, RN; Janet Welch, PhD, RN, FAAN; Debra Moser, DNSc, RN, FAAN; Terry Lennie, PhD, RN; Michael Weaver, PhD, RN; Laurie Trevino, MS, RD Improving Dietary Sodium Adherence, Symptom Burden, and Health-Related Quality of Life in Heart Failure
Cheryl Shore, PhD, RN; Munro Peacock, MD Bone Mass, Bone Turnover and Homocysteine Levels in Young Women on AEDs
Janice Buelow, PhD, FAAN; David Dunn, MD Quality of Life and Psychosocial Care Needs of Children with Both Epilepsy and Low IQ and of Their Parents
Patricia Ebright, PhD, CNS, RN, FAAN; Stephen Walston, PhD Factors Affecting Pain Management Decision Making by Healthcare Providers and Adults with Rheumatoid Arthritis
Janis Gerkensmeyer, PhD, RN, APRN, BC; Susan Perkins, PhD; Eric Scott, PhD Quality of Life and Life Satisfaction Among Parents of Children and Adolescents with Mental Health Problems
Sara Horton-Deutsch, PhD, CNS, RN; Rebecca Evans, MD Decision-making Capacity and Quality of Life in Community-dwelling Older Adults with Cognitive Impairment
Angela McNelis, PhD, RN, ANEF; David Dunn, MD A Pilot Study of a Family Seizure Management Program, “Be Seizure Smart”
Susan (Bennett) Pressler, PhD, RN; Debra Litzelman, MD Tailored Web Patient Education for Heart Failure Care
Tamilyn Bakas, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN; Linda Williams, MD Quality of Life Among Caregivers of Aphasic and Cognitively Impaired Stroke Survivors
Marsha Ellett, PhD, RN, CNE; Joseph M. B. Croffie, MD; Mervyn Cohen, MB, ChB Examination of Enteral Tube Placement in Children
Kathleen Hanna, PhD; Linda DiMeglio, MD; J. Dennis Fortenberry, MD, MS Determination of Psychometric Properties of Diabetes Specific Scales to Measure Parents’ and Adolescents’ Decision Making and Support Related to Diabetes Management Roles and Responsibilities
Rebecca Sloan, PhD, RNCS; George Aronoff, MD; Sharon Sims, PhD, FAANP, ANEF Readaption of Spouses to End Stage Renal Disease
Susan Rawl, PhD, FAAN; Brian Giesler, PhD Predictors of Quality of Life After Treatment with Curative Intent for Colorectal Cancer
Kathleen Russell, DNS, RN; Terrell Zollinger, Dr, PH Instrument Development to Measure Sociocultural Variations Related to Mammography Screening Among African American Women
Janie Canty-Mitchell, PhD, RN; Nancy Swigonski, MD, MPH; Joan Austin, DNS, RN, FAAN; Kim Jaffee, PhD; Rong Amy Qi, MS Quality of Life in African American Children with Chronic Conditions
JoAnn Brooks, DNS, RN, FAAN; Kenneth Kesler, MD Evaluation of Health Related Quality of Life Mood Stages, and Fatigue Pre and Posttreatment for Esophageal Cancer
Mary and John Barron Quality of Life Investigator Research Fund Award
If you are a promising IUSON investigator who is conducting quality of life research in chronic illness that has the potential to enhance nursing science, the Mary and John Barron Quality of Life Investigator Research Fund Award helps you to offset research expenses.
The Mary and John Barron Quality of Life Investigator Research Fund Award provides funding to IUSON investigators conducting research to enhance nursing science in the area of quality of life in chronic illness. Funds are available to support research-related expenses.
This funding is made possible through the generous endowment of Mary and John Barron.
View past research fund award recipients
Examining the correlation between intimate relationship characteristics and epilepsy-related outcomes
Phenotypic characterization of dysmenorrhea in female adolescents and young adults
Families of adolescents with disruptive behavior disorders
The elderly, especially for persons with mild cognitive impairment and their caregivers.
Music-based interventions in children and adolescents with cancer
Palliative care, end-of-life communication
Breast cancer survivors and sleep disorders
Those with experiences of interpersonal violence
Breast cancer survivors
Cancer, smoking cessation, informatics
Patients with epilepsy and their families
Stroke patients and families
Infants and children
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