Graduate Publications and Other Selected Works - Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

 

Welcome to TRACE the University of Tennessee College of Nursing Graduate Programs repository for works related to DNP student scholarship. Students who wish to submit to the repository should click here.

All submissions will be reviewed by UTK Nursing Trace administrators prior to acceptance. If revisions are required the administrators will return the submission back to the applicant for revision. Questions should be directed to Nursing TRACE administrators Dr. Tracy Brewer (tbrewer12@utk.edu) or Dr. Melissa Hessock (mhessock@utk.edu).

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Submissions from 2024

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Thermoregulation in Colorectal Patients: Heating CO2 Insufflation Gas, Alejandro Conde, Alieu Jawara, Laura Savage, James Alberding DNP, and Michael Godbold

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How Soon Is Too Soon? A Quality Improvement Approach to Postoperative Length of Stay Following Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement, David Brian Jones, Robin Harris, Paul N. Fiorilli MD, and Allyson Neal

Submissions from 2023

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Initiating a Skin-Care Bundle in the Emergency Department to Decrease Hospital-Acquired Pressure Injuries in Geriatric Patients, Suzanne Babcock and Pamela Hardesty

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Pediatric Vaccine Pain Management & Perceptions of Caregivers and Nursing Staff: An Evidence-Based Project, Madison K. Bears and Tami H. Wyatt

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Implementation of Provider-Completed Asthma Action Plans in a School Setting, Madison G. Branham and Amanda Harper

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Non-Opioid Pain Relief: Use of Vitamin D in Central Appalachia, Christina Brown, Karen Lasater, and Teresa Tyson

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Improving Oncofertility Discussions and Referrals: Implementation of a Formal Fertility Preservation Program, Mackenzie Danielle Browning and Melissa Marie Hessock

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Ultrasound-Guided Intravenous Access as a First-Line Approach by Nurses: A Quality Improvement Project, James Austin Burkhart, Pamela Hardesty, and Melissa McDonald

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Educational Intervention on Pediatric Concussions for Providers, Melissa Callaway and Robert Cornette

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Reducing Hopelessness in Patients with Parkinson’s Disease: Educational Intervention, Kara R. Callear and Pamela Hardesty

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How Nurses Perceive Their Task Load when Caring for Behavioral Mental Health Patients in the Pediatric Emergency Department, Emily Cameron and Robert Cornette

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The Practice Environment for Nurse Anesthetists in Tennessee, Taylor Cathey, Jessica Hobbs, Matthew Owen, Alexis Varney, James Alberding, and Tausha Alexander

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Implementation of Standardized Contraceptive Education to Improve LARC Initiation in Postpartum Individuals, Gracie E Clayton, Melissa M. Hessock, and Amanda Flood

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Identifying Risk and Improving Outcomes: Application of the GAD-7 Screening Tool Used Among Patients with Chronic Pain in an Outpatient Setting, Connor J. Cochran

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Implementation of Standardized Handoff Report in the Post Anesthesia Care Unit, Christie Faye Cox, Godsy Raju, Alyssa Garcia, Nicole Odom, and Jennifer Patrick

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Implementation of a Single-Patient-Use Airway Taping Product in the Operating Room, Savannah Sierra Nicole Craig, Kaitlin D. Burrell, and Jennifer Patrick

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Mindfulness-Based Educational Module for Nurses Caring for Pediatric Mental Health Patients, Brianna Mai Desjardins and Katherine Marie Newnam

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Implementation of a Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment Protocol for Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder in Post-Carceral Populations, Adaora Ede and Mary Johnson

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Improving Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccination Rates through Age-Based Flagging, Savannah Jo Garcia and Karen Lasater

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Effectiveness of an Evidenced-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Intervention for Adolescents in a School Setting, Sarah Ellen Gray, Kimberly Michaela Carter, and Amanda Harper

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Quality Improvement Project to Improve Patients' Satisfaction of Care with Implementation of a Standardized Telephone Communications Pathway, Brandie Haga, Nicole Dunford, and Karen Lasater

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Identifying Patients at Risk for Perinatal Anxiety: An Evidence-Based Quality Improvement Project, Madeline Merrill Hanford and Mary Johnson

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Implementation of Standardized Patient Education to Improve Adherence with Colonoscopy for Colorectal Cancer Screening, Melissa Leal Hearn, Melissa M. Hessock, and Tara L. Hahn

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Implementation of a Home-Based Walking Program to Address Cancer-Related Fatigue, Mary Catherine Hyatt, Karen Lasater, and Michelle Payne

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Acute Stress Disorder and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Screening in Pediatric Trauma Patients, Samantha Irizarry, Marian Malone, and Megan Waddell

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Implementing a Pressure Ulcer Bundle, Amy D. Johnson, Pamela Hardesty, Janice Zimmer, and Patricia Moore

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Diabetes Management in Preoperative Hospitalized Patients: Improving Quality Measures on an Orthopedic Trauma and Surgical Unit, Caroline G. Kinkaid, Allyson Neal, and Marci Burchfield

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Sleep Hygiene Interventions for Hospitalized Pediatric Patients, Courtland E. Kunz and Marian Malone

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Instituting an Educational Module to Improve Knowledge of Local Anesthetic Systemic Toxicity Among Anesthesia Providers, Alisha Marie Linehan, Chad Andrew McClure, Steven Taylor Moon, Shukhratilla Ibragimov Shamshitdinov, Julie Newton Bonom, and Jason Michael Buehler

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Using Mobile Apps to Improve Medication Adherence in Patients with Hypertension, Elliot Loughran and Jewyl Gibson

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Addressing Adolescent Sexual Health Through an Educational Toolkit for Providers in Rural Alaska, Anna M. Martin, Tracy L. Brewer, and Hannah E. Warren

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Implementation of an Evidence-Based Guideline to Improve Vital Sign Assessment and Documentation in the Emergency Department, Mary Darden Mason, Jennifer Lynn Smith, and Laura Sturla

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Decreasing Perioperative Medication Errors with Standardized Labeling Education, Stephanie McCain, Emily Almond, Anna Wong, and Julie Bonom

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Implementation of School-Based Wellness Program for Adolescents in Rural East Tennessee, Taylor Kaitlyn Medlin, Marian Malone, and Chelsea Burrell-Weddle

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Reducing Occupational Stress and Improving Coping Strategies among Nursing Home Nurses: Implementation of the BREATHE web-based program., Nicole N. Nde and Allyson Neal

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Implementation of a Continuing Education Module on Triage Practices for Pediatric Emergency Room Nurses, Catherine Nicholson, Lindsey Lakas, and Marian Malone

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Reducing Iatrogenic Opiate Withdrawal in the PICU: An Evidence-based Practice Improvement Project, Kaitlin Kirk Ogle, Marian Malone, and Will Guider

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The Effect of Focused Client Education on Case Management & Readmission Rates in Homeless Individuals with Co-occurring Disorders Admitted to a Jail Diversion Program, Pallavi Rao and Mary Johnson

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Decreasing Blood Culture Contamination Rates in the Emergency Department, Morgan L. Ray, Allyson Neal, and Lori Joyal

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Psychosocial Consequences of Diagnosed Malignant Melanoma, Savanna Eve Smallwood-Corcoran, Mary Johnson, and Lindsay Frazier

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Implementation of an Evidence-Based Diabetic Screening Tool in Rural Belizean Communities, Morgan Lee Taylor and Annelyse Caffrey

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Implementing the Eat, Sleep, Console Approach for Infants with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, Ashlyn Brooke Vecrumba, Mary Elizabeth Ritter, Erin Morgan, Pamela Hardesty, Stephanie Abbu, Lauren Presley, and Jessica Darnell

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Assessing Preinjury Frailty in the Elderly Hip Fracture Patient to Promote Palliative Care Referral in Those at Risk for High Morbidity and Mortality, Alicia N. Walker, Jewyl Gibson, and Sara Dunham

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Evaluation of Registered Nurses’ Knowledge and Confidence in Encouraging Cardiac Surgery Patients to Participate in Digital Education, Katelin A. Welch and Jewyl Gibson

Submissions from 2022

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Implementing a Frequent Neonatal Resuscitation Program Educational Refresher Course to Improve Nursing Knowledge, Sadie Arbuthnot and Katherine Newnam

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Adverse Childhood Experiences Screening Among Adults in an Inpatient Behavioral Health Unit, Erika Y. Bales, Allyson Neal, and Brittany McGill

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Computer-Based Learning for Opioid Use Disorder, Jordan Taylor Bentz and April Snell

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Anesthesia-to-Post Anesthesia Care Unit Handoff Standardization, Cassie Lee Bivens, Mark Timothy Cresap, Steven Michael Halcomb, and Maureen Essie Taylor

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Increasing Nurse Awareness of a Breastfeeding and Substance Use Disorder Guideline to Improve Rates of Breast Milk and Skin to Skin Usage: A Quality Improvement Initiative​, Makenna R. Black, Alexandria L. Tasket, Megan L. Young, and Tracy L. Brewer

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Utilization of a Drug Use Screening Assessment: A Quantitative Study to Reduce Benzodiazepines in Inpatient Detoxification, Malerie Lazar Bolinsky, Mary Johnson, and Sarah Devault

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The Effects of Bundle Adherence on Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia: A Quality Improvement Project, Sara Borges, Tracy L. Brewer, and Donita Beard

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Balancing Mobility & Fall Prevention: Implementation of the Bedside Mobility Assessment Tool, An Evidence-Based Quality Improvement Project, Corey A. Byrge

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Implementation of the Brøset Violence Checklist for Adult Psychiatric Patients, Brandy R. Cauthen, Jude Campbell, Brittany McGill, Allyson Neal, Stephan Haaquist, and Courtney Glissen

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Hospital Acquired Pressure Ulcer Prevention Using Mentoring Program, Kylie Chapman

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Increasing Advance Directive Rates in Primary Care: Implementation of a Redesigned Form, Abbie Cheatham and Samereh Abdoli

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Reducing the Stigma of Nurses in Recovery: Substance Use Disorder and Alternative-to-Discipline Program Education for Nurses, Daniel Paul Del Toro and Pamela Hardesty

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The Implementation of an Evidence-Based Intervention to Increase Physical Activity in Overweight and Obese Children, Mollie Katherine Dowland

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Innovating Cultural Competence Education for Nurses, Darian A. Frieson, Jennifer Patrick, Walker Ray Corless, Abigail Taylor Coulthard, and Rebecca R. Fogerty

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Weight Management in a Rural Community: Creative Strategies to Improve Patient Outcomes, Joelle Torres Giron and Karen Lasater

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Overcoming Barriers to Implement Depression Screening Post-Stroke, Cameron Haeseker, Erin Morgan, and Eric Wilson

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Effect of Implementing Admission History Optimization on Perceived Nurse Documentation Burden, Chelsea Smith Hardin and Mary Johnson

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Cancer Risk Assessment: Implementation of a Standardized Tool to Identify Women at Risk for Hereditary Cancer Syndrome, Gillian Harris and Karen Lasater

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Improving Human Papillomavirus Vaccination Rates in Adolescents: A Quality Improvement Project, Keylea Marenda Harrison, Allyson Neal, and Katie Ingram-Willard

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High-fidelity Simulation with Debriefing: Best Practice Education for Flight Nurses?, Rachel A. Hollinger-Janzen, Dr. Katherine Newnam, and Nick Cooper

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Education of Staff Nurses on the Implementation of a Standardized Clinical Care Pathway for Patients Who Undergo Correction of Pectus Excavatum, Amber Jones, Tracy Brewer, and Sally McQuilkin

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Implementing a Structured Walking Program for PreK through 8th Grade Teachers, Caitlin M. Kile, Robin Harris, and Robin Bowden

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Improving Patient Outcomes One Warm Patient at a Time, Lindsey King, Marcus Austin Robison, Julie Bonom DNP, and Michael Godbold MD

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Reducing Burnout in Nursing: Implementation of a Mindfulness-Based Intervention, Melanie Holland King, Katherine Newnam, and Mandy Gay

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Implementation of an Evidence-Based Drug Screening Tool for Inpatient Behavioral Health Admissions, Kurtis J. Kress

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Implementation of Standardized Coronavirus Disease 2019 Risk Assessment to Guide Personal Protective Equipment Wear in the Perioperative Setting, Kayla A. Krueger, Erin Morgan, and Melissa M. Hessock

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Effects of Preceptor Clinical Reasoning Training on Preparedness, Whitney Leigh Leon, Pamela Hardesty, Amanda Makely, and Erin Morgan

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Feasibility of a Mindfulness Education Module for Nurses: An Evidence-Based Practice Project, Executive Summary, Emily Looper, Palmer Gleason, and Dr. Katherine Newnam

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Evidenced-Based Practice Improvement Project: Anesthesia Preoperative Testing Protocol, Brittany Dawn Luebben, Brittany Beaver Caudle, and Katherine Marie Cole

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Perioperative Medication Teaching Protocol: An Evidence-Based Project in a Perioperative Surgical Home, Lucy S. Magda, Jacob Sandefur, Cortlin P. Hartness, and Caroline L. Gettelfinger

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Promoting Nurse Well-Being during a Global Pandemic through the Community Resiliency Model, Sherissa Manganello

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Social Determinants of Health Screening in Hospitalized Pediatric Patients, Lauren Mault and Allyson Neal

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Educating Healthcare Professionals to Identify and Care for Victims of Human Trafficking, Kathleen L. Messman

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Improving Patient Health Literacy: Implementation of Health Literacy Tool & Hematology Oncology Patient Education Checklist, Ala'a Samih Mitoubsi

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The Development of Evidence-Based Practice Mentors through a Competency-Based Educational Program: A Leadership Perspective, Laura C. Moore, Tracy L. Brewer, Pamela Hardesty, and Diana Burdick

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Intraoperative Dexmedetomidine Administration Effects on Postoperative Pain Scores and Opioid Medication Requirements: Pain Management Expectations Among CRNAs, Dorilynn Nicol, Melissa Gheen, and Matthew Bodine

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Implementation of an Educational Guide to Improve ICU Delirium Awareness and Detection, Samantha Payne and Samereh Abdoli

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Coping with Congenital Heart Disease: Implementation of an Evidence-Based Intervention in a Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit, Victoria M. Raphael, Tracy L. Brewer, and Sherry Pye

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Pressure Injury Prevention: A Quality Improvement Project Utilizing Incontinence Care Education, Laura Renner

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Advancing the Care Continuum for the Homeless: A Shelter-based Care Coordination Project Focused on Mental Health, Alexandra H. Sain, Allyson Neal Dr, and Deborah Nichols Mrs.

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Decreasing Pain in Pediatric Patients During Intravenous Catheter Insertions on the Pediatric Inpatient Surgery Unit, Breonna Scott, Robert Cornette, and Tammy Childers

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Quality Improvement: Education and Implementation of Proper Narcotic Handling Practices by Nurse Anesthetists, Shelby Stevenson, Anne Hendershott, and Alexis Asprah

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Pediatric Palliative Care Training to Advance Nurses’ Knowledge and Increase Patient Referrals, Whitney Lynn Stone, Lisa Merritt, and Tammy Childers

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Educating School Nurses to Improve Bowel Continence in Children with Spina Bifida, McKinley J. Waugh, Tracy L. Brewer, and Lisa Wagoner

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Delirium Screening to Prevent Falls in the Long-term Care Setting, Jonathan David White, BSN, RN and Samereh Abdoli, PHD, RN

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The Periviable Infant: The Implementation of a Standardized Perinatal/Neonatal Outpatient Consultation Program, Janna Wright

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Educational Intervention to Increase Confidence and Knowledge of Pediatric Nurses Caring for Pediatric Mental Health Patients, Alexa M. Wroblewski, Allyson Neal, and Janie R. Holmes

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Screening For Maternal Postpartum Depression In The Pediatric Primary Care Setting: An Educational Project, Mischelle M. Young, Dr. Robert Cornette, and Dr. Lisa Padgett