Research studies/projects:                                                                               

A concerted effort has begun within the last year to collaborate on research with colleagues around the world. Recent and current research studies/projects include:

1.Leyva-Moral, JM; Palmieri, PA; Cesario, SK, Edwards, JE. Nursing and midwifery faculty attitudes to caring for people living with HIV/AIDS: An international multicenter survey study. Faculty from the following countries have either already participated in this study or have expressed interest in participating - USA, Spain, Bolivia, Peru, Chile, Britain, Finland, United Kingdom, Mexico, and Colombia. (In process)

2. Leyva-Moral, J., Palmieri, P., Feijoo-Cid, M., Cesario, S., Membrillo-Pillpe, N., Piscoya-Angeles, P., Goff, M., Toledo-Chavarri, A., & Edwards, J.  (2018).  Reproductive decision-making in women living with human immunodeficiency virus: A systematic review.  International Journal of Nursing Studies, 77, 207-221.


  • Leyva-Moral, J., Palmieri, P., Moriña­Sole, D., Cesario, S., Feijoo­Cid, M., Piscoya­-Angeles, P., Membrillo, N., & Edwards, J. Podium Presentation. Peruvian, Spanish, and American Nursing Faculty Attitudes to Caring for People Living with HIV/AIDS. Sigma Theta Tau International 28th International Nursing Research Congress, Dublin, Ireland, July 27-31, 2017
  • July 1-7, 2017: Dr. Judith McFarlane attended the 16-country “What Works to Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls” scientific program in Pretoria, South Africa. Dr. McFarlane is Co-PI of one of the 16 projects, specifically the United Kingdom (UK) Assistance for International Development (AID) funded Randomized Clinical Trial (RCT) in Pakistan to test a school-based primary prevention intervention to decrease youth victimization and perpetration and improve youth mental health among 1,752 youth in public schools in Hyderabad. Dr. McFarlane works with a team of colleagues at Aga Khan University in Karachi on the design, implementation, and research update of the research. More information about the research methods and outcomes (as well as photos) can be enjoyed from the recent publication in Global Health: Science and Practice which includes TWU land-based researchers: Drs. Judith McFarlane, Rene Paulson, and colleague Ryan Krone of Elite Research.


  • McFarlane, J., Karmaliani, R., Khowaja. H., Gulzar S., Somani R., Ali. T., Somani. Y., Shehzad.S., Krone. R., Paulson.R, Muhammad. A., Jewkes, R. (2016). Preventing Violence against Children: Methods and Baseline Data of a Cluster: Randomized Controlled Trial in Pakistan, Global Health: Science and Practice (5)1, 115-137.
  • Leyva-Moral, JM; Palmieri, PA; Cesario, SK, Armijos, AE; Edwards, JE. Understanding reproductive decision-making in Latina women living with HIV. (in process) Study involves an anonymous questionnaire with quantitative data and semi-structured interviews for qualitative input.
  • Edwards, J.E., Mellott, S., Cesario, S., Huffman, A., Landrum, P., Ho, V., & Palmieri, P. Nursing student perceptions of practice, attitude, knowledge and skill of evidence-based practice. (in preparation for publication).
  • July 17-18, 2017: Dr. Judith McFarlane was invited to attend the scientific conference “Cash Transfer Programs Targeting Vulnerable Populations and Impacting Child Health in South Asia” hosted by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and held at the Gates Center in Seattle, Washington. Dr. McFarlane has been appointed the Technical Advisor to the 5-year Randomized Control Trial in Pakistan, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation entitled “Assessing Impact of Life Skills Training +/- male cash transfers layered onto Benazir Income Support Program (BISP)” This research is funded by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and designed to test life skill building for women only, compared to life skill building for men and women coupled with cash transfer. Outcomes of family food security, violence against women, child functioning, mental health, and more equitable gender attitudes will be measured. Pakistan has one of the world’s largest cash transfer programs in the world which targets social protection, poverty reduction and economic growth by delivering unconditional cash transfers (UCT), conditional cash transfers (CCT), and human capital development and income generation programs. With a budget equivalent to ~1 billion USD, beneficiaries receive an equivalent of $15.5 per month on quarterly installments. Research is underway across Pakistan to measure differential outcomes of the government program, Benazir Income Support Program (BISP), recipients.
  • July 27-31 2017: Dr. Judith McFarlane presented her 8-year Houston Endowment funded research outcomes regarding 300 women and 300 children who have experienced domestic violence at the Sigma Theta Tau International 28th International Nursing Research Congress in Dublin, Ireland. Dr. McFarlane’s podium presentation is entitled: “Transforming Research to a Global Application for Assessment of Women and Children Exposed to Violence”. The global application for hand-held devices is available from the World Wide Web as a no-cost download and can be accessed from the App store on all smart devices and is titled First Assessment Screening Tool (FAST). More information about the development and usefulness of the FAST application is available from a recent article in the TMC Pulse.
  • Fredland, N., Huffman, A. Rotary Project for Violence Prevention in Selected School/Community Populations in Lima, Peru. Needs assessment completed May 2017. Houston Rotary and Lima Rotary very interesting in proceeding with project. Project proposal in submission process for $30,000+. Begins in 2018.
  • Palmieri, P., Huffman, A., Kramer, K. & Lewis, A.  Simulation Training Project for nursing faculty – Lima, Peru. Anticipated implementation,May 2018.
  • Leyva-Moral, J., Piscoya-Angeles, P., Edwards, J. E., & Palmieri, P. (2017). The experience of Pregnancy Living with Human Immunodeficiency Virus: A meta-synthesis of qualitative evidence.  Journal of the Association for Nurses in AIDS Care, 28 (4), 587-602, doi: 10.1016/j.jana.2017.04.002. [July/Aug]