The School of Nursing has been awarded over 7 million dollars in grants to support our quality programs and excellence in teaching, and is ranked in the Top 100 Best Nursing Schools by U.S. News & World Report.
Our faculty believe that each person is a special individual who should be viewed holistically, not separately as a student, a professional, a parent, or a patient. This perspective infuses our entire program, and we look forward to helping our future graduates fulfill their individual goals.
Dr. Susan M. Schmidt
Director of Nursing and Professor/Epidemiologist
Dr. Susan Schmidt is a Certified Occupational Health Nurse Specialist and a Clinical Nurse Specialist. Her specializations include epidemiology, community health nursing, stroke rehabilitation, occupational health nursing, clinical nurse leader, biostatistics, population health, and inter-professional collaboration. She has conducted several national and international presentations related to her occupational health research and won an international research award while at Research Triangle Park.
As an epidemiologist, she conducted research in the epidemiology and rehabilitation of stroke patients along with managed care. Her national presentations and publications include topics on computer-based instruction, occupational health, stroke and managed care. Prior to her extensive years of experience in collegiate nursing education as faculty, researcher and administrator, she was a visiting nurse working in underserved Cincinnati areas and rural Kentucky.
Since 2004, she has been awarded over seven million dollars in federal and state grant funding in support of program growth within the nursing school and is now actively implementing inter-professional collaboration and population health within our evolving health care system. She also serves on local and state boards and committees working towards implementation of PCMH and improved education.
Dr. Kelly Bohnhoff
Kelly Bohnhoff, PhD, RN, MFT, CTS is an Assistant Professor of Nursing and oversees the Forensic program at Xavier University. Dr. Bohnhoff has been teaching in Xavier’s School of Nursing since 2010. She earned her MSN in Community Health Nursing and her PhD in the Psychological Foundations of Education, both from the University of New Mexico, and has an MS in Marriage and Family Therapy from Capella University.
Dr. Bohnhoff is a nationally certified Trauma Specialist in Structured Sensory Intervention for Traumatized Children, Adolescents, and Parents and is licensed as a Registered Nurse in the State of Ohio. She currently practices one day a week as a Marriage and Family Therapist and Certified Trauma Specialist serving underserved and vulnerable minority children, adolescents, and parents/families suffering from severe and persistent grief and trauma reactions. Recent publications have focused on teaching community health nursing to graduate students.
Dr. Elizabeth Bragg
Elizabeth (Libbie) Bragg, PhD, RN is an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Xavier University. Dr. Bragg earned her PhD in Political Science from the University of Cincinnati and her MSN from The Ohio State University. She is licensed as a RN in Ohio. Her recent research includes work on preparing the physician workforce to care for the aging population.
Dr. Judi Godsey
Judi A. Godsey, PhD, RN, is an Assistant Professor of Nursing and coordinates the MSN Informatics track at Xavier University, where she has been teaching since 2011. As part of a dual faculty appointment, Dr. Godsey also serves as the Director of Nursing Research at The Christ Hospital Health Network. She was Assistant Professor and Distance Learning Coordinator at Northern Kentucky University from 2003-2009, receiving the Nursing Civic Engagement Award in 2015 for her contributions to nursing and the community.
Dr. Godsey earned her PhD at the University of Hawaii, and her MSN, BSN and ADN from Northern Kentucky University. She is licensed as a RN in Ohio, Kentucky, and Hawaii. Her current national research is among the first to empirically examine the brand image of the nursing profession. Dr. Godsey received the Nursing Informatics Bronze Award from the Online Journal of Nursing Informatics for her extensive work to measure and improve the informatics competencies of nursing students.
Mrs. Marilyn Gomez
Marilyn Gomez is the Academic Program Director in the School of Nursing. She began her Xavier career in 1979 in the Undergraduate Office of Admission. In 1991, she assumed the position of Director of Nursing Student Services in the School of Nursing.
Ms. Rosanne Hountz
Rosanne Hountz, MSN, RN, MCJUS is an adjunct faculty member at Xavier. Since 2006, she has worked at University Hospital Medical Center, where she currently serves as a Nursing Supervisor. Hountz received her MSN in Forensic Nursing and MS in Criminal Justice from Xavier University. She is licensed as a Registered Nurse in Ohio and Indiana. Her current work focuses on developing hospital protocols to identify victims of human trafficking as well as the development of a forensic nurse response team.
Dr. Betsy List
Betsy A. List, PhD, MPH, RN is an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Xavier University. Dr. List earned her PhD in public health with a specialization in epidemiology from Walden University and her Master of Public Health degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She has more than 25 years of experience in health care delivery, primarily focusing on maternal-child health and pediatrics. Her most recent role supported the use of evidence-based decision making by pediatric interdisciplinary teams working to improve health outcomes for children living with chronic disease.
Dr. List has served as a leader, mentor, and educator for clinical and professional staff, as well as, students in the medical and nursing sciences. She has co-authored several evidence-based practice reviews and served as an expert reviewer of numerous pediatric evidence-based clinical practice guidelines. Her research interests include population health disparities, healthcare quality performance measurement, comparative effectiveness reviews, and service learning in higher education.
Dr. Linda Moore
Linda Weaver Moore, PhD, RN, CNS, CNL is professor of nursing at Xavier University, where she has been teaching since 1998. Dr. Moore earned her PhD in Nursing and her MSN with an Adult/Gerontology focus, both from the University of Cincinnati. She is licensed as an RN in Ohio, Kentucky and Pennsylvania.
Dr. Moore has clinical expertise in the areas of adult health, gerontological nursing, and perioperative care. She has conducted a variety of research studies on topics related to gerontology, second degree nursing students, nurse managers, and nurse-to-nurse relationships. Her research has been funded by Sigma Theta Tau through the international organization and local chapters. Dr. Moore’s research expertise centers on qualitative approaches. She has presented research findings at local, national, and international conferences. Her work has been published in both research and clinically focused journals.
Ms. Lisa Niehaus
Lisa Niehaus, MSN, RN, is Nurse Education, Practice, Quality, and Retention Interprofessional Collaborative Practice (IPCP) Project Coordinator for Xavier University School of Nursing. As IPCP Project Coordinator, 50% of her faculty time is coordinating the paradigm shift to an IPCP culture among partner sites Cincinnati Health Department, Episcopal Retirement Services and Black Stone Home Health.
Niehaus received her MSN from Xavier, is an I-CAN Scholar, and completed the Institute for Healthcare Improvement course entitled Leadership and Organizing to Improve Population Health. As a certified TeamSTEPPS Master Trainer, she utilized best practices for teaching IPCP competencies when creating both the flipped face to face and online course, Applied Interprofessional Collaboration at Xavier University. Additionally Lisa Niehaus has coordinated training of College of Professional Sciences Faculty as TeamSTEPPS Master Trainers.
Ms. Marie Reynolds
Marie Reynolds, MSN, MS, RN, CNL is the MSN administration and healthcare law concentration coordinator at Xavier University. She teaches in the MSN, MIDAS and DNP programs. Following years of experience in emergency nursing, Reynolds’ nursing career focused primarily in healthcare administration. She held numerous management and leadership positions in emergency care and home health and hospice most recently as Vice President of Patient Care Services for the VNA of the Treasure Coast in Vero Beach, Florida and Executive Director of VNA Care. Reynolds holds a MS in Health Care Administration from California State University, a MS in Nursing from Xavier University, and a Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) certificate from AACN.
Devin Robinson, MSN, RN has been an adjunct faculty member in Xavier University School of Nursing since 2012. She is currently an RN at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, where she has worked since 2007. Robinson received her MSN from Xavier and is licensed as an RN in both Ohio and Kentucky. She is a volunteer with the American Red Cross, Hands Against Hunger and the Medical Reserve Corp. of Boone County, Kentucky.