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Kathleen A. O'Connell

Professional Background

Educational Background

B.S.N., Nursing, College of Mount St. Joseph-on-the-Ohio; M.A., Ph.D. Psychology, University of Kansas. Postdoctoral Fellowship in Psychology, Purdue University.

Scholarly Interests

Smoking cessation, health behaviors, diabetes, nursing, reversal theory, theory of self-control strength.

Selected Publications

Connell, K. A., Torstrick, A., Victor, E. (2014). Cues to urinary urgency incontinence and urinary urgency: How those diagnosed with overactive bladder syndrome differ from undiagnosed persons. Journal of Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nursing, 41, 259-267.

Dickinson, J. K., Scollan-Koliopoulos, M., Vergili, J. M., & O’Connell, K. A. (2013).  The process and rationale for an online master’s program in diabetes education and management. The Diabetes Educator, 39, 281-288.

Connell, K. A., Shiffman, S., & DeCarlo, L.T. (2011). Does extinction of responses to cigarette cues occur during smoking cessation? Addiction, 106, 410-417.

Connell, K.A., Schwartz, J. E. & Shiffman, S. (2008). Do resisted temptations during smoking cessation deplete or augment self-control resources? Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 22, 486-495.

O'Connell, K. A., Hosein, V. L., Schwartz, J. E., & Leibowitz, R. Q. (2007). How does coping help people resist lapses during smoking cessation? Health Psychology, 26, 77-84.

O'Connell, K. A., Schwartz, J. E., Gerkovich, M. M., Bott, M. J., & Shiffman, S. (2004). Playful and Rebellious States Versus Negative Affect in Explaining the Occurrence of Temptations and Lapses During Smoking Cessation. Nicotine and Tobacco Research 6, 661-174.

O'Connell, K.A., Gerkovich, M. M., Bott, M. J., Cook, M. R., & Shiffman, S. (2002). The effect of anticipatory strategies on the first day of smoking cessation. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 16, 150-156.

O'Connell, K.A. (1991). Why rational people do irrational things: The theory of psychological reversals. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing, 29, 11-14.

O'Connell, K.A., Hamera, E.K., Schorfheide, A., & Guthrie, D. (l990). Symptom beliefs and actual blood glucose in Type II diabetes. Research in Nursing and Health, 13, 145-151. (Selected for an Editor's Citation by Behavioral Medicine Abstracts (1990) 11, 173).

O'Connell, K.A., Cook, M.R., Gerkovich, M.M., Potocky, M., & Swan, G.E., (l990). Reversal theory and smoking: A state-based approach to ex-smokers' highly tempting situations, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 58, 489-94.

 

principal publications

O'Connell, K.A., Hamera, E.K., Knapp, T.M., Cassmeyer, V.L., Eaks, G.A., & Fox, M.S. (l984). Symptom use and self regulation in Type II diabetics. Advances in Nursing Science, 6, l9-28.

O'Connell, K.A., & Martin, E.J. (l987). Highly tempting situations associated with abstinence, temporary lapse, and relapse among participants in smoking cesstion programs. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 55(3) 367-371.

O'Connell, K.A. & Shiffman, S. (l988). Negative affect smoking and relapse in negative affect situations. Journal of Substance Abuse. 1(1), 25-33.

Hamera, E., Cassmeyer, V., O'Connell, K.A., Weldon, G.T., Knapp, T.M., & Kyner, J.L. (l988). Self-regulation in individuals with Type II diabetes. Nursing Research, 37(6), 363-367.

O'Connell, K.A., Cook, M.R., Gerkovich, M.M., Potocky, M., & Swan, G.E., (l990). Reversal theory and smoking: A state-based approach to ex-smokers' highly tempting situations, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 58, 489-94.

O'Connell, K.A., Hamera, E.K., Schorfheide, A., & Guthrie, D. (l990). Symptom beliefs and actual blood glucose in Type II diabetes. Research in Nursing and Health, 13, 145-151. (Selected for an Editor's Citation by Behavioral Medicine Abstracts (1990) 11, 173).

O'Connell, K.A. (1991). Why rational people do irrational things: The theory of psychological reversals. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing, 29, 11-14.

O'Connell, K.A., Fears, B.A., Cook, M.R., Gerkovich, M.M. & Zechmann, A. (1991) Overcoming the urge to smoke: The strategies of long-term abstainers, and late relapsers. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 5, 1-8.

O'Connell, K.A., Gerkovich, M.M., & Cook, M.R. (1995). Reversal Theory's Mastery and Sympathy States in Smoking Cessation Image. 27, 311-316.

O'Connell, K.A. (1996). Akrasia, health behavior, relapse, and reversal theory. Nursing Outlook, 44, 94-98.

O'Connell, K. A. (2000). If you call me names, I'll call you numbers. Journal of Professional Nursing, 16, 74. (Research Column); reprinted in Gillis & Jackson, J.W. (2000) Research for Nurses: Methods and Interpretation. F. A. Davis; and in Jackson, J. W. (2002). Methods: Doing Social Research. F. A. Davis.

O'Connell, K.A., Gerkovich, M.M., Bott, M., Cook, M.R., & Shiffman, S. (2000). Playfulness, arousal-seeking, and rebelliousness during smoking cessation. Personality and Individual Differences 29, 671-683.

O'Connell, K.A., Gerkovich, M. M., Bott, M. J., Cook, M. R., & Shiffman, S. (2002). The effect of anticipatory strategies on the first day of smoking cessation. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 16, 150-156.

Burris, R. F. & O'Connell, K.A. (2003). Reversal theory states and cigarette availability predict lapses during smoking cessation among adolescents. Research in Nursing and Health, 26, 263-271.

O'Connell, K. A., Schwartz, J. E., Gerkovich, M. M., Bott, M. J., & Shiffman, S. (2004). Playful and Rebellious States Versus Negative Affect in Explaining the Occurrence of Temptations and Lapses During Smoking Cessation. Nicotine and Tobacco Research 6, 661-174.

Scollan-Koliopoulos, M., O'Connell, K. A., & Walker, E. A. (2005). The first diabetes educator is the family: Using illness representation to recognize a multigenerational legacy of diabetes. Clinical Nurse Specialist, 19, 302-307

Scollan-Koliopoulos M, O’Connell K.A., & Walker, E.A. (Winter, 2005-2006).  Assessing legacies of diabetes: Recollections of family members’ illness representations and outcomes, The Journal of Theory Construction and Testing, 9, 40-48.

 O’Connell, K.A., Hosein, V. L., & Schwartz, J. E. (2006). Thinking and/or doing as strategies for smoking cessation. Research in Nursing and Health, 29, 533-542.

 O'Connell, K. A., Hosein, V. L., Schwartz, J. E., & Leibowitz, R. Q. (2007). How does coping help people resist lapses during smoking cessation? Health Psychology, 26, 77-84.

HBSS 5040: Research methods in health and behavior studies I

Introduction to research, study designs, and data collection methods in research in health and behavior studies, including nursing, nutrition, and health educa-tion with emphasis on reading and understanding research literature.

HBSS 5110: Determinants of health behavior

Theory-based analysis of the cultural, social-psychological, and social-structural determinants of health-related behaviors; implications for planned change at individual, small-group, and community levels.

HBSS 6145: Health psychology

Topics include social learning theory, attribution, and attitudes as they apply to health promotion, disease prevention, reactions to illness, and adherence to treatment regimens.

HBSN 6501: Seminar in professional nursing

Examination of selected professional nursing problems or domains.

HBSN 6540: Seminar on dissertation design development

Permission required. Prerequisites: HBSN 5043, HBSN 6503, HBSN 5005, statistics, and certification. Required of all doctoral candidates. Group critique of dissertation proposals; focus on beginning- to intermediate- level aspects of analysis of theory and research design. This course may be repeated as often as necessary until the student is ready for the departmental examination. Once HBSN 6540 is taken, continuous fall/spring enrollment in the course is required until the semester during which the departmental examination is held.

HBSN 6541: Advanced seminar on dissertation design development

Prerequisite: HBSN 6540 and certification. Focus on advanced aspects of research design and method.