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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

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.