Spotlight on INDEN Members









Dr. Martha Abshire

Dr. Martha Abshire is a nurse scientist and educator focused on improving the care of patients and families living with advanced heart failure. Her clinical experience in cardiac and critical care has been the foundation of her teaching and research. Her research has been funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research and the Heart Failure Society of America. Dr. Abshire investigated physiological biomarkers, stress perception, and key patient-reported outcomes such as quality of life. She has developed national and international collaborations and has presented her work at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions, the Heart Failure Society of America and the International Society of Health and Lung Transplant annual meetings. She is currently developing an intervention to support caregivers of advanced heart failure patients through a grant funded by the PROMOTE Center (1P30NR018093-01). This intervention will focus on decreasing caregiver burden, improving cardiovascular risk through preventive health behaviors and improving quality of life. In addition, Dr. Abshire is a collaborator on the PRECURSORS study, examining end-of-life decision making in a large cohort study of Johns Hopkins physicians.








Dr. Intima Alrimawi

Dr. Alrimawi is the director of nursing at the Newport News, Virginia campus of Stratford University. Her primary research interests are in the areas of child and community health to improve the quality of health care mainly in low and middle income countries. Prior to coming to Stratford University, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Nottingham (UK), at which she earned a PhD in nursing studies and a master’s in advanced nursing practice with a focus on child health. Dr. Alrimawi received her Bachelor of Nursing Science from Sina College for Nursing and Midwifery, and completed her master in community and public health at Birzeit University: both schools are located in Palestine. Throughout her education and research she received multiple grants and fellowships, including: Vice Chancellor’s Scholarship for Research Excellence, Said Foundation Scholarship, Ford Scholarship, and Epsilon Zeta Chapter, STTI –small grant research funds.









Dr. Nada Lukkahatai

Dr. Lukkahatai has a broad background in nursing, gaining years of experience as a clinical nurse and now as a nurse scientist. Her research focus is to understand the biological mechanisms in the clustering of symptoms. Having gained skills to conduct complex laboratory experiments, using innovative techniques including proteomics and genomics that she learned as a postdoctoral fellow at the Division of Intramural Research, National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), and National Institutes of Health (NIH), Dr. Lukkahatai has published manuscripts that identify genomic and proteomic markers that can be used as interventional targets for symptom management. She is currently interested in developing non-pharmacological interventions to reduce symptom burden.








Dr. Erin Whitehouse

Dr. Whitehouse is a PhD alumna from Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, in which she explored the intersection of noncommunicable conditions such as diabetes and hypertension with infectious diseases including HIV and multi drug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB), with funding from Sigma Theta Tau International and the National Institute of Nursing Research at the National Institutes of Health. She is now a fellow in the Epidemic Intelligence Service at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Dr. Whitehouse plans to use her research to change health practice and policy, potentially at the CDC, whose mission is to save and protect the health of individuals and communities whether here in the US or on a global scale. 


Dr. Joel Faronbi

My name is Joel Faronbi, a recent graduate of the doctoral programme (PhD) in nursing from Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Nigeria. I hold Bachelor and Master’s degrees in nursing from the same institution. I am licensed with the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria as a Registered nurse (RN).

My research focus is on aging, elderly care, and caregiving. I hold an academic position as an Assistant Professor of Nursing with the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria where I am actively involved in teaching and research. I am a PhD fellow of the Consortium for Advanced Research Training in African (CARTA). This fellowship exposed me to travel to other African countries including Tanzania, South Africa and Kenya for workshop and conferences. This training, in addition to other things, facilitated the timely completion of my PhD programme. Prior to joining the university, I was formerly a Nurse Clinician at Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospitals Complex (OAUTHC), Ile-Ife, Nigeria.

Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife is one of the three institutions that offer doctorate education in nursing in Nigeria. The others are;  the University of Ibadan, Ibadan, and the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria. The University of Ibadan started University based Nursing education in Nigeria in 1965 but the Obafemi Awolowo University commenced baccalaureate programme in 1973  in 1986,   started the Master’s Degree in Nursing.  and in  2004, the PhD programme.

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Dr. Erik Hans L. Sorio

My name is Erik Hans L. Sorio from the Province of Pangasinan, Philippines. I am an Assistant Professor of nursing at the Center for Health Studies of Prince Sultan Military Medical City in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia since 2013. Before my current employment, I held positions as an Associate Professor for more than 8 years and clinical coordinator for 2 years at the College of Health Sciences of the University of Pangasinan. I also worked briefly as a part-time nurse at Luzon Medical Center and was a post-graduate nurse trainee at St. Luke’s Medical Center.

I earned my degrees in BSN with honors and EdD major in Higher Education from the University of Pangasinan in 2005 and 2011 respectively and my MSN degree major in Nursing Administration from Central Luzon Doctors’ Hospital-Educational Institution in 2007. Because of my intention to advance my doctoral education in nursing, I am currently pursuing PhD in Nursing Education major in Educational Leadership and Management at Holy Angel University and I expect to graduate in the year 2020. Also, I enrolled in online non-formal courses in Financial Management in Nursing Practice in 2015 and Research Utilization in Nursing Administration this year at the University of the Philippines Open University. Certainly, I am committed to lifelong learning to keep abreast of new knowledge and skills which I can share with the people around me. I am a life member of the Philippine Nurses Association where I functioned as an officer for 4 years in my chapter in Pangasinan to be of service to the nurses. Because of my dedication to my teaching job, I was awarded as Best Program Head and Best Teacher in the College of Health Sciences for two consecutive academic years by the University of Pangasinan. Likewise, I was recently recognized and awarded as an Outstanding Employee by Prince Sultan Military Medical City. I am a co-researcher of a study on the “knowledge, attitude and intention toward the nursing profession among pre-clinical students” in Riyadh which will soon be published internationally. I can say proudly that I now have a growing interest in research and I plan to conduct more studies to make a difference and contribute innovations in nursing education worldwide. I feel so honored to be a part of INDEN whose members aspire to serve, share insights and be an inspiration to all nurse educators in the world.

Pearl Ed G. Cuevas, PHD, RN

I am Pearl Ed G. Cuevas from Manila, Philippines. I graduated with the degree Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing at the University of the Philippines Manila on May 30, 2014. My research interest is in gerontology nursing and my dissertation paper is entitled “Nurse-Managed Adult Day Care Program for Filipino Older Persons”.

​Interesting Tidbit about myself/my program: The program Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing from the University of the Philippines Manila, aims to develop nurse scientists that have integrity, nationalism, caring, universality and excellence. At the start of the program, we studied on theory building and theory validation in nursing. We were tasked to build our own theory or nursing model/paradigm that would contribute knowledge to the discipline of nursing as a science. All our subjects have research components that actually add up to the theory or model that we are building. Usually, there are only 4-5 students in one class for the PhD program at our University. This is to ensure that each student is given attention and developed fully in the program.


Associate Professor II, Centro Escolar University Manila
School of Nursing & Graduate School
President, Philippine Nursing Research Society- CEU Cell
Secretary, Gerontology Nurses Association of the Philippines
Committee Member, Public Relations & Advocacy and House of Delegates
Philippine Nurses Association
Office # 7362211 or CEU Mainline local 219

Sajuntala Anuruang, PHD, RN

Sakuntala Anuruang, PhD, RN, is a lecturer at Faculty of Nursing, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok Thailand. She graduated PhD in Nursing from the Centre for Cardiovascular and Chronic Care, University of Technology Sydney, Australia.

Since she graduated, she applied for a job as a lecturer at the Faculty of Nursing, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand. The Faculty of Nursing, Chulalongkorn University is a national and international center of nursing knowledge, excellence in educating nurse leaders and researchers. The Faculty is committed to developing graduates in nursing through the excellence programs including the Master of Nursing Science Program and Doctor of Philosophy Program in Nursing Science.

Her focus area is self-management and empowerment adult and elderly with chronic condition in the community. Also, she is a member of Sigma’s Phi Omega at-Large Thailand Chapter.