Our faculty’s passion for nursing isn’t limited to the classroom; they’re actively involved in research that furthers their field and serves their communities. Our recent research has focused on areas including early pregnancy recognition, lay community health worker programs, and support groups for women experiencing depression, among others.

Nursing majors have the opportunity to work alongside faculty as research assistants, gaining practical experience that will serve them well in graduate school or a nursing career.

Currently active faculty research projects are listed below. For student research updates and opportunities, see the student research page.

Current and past research and scholarship

Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) - Community Assessments 2002–Ongoing Gail Zandee Henry Institute for the Study of Christianity and Politics; Calvin College Public Health Initiative
Community Health Worker Program 2004–Ongoing Gail Zandee Community Outreach Partnership Center Grant: Department of Housing & Urban Development and Spectrum Health Healthier Communities
Health Education And Leadership Training for a Hopeful Future (HEALTH) Initiative 2016–Present Adejoke Ayoola Office of the Provost, Gerber Foundation, Infusion Associates, Mercy Health, Michigan State Medical Society Foundation, Kent County Medical Society, Kent intermediate School District and Other individual donors
Inter-Professional Collaboration to Enhance Simulation 2018–Ongoing Katherine Kunnen Calvin College Public Health Initiative
Obesity and Exercise Perceptions of Men & Women in Ethnically Diverse Communities 2016–2018 Jesse Moes Calvin College Alumni Association; Public Health in Community – Major Project Initiative Seminar
Preconception Reproductive Knowledge Promotion 2010–Ongoing Adejoke Ayoola Robert Woods Johnson Foundation 2012-16; Calvin College Science Division, Alumni Assoc., Public Health Initiative Grant, Calvin Research Fellowship (CRF) 2016-17, 2017-18; 2018-19; Sigma-Kappa Epsilon at-large Chapter Research Grant
Public Health Initiative 2015–Ongoing Gail Zandee, Adejoke Ayoola Office of The Provost
Women Supporting Women 2012–Ongoing Mary Molewyk Doornbos Calvin College CRF 2012-13, 2013-14, 2016-17, 2017-18; 2018-19 Perrigo Foundation; Calvin College Public Health Initiative