Dr. Lucia Gonzales

Lucia Gonzales
Phone: (619) 260-7698
Office: BeysterInstitute Nrsg Research 218

Associate Professor

  • Emory University - Ph.D
  • University of San Diego – MSN
  • Rush University - MSN

Lucia Gonzales is an Associate Professor of Nursing in the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science Betty and Bob Beyster Institute for Nursing Research, Advanced Practice and Simulation. Dr. Gonzales completed a Doctor of Philosophy from Emory University. Her major concentration was adult health nursing with a Certificate in Women’s Studies. Her dissertation research focused on role transitions and health outcomes of midlife woman following acute myocardial infarction. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish with a minor in secondary education from Rosary College, Master of Science in Nursing degrees in Gerontology/ Geriatric Nurse Practitioner from Rush University, Masters of Business Administration from Bowling Green State University. Recently she graduated with her MSN in Adult/Gero/Family Nurse Practitioner from the University of San Diego. At the graduate level, Dr. Gonzales has taught leadership/professional issues and health theory at Emory and Kennesaw State Universities and research at Thomas Jefferson University. At the baccalaureate level, she taught leadership, professional nursing and contemporary issues and advanced clinical at Kennesaw State University and role/organizational transitions and logic and critical thinking at Clayton State College and University. Dr. Gonzales has greater than ten years’ experience as Director of Education in health systems and greater than ten years as chief nursing administrator. She is an invited international speaker on transition and adult development topics and maintains a nursing practice as a transition planner for the midlife woman.

Her nursing administrative and educational research interests include care coordination, continuing nursing education and the effect on quality outcomes; nursing competency evaluation tool development, student learning styles assessment and the development of culturally sensitive patient education materials. $420,000 grants for care coordination and nurses’ computer education were awarded. She developed an onsite RN to BSN program in collaboration with UMDNJ/Rowan School of Nursing for 93 nurses. Her most recent publications include “Welcome to research rounds: learning the basics of nursing research”, “Making a quick study of research articles” and “Applying Research to Practice for VTE” in Nursing Critical Care (2008-9).

Her clinical applied practice research interest includes the implementation of an evidence based algorithm that reduces the symptom burden of the palliative care patient. Her most recent publication, “Adjusting bowel regimens when prescribing opioids in women receiving palliative care in the acute care setting”, is found in International Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (2015).

Her theory-driven research interest is in adult transitions and effect on health outcomes. Dr. Gonzales received a National Institute of Health predoctoral fellowship for her dissertation research. Clinical research publications include: “Religion, relationships and mental health in midlife women following acute myocardial infarction” is found in Issues in Mental Health Nursing (2006). She has accelerated this interest to the international research level. Her efforts include translating instruments for use globally. Her most recent publication, “Caring for women globally: Psychometric testing of two instruments translated into five languages for use in cardiovascular recovery“ is found in the International Journal of Nursing Practice (2015). In 2010, Dr. Gonzales and her husband, Venerable, built a Roman Catholic faith-based chapel in the Philippines that serves as a site for prayer, education, medical missions and international research.

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