Center Pilot Research Grants

Since 2000, The Center has provided between $5000 to $25000 in grant funding for Pilot Research Projects exploring end-of-life research questions AND between $15000 to $25000 in Graduate Assistantship.


2021 - 2022
Janet Roman, DNP, APRN, ACNP-BC, CHFN, ACHPN TITLE OR FACULTY RANK: Director DNP Program/Associate Professor
CO-P.I.: Angela M. Hill, Pharm. D, CRPh Assoc Dean of Clinical Affairs and Professor
DEPARTMENTS: College of Nursing, College of Pharmacy and Muma College of Business (Management Information Systems – USF Tampa)
"Improving Well-being of Frontline Hospice Healthcare Practitioners in COVID-19 scenario and Identification of Burnout for Managers Early Intervention"

Lora Thompson, Ph.D. and Kristine Donovan, Ph.D. Moffitt Cancer Center.  "Advance Care Planning in Young Adults with Cancer"

Cindy Tofthagen, PhD. USF College of Nursing. Group Acupuncture for Treatment of Neuropathy from Chemotherapy: A Randomized, Controlled Trial

Hsiao-Lan Wang, PhD Assistant Professor at USF College of Nursing. "Physical Activity for Advanced Stage Cancer Patients"

Kathryn A. Frahm, PhD, MSW, Department of Aging and Mental Health Disparities. "Race and Advance Care Planning, Hospice Utilization, and Comfort Care Services Among Nursing Home Residents at the End-of-Life"

Graduate ASSISTANTSHIPs awarded 

The Center provides up to $25,000 in assistantship funding for PhD students who are interested in pursuing end-of-life research. Students are competitively selected, and complete their own research projects as well as projects with the Center's community provider hospices. The following students have received graduate fellowships:

2023 - 2024
Jessica Yauk, MGS., PhD. Candidate in School of Aging Studies, USF
Title: "Black Caregivers’ Perceptions of Care Recipients’ End- of-Life Care Planning "

Brianna Cusanno PhD. Department of Communications, USF 
Title: "Communicating Resilience in Hospice Care Teams"

Lindsay J. Peterson, PhD. School of Aging Studies, USF  
Title: "Communicating with Family Concerning End-of-Life Care"

Lindy Davidson, M.Div, PhD. Department of Communications, USF
Title: "Spiritual Frameworks in Pediatric Palliative Care: Understanding Parental Decision-Making."

Patrick Dillon, MA., PhD. Student in Department of Communications, USF
Title "African-Americans and Hospice Care: Designing Culture-Centric Health Messages to Promote Informed Decision Making about End of Life Care"

Abdel Rahman E. Alkhalauf, PhD. Student in College of Nursing, USF
Title: "Professional Quality of Life and Compassion Fatigue: A Hospice Team Intervention Study"

Jessica Allen, PhD. Student in Department of Aging Studies, USF
Title: "An Evaluation of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health as a Predictor of Six-Month Survival for Dementia Patients."

Jillian Tullis-Owen, PhD. Student in Department of Communication, USF
Title: "The Role of Hospice Chaplains in Communicating Spirituality and Dying at the End-of-Life"

Elizabeth Bergman, PhD. Student in Aging Studies, USF
Title: "Hospice Bereavement Service Utilization and Preferences Among Spouses in Three Hospices"

For information contact Debra Dobbs at (813) 974-5767 or by email at