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The group meets Tuesdays from 2:30pm to 4:30pm Eastern time via Zoom with meeting ID 736-885-912. Anyone interested in learning about phenomenological research is welcome to attend.

Current topics include the following:

  • Teen pregnancy in rural Appalachia
  • Women veterans who experienced military sexual assault and have chosen to reveal it through public online social media
  • Families of children with cancer in rural North Carolina
  • Emerging adults with anxiety and depression who adopted a plant-based diet
  • Lived experience of Navajo nurses on the reservation during the COVID 19 pandemic
  • Lived experience of Type 2 diabetics who have a continuous glucose monitor
  • Restorative practices in schools
  • Teacher burnout

If you are conducting phenomenological research and would like to be involved, please contact Dr. Sandra Thomas in the College of Nursing at

Recent studies have included topics such as living with diabetes, transformative learning, rural patient care, the experience of serving patients with endocarditis, and breastfeeding in the workplace.