Faculty Research & Scholarship

Welcome to the Faculty Research & Scholarship webpage, a celebration of faculty scholarly achievements in the College of Health and Human Development.

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Tricia Kasamatsu


Sadeeka Al-Majid, PhD, RN

Professor, School of Nursing

Graduate Programs Coordinator





Research Interests:

Dr. Al-Majid has three main research focus areas. 

  1. Cancer-related fatigue and skeletal muscle wasting; exercise to mitigate biobehavioral outcomes of fatigue.
  2. Tissue interface pressure in intraoperative patients and mitigation strategies.
  3. Evidence-based practice; applying research findings to improve patient outcomes.


Current Projects:

  1. Dr. Al-Majid just finished a study where they measured patterns of tissue interface pressure in 150 anesthetized patients during surgical procedures. This is the second study in this program of research.  The goal is to increase awareness of operating nurses of the patterns of interface pressure and their relationship with patient-intrinsic and extrinsic variables.  A manuscript is under review.
  2. ENRICH - Enriching nursing representation to impact Community health.  Dr. Al-Majid is the Project Director of a 5-year (2020-2025) grant funded by the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA). The main goal of this grant is to enhance the recruitment and retention of disadvantaged students into graduate nursing programs and promote employment in primary care and medically underserved communities upon graduation. This $3.25 M grant provides financial support (scholarships) to disadvantaged nursing students.


Recent Scholarly Achievements:

  1. Cervantes-Ortega, M., Du, S., Beigler, K., Al-Majid, S. et al. (2020). Participatory decision-making for cancer care in a high-risk sample of low income Mexican-American breast cancer survivors: The role of acculturation. International Journal of Healthcare, 6(2), 30-43. DOI:10:543/ijh.v6n2p35Opens in new window
  2. Al-Majid, S., Carlson, N., Kiyohara, M., Faith M., & Rakovski, C. (2018).Assessing the degree of compassion satisfaction and compassion fatigue among critical care, oncology and charge nurses. Journal of Nursing Administration, 48(6), 310-315. doi: 10.1097/NNA.0000000000000620Opens in new window
  3. Al-Majid, S., Vuncanon, B., Carlson, N., & Rakovski, C. (2017). The effect of offloading heels on sacral pressure. Association of Operating Room Nurses Journal, 106 (3), 194-200. doi:10.1016/j.aorn.2017.07.002Opens in new window
  4. Al-Majid, S., Wilson, L., Rakovski, C., & Coburn, J. (2015). Effect of exercise on biobehavioral outcomes of fatigue: results of a feasibility study. Biological Research for Nursing, 17(1), 40-8. doi: 10.1177/1099800414523489Opens in new window


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RECENT faculty publications as of August 2021

(See Publications ArchiveOpens in new window to read about more outstanding research from HHD faculty)


Gordon Capp, Assistant Professor of Social Work, co-authored a book chapter “Preventing Bullying and School Violence.”  Published August 18, 2021 In: Kelly, M. and Massat C. (eds) School Social Work. Read Capp Bood ChapterOpens in new window

Daniela Rubin, Kathleen Wilson, and Debra Rose, Professors of Kinesiology, co-authored “Improved Motor Proficiency and Quality of Life in Youth with Prader–Willi Syndrome and Obesity 6 Months After Completing a Parent-Led, Game-Based Intervention.”  Published August 10, 2021 in Pediatric Exercise Science. https://doi.org/10.1123/pes.2020-0160Opens in new window

Penny Weismuller, Director and Professor of the School of Nursing, co-authored “Building coalitions: A statewide nursing organization's role in changing nursing education regulation during the COVID-19 pandemic.”  Published May-June 2021 in the Journal of Professional Nursing. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.profnurs.2021.03.004Opens in new window

Joshua Yang, Professor of Public Health, co-authored “A geospatial analysis of age disparities in resolute localities of tobacco and vaping-specific storefronts in California.”  Published May 12, 2021 in Tobacco Prevention & Cessationhttps://dx.doi.org/10.18332%2Ftpc%2F133933Opens in new window



Asian American young adults who immigrated to the U.S. as children living either without their parents or with one parent while the other parent remained in their country of origin experience long-term effects on wellbeing, cultural identity, family and relationships, and development of personal strengths.

Yuying Tsong , Professor of Human Services

Sapna Chopra , Assistant Professor of Human Services

Asian American Journal of Psychology, 12(2), 147-157Opens in new window

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