Joanne P. Robinson, PhD, RN, CNE, FAAN

Professor
Associate Dean - Research and Innovation

Joanne P. Robinson

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Joanne P. Robinson, PhD, RN, CNE, FAAN

Professor
Associate Dean - Research and Innovation

Research & Clinical Interests

Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms in Parkinson’s disease
Post-prostatectomy Incontinence
Leadership in Academic Nursing

Education

PhD, University of Pennsylvania (1995)
MA, University of Pennsylvania (1994)
MS, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (1982)
BS, William Paterson College (1975)

Publications

Most Recent Peer-Reviewed Publications

Increased odds of bladder and bowel symptoms in early Parkinson's disease

The Experience of Women Who Care for Spouses With Parkinson's Disease and Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms

Cognitive, affective, and behavioral dimensions of the lower urinary tract symptom experience in men with Parkinson's disease

Voiding dysfunction and urinary incontinence in men

Lower urinary tract symptoms in men with parkinson disease

Urinary incontinence severity and quality-of-life instruments

Validity testing of the stopwatch urine stream interruption test in radical prostatectomy patients

Systematic pelvic floor training for lower urinary tract symptoms post-prostatectomy: A randomized clinical trial

Psychometric properties of the Male Urogenital Distress Inventory (MUDI) and Male Urinary Symptom Impact Questionnaire (MUSIQ) in patients following radical prostatectomy.

Effects of advanced practice nursing on patient and spouse depressive symptoms, sexual function, and marital interaction after radical prostatectomy.

Continuous quality improvement as an innovation: Which nursing facilities adopt it?

Consumer satisfaction in nursing homes: Current practices and resident priorities

Use of Resident Satisfaction Surveys in New Jersey Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities

Consumer Satisfaction in Long-Term Care: State Initiatives in Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities

Pelvic floor muscle exercises and manometric biofeedback for erectile dysfunction and postmicturition dribble: Three case studies

Development and testing of a measure of health-related quality of life for men with urinary incontinence

Behavioral treatments for post-prostatectomy incontinence.

Beyond sexual assessment: Lessons learned from couples post radical prostatectomy

Phases of the qualitative research interview with institutionalized elderly individuals.

Managing urinary incontinence following radical prostatectomy

 

Research

2014- 2016, PI, New Paths to Professional Nursing Program, The Rutgers-Camden/Cooper Collaborative for Upward Mobility in Nursing (RCC ColUMN), NJ Health Initiatives Program, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

2013, PI, Faculty and Staff Ambassadors Program, Exploring Nursing Education Partnerships in Guatemala, Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

2009- 2011, Co-PI, Academic Excellence Award, Planning and development of an RN to MSN Program, Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate and Professional Education, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

2005- 2007, Co-PI, PADRECC Pilot Grant, Parkinson’s disease and lower urinary tract symptoms in men: Implications for caregivers, Parkinson’s Research, Education, and Clinical Center, Philadelphia VA Medical Center

2004- 2008, PI, K23 Mentored Patient-Oriented Career Development Award, Urinary incontinence in older men post prostatectomy, National Institute of Nursing Research

Professional Organizations

American Academy of Nursing
Eastern Nursing Research Society
Sigma Theta Tau International, Eta Mu Chapter
The Gerontological Society of America
Society of Urologic Nurses and Associates
New Jersey State Nurses Association/American Nurses Association
Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Association
International Continence Society, Chair, Nursing Education Sub-committee, 2018-2021

Awards & Honors

2017-2018, Catherine-Ann Lawrence Literary Excellence Award
Urologic Nursing, Official Journal of the Society of Urologic Nurses and Associates

2012, Excellence in Professional Nursing, Rutgers School of Nursing – Camden

2011, Fellow, American Academy of Nursing 

2009, NJ Cancer Research Award for Scientific Excellence, New Jersey Commission on Cancer Research

2009, Nursing Excellence Award, Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center

2007- 2008, Catherine-Ann Lawrence Literary Excellence Award, Urologic Nursing, Official Journal of the Society of Urologic Nurses and Associates

Presentations

 

Refereed

Using mixed methods to understand symptom distress in patients with Parkinson’s disease and urinary symptoms, 2013 State of the Science Congress on Nursing Research, Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science, Washington, DC, September 2013.

The beauty of mixed methods in illuminating relational processes in research of families, Symposium on state of the science in research of families and  communities: Innovative approaches to study methods and data analyses, Eastern Nursing Research Society 23rd Annual Scientific Sessions, Philadelphia, PA, April 2012.   

Theory-based pelvic floor training post-prostatectomy. 2010 State of the Science Congress on Nursing Research, Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science, Washington, DC, September 2010.

Pilot-testing of a theory-based pelvic floor training intervention for radical prostatectomy patients.  39th Annual Meeting of the International Continence Society, San Francisco, CA, October 2009.

Pilot-testing of a theory-based pelvic floor training intervention for radical prostatectomy patients. Annual Retreat on Cancer Research in New Jersey, NJ Commission on Cancer Research, New Brunswick, NJ, May 2009.

Invited 

Keynote, Findings from a decade of research on the lower urinary tract symptom experience in men with Parkinson’s disease and their spouse caregivers.  33rd Euro Nursing & Medicare Summit, Edinburgh, Scotland, October 2018.

Panelist, Opening doors to leadership: NLN Leadership Institute Programs.  NLN 2018 Education Summit, National League for Nursing, Chicago, IL, September 2018.

Nursing solutions: Recognizing the impact of genitourinary symptoms in Parkinson’s disease.  Nurse Webinar Series, Edmond J. Safra Foundation Visiting Nurse Faculty Program, May 2017.

Validity testing of the stopwatch urine stream interruption test in radical prostatectomy patients. 16th Annual UMDNJ- Stratford Campus Research Day, Stratford NJ, April 2012.

Validity testing of the stopwatch urine stream interruption test in radical prostatectomy patients. 14th Annual Research Week, Cooper University Hospital, Camden, NJ, April 2012.

Lower urinary tract symptoms in men with Parkinson’s disease.  Annual Symposium on Incontinence and Pelvic Floor Disorders, Society of Urologic Nurses and Associates, San Francisco, CA, March 2012.

Panelist: A review of new evidence for urologic nursing practice:10 additions to our knowledge from 2011. Annual Symposium on Incontinence and Pelvic Floor Disorders, Society of  Urologic Nurses and Associates, San Francisco, CA, March 2012.

Keynote Address: Tales from a Service-Learning Journey to Guatemala. Induction Ceremony, Eta Mu Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International, Mt. Laurel, NJ, April 2011.

Panelist: Recovery from radical prostatectomy: Quality of life and the treatment of urinary incontinence and erectile dysfunction. Annual Symposium on Incontinence and Pelvic Floor Disorders, Society of Urologic Nurses and Associates, New Orleans, LA, March 2011.

Panelist: A review of new evidence for urologic nursing practice: 10 additions to our knowledge from 2010. Annual Symposium on Incontinence and Pelvic Floor Disorders, Society of Urologic Nurses and Associates, New Orleans, LA, March 2011.

Panelist: Pathways to the future of nursing. Region 5, New Jersey State Nurses Association, Gloucester County College, Sewell, NJ, May 2010.

An explanatory study of the lower urinary tract symptom experience and quality of life in men with Parkinson’s disease. Nursing Grand Rounds, VA Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA, May 2009.

Additional Publications

 

Notes & Book Reviews

Robinson, J.P., Moriarty, H.J., Bradway, C.W., & Bunting-Perry, L. (2018).  Findings from a decade of research on the lower urinary tract symptom experience in men with Parkinson’s   disease and their spouse caregivers [abstract].  Advanced Practices in Nursing, 3, 39.

Moriarty, H., Robinson, J., Bunting-Perry, L., Bradway, C.W., & Avi-Itzhak, T. (2013). Using mixed methods to understand symptom distress in patients with Parkinson’s disease and urinary symptoms [abstract].  National Congress on the State of the Science in Nursing Research: 2013 Congress Proceedings. Washington, DC: Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science.

Moriarty, H.J., Robinson, J., Bunting-Perry, L., Winter, L., & True, G.  (2012). The beauty of mixed methods in illuminating relational processes in research of families. [abstract].  State of the science in research of families and communities: Innovative approaches to study methods and data analyses.  Proceedings of the Eastern Nursing Research Society 23rd Annual Scientific Sessions: Informing health policy through nursing science (Symposium). Philadelphia, PA: Eastern Nursing Research Society.  

Robinson, J.P., Weiss, R., Avi-Itzhak, T., & McCorkle, R. (2009).  Pilot-testing of a theory-based pelvic floor training intervention for radical prostatectomy patients [abstract].  Neurourology and Urodynamics, 28(7), 682-683. 

Biography 

A scholar and educator widely respected for her contributions to gerontological and urologic nursing, Joanne Robinson serves as Associate Dean for Research and Innovation at Thomas Jefferson College of Nursing, where she also is a professor.

Since her 2019 appointment to spearhead the college’s research efforts, Dr. Robinson has helped expand Jefferson’s team of talented and experienced nurse leaders while supporting them with strong investments in research infrastructure. Research areas receiving special focus include clinical practice, nursing education and population science. She considers herself a “grand connector” in the research world. 

Throughout her career, Dr. Robinson has advanced innovative models of nursing care in nursing homes, highlighted a variety of pressing clinical issues for older patients (including urinary incontinence), and helped lead the drive toward more extensive gerontological nursing research, nursing home care reforms, and better preparation of all nurses to meet older patients’ needs. 

Her research on lower urinary tract symptoms in older adults has been supported by the National Institute of Nursing Research and recognized with six awards. In the 1990s, she was in the vanguard of research focused on restraint-free care that resulted in regulatory changes in nursing homes and hospitals nationwide. 

Before joining the Jefferson faculty in 2019, Dr. Robinson was a long-time member of the nursing school faculty at Rutgers University. From 2011 to 2017, she was founding dean of the nursing school at Rutgers’ Camden campus, leading the growth and development of a small nursing department into a separate school with robust enrollment and revenue, transformative “learning abroad” courses, and state-of-the-art facilities. Also during that period, Dr. Robinson chaired New Jersey’s Organization of Colleges of Nursing and provided formal and informal mentorship to many new and aspiring academic nursing leaders.

A fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, Dr. Robinson currently chairs the Education and Practice Subcommittee of the International Continence Society’s Nursing Committee and has written or been co-author of a total of 28 peer-reviewed articles, 29 published abstracts, eight book chapters, and three books, including one of the earliest collections of best practices for restraint-free care and recently, a first-ever “field guide” to the landscape of higher education leadership for novice and aspiring deans and directors of academic nursing programs.

Throughout her career, Dr. Robinson also has served as a consultant on clinical issues with numerous healthcare organizations in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Dr. Robinson holds a PhD in nursing and a master’s degree in social gerontology from the University of Pennsylvania, along with a master’s degree in community health nursing from Rutgers University and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from William Paterson University. She also holds certification in Nursing Education from the National League for Nursing.