Kathleen L. PatuskyKathleen L. Patusky MA, PhD, RN, CNS
Associate Professor



University of Connecticut         
Storrs, CT                
BS     1971         

National University                   
Vista, CA                  
MA    1981         

U.S.International University    
San Diego, CA                   
General Psychology

University of Michigan             
Ann Arbor, MI         
PhD   1999
Developmental Psychology


Women Living with HIV/AIDS: Revisiting the Third Wave

University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey Foundation Grant: Self Care Management of Psychiatric Disorders: A Systematic Review. $19,502.

Continued interest in the Theory of Human Relatedness and its instruments development; self care management of depression; geropsychiatry; investigation of TRIAD – the co-occurrence of medical, psychiatric, and neurological disorders; application of reciprocity as a construct in interpersonal violence

Past Research Studies

Georgia State University: Teaching Relatedness to Undergraduate Student Nurses, $9,000.

Wayne State University: Psychometric Analysis of Relatedness Instruments, $17,000.

Oregon Health Sciences University, Co-Investigator: Fatigue/Relatedness Themes Expressed by Tired Women, $3000.

Past Research Experience

Teaching Relatedness to Undergraduate Student Nurses. Intervention study, comparing traditional and accelerated undergraduate student nurses before and after instruction in the Theory of Human Relatedness and its application in the nurse-patient relationship as well as collegial relationships. Recognized by Georgia State University President’s Office via inclusion on annual Board of Regents calendar, representing research being conducted at the Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing, College of Health and Human Sciences.

Wayne State University Summer Grant and College of Nursing Summer Grant: Psychometric Analysis of Relatedness Instruments.  Psychometric analysis of reciprocity instrument developed by researcher, along with sense of belonging
instrument as measures of interpersonal relatedness.

Faculty Intramural Research Award, Oregon Health Sciences University (co-investigator with L. Dzurec): Fatigue/Relatedness Themes Expressed by Tired Women.  Hermeneutic study of the relatedness themes described by women reporting high levels of fatigue.

Doctoral dissertation: Event-Generated Dependence and its Psychological Sequelae in Older Adults.  A prospective, longitudinal study using panel time series data, with descriptive and comparative, correlational, time series and regression analyses, comparing respondents receiving and not receiving home health care.  Factor analysis and construct validity testing of the Interpersonal Reciprocity Scale.

Dissertation preparation.  Item development, data collection and analysis of the Interpersonal Reciprocity Scale.

Individual National Research Service Award: Bias Testing of the Sense of Belonging Scale.  Secondary analysis of instrument development data including item response differences, reliability, and construct validity, comparing Black versus White respondents.

Relatedness instrument development project.  Assisted with item development, data collection and analysis of the Sense of Belonging Instrument (with B. Hagerty).

Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Rho Chapter Small Grant: A Study of Relatedness in Nondepressed Elderly.  Focus group facilitation.  Phenomenological analysis of focus group responses descriptive of relatedness experiences in older adults.

Relatedness research project.  Participated in theory development involving integrative literature review, focus group facilitation, phenomenological analysis of focus group data regarding relatedness experiences of adults (with B. Hagerty and J. Lynch-Sauer).

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