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Susan Weber Buchholz

  • Professor
  • Associate Dean for Research


PhD, Wayne State University

MSN, Indiana University

BSN, Capital University

ADN, Illinois Central College

Interest Areas:

Physical Activity Research

Health Behavior Research

Literature Reviews

Nurse Practitioner Education

Adult Primary Care


Buchholz, S. W., & Dickins, K. (2023). Literature Review and Synthesis: A Guide for Nurses and Other Healthcare Professionals. New York: Springer Publishing Company. Awarded First Place Nursing Research AJN Book of the Year. 


Daniel, M., Buchholz, S.W., & Fogg, L. (Accepted for Publication). Physical Activity in South Asian Indians: A Systematic Review of Randomized Controlled Trials. Western Journal of Nursing Research.  


Daniel, M., Buchholz, S.W., Schoeny, M., Halloway, S., Kitsiou, S., Johnson, T;  Vispute, S., Kapp, M., & Wilbur, J. (2022). Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Recruitment for the Working Women Walking Program. Research in Nursing & Health. 2022 Oct;45(5):559-568. doi: 10.1002/nur.22258. Epub 2022 Sep 12. 


Gallik, A., Buchholz, S. W., Mayer, K., & O’Brien, T. (2022). A Quality Improvement project to increase utilization of an Urgent Care Center. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, Feb 1; 26(1):48-53. doi: 10.1188/22.CJON.48-53.  


Kokenge, M., Ruppar, T. & Buchholz, S. W. (2022).  Physical Activity Interventions Among Native Americans and Alaska Native Persons: A Systematic Review. American Journal of Health Promotion. Epub ahead of print. doi: 10.1177/08901171221097687. 


Covelli, A. F., Buchholz, S. W., Fowler, L. H., Beasley, S., Bigley, M. B. (2022). Development of the Doctor of Nursing Practice Nurse Practitioner Minimum Data Set (DNP NP MDS). Journal of Professional Nursing, 39, 54-68.


Stager, S.L, Douglass, B., Mitchell, S., Wise, B., & Buchholz, S. W. (2022). Traversing academic rank promotion for nurse practitioner faculty. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Jan 5. 

     doi: 10.1097/JXX.0000000000000685. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34991117. 


Aguiñaga, S., Marques, I.G., Kitsiou, S., Balbim, G. M, Gerber, B.S., Buchholz, S.W., Bustamante, E.E., & Marquez, D.X. (2021). BAILAMOS™ with mHealth technology! Improving physical activity and well-being in middle-aged and older Latinxs. Health Education & Behavior. Oct;48(5): 575-583. doi: 10.1177/10901981211027517. 


Downes, L., Buchholz, S. W., & Fogg, L. (2021). Impact of a Nutrition Education Program on Health Behaviors in a University Workplace Wellness Program. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, Feb3;33(12): 1198-1295, doi: 10.1097/JXX.0000000000000553.  


Idzik, S., Buchholz, S. W., Kelly-Weeder, S., Finnegan, L., & Bigley, M. B.(2021). Strategies to move entry-level nurse practitioner education to the Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree by 2025. Nurse Educator. Nov-Dec. 01;46(6):336-341. doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000001129 


Byrnes, M., & Buchholz, S. W. (2021). Physical activity and cardiovascular risk factor outcomes in women with a history of hypertensive disorders of pregnancy: integrative review. Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing. September 4. 


Fasullo, K., McIntosh, E. M., Buchholz, S. W., Ruppar, T., & Ailey S. (2021), LGBTQ older adults in long-term care settings: An integrative review to inform best practices. Clinical Gerontologist. July 8, 1-16.  doi: 10.1080/07317115.2021.1947428. 


Kitsiou, S., Gerber, B. S., Kansal, M. M., Buchholz, S. W., Chen, J., Ruppar, T., Arrington, J., Owoyemi, A., Leigh, J., & Pressler, S. J. (2021). Patient-centered mobile health technology intervention to improve self-care in patients with chronic heart failure: Protocol for a feasibility randomized controlled trial. Contemporary Clinical Trials. Jul;106:106433. doi: 10.1016/j.cct.2021.106433. Epub 2021 May 13.PMID: 33991686 


Westrick, J., & Buchholz, S. W. (2021). Medical Librarians’ Knowledge and Practices in Locating Clinical Trials for Systematic Reviews. Journal of the Medical Library Association. April 1; 109(2): 295-300. doi: 10.5195/jmla.2021.1144 


Kitsiou, S., Vatani, H, Paré, G., Gerber, B., Buchholz, S. W., Kansal, M. M, Leigh, J., & Creber, R.M.M. (2021). Effectiveness of Mobile Health Technology Interventions for Patients with Heart Failure: Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Canadian Journal of Cardiology.  Aug;37(8):1248-1259. doi: 10.1016/j.cjca.2021.02.015. Epub 2021 Mar 3. PMID: 33667616. 


Marques, I. G., Kitsiou, S., Gerber, B. S., Buchholz, S. W., Bustamante, E. E., & Marquez, D. X. (2021). Feasibility of a Latin Dance Program with mHealth for Middle-Aged and Older Latinxs (BAILA TECH).Translational Journal of the American College of Sports Medicine,6(1), e000143.doi: 10.1249/TJX.0000000000000143 


Kitsiou, S., Gerber, B., Buchholz, S., Kansal, M., Chen, J., Nawrocki, L., Leigh, J., Nieto, A., Owoyemi, A., Pressler, S. (2020). Development and Pilot Testing of a Tailored Text Messaging Intervention to Improve Self-efficacy and Health Beliefs About Self-care in People with Heart Failure. Journal of Cardiac Failure, 26(10). doi:10.1016/j.cardfail.2020.09.260 


Collins, E. S., Buchholz, S. W., Cranford, J., & McCrory, M. A. (2020). A Church-based Culturally Sensitive Physical Activity Intervention in African American Women. Western Journal of Nursing Research. Epub Sept 22. doi: 10.1177/0193945920961405. 


Dickins, K. A., Buchholz, S. W., Ingram, D., Braun, L. T., Hamilton, R. J., Earle, M., & Karnik, N. S. (2020). Supporting Primary Care Access and Use among Homeless Persons. Social Work in Public Health, 35(6): 335-357. doi: 10.1080/19371918.2020.18095389.


Buchholz, S. W., Wilbur, J., Halloway, S., Schoeny, M., Johnson, T., Vispute, S., & Kitsiou, S. (2019). Study protocol for a sequential multiple assignment randomized trial (SMART) to improve physical activity in employed women. Contemporary Clinical Trials, 105921. doi:10.1016/j.cct.2019.105921 

Honors & Awards:

  • 2022 - MNRS Health Promoting Behaviors Across the Lifespan Senior Investigator Award

  • 2019 - Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing

  • 2019 - NONPF 2019 Outstanding Researcher Award

  • 2018 - The Power of Nursing Leadership: 2018 Pinnacle Leader

  • 2015 - Capital University Award for Distinguished Service to Nursing

  • 2014 - Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners