College of Nursing Graduates Second Ever Ph.D.

May 1, 2007

Contact: Lauren Cruse (505) 272-3690


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - This May, Judy Liesveld will become the second ever student from the University of New Mexico College of Nursing (UNM CoN) to graduate with a PhD.

Liesveld’s dissertation was entitled "Teachers’ Knowledge, Beliefs, and Values about Children with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)." She performed a mixed methods study involving surveys from 133 teachers, four group interviews that included 28 teachers, and an additional eight individual interviews of teachers from the Gallup-McKinley County schools.

"I wanted to find out what teachers’ knowledge, beliefs and values were concerning ADHD so that ultimately I could have nurses and other health experts partner with teachers to benefit children and families living with ADHD," said Liesveld. "Teachers are such an important component in identifying children with ADHD. They are often the first ones to refer children for evaluations. They are a big part of the entire team effort in helping children with ADHD."

Liesveld completed most of her PhD while living and working in Gallup, N.M. as a pediatric nurse practitioner at a private pediatric clinic. As a nurse practitioner in Gallup, she provided care for several pediatric patients with ADHD.

"I enjoyed the research process during my PhD," said Liesveld. "I would like to continue my research, teach and do clinical work in pediatrics now that I’ve earned my doctorate. I know there is a faculty shortage in nursing across the country so I will begin applying for faculty jobs anywhere I can, including UNM."

A native of Iowa, Liesveld earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) at the University of Iowa. She then received her Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) master’s degree at Arizona State University.

Liesveld currently lives in Albuquerque where she works at UNM in the Pediatric Pulmonary Department as a nurse practitioner.

Started in 2003, the CoN PhD program currently has 31 students enrolled with 18 of those students finished with coursework and well into working on their dissertations. The College’s first PhD graduated in January 2007. For more information on the doctoral program at the CoN, visit call (505) 272-4223.

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