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Review Panel

Your Last Line of Quality-Control Defense


The primary goal of the Review Panel is to improve the quality of grants, publications, and presentations (podium and poster) that come out of the College of Nursing. 

The secondary goal is to contribute to a collegial scholarly culture that allows for open-review processes.


The Review Panel can help with everything from layout to cohesion to format to language to methods to targeting specific agencies, mechanisms, or journals. 

Karen.jpgKaren H. Sousa, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor

Dr. Sousa (a) develops/applies advanced statistical methods (e.g., structural equation modeling [SEM]), (b) develops/tests conceptual models of complex health-care systems, and (c) advocates use of health-related quality of life (HRQOL) as a productive evaluative measure of nursing-care outcomes. Her teaching interests include nursing theory/conceptualization and psychometrics.

What Karen brings to the Review Panel 

Expertise in developing and applying statistical methods (e.g., Structural Equation Modeling) as components of analytical strategies that yield a greater understanding of complex nursing outcomes

Dr. Sousa has made outstanding contributions to nursing science in two important areas. The first is discovering the utility of a unique methodology, Structural Equation Modeling (SEM), for analyzing nursing-related phenomena. The second contribution is triggering a fresh examination of and advancing the consideration of health-related quality of life (HRQOL), a supremely relevant patient outcome. As a nursing pioneer in the application of SEM, she has demonstrated its uses in the areas of cluster analysis, instrument development, theory confirmation, construct validation, and establishment of conceptual equivalence in multi-group analyses (e. g., comparing English- and Spanish-speaking groups). Her work has led to numerous publications in highly ranked, peer-reviewed scientific journals and numerous consultations at academic institutions. In addition, until recently, nursing had not thoroughly tested conceptual models that capture HRQOL; Dr. Sousa’s program of research has developed an elegant conceptual model that captures HRQOL across and over time, allowing for exploration of care processes and identification of nursing best practices. She was appointed to the Research and Scholarship Advisory Council by the President of Sigma Theta Tau International as well as recruited to be the co-director of the International Society of Quality of Life Research Annual Conference.

Dr. Sousa has been a member of the Academy of Nursing since 2009 and is a member of the American Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau International, and the International Society for Quality of Life Research. Dr. Sousa was also recognized as an Emerging Leader at the University of Colorado in 2009.

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Jason.jpgJason Weiss, MEd, Research Coordinator

Jason (a) develops/edits CON grant proposals and article submissions; (b) promotes ORS faculty and scholarship; (c) maintains College of Nursing Research webpages; and (d) handles communication/messaging/branding for the Associate Dean of Research and Scholarship, specifically, and for the Office of Research and Scholarship, generally.  

What Jason brings to the Review Panel  

An educational path, a body of work experiences, and even a set of leisure activities homed in on the goal of becoming the finest speaker, writer, editor, analyst, teacher, and all-around English-language communicator possible 

Jason’s undergraduate training (BA—English) emphasizes grammar, composition, pedagogy, and logical reasoning; his Master’s work (MEd—English Education/Linguistics) focuses on (a) public speaking/presentation and (b) lexical, syntactic, and semantic analysis; the loci of his PhD work (ABD) are American literature, multimedia research/presentation and multimedia-research analysis, and argumentative/explicative composition.  All of this training has laid a solid foundation in language fundamentals, peerless editing, broad-base and/or small-bore research approaches, application of online databases and disparate media in research support, and proficiency in numerous composition formats.  

Having previously taught research-writing and English-language classes for nearly twenty years at both the community-college and university levels, Jason has worked in the CU system for the past three years: helping develop faculty profiles and research-promotion documents; assisting in authorship of scholarly publications and grant submissions; and handling communication/messaging/branding for the Office of Research and Scholarship (ORS).

Personal note: I keep up with linguistics research (especially the interplay between syntax and semantics [e.g., Ljiljana Progovac’s work]) and with research concerning the manufacture, storage, and manifestation of language. In addition, my familiarity with CON-related curricula (e.g., A&P I+II, Pathophysiology, Pharmacology) as well as with CON core competencies (e.g., Patient-Centered Care, EBP, Informatics) allows me to work more expertly on ORS projects.  


Click the links below to view examples of ORS or CCNR product transformation subsequent to Panel review:

Power Point Review

Power Point: Before

Power Point: After

Grant Review

Grant Submission Demo: Before and After (Grant Funded, 2014 Jul 1)