Christine E. Kasper, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACSM, is a senior research scientist and professor at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Prior to that, she held the Adelaide M. Nutting Endowed Research Chair at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and was also a faculty member at the University of California—Los Angeles and the University of Wisconsin—Madison. Dr. Kasper received her BSN from the University of Evansville, her MSN from Rush University, and her PhD from the University of Michigan.
Dr. Kasper has published more than 110 research papers, book chapters, reviews, and editorials in highly respected nursing and scientific journals. She was the founding editor of Biological Research for Nursing and is the current editor of the Annual Review of Nursing Research. She was a co-author of the ground-breaking book, In Search of Nursing Science, used in many nursing programs as a philosophy of science text. Her research has included funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the Department of Veterans Affairs as the principal investigator on 10 grants. Additionally, she has received funding for 11 studies from foundations and universities, and has participated as a co-investigator on 14 additional interdisciplinary grants ranging from clinical genomics in nursing practice to genotoxic changes arising from embedded military-relevant heavy metals.
Dr. Kasper has been inducted as a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and the American College of Sports Medicine. In 2015, she received the distinctive honor of becoming an inductee of the Sigma Theta Tau International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame.
Tonya A. Schneidereith, PhD, CRNP, PPCNP-BC, CPNP-AC, is an assistant professor of nursing at Stevenson University. Dr. Schneidereith received her BSN from Florida State University, her MSN from the University of Pennsylvania, and her PhD from the Johns Hopkins University. While at Johns Hopkins, she studied under the direction of Dr. Christine Kasper, Dr. Gayle Page, Dr. Kirby Smith, and Dr. George Dover on the pharmacogenetics of fetal hemoglobin and F-cell variation. She was a summer intramural research assistant at the National Human Genome Research Institute under the direction of Dr. Wendy Fibison and has received funding as the primary investigator from the National Institute of Nursing Research for her work in molecular genetics.
Among her national and international presentations, Dr. Schneidereith has published in the Annual Review of Nursing Research, Experimental Hematology, and Human Molecular Genetics. She also serves as a reviewer for the Journal of Nursing Education and Nursing Education Perspectives.
Additionally, Dr. Schneidereith maintains a clinical practice as a pediatric nurse practitioner, with over two decades of experience in pediatric acute and primary care.
Felissa R. Lashley, PhD, RN, FABMGG, is former dean and professor at the College of Nursing at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Prior to that, she was a dean and professor at the Southern Illinois University—Edwardsville and a clinical professor of pediatrics at the School of Medicine, Southern Illinois University—Springfield. She is the first nurse to be certified as a PhD medical geneticist by the American Board of Medical Genetics, and is a founding fellow of the American College of Medical Genetics. She began her practice of genetic evaluation and counseling in 1973.