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Rick Zoucha, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, CTN-A, FAAN

Professor/Chair of Advanced Role and PhD Program
Joseph A. Lauritis, C.S.Sp. Chair for Teaching and Technology
School of Nursing

Fisher Hall 527
Phone: 412.396.6545


PhD, Nursing, Rush University, 1997
MS, Nursing, Texas Womans' University, 1987
BSN, Nursing, University of the Incarnate Word, 1984
AAS, Nursing, Southern Illinois University, 1982
LVN, Nursing, St. Joseph Hospital School of Vocational Nursing, 1980

Dr. Rick Zoucha is a professor and chair of advanced role and PhD programs at Duquesne University School of Nursing. He has a special interest in Transcultural and Global Nursing as well as Psychosocial Nursing. Dr. Zoucha has taught Transcultural Nursing in the BSN, Post-Master's, DNP and PhD programs for the last 18 years. Dr. Zoucha teaches qualitative research methods in nursing in the PhD program. In addition, Dr. Zoucha is certified as an Advanced Practice Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse, Clinical Nurse Specialist (Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist -Board Certified) by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. In addition he is a Certified Transcultural Nurse-Advanced. Dr. Zoucha will be inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in October 2014.

His research interests include understanding various phenomena related to health and well being in the Nicaraguan, Mexican American, African American and African refugee and immigrant communities. He has served as PhD dissertation chair for studies seeking to understand cultural care phenomena related to people of the Puerto Rican, Taiwanese, Mexican American, African American, Peruvian, Dominican, Appalachian, and homeless cultures globally. Dr. Zoucha is a Certified Transcultural Nurse-Advanced. He was inducted as a Transcultural Nursing Scholar in 2004. Dr. Zoucha was bestowed the Leininger Award in 1998. Dr. Zoucha has been invited to speak at national and international conferences as well as Visiting Professor/Scholar in Puerto Rico, Spain, New Jersey, Taiwan, Australia and North Dakota regarding issues of cultural care.



(Funded) PI: Turk, M., Co-PI: Zoucha, R., Fapohunda, A., Exploring African Immigrants' Perceptions and Practices Around Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Through Photovoice. Duquesne University Faculty Development Fund Grant $10,000.Funded 2013-2014.

(Funded). Salman. K., Zoucha, R., & Nawafleh, H. Understanding the Values and Beliefs Related to Breast Cancer, Early Detection, and Mammography Screening in Women Living in Ma'an City-Jordan ( Collaborative research funded by Duquesne University School of Nursing/ Faculty Development Fund in 2012, ($5000) and Princess Aisha Bint Al-Hussien College of Nursing/Al-Hussein Bin Talal University approximately $4000.00 for Housing and transportation Grant. Total $9000.00

Competitive Faculty Development Grants for Presentations on Multicultural College Teaching and Learning. Connecting the Philosophy and Values of a Professional Doctoral Program to that of a Global Perspective for Students, 2nd International Conference on Professional Doctorates, UK Council of Graduate Education and Middlesex University. Edinburgh, Scotland, UK. $700.00

Zoucha, R., Weideman, Y., Colbert, A., Turk, M., Assessing Transcultural Self-Efficacy in Graduate Nursing Students, $200.00 School of Nursing Summer 2011-2012.

Principal Investigator: Zoucha, R. Co-investigators: Colbert, A., Sekula, K., Walters, C. Exploring Safe Sleep and SIDS Risk Perception in a High-Risk Community. $4000.00 Sponsored by SIDS of PA and the Birmingham Foundation April 2011-March 2012.

Principal Investigator : Zoucha, R. Co-investigators: Mayle, K., Smith, S. Promoting Health and health Care Access in the African Refugee and Immigrant Community:  A Participatory Action Research Study.  $58,045.50 funded from the Commonwealth Universal Research Enhancement (C.U.R.E.) program from the Pennsylvania Department of Health, January 1 2011 to January 1, 2013      

Principal Investigator:  Zoucha, R., Smith Glacow, M.E., The Experiences of Doctor of Nursing Practice Graduates in their Current Professional Positions: A Phenomenology. $1000.00 Supported by the Duquesne University and Drexel University Schools of Nursing, May 1, 2010.

Co-investigator:  Turk, M., Zoucha, R. Burke, L., Exploring the Correlates and Experiences of Weight Loss Maintenance. $5000.00, May, 1, 2010, School of Nursing Faculty Research Grant.


Published Refereed Articles - Last 5 years

Laurent, J., Zoucha, R., (2014) Parents Addressing Health for their Overweight or Obese Pre-Adolescent, Health Behavior and Policy Review. 1, 2, 131-142.

Wolfe, K.M., Irwin, R.E., Houck, N.M., Kramer, N.P., Zoucha, R., Martin, M.B., Stayer, D., Turk, M.T., Wills, J.S. (2013). Fieldwork as a way of knowing: An Italian immersion experience. Online Journal of Cultural Competence in Nursing and Healthcare, 3(3), pp. 1-15. doi:10.9730/ojccnh.org/v3n3a1

Montenery, S., Jones, A., Perry, N., Ross, D., Zoucha, R., (2014). Cultural competence in nursing faculty: A journey, not a destination. Journal of Professional Nursing in March/April 2014

Colbert, A.M., Sekula, L.K., Zoucha, R., Cohen, S.M., (2013). Health care needs of women immediately post -incarceration: A Mixed Methods Study. Public Health Nursing (Published on line March 5, 2013)

Zoucha, R., Colbert, A., (2013) Book Review: Mass Trauma and Emotional Healing Around the World: Rituals and Practices for Resilience and Meaning-Making by Kalayjian & Eugene, Journal of Transcultural Nursing 24, 1.

Easterby, L.M., Seibert, B., Woodfield, C.J., Holloway, K., Gilbert, P., Zoucha, R., & Turk, M.W. (2012), ABNF Journal A transcultural immersion experience: Implications for nursing education. 23 (4): 81-4.

Sekula, L. K., Colbert, A. M., Zoucha, R., Amar, A. F., Williams, J. (2010). Strengthening the Science of Forensic Nursing through Education and Research. Journal of Forensic Nursing 8(1), 1-2

Zoucha, R., Mayle, K., & Colizza, D. (2011). The bridging of transcultural response in health care and service learning courses in a community based baccalaureate nursing curriculum: A natural connection. Online Journal of Cultural Competence in Nursing and Healthcare, 1(4), 1-10.

Book Chapters - Last 5 years

Zoucha, R., Turk, M., (2015). Using the Culture Care Theory as a Guide to Develop and Implement a Transcultural Global Health Course for Doctor of Nursing Practice Students in Italy. In Marilyn R. McFarland and Hiba B. Wehbe-Alamah (3rd. Ed.) Leininger's Culture Care Diversity and Universality. Jones and Bartlett.

Zoucha, R., Gregg, K., (2013). Cultural Implications for Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing. In M. B. Halter, E. Varcarolis, and (Eds.) Foundations of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing: A Clinical Approach, (7th ed.) (In press) Elsevier: St. Louis.

Zoucha, R., (2013). Health and Health Care in Mexico. In Carol Holtz (2nd. Ed).Global Health Care: Issues and Policies. Jones and Bartlett.

Zoucha, R., Zamarripa, C. (2013). People of Mexican Heritage. In Larry D. Purnell & Betty J. Paulanka (4th ed.). Transcultural Health Care: A Culturally Competent Approach. FA Davis.

Zoucha, R., Zamarripa, C. (2012). People of Mexican Heritage.  In Larry D. Purnell & Betty J. Paulanka (4th ed.). Transcultural Health Care: A Culturally Competent Approach. FA Davis.

Zoucha, R. D., (2012). The Utility of Leininger's Culture Care Theory with Vulnerable Populations. In M. de Chesnay (3rd ed.) Caring for the Vulnerable: Perspectives in Nursing Theory, Practice, and Research, Jones and Bartlett, Sudbury:  MA.

Presentations:  Peer Reviewed - Last 3 years

(International) Wehbe-Alamah, H., Zoucha, R., Plenary Session: Advancing transcultural nursing: Contribution and Legacy of TCN Scholars Ruth Davidhizar and Anna Francis Wenger at the 39th Annual Transcultural Nursing Society Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico on October 23-26, 2013.

(International) Zoucha, R., Walters, C., Colbert, A., Oral Presentation: Exploring Safe Sleep and SIDS Risk Perception in an African American Community: A Focused Ethnography at the 2013 Qualitative Health Research (QHR) Conference, Halifax, Canada October 26-28, 2013.

(National) Carlins, E., Colbert, A., Smith, E., Walters, C., Zoucha, R. Oral Presentation: Plenary Session Safe Sleep for Babies in South Pittsburgh Communities: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Reducing Infant Sleep-Related Deaths at the Cribs for Kids Conference William Penn Omni Hotel, Pittsburgh, PA, June 26-28, 2013.

(National) Sekula, KL., Zoucha, R., Goodfellow, L., Oral Presentation: Creating a Center for Nursing Research to Support DNP and PhD Collaboration at the 2013 Doctoral Education Conference, Hotel Del Coronado, San Diego, CA, January 25, 2013.


Will be inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in October 2014

Cribs for Kids Starfish Award (For Safe and Sound Sleep research and education project) April 2013

Community Nomination:  Nominated for the Racial Justice Award of the YWCA, Pittsburgh, PA

Scholarly Awards

 Inducted as a Charter member to Transcultural Nursing Scholars, October 8, 2004.

Poster Award

Understanding the Meaning of Mental Health and Illness in an Urban   Nicaraguan Barrio:  A Focused Mini-Ethnography.  Cunningham, L, Zoucha, RD., Gross, J. at the 30th Annual Transcultural Nursing Society Conference, June 14, 2004, Alicante, Spain.

Leininger Award, Transcultural Nursing Society, October 14, 1998.

Awarded Honorable Mention at the Southern Nursing Research Society Conference in Miami, Fl. March 1, 1996 for Poster Presentation titled: "The Experience of Mexican Americans Receiving Professional Nursing Care: An Ethnonursing Study."

Teaching Award

Awarded a 1998-99 Duquesne University Creative Teaching Award for the bilingual on-line journal, "Issues in Psychosocial Nursing."

Nominated for the Teaching, Learning, and Technology Award from the School of Nursing, Duquesne University, March 1999.

Nominated as Teacher of the Year from the Student Nurses' Organization of the Harris College of Nursing, Texas Christian University, 1996.