Janet R. Thorlton, RN, MS, PhD


University of Illinois at Chicago-College of Nursing.  Ph.D., Nursing, 2010
University of Illinois at Chicago-College of Nursing.  M.S., Nursing Science, 2004
Lakeview College of Nursing. B.S.N., 2000
Lakeview Medical Center School of Nursing. Diploma in Nursing, 1981


My program of discovery, teaching, and engagement centers on health risk behaviors. Safe and efficacious use of performance enhancing dietary supplements is the focus of my bio-behavioral research, specifically, their impact on various populations (e.g., college students, military) with special consideration to associated clinical and health policy implications. I seek to better understand the chain of beliefs and attitudes that drive intent to consume energy drinks, and clinical outcomes associated with consumption of stimulant-containing products.  To accomplish this ongoing research, I actively collaborate with an interdisciplinary team of experts representing the Purdue Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Communications, and Walter Reed Medical Center.  My program of research is further facilitated through expertise representing the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (University of Michigan), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Through collaborations with experts representing these agencies, I employ mixed-methods approaches to accomplish the data and text mining of large national datasets (e.g., the Drug Abuse Warning Network series, the Youth Risk Behavior Survey, and the National Health & Nutrition Examination Survey), which contribute toward a better understanding of energy drink consumption patterns and adverse event occurrences across the nation.  Study findings from these areas serve to inform hypotheses inspiring the examination of interactions between bioactive ingredients contained in energy drinks, currently facilitated through my collaboration with researchers from the University of Mississippi Dept. of Medicinal Chemistry and Bio-Molecular Science.  Together, findings from these approaches serve as a foundation for the development of an intervention to encourage safe energy drink consumption. 

I’ve taught in eight different graduate and undergraduate courses and serve as a guest lecturer in the Purdue College of Pharmacy Complementary and Alternative Medicine course. I have redesigned traditional courses into hybrid and distance learning format, and was selected as a 2012 Purdue Instruction Matters: Purdue Academic Course Transformation (IMPACT) faculty fellow. I recently updated the NUR626 Biostatistics course, thereby supporting the National Institutes of Health Big Data to Knowledge Initiative, to equip students with skills and knowledge to extract value from sources of biomedical Big Data. My expertise with distance technologies and inter-professional education aligns with the transformation of nursing education recommendations in the Institute of Medicine’s report: Future of Nursing: Focus on Education

Area(s) of Specialization

Health Policy

Health Policy Residency


Evidence Based Practice

Current CV (PDF)

Thorlton, Janet R.
Assistant Professor

Phone: 765-494-4030
Office: JNSN 236
E-mail: jthorlto@purdue.edu

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