Melissa Kovich


Melissa Kovich

I have a master’s degree in nursing and am a certified family nurse practitioner. Throughout my nursing career, I have worked in various fields such as neonatal intensive care (NICU), pediatric intensive care (PICU), pediatrics, urgent care, retail health, family medicine, internal medicine, and plastic surgery. I have always enjoyed health promotion and encouraging wellness behaviors in patients of all ages. This year, I became a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholar, which provides leadership training and funding for my 3-year program.

Research Interests

Currently, I am looking to examine the connection between happiness and health outcomes in young adults. My primary mentor is Assistant Professor of Nursing Vicki Simpson with Rhonda Phillips, professor and dean of the Honors College, as my secondary mentor.

Why Purdue?

I am happy to return to Purdue for my PhD since my undergraduate degree (from Purdue) provided a solid foundation and prepared me for challenges of the nursing profession. I am confident that a PhD in nursing will allow me to obtain my future research and career goals.

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