Lora Humphrey Beebe, an associate professor in the College of Nursing, is conducting research on the physical health of persons with schizophrenia. In 2005, she completed a pilot study showing that a 16-week walking program produced significant improvements in physical health, as well as reducing psychotic symptoms. With a $140,000.00 grant from the National Institute of Mental Health, Beebe is currently exploring a motivational intervention designed to increase attendance, persistence and compliance with the walking program among outpatients with schizophrenia. This project is scheduled for completion this year.
Beebe is coordinator of the graduate concentration in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing with primary teaching and advising responsibilities for all the psychiatric mental health graduate students in the college.
Beebe, L.H. (in press). “What Community Living Problems Do Persons with Schizophrenia Report during Periods of Stability?” Perspectives in Psychiatric Care.
Beebe, L.H., Burk, R., McIntyre, K., Smith, K., Velligan, D., Resnick, B., Tavakoli, A., Tennison, C., & Dessieux, O. (in press). “Motivating Persons with Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders to Exercise: Rationale and Design,” Clinical Schizophrenia and Related Psychoses.
Beebe, L.H. & Smith, K. (in press). “An Adaptation of the Walk, Address, Learn and Cue (WALC) Intervention for Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders,” Archives of Psychiatric Nursing.
Beebe, L.H. & Wyatt, T. (2009). “Guided Imagery and Music: Using the Bonny Method to Evoke Emotion and Access the Unconscious,” Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services 47(1) 29-33.
Beebe, L.H., Smith, K., Crye, C., Addonizio, C., Strunk, D.J., Martin, W., & Poche, J. (2008). “Telenursing Intervention Increases Psychiatric Medication Adherence in Schizophrenia Outpatients,” Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses’ Association 14(3), 217-224.
Beebe, L.H. & Smith, K. (2008). “Examining Informed Consent in Persons with Schizophrenia,” Issues in Mental Health Nursing 29(4), 397-410.
Beebe, L.H. (2008). “Obesity in Schizophrenia: Screening, Monitoring and Health Promotion,” Perspectives in Psychiatric Care 44 (1), 25-31.