Susan Quelly, PhD, RN, CNE

Dr. Quelly is conducting research related to childhood obesity prevention
using emerging technologies and simulation. She has also examined the school nurse role in preventing childhood obesity and well as health promotion in schools and afterschool programs.


Funded Research

  • Principal Investigator, Impact of a Health Education Glucose Simulator on Knowledge, Attitudes, Intentions and Behaviors Related to Childhood Obesity: A Pilot Study, Breneman Jaech Foundation’s Research Foundation ($5000), UCF Foundation ($7,500) and Sigma Theta Tau International, Theta Epsilon Chapter ($1000).

  • Principal Investigator, Development and Testing of a Survey to Measure Child Perceptions and Behaviors Associated with Childhood Obesity, UCF College of Nursing ($3,000).

  • Principal Investigator, Outcomes of a Parental Intervention to support an Innovative Health Education Intervention to Prevent Childhood Obesity: A Pilot Study, Sigma Theta Tau International, Theta Epsilon Chapter ($1000).

  • Principal Investigator, Feasibility of an Educational Interactive Glucose Simulator to Prevent and Reduce Childhood Obesity, UCF Foundation, College of Nursing Drs. Diane and Thomas Andrews Faculty Research Award ($4,800) and Sigma Theta Tau International, Theta Epsilon Chapter ($500).

Selected Publications

  • Quelly, S.B., Norris, A.E., & DiPietro, J.L. (2016). Impact of mobile apps to combat obesity in children and adolescents: A systematic literature review. Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing, 21, 5-17. doi: 10.1111/jspn.12134

  • Quelly, S.B. (2015). Reliability and validity of a tool to measure school nurse perceptions and practices associated with childhood obesity prevention. Journal of Nursing Measurement.

  • Quelly, S.B. (2014a). Childhood obesity prevention: A review of school nurse perceptions and practices. Journal or Specialists in Pediatric Nursing, 19(3),198-209. doi: 10.1111/jspn.12071

  • Quelly, S.B. (2014b). Influence of perceptions on school nurse practices to prevent childhood obesity. Journal of School Nursing, 30(4), 292-302. doi:10.1177/1059840513508434

  • Beal, J., Decker, J. W., & Quelly, S. (2013). Should extreme obesity in children be considered child abuse? MSN: The American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing, 38(6), 334-335. doi: 10.1097/NMC.0b013e3182a370ee

  • Quelly, S.B., & Lieberman, L. S. (2011). Global prevalence of overweight and obesity in preschoolers. Anthropologischer Anzeiger, 68(4), 437-456

Professional Organizations

  • Florida School Health Association
  • Southern Nursing Research Society
  • Florida Association of School Nurses/National Association of School Nurses
  • Florida Nurses Association/American Nurses Association
  • Phi Kappa Phi
  • Sigma Theta Tau, Theta Epsilon Chapter

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