Roxanne Vandermause
Roxanne Vandermause

Donald L. Ross Endowed Chair for Advancing Nursing Practice

Seton 315
College of Nursing, South Campus

Phone: 314-516-6060

Roxanne Vandermause's research focus is in the area of women's mental health and addictions and community mental health. She uses multi-methods approaches to examine women's recovery, parenting in recovery, adolescent girls in chemical dependency treatment, and disparities in community health. She has completed a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)-funded study on the medication-taking practices of older adults with multiple chronic conditions in Washington State. Her work with PCORI led her to become involved as a co-investigator with Dr. Sheila Grigsby of UMSL in a PCORI-funded community engagement project to development a community partnership to conduct research addressing access to primary care for children and adolescents in the north side of the St. Louis region. She is involved in several other projects, including a NIH-funded project to enhance capacity for mental health research in Cambodia (Robert Paul, PI).


  • PhD University of Wisconsin-Madison

Research Interests

  • Women and addictions, parenting
  • Adolescent chemical dependency
  • Medication-taking practices older adults
  • Interpretive methodologies, including philosophical hermeneutics

Selected Grants

  • “Preserving Self: Empowering Older Persons with Multiple Chronic Medical Conditions”. Engagement Award Initiative-PCORI Pilot Projects. July 2015-October 2015.
  • “Advancing quality and relevance of evidence for patients”. Engagement Award Initiative-PCORI Pilot Projects. March 2015-June 2015.
  • “Relational Health of Adolescents in Chemical Dependency Treatment”. International Nurses Society on Addictions Research Scholar Award. January 2015-December 2015.
  • “A Multi-method Pilot Study Exploring Relational Health of Adolescent Women In In-patient Chemical Dependency Treatment.” Program for Research on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Washington State University. Completed.
  • “The Mothering Experience: Methamphetamine Users in Therapeutic Drug Court (TDC)”. Washington State University, Program of Excellence in the Addictions. Completed.
  • “Women and Methamphetamine: Portraits of Addiction and Recovery”. American Nurses Foundation. Completed.

Selected Publications

  • Fritz, R. & Vandermause, R. (2017). Data collection via in-depth email interviewing: Lessons from the field. Qualitative Health Research.
  • Vandermause, R., Barg, F., Esmail, L., Edmundson, L., Girard, S., and Perfetti, A. (2016). Advancing quality and evidence for patients. Qualitative Health Research, 1-9. DOI: 10.1177/1049732316668298
  • Vandermause, R., Neumiller, J., Gates, B., David, P., Altman, M., Healy, D., Benson, P., Sunwold, D. Burton, G., Tuttle, K., Corbett, C. (2016). Preserving self: Medication-taking practices and preferences of older adults with multiple chronic medical conditions. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 48:6, 533–542.
  • Katz, J., Vandermause, R., McPherson, S., & Barbosa-Lieker, C. (2016). Using an Integrated Model for Mixed Methods Research in The Real Word. Nurse Researcher.
  • Vandermause, R., Barbosa-Leiker, C., and Fritz, R. (2014). Innovations in Research Education: Findings from a Study of Teaching/Learning
  • Vandermause, R., Severtsen, B., & Roll, J. (2013). Re-creating a vision of motherhood: Therapeutic Drug Court and the narrative. Qualitative Social Work 12 (5) , 620-6. Online 21 May, 2012. DOI: 10.1177/1473325012447591
  • Vandermause, R. K. (2012). Being Wholesome: The paradox of methamphetamine addiction and recovery-A hermeneutical phenomenological interpretation within an interdisciplinary, transmethodological study. Qualitative Social Work, 11 (3), 299-318.
  • Vandermause, R., Altshuler, S., Baker, R., Howell, D., Roll, J., Severtsen, B., Short, R., & Wu, L. (2012). A research-practice partnership for enhancing Drug Court effectiveness. Journal of Addictions Nursing, 23:1421. DOI: 10.3109/10884602.2011.645252
  • Vandermause, R. & Fleming, S. (2011). Philosophical hermeneutic interviewing. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 10 (4), 367-377.
  • Vandermause, R., & Wood, M. (2009). See my suffering: Women with alcohol use disorders and their primary care experiences. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 30(12), 728-735.
  • Vandermause, R. K. (2008). The poiesis of the question in philosophical hermeneutics: Questioning assessment practices for alcohol use disorders. International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-Being , 3 (2), 68-76.
  • Vandermause, R. (2007). Assessing for alcohol use disorders in women: Experiences of advanced practice nurses in primary care settings. Journal of Addictions Nursing, 18 (4), 187-198.

Selected Presentations

  • Vandermause, R. (August, 2017). What does it mean to be a qualitative researcher today? The Body as We Live It: Phenomenological Approaches to Embodiment and Illness.  Institute for Hermeneutic Phenomenology. Denver, Colorado.
  • Vandermause, R., Roberts, M., Armstrong, M., and Odom-Maryon, T. (June 9-12, 2016). Relational Cultural Theory in research with teens in chemical dependency treatment. Transforming Community: The Radical Reality of Relationship. Jean Baker Miller Training Institute; St. Scholastica College of Nursing. Duluth, Minnesota.
  • Vandermause, R., Barg, F., Esmail, L., Edmundson, L., Girard, S., and Perfetti, A. Advancing quality and evidence for patients . Better Bound or Boundless? Qualitative methods Conference. Melbourne, Australia, April 2015.
  • Vandermause, R., Neumiller, J., Gates, B., David, P., Altman, M., Benson, P., Sunwold, D. Burton, G., Tuttle, K., Corbett, C. (June 13-19, 2014). Multi-method qualitative analysis: How post-positivist qualitative data enriched our hermeneutic findings. Contemporary Interpretive Scholarship: The Institute for Hermeneutic Phenomenology. Indiana University, Indianapolis, Indiana.
  • Armitage, N., Severtsen, B., Smart, D., Vandermause, R. (November 3, 2013). Experience of postpartum active duty women in training for the fitness assessment. 118 th Annual Continuing Education Meeting, The Society of Federal Health professionals. Seattle, Washington.
  • Kantrowitz-Gordon, I ., Vandermause, R. (October 2013). Photo-elicitation enhances a discourse analysis of parents' distress. Qualitative Health Research Conference, Halifax, Nova Scotia.
  • Vandermause, R., Barbosa-Leiker, C., and Fritz, R. (January 25, 2013). New doctoral education: Combining multiple analytic perspectives in teaching/learning research. American Association of Colleges of Nursing doctoral education conference, San Diego, California.
  • Vandermause, R., Severtsen, B., and Roll, J. (December, 2011). Addiction and recovery: Negotiating a just vision of motherhood. Hermeneutics at the critical edge: Conversations with Professor Hans Herbert Kogler. Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand.
  • Vandermause, R., Armstrong, M., Liu, Y., Miller, K., Riebe, C., & Griffin-Codd, P. (September, 2011). Getting healthy: Relational health of teen girls in chemical dependency treatment. 35 th Annual Educational Conference, International Nurses Society on Addictions. Tucson, Arizona.

Other Scholarly Activities

  • Vandermause, R. (June 11-12, 2012). Hermeneutic phenomenological research. Two-day Workshop given at 6 th Qualitative Research Summer School. Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland.
  • International reviewer for Doctoral dissertation viva (July 2014). Rita Glover of Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland.
  • Classroom consultation for doctoral students at University of Wisconsin-Madison (October, 2012) delivered via video technology: Heideggerian hermeneutic phenomenology. School of Education.
  • International reviewer for Doctoral dissertation viva ( February 2010), Daniel Sutton of Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand.
  • Honors and Awards
  • Washington State College of Nursing Faculty Fellowship in Research Endowed Award for 2014-2015.
  • International Nurses Society on Addictions 2014 Research Scholar Award
  • Research Excellence Award: Top Scientific Poster Category 2013 Donahue Research Awards, David Grant U.S. Air Force Medical Center, Travis Air Force Base, California for doctoral student Nicole Armitage (Armitage, Severtsen, Vandermause, Smart).
  • Spokane Teachers Credit Union Graduate Faculty Award, 2012


  • International Nurses Society on Addictions
  • Sigma Theta Tau International
  • Midwest Nursing Research Society