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Kashica Webber-Ritchey

  • she/her/hers
  • Associate Professor, Nursing
  • ​MHA, ​​​​​​​​PhD​,​ RN​​
  • School of Nursing
  • 773-325-1166
  • ​​990 W. Fullerton, room 2308

My research focuses on health promotion among underserved and at-risk groups with specific interest in healthy lifestyle behaviors such as physical activity and diet. My other related work includes leading nursing scientist on Nursing During COVID-19 and Black Girls Move (2023-2025). My research experience is collaborative that includes a strong foundation in quantitative, qualitative, and systematic review research methodologies as well as rigorous development, implementation, and evaluation of digital surveys. 

​​Specialization and Interests:
  • Childhood obesity prevention 
  • Physical Activity Promotion
  • Health Disparities
  • COVID-19
  • Topics in Nursing Education
Awards and Honors:
  • 2023 Recipient of the DePaul University Provost's Award for Excellence in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion awarded to the "Nursing During COVID-19" Research Team
  • 2022 Feleta Wilson Award, American Public Health Association, Public Health Nursing Section
  • DePaul Woman of Spirit and Action Award
  • Nominated for the Mary Opal Wolanin Award for research pertaining to vulnerable populations
DePaul Affiliations:
  • Member of the Institutional Review Board
  • Member of Grade Challenge Review Board
  • Member of DePaul Teaching and Learning Technologies Committee
  • Member of Research Dissemination Committee, School of Nursing​
  • Member of Post-Licensure Committee, School of Nursing​
Professional A​ffiliations:
  • ​​​​American Nurses Association (ANA) and ANA-Illinois, Member and Student Nursing Association of Illinois (SNAI) Faculty Consultant
  • Association of Black Nursing Faculty Foundation (ABNFF) Research Committee Active Member
  • American Heart Association Public Health Nursing Section Councilor
  • American Heart Association: Research Mentoring Committee of the Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing Member
  • Journal of Community Health Nursing Editorial Board Member

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles:​
Coauthor coding: *Masters student, +Undergraduate student

Childhood Obesity Prevention
Webber-Ritchey, K.J., Habtezghi, D., Wu, Xiaoxia*, & Samek, A. (2023). Examining the association between parental factors and childhood obesity. Journal of Community Health Nursing. Journal of Community Health Nursing, 40(2), 94-105.

Webber-Ritchey, K.J., Muellar, M.+, & Smith Carter, J. (2021). Examining current physical activity interventions in Black school-age children and parents: A systematic review. Preventive Medicine, 153, 106814.

Reed, M., Wilbur, J., Tangney, C., Schoeny, M., Miller, A., & Webber-Ritchey, K.J. (2021). Development of an obesity prevention intervention for adolescent African American daughters and their mothers. Journal of Healthy Eating and Active Living1(2).

Webber-Ritchey, K.J., Taylor-Piliae, R., & Loescher, L.J. (2020). Recruiting African American parents of young children in a physical activity study: Lessons learned. Chronic Illness.

Webber-Ritchey, K.J., Taylor-Piliae, R., & Loescher, L.J. (2018). Physical activity in parents of young African American children: The application of Social Cognitive Theory. Research and Theory for Nursing Practice32(1), 63-81. doi: 10.1891/0000-000Y.32.1.63

Webber-Ritchey, K.J., Taylor-Piliae, R., Insel, K., & Loescher, L.J. (2016). Physical activity among African American parents of young children: Personal and environmental factors. International Journal of Sport Psychology47(6), 523-544. doi:10.7352/IJSP.2016.47.523.

Webber, K.J. & Loescher, L.J. (2013). A systematic review of parent role modeling of healthy eating and physical activity to prevent childhood overweight among African Americans. Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing, 173-188. doi: 10.1111/jspn.12033

Physical Activity Promotion
Jerome, G.J., Boyer, W., Bustamante, E., Kariuki, J., Lopez-Jimenez, F., Paluch, A.E., Swift, D., Webber-Ritchey, K.J., Gibbs, B.B, & on behalf the American Heart Association Council on Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health Committee on Physical Activity, Council on Cardiovascular Nursing, Council on Clinical Cardiology, and Council on Peripheral Vascular Disease. (2023). Increasing equity of physical activity promotion for optimal cardiovascular health. A scientific statement from the American Heart Association. Circulation, 147, e1-e12. doi:10.1161/CIR.0000000000001148

Lane-Cordova, A.D, Jerome, G.J., Paluch, A. E., Bustamante, E.E., LaMonte, M.J., Pate, R.R., Weaver, G., Webber-Ritchey, K.J., Gibbs, B.B, and on behalf of the Committee on Physical Activity of the American Heart Association Council on Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health. (2021). Supporting physical activity in patients and populations during life events and transitions: A scientific statement from the American Heart Association. Circulation, e1-12.

Moxley, E., Webber-Ritchey, K.J., & Hayman, L. (2021). Global impact of physical inactivity and implications for public health nursing. Public Health Nursing. doi: 10.1111/phn.12958

Webber-Ritchey, K.J., Spurlark, R., Lofton, S., Brown, E., R., Lattner, C., Nwafor, G.*, Ponder, T.N.*, & Simonovich, S.D. (2022, December). Exploring the experience of Black nurses practicing during COVID-19: A qualitative descriptive study. The Association of Black Nursing Faculty Foundation (ABNFF) Journal,1(5), 76-86.​

Roat, C*., Webber-Ritchey, K.J., Spurlark, R., & Lee, Y.M. (2022). Barriers to Black Americans receiving the COVID-19 vaccine and effective strategies to overcome barriers: An integrative literature review. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities.

Webber-Ritchey, K.J., Simonovich, S. D., Spurlark, R. (2021). COVID-19: Conducting research with vulnerable populations. Nursing Science Quarterly, 34(1), 13-19.

Simonovich, S.D., Spurlark, R., Badowski, D., Krawczyk, S., Socco, C., Ponder, T.N.*, Rhyner, D.*, Waid, R.*, Aquino, E., Lattner, C., Mueller Wiesemann, L., Webber-Ritchey, K.J, & Tariman, J.D. (2021). Examining effective communication in nursing practice during COVID-19: A large-scale qualitative study. International Nursing Review.

Webber-Ritchey, K.J. & Lane-Cordova, A. (2021). COVID-19: Health disparities and COVID-19 pandemic: Increasing clinical research participation among African Americans. Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice,14(2), Article 5.

Webber-Ritchey, K.J., Aquino, E., Ponder, T*., Lattner, C., Soco, C., Spurlark, R., & Simonovich, S.D. (2021). Recruitment strategies to optimize participation by diverse populations. Nursing Science Quarterly. 34(1), 235-243. doi: 10.1177/08943184211010471

Nursing Education
Johnson, V., Ramdin, V.A., Webber-Ritchey, K.J., Iheduru-Anderson, K., Ford, C.D., Alexander, K., White-Evans, S., Okoro, F. Whitaker-Brown, C., Broome, B., & Fletcher, A. (2023). Mentoring Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) nursing faculty toward leadership excellence: A concept analysis with historical research. The Association of Black Nursing Faculty Foundation (ABNFF) Journal, 2(1), 33-55.

Lee, Y.M., Aquino, E., Bishop-Royse, J., Spawn, N., & Webber-Ritchey, K.J. (2022). Predictors associated with new nursing faculty's intent to leave nursing academia: Teaching preparation in doctoral program, institutional supports, and job satisfaction. International Journal of Nursing Education,19(1). doi:10.1515/ijnes-2021-0148.

Badowski, D., Spurlark, R.S., Webber-Ritchey, K.J., Ponder, T.N.*, Simonovich, S.D. (2021). Envisioning nursing education for post COVID-19 world: Qualitative findings from the frontline. Journal of Nursing Education, 60(12), 668-673.  doi:10.3928/01484834-20211004-03.

Webber-Ritchey, K.J., Badowski, D., & Gibbons, L. (2020, November/December). An online asynchronous physical assessment lab (OAPAL) for graduate nursing students using low-fidelity simulation with peer feedback. Nursing Education Perspectives, 41(6), 378-379. doi: 10.1097/01.NEP.0000000000000677

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