Debra Schutte, PhD, RN

Debra Schutte, PhD, RN

Professor, Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Director of the BioPhysical Laboratory

138 Cohn

Administrative support

Madison LaHaie

Office hours

By appointment 

Research profile

Debra Schutte, PhD, RN


  • Diploma - Methodist School of Nursing
  • BSN - The University of Iowa College of Nursing
  • MSN - The University of Iowa College of Nursing
  • PhD - The University of Iowa College of Nursing
  • Post Doctoral Fellowship - The University of Iowa College of Nursing 

Research Interests

  • Symptoms (Cognition, Behavior, Function) in Dementia
  • Biomarkers in Nursing Research
  • Gene-Environment Interactions
  • Community-based Participatory Research

Selected publications

(*data based; †with student)

Schutte, D.L. (2016). Aging and Genomics: Perspectives for the Graduate Level Nurse. Genomic Essentials for Graduate Level Nurses: For Clinicians, Educators, Researchers and Leaders (Ed. Ed. Seibert, Edwards, Maradiegue, & Tinley). Lancaster, PA: DEStech Publications.

Schutte, D.L. (2013). Genomics and Aging. Genetics and Genomics for Nursing (Eds. Lewis & Kenner). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.

Schutte, D.L. (2010). Genetics, Genomics and Current Issues for Professional Nursing. Current Issues in Nursing, 8th Ed, (Ed. Cowen & Moorhead). Philadelphia: Mosby/Elsevier

Journal Articles

*Ersig, A.L., Schutte, D.L. Standley, J., Leslie, E., Zimmerman, B., Kleiber, C., Hanrahan, K., Murray, J., & McCarthy, A.M. (in press). Relationship of genetic variants with procedural pain, anxiety, and distress in children. Biological Research for Nursing.

*†Goris, E.D., Ansel, K.N., & Schutte, D.L. (2016). Systematic review of non-pharmacological interventions for reducing apathy in persons with dementia. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 72(11), 2612-2628.

*†Schutte, D.L., Dykstra Goris, E., Rivard, J., RAC/REC, & Schutte, B.C. (2016). Community health needs assessment in a rural setting: foundation for a community-academic partnership. Journal of Higher Education, Outreach, and Engagement, 20(2), 85-108).

*†Dykstra. E., Schutte, D., Rivard, J., & Schutte B. (2015) Community leader perceptions of the health needs of older adults. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 37(5), 599-618.

*Werth, S.L., Stommel, M., & Schutte, D.L. (2014). Bridging the gap: from inpatient to home for the person with a new ostomy. Journal of Wound, Ostomy, and Incontinence Nursing, 41(6), 566-572.

*†Houghton-Rahrig, L., Fenton, J.I. & Schutte, D.L. (2014). Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and the PNPLA3 gene. MEDSURG Nursing, 23(2), 101-106, 121.

*†Bonner, J.D., Fisher, R.A., Lu, Q., Klein, J., Friderici, K.H., Elfenbein, J.L., Wilch, E., Schutte, D.L., Schutte, B.C. (2014). Pedigree structure and kinship measurements of a large German immigrant community in Michigan: A new isolate discovered. Human Biology: The International Journal of Population Genetics and Anthropology, 86(1), 59-68.

Schutte, D.L. (2013). Genetic testing and Alzheimer’s disease: implications for psychiatric mental health nursing. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing, 18, 1-5.

*†Houghton-Rahrig, R., Schutte, D.L., von Eye, A., Fenton, J.I., Given, B.A., & Hord, N.G. (2013). Exploration of a symptom experience in persons with NAFLD. Nursing Outlook, 61(4), 242-251.

*†Schutte, D.L., Davies, M.A., & Goris, E.D. (2013). The implications of genomics on the nursing care of adults with neuropsychiatric conditions. The Journal of Nursing Scholarship,45(1), 79-88. 10.1111/jnu.12006

*†Spoelstra, S.L., Given, B.A., Given, C.W., Schutte, D. L., Sikorskii, A., You, M. (2013). Do older adults with cancer fall more often? A comparative analysis of falls in those with and without cancer, Oncology Nursing Forum, 40(2), E69-78. Online exclusive article can be accessed at

*†Schutte, D.L., Reed, D.A., DeCranes, S., & Ersig, A.L. (2011). Saitohin and APOE polymorphisms influence cognition and function in persons with advanced Alzheimer Disease. Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders, 32- 94-102 [DOI: 10.1159/000329542].*

*Williams, J.K., Barnette, J.J., Sousa, V.D., Schutte, D.L., McGonigal-Kenney, M., Jarmon, L., Tripp-Reimer, T., & Paulsen, J.S. (2010). Development of the Huntington Disease Family Concerns and Strategies Survey from Focus Group Data. Journal of Nursing Measurement, 18(2), 83-99.

McDaniel, A.M., Schutte, D.L., & Olsen Keller, L. (2008). Consumer health informatics: from genomics to population health. Nursing Outlook, 56(5), 216-223.

*Kleiber, C., Schutte, D.L., McCarthy, A.M., Floria-Santos, M., Murray, J.C., & Hanrahan, K. (2007, Feb). Predictors of topical analgesic effectiveness in children. Journal of Pain, 8(2), 168-174.

Honors and Awards

  • Senior Investigator Award, Midwest Nursing Research Society, Genetics Research Section, 2012
  • Junior Investigator Award, Midwest Nursing Research Society, Genetics Research Section, 2008

Current Research

  • Hearing, Genetics and Agitation in People with Dementia in a Rural Isolated Community: A Feasibility Study. Principal Investigator: Debra Schutte, PhD, RN.
  • Community-based Cooperative for Studies Across Generations (CoSAGE). Principal Investigator: Debra Schutte, PhD, RN.

Courses taught by Debra Schutte, PhD, RN

Fall Term 2022

Winter Term 2022

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