Associate Dean for Research

(414) 288-3811

Highest Degree

PhD, The Ohio state University
Post Doctoral Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania

Brief Statement of Scholarly Interests

The effect of physical fitness prior to knee surgery and behavioral treatment of childhood obesity

Titles of Courses Recently Taught

Selected Publications

Rodriguez, D., Topp, R., Fehring, R. (2014).  Psychometric Evaluation of an Instrument to Measure Hispanic Mothers’ Normative Beliefs, Intentions, Past Experience and Past Behavior Related to the Discussion of Sex-Related Topics with their Adolescent Daughters. Austin Journal of Nursing, 1(2) 2-7.

Pagel, P.S., Kallio, P., Nolan, J., Olsen, A., Breakwell, S., & Topp, R., (In Press) Anesthesia Preoperative Clinic Referral for Elevated HbA1c Reduces All-Cause Complication Rate in Diabetic Patients Undergoing Total Joint Arthroplasty. Anesthesiology and Pain

Topp, R., Ng, A., Cybulski, A., Skelton, K. & Papanek, P. A (2014) A comparison of two formulas of topical menthol on vascular responses and perceived intensity prior to and follow a bout of maximum voluntary muscular contractions (MVMCs). Journal of Bodywork & Movement Therapies, 18. 424-429.

Andersen, L.L., Jay, K., Andersen, C.H., Jakobsen, M.D., Sundstrup, E., Topp, R. & Behm, D.G.   (2013) Acute effects of massage or active exercise in relieving muscle soreness: Randomized controlled trial. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 27(12):3352-9. doi: 10.1519/JSC.0b013e3182908610.

King, K. M., Ling, J., Ridner, S. L., Jacks, D., Newton, K., & Topp, R. (2013). Fit into College II: Physical activity and nutrition behavior effectiveness and programming recommendations. Recreational Sports Journal 37(1), 29-41.

Conn, V.S., Ward, S., Herrick, L., Topp, R.  Alexander, G.L., Anderson, C.M., Smith, C.E., Benefield, L.E., Given, B., Titler, M., Larson, J.L., Fahrenwald, N.L., Cohen, M.Z. and Georgesen, S. (In Press) Managing Opportunities and Challenges of Co-Authorship, Western Journal of Nursing Research. 37, 134-163.

Conn, V., Zerwic, J.,Rawl, R., Wyman, J., Larson, J., Anderson, C., Fahrenwald, N., Benefield, L.,  Cohen, M., Smith, C., Topp, R. and  Markis, N., (2014). Strategies for a Successful PhD Program: Words of Wisdom From the WJNR Editorial Board Western Journal of Nursing Research, 36: 6-30.

Stojkovic S., & Topp, R. (2013) Road to bad policy paved with good intentions: Forcing the poor to buy only healthy food with government subsidies sounds good, but it won't work. Opinion-Education, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinal, June 11, Page 11.

Jo-Ana D. Chase, J.D., Topp, R., Smith, C.E., Cohen, M.Z., Fahrenwald, N., Zerwic, J.J., Benefield, L.E., Anderson, C.M., & Conn, V.S., (2013)Time management strategies for researchProductivity. Western Journal of Nursing Research;35(2):155-76.

Recent Presentations

Hansen, J., Woda, A., Paquette, M., & Topp, R. Comparing competency among nursing students participating in two different sequenced simulation/clinical practicum experiences. Building Bridges Conference, Milwaukee, WI. May 8, 2015.

Rodriguez, D., Topp, R., Hispanic Mothers’ Normative Beliefs and Intentions Regarding the Discussion of Sex-Related Topics With Their Adolescent Daughters: An Analysis of the Rodriguez Normative Belief Instrument.  College of Health Sciences Spring Research Symposium, Milwaukee, WI, May 2, 2014.

Speltz, J., Topp, R., Simenz, C., & Papanek, P., Effect of Peer Health Educators Integrated into a Personal Health and Fitness Course Among College Students. National Strength and Conditioning Wisconsin State Clinic, Milwaukee, WI, April 12, 2014.

Topp, R., McCollow, T., Carriere, M. Franco, Z., Gomez, E., Halvorsen, B., Lawless, G., Mead, G., Schlappi, M., Ventura, S., Williams, S., & Stojkovic, S. “Institute for Urban Agriculture and Nutrition.” Milwaukee Regional Research Forum Viewpoint Luncheon, Milwaukee, WI.  October 24, 2013.

Paeslee, A., Wickizer, M., Olson, J. & Topp, R. Impact of a Combined Value-Based Design and Medication Therapy Management Program on Adherence in Diabetic Patients Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) 27th Annual Meeting & Expo in San Diego, CA April 7-10, 2015.

Gahley, S., Wickizer, M., Olson, J. & Topp, R., Identifying and Evaluating Key Metrics of a Patient Satisfaction Survey for Specialty Mail Order Pharmacies Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) 27th Annual Meeting & Expo in San Diego, CA April 7-10, 2015.

Speltz, J., Topp, R., Simenz, C., & Papanek, P. Effect of Peer Health Educators and Personal Health Course on Wellness among College Students. American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL, May 27-31 2014.

Woda, A., Hansen, J., Paquette, M., Topp, R., Kahne, J. 2015    Evaluating Clinical Decision Making Among Nursing Students Enrolled in a Simulation Practicum.17th Annual Building Bridges to Research-Based Nursing Practice. Milwaukee, WI,  May 8, 2015.

Avery, J. S., Bull, M., Franczak, M, Topp, R., & Oswald, D., Relationships among uncertainty, coping, and psychological distress in older adults with mild cognitive impairment. Midwest Nursing Research Society 39th Annual Research Conference, Indianapolis, IN. April 18, 2015.

Topp, R., Zelm, P. & Simenz, C. The effect of a peer health educator integrated into a personal health and wellness course on the dietary intake, physical fitness and attitudes toward dietary intake and physical activity among college students. Midwest Nursing Research Society Annual Conference St. Louis, MO., March 27-30, 2014.

Vartanian, H. & Topp, R. A comparison of antecedents of regular exercise among obese women who do and do not achieve weigh loss during six months. Interactive poser session at the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International 42nd Biennial Convention. Indianapolis, IN, November 16-20, 2013.

Campbell, K.S., Zhang, J., Nicoloff, P., Betlej, L., Goodwin, G. & Topp, R. The Prevalence of Obesity and Select Clinical Characteristics Associated with Obesity among African American Women in Nurse-Managed ClinicSigma Theta Tau International 42nd Biennial Convention Indianapolis, IN. 16 - 20 November 2013.

Grants or Awards

-Marklin, R. (PI) Topp, R. (Co-PI) A Small Aquaponics System for Urban Community Partners Marquette Innovation Fund In Review ($110,000)

2015-Medeiros (PI) Topp, R. (Co-I) NRI: Deep Learning Multi-View Activity Recognition for Humanoid Robotic Health Coaches. National Science Foundation In Review ($325,000)

2014-Topp, R. (PI) Community Gardening to Improve Lindsay Heights Neighborhood Residents’ Access to Healthy Foods.  We Energies Foundation $2,800  Funded

2013-Rodriguez, D. Topp, R. (Faculty Advisor)Hispanic Mother’s Normative Beliefs and Intentions Regarding the Discussion of Sex-Related Topics with Their Adolescent Daughters Sigma Theta Tau International $5,000 Funded

2013-2015-Sakur, R. (PI) Hossenlopp, J. (Site PI) Topp, R. (team member)          Co-chair of the Office of Regional Expansion     Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) of Southeastern Wisconsin 10% FTE  Funded

2013-Brosky, T., Topp, R. (Co-Ps) Effects of Theraband® First Step to Foot Relief ProtocolTM when Combined with Biofreeze® and Roller Massage on Selected Clinical Outcome Measures in Patients with Plantar Fasciitis: A Randomized Clinical Trial. Performance Health $5,000 Funded

Professional Memberships



The Marquette Neighborhood Health Center

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