Rick Zoucha, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, CTN-A, FAAN

Joseph A. Lauritis, C.S.Sp. Endowed Chair for Teaching and Technology
Professor and Chair of Advanced Role and PhD Programs

Duquesne University School of Nursing,
600 Forbes Avenue, 527 Fisher Hall Pittsburgh, PA 15282

Phone: 412-396-6545
E-mail: zoucha@duq.edu
Website: https://www.duq.edu/academics/faculty/rick-zoucha

Expertise Areas:

Research interests include understanding various phenomena related to health and well-being in the Nicaraguan, Mexican American, Mexican, African American and African refugee and immigrant communities. Dr. Zoucha is a qualitative and mixed method researcher experienced in ethnography, ethnonursing, phenomenology and participatory action research methods.
Dr. Zoucha is a Certified Transcultural Nurse-Advanced. He was inducted as a charter member of the Transcultural Nursing Scholar in 2004. Dr. Zoucha was bestowed the Leininger Award in 1998. Dr. Zoucha was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in 2014. Dr. Zoucha has been invited to speak at national and international conferences as well as Visiting Professor/Scholar in Puerto Rico, Spain, New Jersey, Taiwan, Australia and North Dakota regarding issues of cultural care. Dr. Zoucha serves as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Transcultural Nursing and Director of the Transcultural Nursing Scholars.

Languages spoken, read/write*:

English and beginning Spanish

Select Publications:

Peer reviewed manuscripts:

Estrada, G. B., Zoucha, R., Duarte-Velez, Y., (2019). Cultural factors influencing suicidal ideation and behaviors in Puerto Ricans: An Integrative Review. Annual Review of Nursing Research, 37, (1), 261-299.

Jeffreys, M., Zoucha, R., (2018). Cultural congruence in the workplace, health care, and academic setting for multiracial and multiheritage individuals. Journal of Cultural Diversity, 25, 4

Collins, J.W., Zoucha, R., Lockhart, J.S., Mixer, S. J., (2018) Cultural aspects of end-of-life care planning for African Americans:  An Integrative Review of Literature. Journal of Transcultural Nursing. 2018 Jan 1:1043659617753042. doi: 10.1177/1043659617753042.

Jakub, K. E., Turk, M.T., Fapohunda, A, Zoucha, R., (2018).  Cultural beliefs, perceptions and practices of young adult offspring of African immigrants regarding health eating and activity.  Journal of Transcultural Nursing. Mar 1:1043659618761532. doi: 10.1177/1043659618761532.

Jeffreys, M., Zoucha, R., (2017) Revisiting "The Invisible Culture of the Multiracial, Multicultural Individual: A Transcultural Imperative" Journal of Cultural Diversity, 24 (1), 3-6.

Present/Future Directions 

Transcultural nursing and the work of transcultural nurses is critical to the health and well-being needs of people globally. The profession of nursing must be vigilant in promoting care that is congruent with the cultural care needs of individuals, families and communities. It is imperative that Transcultural Nursing Scholars strive to engage in research and scholarship that addresses the cultural care needs of people globally through evidence-based practice and creation of evidence through research.