School of Nursing

Human Health Building, Room 3027
433 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4452
(location map)
(248) 370-4253
M-F 8 a.m.-5 p.m. closed daily 12 p.m.-1 p.m.


Cheryl Riley-Doucet, PhD, RN 


Cheryl Riley-Doucet, PhD, RN

Associate Professor
3046 Human Health Building 
Office: 248-364-8719

Please visit my website: for more information about me and my current research.

Dr. Riley-Doucet is an associate professor in the School of Nursing at Oakland University. Her clinical focus is in community mental health and family nursing. Her program of research is focused in the areas of Family and Gerontological Nursing, in particular developing and testing multi-sensory interventions (MSE) to assist family caregivers and older adults in the symptom management of chronic illness and dementia.

Education Background:

  • Ph.D., Wayne State University,Detroit, MI.,  2002
  • MAEd, St. Francis Xavier University, Nova Scotia, Canada 1994
  • BScN, Ryerson Polytechnic University, Toronto, Canada 1987

Areas of Interest: Research & Supervision

Gerontology /Mental Health/ Family Nursing:

  • Nursing Interventions for older adults and family caregivers who live with chronic disease and/or pain.  
  • Multisensory Environmental Interventions for patients with Alzheimer’s Disease and their Caregivers.
  • Assistive technology for older adults with dementia.

Scholarships, Fellowships, Professional Awards and Patents

  • New Investigator’s Award, MNRS Gerontological Nursing Research, 2008
  • Golden Apple Teaching Award, Oakland University  2007-2008
  • Faculty Research Award, Oakland University 2007
  • Gloria Ann Colquhoun Memorial Scholarship, Wayne State University 2000
  • Thomas C. Rumble Fellowship, Wayne State University, 1999-2000
  • Portable Autonomous Multisensory Intervention Device (PAMID), Patent Pending 2008                            

Teaching Responsibilities 2008-2009

  • Faculty of Record for NRS 470 Chronic Illness Conditions
  • Faculty of Record for NRS 477 Mental Health Nursing Clinical
  • Faculty of Record for NRS 452 Scientific Inquiry II
  • Faculty Supervisor NRS 636 MSN Field Experience
  • Faculty Research Advisor NRS 899 DNP Terminal Project
  • Faculty Supervisor, SIBHI, School of Computer Science and Engineering 

Current Research

  • Klein,K., Nixon, J., Ehardt, L., Riley-Doucet, CK., Debnath, D. (Faculty Research Advisor) Self-Regulating Oxygen Delivery System. Oakland University Summer Institute for Biomedical and Health Informatics (SIBHI), funded in part by NIH and NSF research grant # 0609152 .
  • Renda, M., Durham, K., Riley-Doucet, CK. (Faculty Research Mentor) Kangaroo Care:The Importance of Father-Infant Bonding. Oakland University Undergraduate Research Award 2007. $1500.00.
  • Riley-Doucet, CK., Debnath, D(Principal Investigator). Assessment of a Portable
  • Multisensory Autonomous Intervention Device. Oakland University Provost Research Development Funding 2007-2008. $40, 000.00.
  • Chilukoti,N., Early, K., Sandhu, S., Riley-Doucet, CK., Debnath, D. (Faculty Research Advisor) Assistive Technology for Promoting Exercise to Delay Cognitive Degeneration in Patients with Dementia. Oakland University Summer Institute for Biomedical and Health Informatics (SIBHI), funded in part by NIH and NSF research grant # 0609152 .
  • Riley-Doucet, CK. (Principal Investigator). Using Multisensory Environments in the home: A pilot study exploring the effects on older adults with dementia and their family caregivers. Oakland University Faculty Research Fellowship Award 2005-2006. $8,500.00.
  • Mills, K. J., Church, M., Knapp,B., Riley-Doucet, CK., Elhajj, I.H. (Faculty Research Advisor)  An Adaptive Device for Managing Agitation in Dementia. Oakland University Summer Institute for Biomedical and Health Informatics (SIBHI), funded in part by NIH and NSF research grant # 0609152 . 
  • Riley-Doucet, C. (Principal Investigator).  Formative Education of a University Preceptor Orientation Self-Learning Module. Oakland University Senate Teaching and Learning Committee Educational Development Grant. April, 2004 – March 2005.  IRB approval for extension study approved for the period of April 2005 – March 2006 $1000.00.
  • Dunn, K. and Riley-Doucet, C. (Co-investigator) Holistic Nursing among Community Elders. Oakland University, 2003 - 2004.
  • Vallerand, A.H., Riley-Doucet, CK., & Templin, T. (Co-investigator). Cancer-Related Pain in theOutpatient Population: Effectiveness of Control and Beliefs About Controllability. WSU, Center for Health Research and Detroit Medical Center., January – July, 2002, $11,800.00.
  • Riley-Doucet, C. (Principal investigator), Vallerand, A.H., & Fouladbakhsh, J. Self-Treatment of Pain in a Rural Community: A Canadian Comparison. Dorothy Fox Research Grant, Sigma Theta Tau Small Grants Award, Feb. 2002 to Jan. 2003, $2000. 


  • Riley-Doucet, CK.  (forthcoming 2009). Family caregivers’ perceptions about using multi-sensory environments (MSE) in the home. 
  • Riley-Doucet, CK., Debnath, D. & McGinnes, D. (forthcoming 2009). Assessment of the functionality of the Portable Automated Multi-sensory Intervention Device (PAMID). 
  • Riley-Doucet, CK. (In Press). The use of multi-sensory environments (MSE) in the home for persons with dementia.Research in Gerontological Nursing,. 
  • Riley-Doucet, CK. (2008). Promoting the well-being of older adults through Multi-sensory Environments. Oakland Journal, 15, 108-113.
  • Riley-Doucet, CK.  (2008). A self-directed learning tool for nurses who precept student nurses. Journal for Nurses in Staff Development, 24 (2), E7-E14.
  • Vallerand,AH., Templin,T., Hasenau,S.,M, Riley-Doucet,C. (2007). Factors That Affect Functional Status in Patients with Cancer-Related Pain. Pain, 132 (1-2), 82-90. 
  • Dunn, KS., Riley-Doucet, CK. (2007). Self-care activities captured through discussion among community-dwelling older adults. Journal of Holistic Nursing,25(3), 25-30.       
  • Riley-Doucet, C. (2005). Beliefs about the controllability of pain: Congruence between older adults with cancer and their family caregivers. Journal of Family Nursing, 11(3), 225-241.
  •  Vallerand, A.H., Riley-Doucet, C., Hasenau, S., & Templin, T. (2004). Improving Cancer Pain Management in the Home,Oncology Nursing Forum, 31(4), p 809-816.
  •  Riley-Doucet CK, Fouladbakhsh JM, Vallerand AH.(2004).  Canadian and American self-treatment of pain: a comparison study. Rural and Remote Health, 4 (online), no. 286. Available from:
  • Riley-Doucet, C. & Wilson, S, (1997).  A three-step method of self-reflection using reflective journal writing.  Journal of Advanced Nursing, 25, 964-968

Professional Service and Membership

  • Sigma Theta Tau, Chapter Theta Psi , 2004-present. (Past president and current chair of Scholarship and Awards Committee).
  • Gerontological Society of America
  • Michigan State Nurses Association
  • College of Nurses of Ontario
  • Midwest Nursing Research Society