Judy Risko, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Nursing

I believe that human beings possess unique strengths, experiences, challenges, and areas of interest. The teaching theory that most resonates with me is Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences. Students all have different areas in which they will shine and others where they may struggle or feel challenged. It is essential for faculty to seek to learn about their students as individuals to further encourage their development within a liberal arts curriculum.

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Judy Risko is certified as a child and adolescent Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist. She has held a variety of professional roles in chronic pain rehabilitation, psychiatry, and addiction medicine. She has worked with children, adolescents and adults in inpatient and outpatient settings and has also taught in BSN, RN-BSN, and MSN programs in Ohio.


PhD in Nursing, Kent State University, enrolled 2009
MSN, Kent State University, 2008
Masters Coursework, Ursuline College, 1989
BSN, Ursuline College, 1988

Publications and Exhibitions

Umberger, W., Risko, J., & Covington, E. (in press, 2015). The forgotten ones: Challenges and needs of children living with disabling parental chronic pain. Journal of Pediatric Nursing. Accepted for publication December, 2014.

Umberger, W., Martsolf, D., Jacobson, A., Risko, J., Patterson, M., & Calabro, M. (2014). Adolescent ways of understanding parental pain: A typology. Pain Management Nursing, 15(4), 854-63.

Umberger, W., Martsolf, D., Jacobson, A., Risko, J., Patterson, M., Calabro, M. (2013). The shroud: Ways adolescents manage living with parental chronic pain. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 45(4), 344–354.

Draucker, C. B, Martsolf, D., Stephenson, P., Risko, J., Heckman, T., Sheehan, D., Perkins, S., Washington, K, Cook, C., & Ferguson, C. (2010). Aggressive events in adolescent dating violence. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 31, 599-610.

Lewandowski, W., Morris, R., Draucker, C. B., Risko, J. (2007). Chronic pain and the family: Theory-driven treatment approaches. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 28, 1019-1044.