College of Nursing

Kawkab Shishani

Kawkab Shishani

Assistant Professor
Kawkab Shishani
Assistant Professor
SNRS 349
(509) 324-7425
(509) 324-7341
WSU Spokane
College of Nursing
SNRS 349
PO Box 1495
Spokane, WA 99210-1495

Kawkab Shishani's research has focused on using epidemiological methodologies to identify factors impeding tobacco use. The primary impediments identified were the availability and access to smoking cessation programs.  Her work on the current lab-based behavioral pharmacology feasibility study has expanded her knowledge of the self-regulation of nicotine administration through a fuller understanding of the role puff topography plays in self-administration and how it can modulate reinforcing efficacy. Kawkab’s goal is to translate the knowledge gained from the lab-study into a behavioral treatment program for hookah smoking cessation. Another area she is interested in is global health because she feels humans are the resources; and that’s what makes all nations rich because of the people not anything else.  Therefore, she feels the most valuable investment is in educating people and it can be achieved by establishing new avenues in partnerships and collaboration to share knowledge and expertise at the global level.


  • PhD, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
  • MSN, Villanova University, Villanova, PA
  • BSN, University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan



Waterpipe (hookah) smoking, smoking cessation, training health professionals, global health


  • Editorial Board member, Thailand Journal of Nursing Science and Health, 2012-present
  • Editorial Board member, Journal of Association of Arab Universities for Nursing, 2012
  • Sigma Theta Tau International, 1999-present
  • Third World Organization for Women in Science (TWOWS), 2010-present
  • Jordanian Nurses and Midwives Council, 1987-2009
  • Jordanian Antismoking Society, 2003-2010
  • American Public Health Professionals, 2009-2010
  • American Muslim Health professional (AMPH) Organization, 2010-present
  • Washington State Public Health Association, 2010-present
  • International Epidemiological Association, 2008-2009


  • The World Bank Volunteer Service Award, 2003
  • Zeming Zse Student Award, University of Pittsburgh, 2002
  • Outstanding Service Award, Villanova University, 1999


Tobacco use
Shishani, K., Roll, J. & Armstrong, M. (2012). Hookah use: going down in smoke. Journal of Addictions Nursing. Epub ahead of print].

Shishani, K., Stevens, K., Dotson, J., & Riebe, C. (2012). Improving nursing students' knowledge and skills in helping smokers to quit, Nurse Education Today. Epub ahead of print].

Shishani, K., Nawafleh, H., Jarrah, H. & Sivarajan Froelicher, E. (2011). Smoking practices among Jordanian health professionals: A study about the impediments to tobacco control in Jordan. European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 10(4), 221-7.

Shishani, K., Nawafleh, H., & Sivarajan Froelicher, E. (2008). Jordanian nurses' and physicians' learning needs for promoting smoking cessation. Progress in Cardiovascular Nursing, 23(2), 79-83.

Shishani, K. (2007). Community health nurses in action: A case study from Jordan. International  Nursing Review, 54(2), 204-06.

Sohn, M., Shishani, K., Okida, A., & Sivarajan Froelicher, E. (2012). Approaches to smoking cessation in cardiovascular population (pp. 345-369). In E. Dornelas (Ed.). Stress Proof the Heart. New York, NY: Springer.

Shishani, K, Okida, A., Sohn, M. & Sivarajan Froelicher E. (2009). Nursing interventions in tobacco-dependent patients with cardiovascular diseases. Annual Reviews of Nursing Research, 27, 221-42.

Global Health
Shishani, K., Allen, C., Shubnikov, E., Salman, K., LaPorte, R., Linkov, F. (2012). Nurse educators establishing new venues in gobal nursing education. Journal of Professional Nursing. [Epub ahead of print].

Shishani, K., Dajani, R., & Khader, Y. (2012). Hypertension risk assessment in the largest ethnic groups in Jordan.  Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, [Epub ahead of print].

Deaton, C, Sivarajan Froelicher, ES, Wu, LH, Ho, C, Shishani, K, Jaarsma, T. (2011). The global burden of cardiovascular disease. Journal Cardiovascular Nursing, 26(4 Suppl),S5-14.
Shishani, K., Shubnikov, E., Ardalan, A., LaPorte, R. & Linkov, F. (2010). Improving global nursing education. Invited, Online Journal of Nursing Informatics, 14(2), 1-8.

Shishani, K. (2010). Cardiovascular nursing in Jordan: A need for an action. TAF Preventive Medicine Bulletin, 9(5), 523-528.

Sivarajan Froelicher E., & Shishani K. (2010). Quantitative methods (pp. 77-82). In W. Holzemer (Ed.). Improving health through nursing research. The International Council of Nurses. UK: Blackwell Publishing.

Shishani, K. & Sivarajan Froelicher E. (2009). Global cardiovascular health (pp. 929-934). S. Woods, E. Sivarajan Froelicher, S. Underhill Motzer, & E. Bridges. Cardiac nursing (6th ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Ardalan, A., Shishani, K., Belal,  A., Kuntor, S., & Ahmad, G.  (2008). Building a supercourse for the organization of Islamic conference countries. The Scientist, 6, 30.

Shishani, K. (2008). Utilization of national census data. Invited by the Jordanian National Council for Family Affairs (NCFA) to serve as a base for establishing the National Strategy for Older Adults in Jordan.

Shishani, K. (2006). Smoking in Jordan. The Hashemite Journal, 1, 127-137.


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