About the Authors

Connie Berthelsen, RN, MSN, PHD.  Dr. Berthelsen completed her MSc in 2007 and her PhD in 2013 at the Section of Nursing, Aarhus University, Denmark. Dr. Berthelsen has a strong background in classic grounded theory. In her PhD, she generated three grounded theories of relatives’, patients’, and health professionals’ patterns of behavior in relation to relatives’ involvement in older patients’ fast-track programs during total joint replacement, using Dr. Glaser’s classic grounded theory method. She also teaches Master’s and PhD students in grounded theory methodology. Dr. Berthelsen is currently employed as an associate professor at The Research Unit of Nursing and Health Care, Institute of Health, Aarhus University, Denmark, where she is conducting research concerning building nursing research capacity in clinical practice.

Teresa Carmichael, BSc(Hons), MM(HR), PhD. University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. Professor Carmichael was born in Zimbabwe and undertook her tertiary education in South Africa. Her first degree was in microbiology and biochemistry, which lead to her initial career choice in agricultural microbiology. Subsequently she moved into the pharmaceutical industry, doing marketing and staff training, before taking a post as faculty member at the Wits Business School in Johannesburg. Her research interests lie in management education, diversity, entrepreneurship and the discipline of qualitative research methodology; she has several publications in these areas. In addition, she is very involved in teaching and research supervision of Master’s and PhD students. Email: terri.carmichael@wits.ac.za

Awaatief Musson-Craayenstein, MBBCh, MMed, MBA. University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.  Born and educated in South Africa, Dr Musson-Craayenstein has been a consultant radiologist for over 23 years, 20 of which have been in the NHS in the UK. She has a strong interest in the development of both organisations and people, leveraging her status as a certified coach and mentor in the London Deanery and Royal College of radiology. Her inclusive approach to the growth of individuals and groups demonstrates the caring nature that is such a priority in her life. In collaboration with the General Medical Council she is conducting a comparative investigation of academic standards in her field, specifically with regard to benchmarking various overseas radiology qualifications with the NHS.

Ruth Tiffany Naylor, BA (Wells College), MSc (Tufts University, MBA Hons (Boston University), AA Hons (Montgomery College), DipAT (British Autogenic Society), DipCBH (UK College of Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy), PhD (Canterbury Christ Church University, 2013) is currently practicing as a psychotherapist and autogenic therapist in Hastings, England. She is a Trustee of the British Autogenic Society, the society’s representative to the British Psychological Society, and a tutor on society courses. Email: ruth@ruthnaylor.com

Mogamat Reederwan Craayenstein, BSc, BA(Hons), MBA, PhD. University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.  Born and educated in South Africa, Dr Craayenstein’s main concern is about people operating and interacting in their everyday lives, and how they identify with and address the contextually-relevant issues they must deal with. In this vein, his MBA research sought to identify the reasons why affirmative action was perceived to be failing in post-apartheid South Africa. His research is cross-disciplinary, but always deals with issues of humanity; he has been involved in social movements in various countries trying to make the world a better place. His interest in classic grounded theory is well-suited to his field of study. He has also been a long-time Director of various companies and a part-time faculty member at the Wits Business School.

Ramona Rolle-Berg, Ph.D., is the Co-Founder of Rolle Integrative Healing Solutions, LLC, in Conroe, Texas.  As an integrative medicine specialist using mind-body methods like guided imagery, meditation, and biofeedback among others, she offers clients science-driven, evidence-based approaches that support physical, emotional, and spiritual health and well-being. Dr. Rolle-Berg received her Doctor of Philosophy from Saybrook University, with a concentration in Health Care Research, a sub-specialty that supports her continuing desire to focus on research which strengthens the connections between quantifiable physiology and energy medicine healing approaches. She is Board Certified in Healing Touch, is a Certified Practice Group Leader in QiGong, and holds Masters and Bachelor degrees in Engineering from Stanford University. Dr. Rolle-Berg also co-leads a community group providing healing outreach. Email: drRamona@rolleihs.com

Kara Vander Linden, EdD, is research faculty in the Department of Research at Saybrook University.  Specializing in classic grounded theory, she teaches and oversees dissertation using classic grounded theory.  Dr. Vander Linden received her Doctorate in Education from Fielding Graduate University, with dual concentrations in classic grounded theory and higher education.  She also has a Masters in Special Education and an undergraduate degree in math.  Dr. Vander Linden also works in private practice with individuals who have learning disabilities. Email: dr.k.vanderlinden@gmail.com