Dr. Butcher is an Associate Professor in the College of Nursing. In addition to publishing extensively in Rogerian Nursing Science, he has a deep interest in advancing nursing theory-based education, research and practice. He developed Unitary Field Pattern Portrait Research Method, an interpretive research method developed within Rogers' Science of Unitary Human Beings.
His areas of research include: Alzheimer Disease family caregiving; testing the effectiveness of structured written emotional disclosure (journaling) as meaning-making intervention for promoting psychological and physiological health; and mild syndromes of depression and dispiritedness in later life. Howard also has expertise in intervention testing research as well as qualitative research methods including: phenomenology, hermeneutics, thematic analysis, and ethnomethodology.