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College of Nursing

Faculty and Staff

Cynthia L. Corbett, PhD, RN, FAAN

Title: SmartState Endowed Chair in Clinical Effectiveness Research/Chronic Care Management and Professor
Department: Biobehavioral Health & Nursing Science
College of Nursing
Phone: 803-576-6275

College of Nursing 
University of South Carolina 
1601 Greene Street, Room 615
Columbia, SC 29208-4001 
United States



Dr. Corbett received her Bachelor of Arts in nursing from Carroll College in Helena, MT, a Master of Nursing from Whitworth College in Spokane, WA, and PhD, with a focus on chronic condition outcomes, from Loyola University Chicago.  She was one of two nurses nationwide to receive a postdoctoral fellowship from Pfizer, Inc (2002-2004), which focused on innovations in health outcomes.


Dr. Corbett’s teaching roles have included undergraduate, masters and PhD coursework, but she primarily teaches in the PhD in Nursing Science program.


Dr. Corbett’s research activities focus on individual and health system strategies to improve chronic illness management, aging in place, and patient safety. Her research has been funded by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists’ Research and Education Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the National Institutes of Health, and the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute. Dr. Corbett is currently the primary investigator on a Prisma Health-Health Sciences Center seed grant and the project director of a large CDC/DHEC subaward to increase the number of certified nursing assistants in South Carolina.


Dissemination activities have included national and international presentations and authorship on 90 peer-reviewed publications.

Professional Service

  • Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science
  • Sigma Theta Tau International
  • American Nurses Association & South Carolina Nurses Association
  • Fellow, American Academy of Nursing
  • Member, Western Academy of Nursing 

Professional Practice

Dr. Corbett began her career working on medical units for the Veteran’s Administration hospitals. She has worked as a staff nurse for several home health care agencies. She served as the Scholar in Residence from Providence Health Care in Spokane Washington from 2009-2012. 

Research Studies (Selected)

Biopsychosocial Perspectives and Healthcare Concerns and Needs among Peri-postmenopausal Women with PCOS: A Qualitative Study (Co-I). Sigma Global Nursing Excellence. June 2023-May 2024.

Integrating Virtual Home Assistants into Prisma Health SeniorCare PACE Participants’ Care Plans (Co-PI). Prisma Health-Health Sciences Center, May 2022-June 2023. 

Chronic Care Management Model Translation to Multimorbid Aging Adults at FQHCs (PI). National Institute on Aging R01, July 2013 - December 2017. 

Prior research (PI or Co-PI), focused on the safe use of medications, has been funded by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists’ Research and Education Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the National Institutes of Health, and the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute.

Program Implementation

South Carolina Nursing Assistant Program (PD). Goal - -increase certified nursing assistant long-term care workforce in South Carolina. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. February 2023-July 2024. 

Publications (selected recent peer-reviewed, research)

†student author, *senior author 

*Corbett, C.F., †Bowers, D.C., Combs, E.M., Parmer, M., Jones, K., †Patel, K., & Owens, O.L. (in press, 2023). Using virtual home assistants to address vulnerable adults’ complex care needs: an exploratory feasibility study. Journal of Gerontological Nursing. 

†Odhiambo, C., †Ablonczy, L., Wright, P.J., Corbett, C.F., †Reichardt, S., & Valafar, H. (in press). Detecting medication gestures using machine learning and accelerometer data collected via smartwatch technology: a feasibility study. JMIR Human Factors.

Wright, P.J., Corbett, C.F., Dawson, R.D., Wirth, M., & Pinto, B.M. (in press, 2023). Fitness assessments of women with polycystic ovary syndrome: A process feasibility study. Clinical and Experimental Obstetrics & Gynecology.

†Tucker, C., Bell, N., Corbett, C.F., Lyndon, A., & Felder, T. (2023). Using Medical Expenditure Panel Survey data to explore the relationship between patient-centered medical homes and racial disparities in severe maternal morbidity outcomes. Women’s Health (Lond), 19, 17455057221147380.

Raynor, P., Corbett, C.F., Prinz, R., West, D., & Litwin, A. (2022). Using community-based participatory methods to design a digital intervention for mothers with substance use disorders: qualitative results from focus group discussions. Perspectives in Psychiatric Care, 58(2), 615-622. 

†Schultz, B., *Corbett, C.F., Bell, N., & Hughes, R. (2022). Post-hospital availability of instrumental support may influence patients’ readiness for discharge. Professional Case Management, 27(4), 194-202.

†Wright, P. J., *Corbett, C. F., Pinto, B. M., Dawson, R. M., & Wirth, M. D. (2021). The impact of exercise perceptions and depressive symptoms on PCOS-specific health-related quality-of-life. Women’s Health, 17, 1-10.

*Corbett, C.F., Combs, E.M., †Chandarana, P., Worthy, K., †Wright P.J., †Stringfellow, I., O’Kane, J. (2021). Medication adherence reminder system for virtual home assistants: Mixed methods evaluative study. JMIR Formative Research. 5(7),

†Anderson, A., Combs, E., Hurst, S., & *Corbett, C.F. (2021). Young adults’ perceptions of childhood food allergies: implications for school nurses. Journal of School Nursing.

*Corbett, C.F., Daratha, K.B., McPherson, S., Smith, C.L., Wiser, M.S., Vogrig, B.K., Murphy, S., Cantu, R., Dyck, D. (2021). Patient activation, depressive symptoms, and self-rated health: care management intervention effects among high-need, medically complex adults. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 18(3), 56909.

*Corbett, C.F., Combs, E.M., †Wright, P.J., Owens, O.L., †Stringfellow, I., †Nguyen, T.P., & Van Son, C.R. (2021). Virtual home assistant use and perceptions of usefulness by older adult and support person dyads. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 18 (1113).  

Colorafi, K., †Thomas, A., Wilson, M., & *Corbett, C.F. (2021). Perspectives of aging adults who frequently seek emergency department care. Pain Management Nursing. 22(2), 184-190.

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