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College of Nursing

    Research Strengths

     Faculty Research Focus Areas

    Assistant Professor and Interim Director, Smart Start Nursing Program

    576-6262, Room 627

    Expertise: Factors related to obesity in rural adults, interventions to promote healthy behaviors and reduce obesity in rural adults, relationships between obesity and health outcomes.

    ResearchRural health, obesity, physical activity, nutrition, psychosocial determinants of health.


    777-7635, Room 618

    Expertise: Cancer screening & survivorship, epidemiology methods, public health, health disparities, physical activity, subject recruitment.

    Research: Disparities in cancer screening, survivorship, and epidemiology, dietary and physical activity interventions, subject recruitment strategies, inflammation processes and cancer

    Dean & Helen Gurley Wolford Professor of Nursing Professor of Nursing

    777-3862, Room 202

    Expertise: Behavioral interventions, mixed methods research, randomized controlled trials, community-based participatory research, patient centered research, community-engaged research, smoking cessation.

    Research: Community-based,multi-level cessation intervention, school-based tobacco prevention, smart phone behavioral trials/chronic disease management, peer navigator interventions (oral health, spinal cord injury), tobacco marketing/labels, training academic-community dyads for research.

    Associate Professor

    777-2292, Room 307

    Expertise: Psychiatric-mental health nursing, crisis intervention, child and adolescent acute and long-term treatment, chronic mental illness in adults.

    Research: Post-traumatic stress and consequences of trauma and violence, grief and trauma related to violent death, intimate partner violence, cognitive sequelae of interpersonal violence, interprofessional education innovation and evaluation.

    Associate Professor

    777-4730, Room 506

    Expertise: Pediatrics, particularly forensic medical evaluations for abuse and neglect, intensive care, developmental needs, and neurology.

    Research: Prevention and recognition of child abuse and neglect, with a focus on child caregivers' protectiveness behaviors, pediatric assessment and developmental approach, clinical and didactic nursing education including critical thinking and technology-based methods.

    SmartState Endowed Chair in Clinical Effectiveness Research/Chronic Care Management 

    576-6275, Room 615

    Expertise: Health system and self-management interventions, interdisciplinary research and interventions, randomized controlled trials.

    Research: Self-management of chronic conditions, health system interventions to improve outcomes for adult patients with chronic conditions, care transitions, medication safety and management.

    Health Sciences Endowed Professor and Director, Perinatal, Pediatrics & Family Research Center

    576-6021, Room 623

    Expertise: Morbidity, mortality, and health disparities in the neonatal population. Research methods: case study, mixed methods, randomized controlled trials, observation and exploratory methods. Physiologic measurement.

    Research: Clinical research with neonates and their families to reduce morbidity, mortality and health disparities.

    Director, AGACNP Program and Associate Professor

    777-7851, Room 513

    Expertise: Lung cancer screening and prevention.

    Research: Lung cancer screening in the post-NLST era: Primary care nurse practitioner perceptions and screening practices – USC College of Nursing.

    Assistant Professor

    777-7672, Room 609

    Expertise: Mobile applications, critical care, geriatric disease processes and management, nursing and health informatics.

    Research: Mobile applications to assist patients in managing and improving health and wellness; the use of informatics to advance the delivery of healthcare to improve patient outcomes.

    Associate Professor

    777-9830, Room 620

    Expertise: Health disparities, breast health, African American health, Medicaid populations, community-engaged research, cancer prevention and control, mixed methods, outcomes research.

    Research: Racial and social disparities in cancer prevention and control, treatment adherence in socioeconomically disadvantaged populations, promoting healthy behaviors among African American women.

    Director of Faculty Fellow and Academy Programs and Associate Professor

    777-7683, Room 625

    Expertise: Health Disparities, cultural diversity, youth homelessness, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) health, violence/victimization, internet research with homeless youth, ER nursing and NP practice, theory.

    Research: LGBT health disparities, violence/victimization, resilience, empowerment.

    Clinical Associate Professor

    777-2806, Room 630B

    Expertise:  Nursing education and simulation, women’s health.

    Research:  Evaluation of teaching methodologies and simulation to determine effectiveness with competencies in the clinical environment, health promotion and risk reduction with evaluation of African American women and perceptions on breastfeeding.

    Associate Professor

    777-9866, Room 610

    Expertise: Cancer, early stage lung cancer, decision making, multiple health behavior change including smoking cessation, cancer survivorship, mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), recruitment/retention of individual research participants and dyads, mixed methods.

    Research: Adapting or developing and testing family interventions, decision making and health related quality of life (HRQL) in relation to health behavior changes, tailoring evidence-based interventions to mHealth technologies, and promotion of lung cancer screening among individuals at high-risk and providers.

     Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies and Associate Professor

    777-2913, Room 213A

    Expertise: vulnerable populations, graduate nursing education, simulation, policy, and breast cancer survivorship
    Research: Exercise among cancer survivors.

    Assistant Dean, Center for Simulation and Experiential Learning and Assistant Professor

    777-6533, Room 102

    Expertise: simulation, educational disparities in nursing education, diversity.

    Research: qualitative perceptions of underrepresented students in higher education, educational interventions for underrepresented minority students, simulation research particularly pedagogy used and minority nursing student outcomes.

    Assistant Professor

    777-4499, Room 525

    Expertise: nurse communication and caring behaviors, geriatrics and care of the older adult, post-partum screening and care, breastfeeding/infant feeding and nutrition.

    Research: delirium superimposed on dementia, Alzheimer's and caregivers, BabyCoach - a SC pilot-program for post-partum depression.

    Associate Dean for Research, Inaugural Health Sciences Endowed Professor, and Co-Director Cancer Survivorship Center

    777-9272, Room 302B

    Expertise: Theoretically-based exercise in­terventions, healthy behaviors among cancer survivors, exercise promotion in cancer survivors, peer delivered interventions, modifying sedentary behavior among middle-aged and older patient populations.

    Research:  Exercise adoption and maintenance, telephone-based interventions, peer-delivered interventions, modifying multiple risk behaviors, community partnerships.

    Assistant Professor

    777-9083, Room 306

    Expertise: Advanced practice psychiatric-mental health nursing, substance use disorders and recovery management, self-care/self-management for parents in recovery from substance use disorders.

    Research: Self-care/self-management for mothers and fathers in recovery from substance use disorders, utilization of mobile technology to enhance recovery care management, educational partnerships and IPE collaboration, and medication-assisted treatments for substance use disorders.

    Assistant Professor

    777-4137, Room 626

    Expertise: Community-based health promotion intervention development, social environmental supports for health behavior change, mechanisms of health behavior change (social, cognitive, environmental), motivation (individual differences and tailoring approaches).


    777-2978, Room 323

    Expertise: Data management, statistical methods.

    Assistant Professor

    777-2684, Room 624

    Expertise: Symptoms related to oral targeted therapy, adherence to oral cancer therapy, aging and cancer, oncology clinical trials.

    Assistant Professor

    576-6736, Room 607

    Expertise: Circadian rhythm disruption effects on the human body and various health outcomes, dietary sources of inflammation, physical activity, and the effect of stress on health.

    Assistant Professor

    803-777-6039, Room 613

    Expertise: polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), multiple methods, recruitment via social media, exercise, basic and clinical nutrition.

    Research: therapeutic management for women with PCOS across the lifespan; theory-informed interventions incorporating digital technology for exercise delivery to women with PCOS; effectiveness of resistance exercise to promote symptom management among women with PCOS.







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