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Faculty Research and Scholarship

Research Focus AreasThe University of Mississippi School of Nursing provides and supports an environment that encourages research in keeping with its mission.

The School of Nursing hosts one of the country's premier research laboratory located within the state's only academic health sciences center nursing school. Faculty and students are provided the opportunity and support necessary to develop and implement a professional research and scholarship trajectory.

History of success

Many School of Nursing senior researchers have long histories of success. School of Nursing extramural funding for research, education and practice averages $1.5 million per year. Additionally, faculty members frequently collaborate with other disciplines on this academic health science campus, as well as with experts across the nation.

Opportunities to develop

The School of Nursing provides opportunities for faculty and students to develop research programs with school seed-grant awards. These monies are available through a competitive application process and provide for pilot studies, consultation and other resources needed to strengthen the faculty and student research efforts.

Once seed-grant funds have been secured, faculty often plan to write for UMMC intramural funding that can provide as much as $30,000 in monetary support to prepare for extramural grant writing.

Debbie Konkle-Parker, PhD, RN, FNP, AACRN, FAAN
Harriet G. Williamson Chair of Population Health

Konkle-Parker_Debbie.jpgThis distinctive endowed chair honors the dedication and commitment of Ms. Williamson to providing compassionate and exemplary care to her nephrology patients. Dr. Debbie Konkle-Parker serves as the Harriet G. Williamson Chair of Population Health at the School of Nursing. The Williamson chair collaborates with doctoral students and faculty from the School of Nursing and the John D. Bower School of Population Health, interdisciplinary researchers, and communities to develop the scholarship of population health, improve health through an ongoing program of research, and teach selected courses or classes in his or her area of expertise. Dr. Konkle-Parker's research interests are behavioral research related to HIV treatment or prevention, as well as social determinants of health and their impact on people living with HIV. She is also the PI for the Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study (MACS) and Women's Interagency HIV Study (WIHS) Combined Cohort Study (MWCCS) and the Study of Treatment and Reproductive Outcomes (STAR), both cohort studies of individuals living with and at risk for HIV, to longitudinally explore the impact of HIV on people's lives.

Doctoral programs

The Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing program provides an opportunity for students to work with faculty to develop their own research programs and to gain experience in research methods. Likewise, researchers from other disciplines work in collaboration with faculty and students to develop and conduct qualitative and quantitative research and the Doctor of Nursing Practice program provides opportunities for students to translate research into evidence-based programs.