Welcome to the Faculty: Shawn Kneipp, PhD, ARNP

Shawn Kniepp, PhD ARNP

Shawn Kniepp, PhD ARNP

Shawn Kniepp has been involved in health disparities research for fifteen years and received numerous National Institutes of Health grants to support her work and that of doctoral students.  She looks at two major areas of disparities.  The first area involves factors that cause disparities in mechanistic, physiological ways.  An example is how chronic stress causes poor health outcomes, like blood pressure changes, in low income women.

The second area centers around women in a Welfare Transition Program.  Dr. Kniepp is examining how welfare policy affects stress levels, and how stress is being managed in the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program to improve the health of women who are enrolled.  She followed 432 women for nine months, testing a public health nursing intervention using Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) approaches.  The intervention group had a high likelihood of having problems reaching long-term employment goals.  Many suffered from heart disease, back pain, allergies, and other ailments that kept them from seeking or securing steady employment.

Carolina Blue Shines at Southern Nursing Research Society Meeting

Carolina Blue were strong in number and accomplishments at the recent Southern Nursing Research Society meeting held in Birmingham, Ala. Participants from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing included seven faculty (six presented papers), two post-doctoral students (both had papers), 18 doctoral students (19 had posters) and six undergraduate students participating in the Center for Innovation in Health Disparities Research: Research Experience and Apprenticeship Program (REAP) for minority students (five had posters). Our group was diverse in gender and ethnicity/culture!!

While the quality of all of our scholars was outstanding (non-biased comments from many of the attendees), several received particular attention of the planning committee. Drs. Debra Barksdale and Margaret S. Miles’ abstracts were chosen from among all submissions to be presented at a special plenary session on health disparities. Debra’s paper was on “Stress, John Henryism and Cortisol Responses in Black Women.” Marge’s paper was on “Process Evaluation in Intervention Research: The Nurse Parent Support Intervention with Rural African American Mothers of Pre-term Infants.”

Clarence Byrd, an undergraduate REAP student, won second place in the student poster awards, competing with doctoral and post-doctoral student posters (his co-author and mentor was Dr. Debra Barksdale). His poster focused on “Body Mass Index and Weight Perceptions of Pre-Hypertensive and Hypertensive Black Americans.”

An additional honor was that the first Margaret S. Miles parent-child student poster award was given to a doctoral student from the University of Louisville.

If you are interested in research and didn’t attend this year, please consider attending next year – the conference will be in Baltimore! We came away feeling very proud of UNC-Chapel Hill SON faculty and students.

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