Biography

Elizabeth Dickson, PhD, RN is an assistant professor with The University of New Mexico (UNM) College of Nursing, Research Team. She received her Doctor of Philosophy from UNM in 2017, her Master of Science in Nursing from Samuel Merritt College in 2000, and her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from California State University, Sacramento, in 1991. Dr. Dickson was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nursing and Health Policy Fellow from 2013 - 2018. Her dissertation research explored the content and delivery of sexual health education in New Mexico public secondary schools, and identified levels of influence for those responsible for implementing education policy related to sexual health education.

As a career public health nurse, Dr. Dickson has worked in rural and urban communities with federal, state, and local public health agencies including the New Mexico Department of Health and the Indian Health Service, with extensive public health program experience. Her funded research focus includes adolescent health, sexual health education, school health and nursing, public health, and community based participatory research (CBPR). As PI and co-investigator, Dr. Dickson has collaborated on research grants with faculty in population health, medicine, and social sciences. She is a member of the American Public Health Association, American Nurses Association, National Association of School Nurses, and Sigma Theta Tau. Dr. Dickson serves on the board of the New Mexico Alliance for School-Based Health Care and is a member of several state-wide, advisory boards focused on adolescent health and school health. She has provided legislative testimony to policy makers regarding her research and serves on state agency advisory councils.

Areas of Specialty

Health Care Policy | Public Health | Reproductive Health | Rural Health | Underserved Populations

Education

PhD, The University of New Mexico, 2017 (Nursing)
MSN, Samuel Merritt College, 2000 (Nursing)
BS, California State University, 1991 (Business Administration)

Certifications

RN: Registered Nurse

Achievements & Awards

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nursing and Health Policy Fellow;
Virginia Crenshaw Community Service & Advocacy Award, Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society;
U.S. Public Health Service Chief Nurse Officer Award

Member:
Sigma Theta Tau International Honors Society
Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society


Key Publications

Journal Article
Dickson, Elizabeth, Lynne Parshall, Mark, B. Brindis, C., 2019 Isolated voices: Perspective of teachers, school nurses, and administrators regarding implementation of sexual health education policy Journal of School Health https://doi.org/10.1111/josh.12853
Journal Article
Dickson, E., Magarati, M., Boursaw, B., Oetzel, J., Devia, C., Ortiz, K., Wallerstein, N., 2020 Characteristics and practices within research partnerships addressing health and social equity Nursing Research, vol. 69, Issue 1, 51-61
Textbook
Mason, Diana, Dickson, Elizabeth, McLemore, Monica, Perez, Adriana, 2020 Policy and politics in nursing and health care Elsevier
Journal Article
Dickson, Elizabeth, Lynne Brindis, Claire, B. 2019 The Double Bind of School Nurses and Policy Implementation: Intersecting the Street Level Bureaucracy Framework and Teaching Sexual Health Education Journal of School Nursing, vol. 37, Issue 4, 280-291
Journal Article
Dickson, Elizabeth, Lynne Lobo, Marie, 2018 Critical caring theory and public health nursing advocacy for comprehensive sexual health education Public Health Nursing, vol. 35, Issue 1, 78-84

Gender

Female

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish

Courses Taught

Mixed Methods (PhD)
Healthcare Policy, Systems, and Financing for Advanced Practice Roles (MSN)
Nursing Research and Evidence based practice (BSN)

Research and Scholarship

1. Dickson, E., Parshall, M., & Brindis, C. (2019). Isolated voices: Perspective of teachers, school nurses, and administrators regarding implementation of sexual health education policy. Journal of School Health. doi: https://doi.org/10.1111/josh.12853
2. Dickson, E. & Brindis, C.B. (2019). The double bind of school nurses and policy implementation: Intersecting the street level bureaucracy framework and teaching sexual health education. The Journal of School Nursing. https://doi.org/10.1177/1059840519868764
3. Dickson, E., Magarati, M. Boursaw, B., Oetzel, J., Devia, C., Ortiz, K., & Wallerstein, N.(2020). Characteristics and practices within research partnerships addressing health and social equity. Nursing Research. doi: 10.1097/NNR.0000000000000399
4. Mason, D., Dickson, E., McLemore, M., & Perez, A. (2020). Policy & politics in nursing and health care, 8th ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier.
5. Traeger, M., Thomson, A., Dickson, E., & Provencio, A. (2006). Bridging disparity: A multidisciplinary approach for influenza vaccination in an American Indian community. American Journal of Public Health. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2004.049882