Dr. Prescott in the Biobehavioral Lab

Consistent with its mission of employing the core values of excellence, innovation, inclusion, and respect to educate future nurses, advance nursing science, and implement evidence-based clinical practice to improve health and wellness, the College of Nursing pursues research in a wide variety of areas. Faculty and students are challenged to analyze problems, discover new findings, and collaborate with colleagues throughout USF Health to pursue a host of research projects related to cardiovascular health, cancer prevention and management, chronic illness, caregiver support, biobehavioral mechanisms, HIV prevention and care, sleep, pain, and many other issues.

The College of Nursing houses a biobehavioral lab with 2,000 dedicated square feet of space. It contains state-of-the-art equipment for conducting assays, such as inflammatory markers, stress hormones, proteomics, microbiome, and genetics.

Nurse scientists in our college are committed to enhancing health and wellness of individuals, families, and communities through transformative research organized under four pillars of expertise, always accounting for equity and inclusive excellence.

Research News

Ukamaka Oruche

USF College of Nursing Welcomes Ukamaka Oruche

Ukamaka Oruche, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN, has joined the College of Nursing as the Gordon Keller Professor, reporting to Dr. Stephanie Marhefka, Senior Associate Dean of Research. Her primary responsibilities involve conducting funded research as a principal investigator within a transdisciplinary team, and mentoring faculty researchers, postdoctoral fellows, and students. Her work will include collaborations with

Dr. Christina McCrae

USF College of Nursing Welcomes Christina McCrae and McCrae Sleep Research Lab

Christina S. McCrae, PhD, DBSM has joined the University of South Florida College of Nursing as Professor (Tenured) and Assistant Dean of Research, reporting to Dr. Stephanie Marhefka, senior associate dean of research. McCrae, a committed and highly regarded mentor, is tasked with instituting processes and providing venues for promoting early-career faculty development and scientific

USF College of Nursing secures four-year, $3.85 million HRSA grant for a mobile health unit to advance nursing education and improve health in disadvantaged Tampa Bay communities

TAMPA, Fla. (July 7, 2022) – The University of South Florida College of Nursing is advancing nursing education and increasing access to health care in medically underserved areas through a nurse-managed Mobile Health Unit (MHU) with the help of a four-year $3.85 million Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant (award number UK1HP46068). Continued funding

Meet Dr. Stephanie Marhefka, senior associate dean of research

Stephanie Marhefka, PhD, remembers going through her college years unsure what her career path would be, knowing only that she wanted to make a difference. Then, one day in the 1990s, while pursuing a PhD in clinical and health psychology from the University of Florida, she was presented with an opportunity to work in a