College of Nursing Research

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, 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

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

Study finds fecal transplant improved immunotherapy response in melanoma patients

A clinical trial examining whether a fecal transplant could alter the gut microbiome of an advanced cancer patient to improve the patient’s response to cancer treatment has shown encouraging results. The study showed that in 6 of 15 patients, a stool transplant changed the composition of a patient’s microbiome environment and helped turn the patient

College of Nursing PhD Student Named McKnight Fellow

University of South Florida College of Nursing doctoral nursing student Maria Moreno has been named a McKnight Fellow for the 2020-2021 school year. Moreno said she was humbled and excited when she learned she would be a McKnight Fellow, a prestigious program within Florida that aims to increase the number of minorities earning PhDs. “It