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Upcoming Event:

The College of Nursing Research and Scholarship Day will be held April 8, 2022 at the Pastides Alumni Center. The event provides an opportunity for students at all levels to present their research. College of Nursing undergraduate research assistants in the ACORN Center will have several presentations at the event. Overall, ACORN faculty are mentors or co-mentors for 50% of the students presenting at this event. What a fun and exciting day it will be! Learn more

 Recent Accomplishments



The ACORN Center has been delighted to welcome three new faculty and a new Graduate Student Scholar over the past few months!  Drs. Joy Deupree, Donna Kazemi, and Pam Wright joined the Center as Core faculty in December 2021! We look forward to their contributions to our mission in the upcoming months and years. Please refer to their biographies for information about their programs of research. Ms. April Hutto joined the Center as the Graduate Student Scholar in February 2022. Ms. Hutto is a PhD in Nursing Science student at UofSC and employed as a psychiatric nurse practitioner. She is board certified as both a family nurse practitioner and a psychiatric nurse practitioner. For her dissertation research, Ms. Hutto plans to study the impact of shared trauma reality on health care providers and their therapeutic relationships with patients.

Dr. Wu


Drs. Dezhi Wu and Phyllis Raynor and colleagues presented, Communication Exchange Patterns of Pregnancy-Related Substance Use Disorder on Twitter During COVID-19 Pandemic, at the Big Data Health Science 2022 Annual Conference (February 2022) in Columbia, South Carolina.



Drs. Cindy Corbett and Coretta Jenerette and colleagues’ poster presentation, Cultivating human subjects protection knowledge and social justice advocacy: A PhD student escape room, was presented at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Doctoral Education conference in January 2022 and received the first place award in the category for “quality improvement and evidence-based practice”.

Dr. Wright


Dr. Pam Wright, new ACORN faculty member and former ACORN Center Graduate Faculty Scholar, received a Breakthrough Graduate Scholar Award, from the University of South Carolina in December 2021. The award recognizes students who have made considerable contributions to research and scholarly activities. Congratulations Dr. Wright!

dr. deupree


Dr. Joy Deupree was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in October 2021. Academy Fellows are nursing’s most accomplished leaders in education management, practice, and research. Of the nearly 4.2 million registered nurses in the United States, less than 3000 are Academy Fellows. Congratulations Dr. Deupree!




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