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College of Nursing

Faculty and Staff

Joy Deupree, PhD, RN, WHNP-BC, FAAN

Title: Clinical Professor
College of Nursing
Phone: 803-777-7367

College of Nursing
University of South Carolina
1601 Greene Street, Room 502F
Columbia, SC 29208-4001 
United States 



Dr. Deupree earned her PhD in Health Promotion/Health Behavior in 2011 via a joint program from the Schools of Public Health and Health Education at UAB, Birmingham, Alabama and the School of Human Studies at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  Previously, she earned her BSN (’94), MSN in Women’s Health (’96) and a Post-Master’s Certificate as a Family Nurse Practitioner (’97) at the UAB School of Nursing. In 2014 she was selected as one of 20 nurses nationwide for the highly competitive prestigious three-year Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellows program.  Due to her expertise as a nurse leader in the field of health literacy, she has served as an appointee to numerous governmental, institutional and organizational boards.   


Dr. Deupree teaches Advanced Leadership in the doctoral program and the Evolution of Nursing Science to undergraduate nursing students.

Professional Service

Dr. Deupree is currently involved in the following professional/leadership activities:

  • Institute of Healthcare Advancement, La Habra, CA
  • National Council to Improve Patient Safety Through Health Literacy
  • Campaign for Action - American Association of Retired Persons and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Capital City Nurse Practitioner Association, Columbia South Carolina
  • South Carolina State Nurses Association, South Carolina
  • American Nurses Association
  • American Association of Nurse Practitioners  
  • Ambassador, Friends of the National Institutes for Nursing Research

Recognizing Dr. Deupree’s expertise and leadership in health policy and health literacy, in 2015 by gubernatorial Executive Order #4 Dr. Deupree was appointed to serve on the Alabama Health Care Improvement Task Force. During her tenure on the task force, she organized and hosted a statewide Health Literacy Summit to determine the readiness of the state to support an organized effort for health literacy. Results of the study led her to establish and chair the Alabama Health Literacy Initiative which continues to be sustained by the UAB School of Nursing. In 2017, the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention added the Initiative to the list of recognized statewide health literacy initiatives. She is actively involved in health literacy research for numerous projects that target underserved and vulnerable populations in the southeast.

Professional Practice

Since 1996, Dr. Deupree has been Board Certified as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner and practiced in numerous settings in Alabama prior to relocating to South Carolina. Additionally, Dr. Deupree is a recognized leader in health policy for the removal of barriers for States with restrictive practice.  Her past legislative efforts led to countless policy and rule changes at the state level so that nurse practitioners may practice to the full extent of their training and education. 

Research Studies (Selected)

Expanding Our Cancer Prevention and Control Infrastructure to Reduce Disparities. National Institutes for Health P30. 2019 - 2022. Co-Investigator. Funded.

COPD Patient and Caregiver Quality Improvement Project. UAB Patient Centered Outcomes Research Pilot Study for K12 Application. 2019. Co-Investigator. Funded.

Publications (selected)

Bryant, D., Adams., Shillam, Deupree, J., Miyamoto, S., (2020). Growing together: The intentional behind the scenes benefits of action learning from the Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellows Program. Journal for Continuing Education in Nursing-2020-109. In press. 

Edwards, C., Bolling-Walker, K., and Deupree, J. (2020). Actionability and usability of a fever management tool for pediatric caregivers. The Journal for Nursing Education. 2020 June; 51(7):338-344. doi: 10.3928/00220124-20200611-10 PMID: 32579230  

Selleck, C., Jablonski, R., Miltner, R., Deupree, J., McGann, G., and Powell, J., (2020). Partnering to educate nurses in long-term care. Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing. 2020 Feb;51(2):75-81. 

Holland, Aimee, Selleck, C., Deupree, J., Hodges, A., Shirey, M., Blakely, K., Plane, L., and Harper, D., (2019). A curriculum to expand rural health care access.  The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, Volume 15, Issue 4;

Walker, Danielle, Howe, C., Dunkery, M., Deupree, J., Cromier, C. (2019). HLKES-2: Revision and evaluation of the health literacy knowledge and experiences scale.  Journal for Nursing Education. 2019, 58(2):86–92. 

Selleck, C., Deupree, J., Hodges, A., Holland, A., Plane, L., Horton, J., & Harper, D. (2018). Meeting healthcare needs in rural Alabama: The power of partnerships. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved. vol. 29 no. 4, 2018, pp. 1177-1187. Project MUSE, http://doi:10.1353/hpu.2018.0089

Deupree, J., (2018). From the bedside to serving on the board: Nurses are changing the face of health care. The Clinical Nurse Specialist.  

Shillam, C., Adams, J., Bryant, D., Deupree, J., Miyamoto, S. & Gregas, M., (2017). The influence imperative: Development of the leadership self-assessment (LISA) instrument.  Nursing Outlook, 

Deupree, J., Okeani, N., Moore, J., Nagaddya, L., Gukamo, C., (2017).  Knowledge gap, perceived barriers and recommendations of HPV in retail clinic settings. Journal of Nurse Practitioners. 

Cooke, C., Deupree, J., Moore, J., & Hites, L. (2015). Improved glycemic control: A health literacy initiative for the military. International Journal of Nursing & Clinical Practice, 2:141. 

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