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College of Nursing

Faculty and Staff

Demetrius A. Abshire, PhD, RN

Title: Assistant Professor
College of Nursing
Phone: 803-576-6262
Fax: 803-777-9268

College of Nursing
University of South Carolina
1601 Greene Street, Room 627
Columbia, SC 29208-4001 
United States 



Dr. Abshire graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Nursing with a BSN in 2006, an MSN in 2009, and a PhD in Nursing in 2014.


Dr. Abshire teaches Nursing 212: Evolution of Nursing Science at the University of South Carolina. He has previously taught classes on culture and diversity, research and evidence-based practice, program planning and evaluation, and foundations for professional nursing. 


Rural health, obesity, physical activity, nutrition, psychosocial determinants of health 


Dr. Abshire has presented his research at local, regional, and national conferences including the Southern Nursing Research Society, the Western Institute of Nursing, and the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions. 

Professional Service

Dr. Abshire serves as a peer reviewer for multiple journals including:

  • The Journal of Transcultural Nursing
  • The American Journal of Men’s Health
  • The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
  • The Journal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing 

He is a member of professional organizations including:

  • The American Heart Association
  • Sigma Theta Tau International 

Professional Practice

Dr. Abshire’s clinical experience includes neurosurgical intensive care nursing and stroke rehabilitation nursing. 

Research Studies (Selected) 

The Rural-Urban Obesity Disparity: Do Psychosocial and Environmental Factors Matter? Washington State University Faculty Seed Grant Program-$30,000. 2017-2018. Principal Investigator. 

Support Systems in Accelerated Nursing Programs: Gender-Based Perspectives and Impact on Academic Outcomes. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing-$3,000, 2016-2017. Co-Principal Investigator. 

Transitioning into the Community after Hospitalization: Improving Physical and Psychosocial Well-Being through Self-Management of Physical Activity in Patients with Cardiovascular Disease. Empire Health Foundation 2016 Rural Aging Responsive Grant Cycle- $10,000, 2016-2017. Co-Principal Investigator. 

Regional differences in cardiovascular disease risk factors among emerging adults attending college in Kentucky. Delta Psi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Research Award-$1,800; SAHA Award for Cardiovascular Research and Education: Nursing Student with UK HealthCare Award-$1,000, 2012-2014. Principal Investigator. 

Bridging the gap to quality care: The ISAT initiative for nursing faculty. Health Resources and Services Administration - $101,465.00, 2009-2011. Co-Investigator. 

Crafting the ultimate faculty simulation experience. Health Resources and Services Administration-$90,111.00, 2009-2013. Co-Investigator. 

Publications (selected) 

Abshire, D.A., Mudd-Martin, G., Moser, D.K., & Lennie, T.A. (in press). Comparing measures of general and abdominal adiposity as predictors of blood pressure in college students. Journal of American College Health.

Abshire, D.A., Lennie, T.A., Chung, M.L., Biddle, M.J., Barbosa-Leiker, C., & Moser, D.K. (in press). Body mass index category moderates the relationship between depressive symptoms and diet quality in overweight and obese rural-dwelling adults. Journal of Rural Health.

Abshire, D.A., Lennie, T.A., Mudd-Martin, G.T., & Moser, D.K. (2017). Residing in economically distressed rural Appalachia is independently associated with excess body weight in college students. Rural and Remote Health, 17, 3984.

Abshire, D. A., Moser, D, K., Clasey, J. L., Chung, M. L., Pressler, S. J., Dunbar, S. B., Heo, S., & Lennie, T. A. Body composition and bone mineral density in patients with heart failure. Western Journal of Nursing Research. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/0193945916658885.

Wu, J.R., Lee, K. S., Dekker, R.D., Welsh, J.D., Song, E.K., Abshire, D.A., Lennie, T.A., & Moser, D.K. (2017). Prehospital delay, precipitants of admission, and length of hospital stay in patients with exacerbation of heart failure. American Journal of Critical Care, 26(1), 62-69.

Abshire, D. A., Lennie, T. A., Moser, D. K., & Mudd-Martin, G. T. (2016). Perceptions related to cardiovascular disease risk in Caucasian college males. American Journal of Men’s Health, 10(6), NP136-NP144. doi: 10.1177/1557988315590836.

Welsh, D., Lennie, T.A., Marcinek, R., Biddle, M.J., Abshire, D., Bentley, B., & Moser, D.K. (2013). Low-sodium diet self-management intervention in heart failure: Pilot study results. European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 12(1), 87-95. doi: 10.1177/1474515111435604.

Burkhart, P., Rayens, M., Oakley, M., Abshire, D., & Zhang, M. (2007). Testing an intervention to promote children’s adherence to asthma self-management. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 39(2), 133-140. doi: 10.1111/j.1547-5069.2007.00158.x.

Burkhart, P., & Abshire, D. (2005). Children’s self-reports of physical activity as a trigger for asthma episodes. International Review of Asthma, 7(1), 46-52. 

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