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Robin Dawson, PhD, RN, CPNP-PC

Title: Director, Smart Start Nursing Program and Assistant Professor
College of Nursing
Phone: (803) 576-6021
Fax: (803) 777- 9268

College of Nursing 
University of South Carolina 
1601 Greene Street, Room 623
Columbia, SC 29208-4001 
United States



Dr. Dawson completed her BSN in 1988 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She received her MSN-PNP, also from UNC-CH, in 1996. In 2012 she completed a graduate certificate in Women's and Gender Studies from the University of South Carolina. She received a PhD in Nursing Science from the University of South Carolina in 2014.


Dr. Dawson has a background in pediatric primary care clinical teaching for nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and medical students. She has taught the following courses during her time at the University of South Carolina:  

Research Methods
NURS 813 Nursing Research Methods III (Qualitative Research Methods)
NURS 790 Research Methods for Nursing
NURS 791 Seminar in Clinical Research 

Honors College
SCHC 279 Introduction to Nursing Research: Honors 
SCHC 284 – Introduction to Clinical Laboratory Science: Honors

Vulnerable Populations 
NURS 505 Caring for Limited English Proficient Patients  

Women’s Health
WGST 113 Women and Their Bodies in Health and Disease 


Dr. Dawson’s scholarship builds on over two decades of clinical experience as a certified pediatric nurse practitioner in rural South Carolina. Her multi-level program of research is focused on understanding the context and processes of communication, as well as the development of practical and innovative interventions designed to facilitate optimal patient-provider communication. She uses use the intersection of rurality and childhood asthma to explore three specific areas of communication research: language discordance, technology-based interventions, and health care provider communication skills.


Professional Presentations 

Dawson, R.M., Messias, D.K.H., Richardson, J., & Alleyne, W. (2019, Oct.). Cultural and linguistic adaptation of an asthma-management mobile application: Translation process and preliminary evaluation. 45th Annual Conference of the Transcultural Nursing Society in Richmond, Va. (Panel presentation).

Williams, A.P. & Dawson, R.M. (2019, Apr.). The Carbon Monoxide Blitz Model – Engaging the community. South Carolina Public Health Association Annual Conference “Advocacy: The Voice of Public Health for Today and the Future”, Myrtle Beach, SC. (Podium presentation). 

Williams, A.P. & Estrada, R.D. (2018, Nov). Nursing leadership: Statewide collaboration providing rapid detection carbon monoxide monitors to EMS departments. American Public Health Association Annual Meeting and Expo, San Diego, Ca. (Podium presentation).

Estrada, R.D. & Messias, D.K.H. (2018, May). Applied Conversation Analysis with Dyadic Interview Data.  Fourteenth International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, Urbana, Ill. (Podium presentation). 

Estrada, R.D., McDaniel, M., & Wronski, R. (2018, Mar.) Epidemiology and Distribution of non-transported Pediatric Respiratory Distress EMS Calls in South Carolina. 32nd Annual Conference of the Southern Nursing Research Society, Atlanta, Ga. (Podium presentation).

Professional, University, and Community Service

Dr. Dawson has reviewed for Advances in Nursing Science, Hispanic Health Care International, Journal of Rural Health, Qualitative Health Research, and Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy. She is a member of the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science, the American Academy of Communication in Health Care, Sigma Theta Tau, the SC Asthma Alliance, the American Thoracic Society, the Association of Community Health Nurse Educators, and the Southern Nursing Research Society.      

University Service
Think S.M.A.R.T.-E initiative                                                                                                               2016-present
mHealth workgroup                                                                                                                           2015-present
Women’s and Gender Studies affiliate faculty                                                                      2014-present
Migrations workshop                                                                                                                        2014-present 

Community Service
J. Marion Sims Foundation - Consultant on community health indicators            2016-present
SC Carbon Monoxide Safety Consortium                                                                               2015-present
Lancaster County Early Identification & Referral Initiative                                            2014-present

Professional Practice

Dr. Dawson is a board certified pediatric nurse practitioner with many years of primary care practice in Lancaster, SC.

Research Studies 

Current research support

A Patient-Centered Asthma Management Communication Intervention for Rural Latino Children. NHLBI/NIH (1 K23 HL133596-01A1) - $722,424. 8/15/2017- 07/31/2022. Estrada, R.D. (PI). Mentors: Heiney, Messias, Ownby. 

Parental and Child Perceptions of Body Mass Index. USC College of Nursing Office of Research - $5,000. 6/2017-6/2018. Ribar, A., Estrada, R.D. (Co-PIs). Investigator: Cox, M.F.  

Experiences of rural southeastern Latino parents of children with asthma. USC VP for Research – ASPIRE I - $15,000. 5/2015-10/2017. Estrada, R.D. (PI). Investigators: Heiney, S., Messias, D.K.H.

Completed research support
Health Disparities Faculty Cyber-Mentoring FellowshipRural Health Research Institute, Georgia Southern University - $1,500. 5/2015-5/2017. Estrada, R.D. (Fellow); Dr. D. Parra-Medina (mentor).  

Vulnerable Populations Research Grant. USC College of Nursing - $10,000. 10/14 – 10/16. PI.

Evaluation of lung capacity utilizing serial peak flow results in student from 6-12 grades participating in band and implications for asthma outcomes. USC Lancaster - $7,725.42. Catledge, C. (PI); Estrada, R.D. (consultant).

Publications (selected)

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Owens, O.L., Estrada, R.M., Johnson, K., Cogdell, M., Fried, D.B., Gansauer, L., & Kim, S. (2019). “I’m not a chance taker”: A mixed methods exploration of factors affecting prostate cancer treatment decision-making. Ethnicity and Health, 1-20. doi:10.1080/13557858.2019.1606165

Abshire, D.A., Graves, J.M. & Dawson, R.M. (2019) Rural-urban differences in college students’ cardiovascular risk perceptions. Journal of American College Health, DOI: 10.1080/07448481.2019.1577866     

Dawson, R.M., Williams, A.P., & Richardson, J. (2019). Development and Evaluation of a Theory based

Approach to Reducing Carbon Monoxide (CO) Morbidity and Mortality:  The CO Blitz Model. Journal of Community Health Nursing, 36(3), 115-123. doi: 10.1080/07370016.2019.1630967

Scott, A., Dawson, R. M., Mitchell, S., & Catledge, C. (9000). Simulation-Based Interprofessional Education in a Rural Setting: The Development and Evaluation of a “Remote-In” Telehealth Scenario. Nursing Education Perspectives, Publish Ahead of Print. doi:10.1097/01.nep.0000000000000461

Donevant, S. B., Estrada, R. D., Culley, J. M., Habing, B., & Adams, S. A. (2018). Exploring app features with outcomes in mHealth studies involving chronic respiratory diseases, diabetes, and hypertension: a targeted exploration of the literature. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, 25(10), 1407-1418. doi:10.1093/jamia/ocy10

Donevant, S.B.. Messias, D.K.H., & Estrada, R. (2018). A theoretical framework to guide the use of mobile applications in collaborative patient-provider monitoring of chronic health conditions. Journal of Informatics Nursing, 3(2), 6-11. 

McDonnell, K. K., Estrada, R. D., Dievendorf, A. C., *Blew, L., Sercy, E., Khan, S., . . . Eberth, J. M. (2018). Lung cancer screening: Practice guidelines and insurance coverage are not enough. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, Online Now. doi:10.1097/jxx.0000000000000096

Lawrence, K., Messias, D. K. H., Estrada, R. D., & Long, V. (2018). Peer Teaching in High-Fidelity Simulation: Participant Experiences and Reflections. Nurse Educator, 43(6), 312-316. doi:10.1097/nne.0000000000000540

Estrada, R.D. & Messias, D.K.H. (2017). Language Co-Construction and Collaboration in Interpreter-Mediated Primary Care Encounters with Hispanic Adults. Journal of Transcultural Nursing. 1043659617747523. doi:10.1177/1043659617747523 

Felder, T.M., Estrada, R.D., Quinn, J., Hayne, P., Phillips, K., Heiney, S. (2017). Expectations and reality: Perceptions of support among African American breast cancer survivors. Ethnicity and Health. 1-17.

Carpenter D.M., Estrada R.D., Roberts C.A., Elio A., Prendergast M., Durbin K., Jones G.C., North S. (2017). Urban-Rural differences in school nurses’ asthma training needs and access to asthma resources. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 36, 157-162. 

Estrada, R.D. & Ownby, D. (2017). Rural asthma: Current understanding of prevalence, patterns, and interventions for children and adolescents. Current Allergy and Asthma Reports, 17(37). doi:10.1007/s11882-017-0704-3 

Nitsos, A., Estrada, R. D., & Messias, D. K. H. (2017). Tummy Time for Latinos With Limited English Proficiency: Evaluating the Feasibility of a Cultural and Linguistically Adapted Parent Education Intervention. Journal of Pediatric Nursing: Nursing Care of Children and Families, 36, 31-36. doi:10.1016/j.pedn.2017.04.004 

Messias, D.K.H.  & Estrada, R.D. (2017, co-first authors). Patterns of Communication Technology Utilization for Health Information among Hispanics in South Carolina: Implications for Health Equity. Health Equity, 1(1), 35-42, doi: 10.1089/heq.2016.0013 


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