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College of Nursing

Faculty and Staff

Robin Dawson, PhD, RN, CPNP-PC

Title: Associate Professor/Interim Associate Dean for Academics and Accreditation
Department: Biobehavioral Health & Nursing Science
College of Nursing
Phone: (803) 777-4889
Fax: (803) 777- 9268

College of Nursing 
University of South Carolina 
1601 Greene Street, Room 214
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 teaches health sciences and research methods courses for the College of Nursing and the SC Honors College. She also 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 

Creed, J., Dawson, R.M., Pate, L., Gibbs, S. Scott, A. & Bowers, T. (2023). Innovative Strategies to Enhance DNP and PhD Faculty Collaboration. Sigma: Creating Healthy Work Environments 2023 (Podium presentation).

Dawson, R., Catledge, C., Scott, A., Pate, L., & Vereen, G. (2022, July). Hepatitis B immunity among undergraduate nursing students and alignment with best practices. Sigma 33rd International Nursing Research Congress, Edinburgh, Scotland (Podium presentation). 

*Patel, K., *Rugh, K., Dawson, R., Raynor, P., & Corbett, C. (2022, July). Early healthcare communication skills training in an undergraduate honors laboratory course. Sigma 33rd International Nursing Research Congress, Edinburgh, Scotland (Podium presentation). 

Dawson, R.M. & Richardson, J. (2022, Jun).  School nurses and asthma care in the Southeastern United States. [Podium]. Association of Community Health Nursing Educators Annual Institute, Alexandria, Va.
*Harper, T., Dawson, R.M., & Jenerette, C. (2021, Oct.). Mapping transition in sickle cell disease to Meleis’ Transition Theory: A scoping review. Nursing in Sickle Cell Disease Symposium: Advancing the Science of Sickle Cell Disease. (Podium presentation).

Dawson, R.M., Gibbs, S., Davis, V., Murillo, C., Lawrence, M.K., Mele, C., *Kovach, B., & *LaRosa, L. (2021, Oct.). A sociolinguistic, simulation-based approach to teaching culturally respectful communication. Transcultural Nursing Society 47th Annual Conference, Albuquerque, N.M. (Podium presentation).

Kell, A. & Dawson, R.M. (2021, Oct.). Promoting culturally sensitive care for limited English proficiency patients through interpreter use: A targeted literature review. Transcultural Nursing Society 47th Annual Conference, Albuquerque, N.M. (Poster presentation).

Gibbs, S., Davis, V., Mele, C., Murillo, C., Lawrence, K., & Dawson, R.M. (2020, Jun.). “I felt the connection”: A qualitative exploration of standardized patients’ experiences in a delivering bad news scenario. International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation & Learning Annual Conference, Raleigh, NC. (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 Sigma Theta Tau and is the current Vice President of the Association of Community Health Nursing Educators.     

University Service
Pearce Faculty Fellow (SCHC)                                                                                                         2020-2022
mHealth workgroup                                                                                                                           2015-present
Women’s and Gender Studies affiliate faculty                                                                      2014-present
Migrations workshop                                                                                                                        2014-present 

Community Service
Lancaster County Health and Wellness Commission                                                       2019-present
The Children’s Council, Baby Blocks                                                                                          2018-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
South Carolina's Initiative to Address COVID-19 Health Disparities Among Populations at High-Risk And Underserved, Including Racial and Ethnic Minority Populations and Rural Communities. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Award No. 1 NH75OT000099-01-00 $4,897,232; 06/01/2021-05/31/2023. Nolan, M. (PI); Boehme, H. and Dawson, R.M. (co-Is). 

A Patient-Centered Asthma Management Communication Intervention for Rural Latino Children. NHLBI/NIH (1 K23 HL133596-01A1) - $722,424. 8/15/2017- 07/31/2023. Estrada, R.D. (PI). Mentors: Heiney, Messias, Ownby. 

Exploring Patients' Use of Mobile Health Applications to Manage Multiple Chronic Conditions: A Qualitative Study. UofSC VP for Research - ASPIRE-I - $15,000. 07/01/2020-06/30/2021. Donevant, S. & Dawson, R.M. (Co-PIs).

Completed research support
The Feasibility of a Linguistic Pedagogical Approach to Teaching Communication Skills to Advanced Practice Nurses. USC College of Nursing Office of Research - $4,912. 6/2018-6/2019. Mele, C., Estrada, R.D. (Co-PI), Graham, C., Davis, V., & Gibbs, S. (Co-I).

Qualitative Exploration of Future and Current Nurses Perceptions and Experiences on the Transition into the Nursing Workforce. USC VP for Research – ASPIRE I. $15,000, 5/2018-8/2019. Wirth, M. & Estrada, R.D. (co-I).

Publications (selected)

Cayir, E. Felder, T.M, Nkwonta, C. Jackson, J.R., & Dawson, R.M. (2022). Discovering new connections: Insights from individual and collective reflexivity in a mixed methods study. International Journal of Qualitative Methods. DOI: 10.1177/16094069221105707/ ID: IJQM-21-0400.R2)

*Horton Dias, C.E., Dawson, R.M., Harris, D. M., Wirth, M. D., & Abshire, D. A. (2022). Foods and beverages available to nurses in hospital cafeterias, vending machines, and gift shops. American Journal of Health Promotion: AJHP, 8901171221089620. Advance online publication.

Wickersham, K. E., Dawson, R. M., *Becker, K. P., *Everhart, K. C., *Miles, H. S., *Schultz, B. E., . . . Jenerette, C. M. (2022). Experiences of African Americans living with sickle cell disease. Journal of Transcultural Nursing, 0(0), 10436596211070600. doi:10.1177/10436596211070600 

*Wright, P. J.; Corbett, C. F.; Pinto, B.M.; Dawson, R. M.; and Wirth, M. (2021) Resistance training as therapeutic management in women with PCOS: What is the evidence? International Journal of Exercise Science: 14(3), 840 - 854. Available at:

Dawson, R.M., Lawrence, M.K., Gibbs, S., Davis, V., Mele, C., & Murillo, C. (2021). “I felt the connection”: A qualitative exploration of standardized patients’ experiences in a delivering bad news scenario. Clinical Simulation in Nursing.

*Horton Dias, C., Dawson, R.M., Abshire, D., Harris, D., & Wirth, M.D. (2021). Free food at work: A concept analysis. Workplace Health and Safety. 69(6), 277–289. PMID: 33845694

Owens, O.L., Dawson, R.M., & Thompson, T.L. (2020). Development of the Prostate Cancer Treatment Decision Framework: A context specific expansion of the Risk as Feelings Hypothesis. Cancer Nursing. doi: 10.1097/NCC.0000000000000918. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33332918

*West, S.J, Dawson, R.M., Wirth, M.D., & Catledge, C. (2020). Obstructive sleep apnea in adults. American Nurse Today. 15(9),
Dawson R.M., Heiney SP, Messias DKH, & Ownby D. (2020). A patient-centered asthma management communication intervention for rural Latino children. JMIR Research Protocols. PMID: 33258784 PMCID: PMC7738259 DOI: 10.2196/18977

*Scott, A., Dawson, R. M., Mitchell, S., & Catledge, C. (2020). Simulation-based interprofessional education in a rural setting. Nursing Education Perspectives, 41(3):187-189. doi:10.1097/01.NEP.0000000000000461

*Nkwonta, C.A, Dawson, R.M., & Adegboyega, A. (2020) “I don’t think I have a chance to get it”: International      university student HPV knowledge and preventive behaviors. Journal of American College Health. doi: 10.1080/07448481.2020.1740232. PMID: 32240076 PMCID: PMC7529732 [Epub ahead of print]

Worthy, K., Dawson, R.M., & Tavakoli, A.S. (2020). Relationships among nursing deans’ leadership styles and faculty job satisfaction levels. Journal of Nursing Education, 59(2):68-75. doi: 10.3928/01484834-20200122-03

*Wright, P., Dawson, R.M., & Corbett, C. (2020). Social construction of biopsychosocial and medical experiences of women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. Journal of Advanced Nursing, (76)7, 1728-1736.

*Horton Dias, C., & Dawson, R. M. (2020). Hospital and shift work influences on nurses' dietary behaviors: A qualitative study. Workplace Health & Safety, 68(8), 374–383.

Dawson, R.M., Felder, T.M., Donevant, S.B., McDonnell, K.K., Card, E., Campbell, C., & Heiney, S.P. (2020). What makes a good health “app”? Identifying the strengths and limitations of existing mobile application evaluation tools. Nursing Inquiry, 27(2), e12333. doi:10.1111/nin.12333

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 & Health, 1-20. doi:10.1080/13557858.2019.1606165

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

*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.

*Donevant, S.B., Messias, D.K.H., & Estrada, R. (2018). Utilization of mobile applications in collaborative patient-provider monitoring of chronic health conditions: An examination of three theoretical frameworks to guide practice. Journal of Informatics Nursing, 3(2), 6-11.

*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

Newsome, B., McDonnell, K.K., Hucks, J.R. & Dawson Estrada, R. (2018). Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: Clinical implications for patients with lung cancer. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, 22(2), 184-192. doi: 10.1188/18.CJON.184-192

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.

*Lawrence, M.K., Estrada, R.D. & McCormick, J. (2017). Teachers’ experiences with and perceptions of students with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 36, 141-148.

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

Estrada, R.D. & Messias, D.K.H. (2015). A scoping review of the National CLAS standards literature: Focus and application patterns. Journal of Healthcare for the Poor and Underserved,26(4), 1089-1109.

Estrada, R.D., Reynolds, J. & Messias, D.K.H. (2015).  A conversation analysis of verbal interactions and social processes in interpreter-mediated primary care encounters. Research in Nursing and Health, 38(4), 278-288.

McDowell, L., Messias, D.K.H. & Estrada, R.D. (2011). The work of language interpretation in health care: Complex, challenging, exhausting, and often invisible. Journal of Transcultural Nursing, 22(2), 137-147.

Messias, D.K.H., McDowell, L. & Estrada, R.D. (2009). Language interpretation as social justice work: Perspectives of formal and informal healthcare interpreters. Advances in Nursing Science, 32(2), 128-143.


*indicates student; publications prior to 2019 as Estrada, R.D.

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