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College of Nursing

Faculty and Staff

Curisa Tucker, PhD, RN

Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Biobehavioral Health & Nursing Science
College of Nursing
Phone: 803-777-5706
Office: College of Nursing
University of South Carolina
1601 Greene Street, Room 612
Columbia, SC 29208-4001 
United States
Curisa Tucker


Dr. Tucker received a BA in Biology from the College of Charleston in 2005. She received an AD in Nursing Science from Cabarrus College of Health Sciences in Concord, NC in 2009. In 2015, she received a Master’s degree in nursing education from Excelsior College. In 2021, she received a PhD in Nursing Science from the University of South Carolina, College of Nursing. After receiving her doctorate, Dr. Tucker received additional research training as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University, School of Medicine with a focus in perinatal epidemiology and maternal health disparities. 


She was previously a faculty member at Midlands Technical College, where she taught maternal nursing and pharmacology in the Associates Degree in Nursing program. 


Her research interests are centered around maternal health equity, social determinants of health, maternal mortality and severe maternal morbidity.


Dr. Tucker has presented at local and national meetings, some of which include the Society for Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiologic Research, Society for Epidemiologic Research and Sigma Nursing. 

Professional Service

 Dr. Tucker is a member of the following organizations: 

  • Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science
  • Society for Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiologic Research
  • Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses

Professional Practice

Dr. Tucker has practiced as an RN in labor & delivery and postpartum for 10 years.

Research Studies (selected)

Examining disparities and trends in postpartum readmission rates.  NIH/NINR Loan Repayment Program. 07/01/2022-06/30/2024. Principal Investigator. 

Publications (selected)

Tucker, C.M., Bell, N., Corbett, C.L., Lyndon, A., Felder, T.M. (2023). Investigating the impact of patient-centered medical homes on racial disparities in severe maternal morbidities using Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Data. Women's Health (London), 19,
Gao, X., Snowden, J. M., Tucker, C. M., Allen, A., Morello-Frosch, R., Abrams, B., Carmichael, S. L., & Mujahid, M. S. (2023). Remapping racial and ethnic inequities in severe maternal morbidity: The legacy of redlining in California. Paediatric and perinatal epidemiology, 37(5), 379–389.
Wickersham, K.E., Dawson, R.M., Becker, K.P., Everhart, K.C., Miles, H.S., Schultz, B.E., Tucker, C.M., Wright, P. J., & Jenerette, C. M. (2022). Experiences of African Americans Living with Sickle Cell Disease. Journal of Transcultural Nursing, 10436596211070600.
Bovbjerg, M.L., Tucker, C.M., & Pillai, S. (2022). Current Resources for Evidence-Based Practice, March 2022. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing, 51(2), 225-237.
Felder T.M., Cayir E., Nkwonta, C.A., Tucker C.M., Harris, E.H., Jackson, J.R. A Mixed-Method Feasibility Study of Breastfeeding Attitudes among Southern African Americans. Western Journal of Nursing Research. September 2021. doi:10.1177/01939459211045431.


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