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Dr. Phyllis Sharps Promoted to Professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing


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Posted: 4/11/2007

Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing (JHUSON) faculty member Phyllis W. Sharps, PhD, RN, FAAN, has been promoted to the rank of Professor.

Sharps, who is the Chair of the JHUSON Community and Public Health Department, has been a member of the school’s faculty since 2001 and has served as Director of the Master’s Program (2002-2006) and Co-Director of the Minority Global Health Disparities Research Training (MHIRT) Program (2005 -2009).

“I am honored by the School’s recognition and support for my scholarship, research, teaching, and service. This promotion reinforces my commitment and dedication to nursing education and my passion for working with the School’s outstanding students and faculty, “says Sharps.

Sharps’ academic nursing career has focused on creating tomorrow’s nurse leaders. Her research targets underserved audiences and she currently is the principal investigator of a multi-million dollar National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) community-based study aimed at helping at risk pregnant women and their infants.

Her research and academic interests include perinatal health, domestic violence, infant mortality, parenting, and women’s health in community settings, specifically reproductive and mental health. Her recent work in nursing practice has included examining factors related to high-risk pregnancies and infant mortality, such as utilization of prenatal care, low birth weight infants, intimate partner abuse, depression, self-esteem and parenting practices.

“The School of Nursing is pleased to offer Dr. Sharps this promotion to full professor,” says Dean Martha N. Hill, PhD, RN, FAAN. “She is a national and international leader in intimate partner violence research, has been at the forefront of the school’s community and public health research programs, and contributes significantly and continuously to our mission of preparing leaders for nursing’s future.”