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Faculty and Staff

Robin Dawson, PhD, RN, CPNP-PC

Title: Associate 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 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 

Gibbs, S., Davis, V., Mele, C., Murillo, C., Lawrence, K., & Dawson, R.M. (2020). “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).

Dawson, R.M., Wirth, M., & Alleyne, W. (2020). Relationships between insulin levels and measures of lung function in adolescent children. American Thoracic Society Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

Jenerette, C., Wickersham, K.E., Dawson, R., & Murillo, C. (2020, Sept.). Simulation in Ph.D. Programs (SiPP©) to cultivate social justice advocates. The Environments Impact on Health at Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science 2020 State of the Science Congress on Nursing Research (ePoster at virtual conference).

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).

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
Pearce Faculty Fellow (SCHC)                                                                                                         2020-present
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
Arras Foundation                                                                                                                               2016-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. 

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)

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

Dawson, R.M., Heiney, S.P., Messias, D.K.H., & Ownby, D. (2020). A Patient-Centered Asthma Management Communication Intervention for Rural Latino Children. JMIR Research Protocols. doi: 10.2196/18977

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. [Epub ahead of print]

Horton Dias, C. & Dawson, R.M. (2020). Hospital and shift work influences on nurses’ dietary behaviors: A qualitative study. Workplace Health & Safety.  doi: 10.1177/2165079919890351. [Epub ahead of print]

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

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.

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