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  • Jennifer C. Robinson, PhD, RN, CNE, FAHA


    Professor of Nursing
    Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship





    Dr. Jennifer C. Robinson joined the faculty in 2008 following completion of a two-year, post-doctoral research fellowship at the University of Michigan. During her post-doctoral training, she focused on developing her program of research in physical activity, health disparities and investigating the effect of neighborhood on individual health and health-related behaviors. She earned a PhD in Nursing degree from the University of Mississippi; an Master of Science in Nursing degree (adult health with nursing education focus) from the University of Southern Mississippi; a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Southeastern Louisiana University; and a diploma from Charity Hospital School of Nursing.

    Robinson's research has been in physical activity; geographic information systems to investigate spatial and built environmental influences; and environmental and social context. In 2004, she was awarded an individual Ruth Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) from the National Institute of Nursing Research and the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities for two years to complete her dissertation research. Her dissertation was titled, "Physical Activity as a Function of Social Status and Neighborhood Context.

    She also received funding under a National Institute of Child Health and Human Development training award to study geographic information systems (GIS) for population scientists. She received several grants including an intramural University of Michigan School of Nursing pilot grant to conduct focus groups, photovoice and environmental location assessment using a global positioning system (GPS) in the field, as well as a University of Mississippi School of Nursing grant to utilize additional GIS-based programs to map community resources for older adults in Mississippi. Robinson was also an investigator in the Deep South Network for Cancer Control, a collaborative project with University of Alabama at Birmingham. She also served as the co-study director for outreach and partnerships for the National Children's Study, Hinds County, Mississippi study location and is currently the Assistant Director of Community Engaged Research (CEnR) and the CEnR Institute under the Professional Development Core for the Mississippi Center for Clinical and Translational Research (MCCTR). She also conducts research on factors affecting physical activity in youth, aimed at promoting better health and reducing childhood obesity.

    Robinson teaches in the graduate programs, primarily in the PhD of Nursing program. She serves as the associate dean for research and scholarship in the School of Nursing and is responsible for research and scholarship activities within the SON, managing the Office of Research and Scholarship and representing the school's research interests campus-wide. Part of her role is mentoring faculty and students to develop manuscripts for publication and write grants for intramural and extramural submission.

    She is an active member of the American Heart Association, Southern Nurses Association, Mississippi Nurses Association, American College of Sports Medicine, International Society for Physical Activity and Health and Sigma Theta Tau International.

    Research overview

    Robinson's program of research is in physical activity and neighborhood context. Much of her work has been investigating the effects of physical activity and neighborhood context on cardiovascular disease, cancer, obesity and health disparities based on geographic location and social determinants of health. Much of her research utilizes a geographic information system (GIS) to spatially locate individuals within neighborhoods and communities. She often uses advanced statistical methods including multilevel statistical modeling to investigate the contribution of individual and neighborhood level factors on outcomes.