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Mississippi Centre for Evidenced-Based Practice: A JBI Centre of Excellence and US Cochrane Affiliate


The Mississippi Centre for Evidenced-Based Practice, a Centre of Excellence of the JBI, University of Adelaide, Australia, is located within the UMMC School of Nursing. The Centre of Excellence promotes the mission of JBI and engages both academic and practice associates in evidence generation, synthesis, transfer, and utilization.


The UMMC Centre of Excellence began these national and international partnerships in 2015 to provide access to robust, evidence-based practice and research tools for faculty, students, and community partners. The UMMC Centre of Excellence provides an opportunity for vibrant, collaborative learning and research by faculty and students through interaction with real world, health-care practice problems.

The School of Nursing is affiliated with more than 400 hospitals, community-health centers, health departments, mental-health facilities, private-practice clinics, community clinics, and schools, offering students extensive opportunity for interdisciplinary collaboration in clinical practice and research. All educational programs offered at the UMMC School of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.


The UMMC Centre of Excellence contributes to the production of valid Systematic Reviews through its faculty scholars and DNP students, as well as scholars in the practice community. The existing relationships with our practice partners build awareness of the JBI products and services within the UMMC Centre of Excellence community of interest. An established history of online graduate program offerings expands the potential reach of the UMMC Centre of Excellence beyond geographic boundaries. 

The UMMC Centre of Excellence also collaborates with our clinical partners through an Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) Fellowship that brings together nurses from various practice sites to learn technique to infuse evidence-based practice into their own settings. During the Fellowship, each EBP Fellow selects a project designed to solve a clinical problem or question in his or her institution. This Fellowship furthers the work of the UMMC Centre of Excellence by facilitating evidence-based practice and research in the practice setting.

JBI Comprehensive Systematic Review Training Program

JBI website

JBI Evidence Synthesis Journal

An International Educational Training Course for Conducting Systematic Reviews in Health Care: JBI’s Comprehensive Systematic Review Training Program (article – external link)

Convener and deputy directors

  • Robin Christian, DNP, APRN, FNP-C
    UMMC School of Nursing
    (601) 984-6253
  • Michelle Palokas, DNP, RN-CPN
    Deputy director
    Associate Professor
    Director, DNP Program
    UMMC School of Nursing
    (601) 815-4161