Amanda Emerson, Ph.D., RN

Assistant Professor

Phone: 816-235-5960



Dr. Emerson graduated from the UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies PhD program in May 2017 and joined the SoNHS faculty in July 2017 as a tenure-track assistant professor teaching in the PhD program. Dr. Emerson’s research is interventional and community-based and focuses on the promotion of sexual health and prevention of human papillomavirus-linked cancers (cervical, oropharyngeal, vaginal, penile, anal) in socially marginalized populations, including persons with repeat histories of incarceration, high trauma exposure, and very low income. She has worked since 2014 on the Sexual Health Empowerment ([S]HE) project, a longitudinal study based at the University of Kansas Medical Center to improve women’s cervical health literacy and increase Pap screening following a short jail incarceration. For her dissertation, Dr. Emerson conducted a qualitative analysis of story-based interviews with a subsample of women in the SHE study to understand how women with histories of incarceration perceive and manage interpersonal relationships in ways that contribute to or detract from health and safety. Currently, Dr. Emerson is developing a brief, multi-modal intervention to increase HPV vaccination in young adult women and men with extremely low income. Dr. Emerson also holds a PhD in English (Brown University, May 2004) for which her scholarship involved understanding how conflicting discourses of equality in late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century (North) American writing helped authors construct an early sense of national identity. Dr. Emerson enjoys SKC matches, British mystery shows, running, biking, drawing, and, of course, reading.

Nursing and Health Publications

Emerson, A. M. Narrative inquiry into shelter-seeking by women with a history of repeated incarceration: Research and nursing practice implications. Advances in Nursing Science, 41(3), 260-274. doi:10.1097/ANS.0000000000000216

Emerson, A. M. (2018). Strategizing and fatalizing: Self and other in the trauma narratives of justice-involved women. Qualitative Health Research, 28(6), 873-887. doi:10.1177/1049732318758634

Emerson, A. M., Carroll, H. F., & Ramaswamy, M. Education level as a predictor of condom use in jail-incarcerated women, with fundamental-cause analysis. Public Health Nursing, 35(4), 273-280. doi:10.1111/phn.12514

Emerson, A. M., Wickliffe, J., Kelly, P. J., & Ramaswamy, M. Feminism and bourdieusian social theory in a sexual health empowerment project with incarcerated and recently released women. Social Theory & Health, (2018), 1-18. doi:10.1057/s41285-018-0068-3

Emerson, A. M., & Kelly, P. J. (2016). Translate nursing values into community action. Public Health Nursing, 33(4), 275-276.

Kelly, P. J., Emerson, A. M., Fair, C., Ramaswamy, M. (23 July 2018). Assessing fidelity: balancing methodology and reality in jail interventions. BMC Women’s Health, 18(127): 1-7. doi:0.1186/s12905-018-0617-x

Ramaswamy, M., & Emerson, A. M. (2016, November 6). Researchers register voters in county jails. Racism Review.

Ramaswamy, M., Lee, J., Wickliffe, J., Allison, M., Emerson, A., & Kelly, P. J. (2017). Impact of a brief intervention on cervical health literacy: A waitlist control study with jailed women. Preventive Medicine Reports, 6, 314-321. doi:10.1016/j.pmedr.2017.04.003

Wickliffe, J., Kelly, P. J., Allision, M., Emerson, A., & Ramaswamy, M. Retention strategies in working with justice-involved women. Journal of Correctional Health Care (Accepted for publication, April 2018).