Amanda Emerson

Amanda Emerson
Assistant Professor
Nursing and Health Studies

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Amanda Emerson earned her PhD in Nursing at the UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies in May 2017 and joined the SoNHS faculty as an Assistant Professor in July 2017. Amanda is a registered nurse (RN) and formerly practiced in the surgical intermediate cardiac care unit at Saint Luke’s Hospital at the Kansas City-Plaza location. As a researcher, most of Amanda’s work is community-based and focuses on cancer prevention in socially marginalized populations, with particular focus on cervical cancer among women who have repeat histories of incarceration, high trauma exposure, and very low income. Amanda has worked with the Sexual Health Empowerment ([S]HE) project, centered at the University of Kansas Medical Center, on interventional research to improve women’s cervical health literacy and increase up-to-date Pap screenings following a short jail incarceration. Currently, Amanda is involved in projects to understand how older adult women perceive and manage sexual health and access care after incarceration; what works to get local health departments and county jails to collaborate to offer HPV vaccination in jails; and how sexual assault nurse examiners (SANEs) coped with providing services during the COVID-19 shut-down and beyond. Amanda has supervised PhD students whose ongoing or completed dissertations evaluated the effects of a brief, empowerment-based Freirean intervention on moral distress and perceived empowerment in critical care nurses; explored experiences of spirituality in parents with adult children diagnosed with schizophrenia; developed theory to describe spiritual coping in persons with terminal heart failure; and explored the role of historical trauma in the perceptions of health and health care of the CHamorus Indigenous People in Guam. Amanda also holds a PhD in English (Brown University, May 2004) for which her scholarship explored how conflicting discourses of equality in late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century (North) American gave shape to an early sense of U.S. national identity. Dr. Emerson is a regular attender of the Penn Valley Society of Friends monthly meeting and Iowa Yearly Meeting (Conservative) and enjoys SKC matches, British mystery shows, swimming, biking, gardening, and, of course, reading.

Selected Publications

Emerson, A. M. (2021). A phenomenological reflection of giving by women in circumstances of material scarcity. Nursing Inquiry. Advance online publication. https://doi: 10.1111/nin.12456.  

Emerson, A., Lipnicky, A., Schuster, B., & Kelly, P. J. (2021). Physical health programs and interventions with women during incarceration: A scoping review. International Journal of Prisoner Health. Accepted August 2021)

Emerson, A., Allison, M., Saldana, L., Kelly, P. J., & Ramaswamy, M. (2021). Collaborating to offer HPV vaccinations in jails: Results from a pre-implementation study in four states. BMC Health Services Research, 21(1), 309.

Emerson, A., Lipnicky, A., Comfort, M., Lorvick, J., Cropsey, K., Smith, S., & Ramaswamy, M. (2021). Health and health service needs: Comparison of older and younger women with criminal−legal involvement in three cities. Journal of Aging Health, 08982643211025443.          

Emerson, A., Allison, M., Kelly, P. J., & Ramaswamy, M. (2020). Barriers and facilitators of implementing a collaborative HPV vaccine program in an incarcerated population: A case study. Vaccine, 38(11), 2566-2571.         

Emerson, A. M., Smith, S., Lee, J., Kelly, P. J., & Ramaswamy, M. (2020). Effectiveness of a Kansas City, jail-based intervention to improve cervical health literacy and screening, one-year post-intervention. American Journal of Health Promotion, 34(1), 87-90.

Emerson, A., Allison, M., & Ramaswamy, M. (2019). Voter registration and jail-incarcerated women: Are justice-involved women civically engaged? Women & Criminal Justice, 1-16.  

Emerson, A., Wickliffe, J., Kelly, P. J., & Ramaswamy, M. (2018). Feminism and bourdieusian social theory in a sexual health empowerment project with incarcerated and recently released women. Social Theory & Health, 17(1), 57-74.      

Emerson, A. M. (2018). Narrative inquiry into shelter-seeking by women with a history of repeated incarceration: Research and nursing practice implications. ANS Advances in Nursing Science, 41(3), 260-274.   

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.             

Mentored Student Publications

Varghese, L., & Emerson, A. (2021). Trauma-informed care in the primary care setting: An evolutionary analysis. (Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, Accepted August 2021)

Elliott, M., Erickson, L., Russell, C. L., Chrisman, M., Gross-Toalson, J. & Emerson, A. (2021). Defining a new normal: A qualitative exploration of the parent experience during the single ventricle congenital heart disease interstage period. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 77(5), 2437-2446. https://doi: 10.1111/jan.14785.

Clark, M., & Emerson, A. M. (2020). Spirituality in psychiatric nursing: A concept analysis. Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, 27(1), 22-32.

Joo-Castro, L., & Emerson, A. M. (2020). Understanding historical trauma for the holistic care of Indigenous populations: A scoping review. Journal of Holistic Nursing. Online ahead of print. 10.1177/0898010120979135.

Erickson, L. A., Emerson, A., & Russell, C. L. (2020). Parental mobile health adherence to symptom home monitoring for infants with congenital heart disease during the single ventricle interstage period: A concept analysis. Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing, 25(4), e12303.

Bevan, N., & Emerson, A. (2020). Freirean conscientization with critical care nurses to reduce moral distress and increase perceived empowerment: A pilot study. Advances in Nursing Science, 43(3).