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Jo A Dowell, Ph.D., APRN, CNP, PNP, FNP-BC, CFNE

College of Nursing
Assistant Professor
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Tuesdays 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. by appointment
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I am nurse research scientist that the focus is on the triadic relationship during a clinical visit between children with asthma, their caregiver and healthcare provider. My primary research area includes the overall child health outcomes specific asthma, asthma symptom management, health care provider's culturally competent communication skill levels, community engagement in asthma symptom management, and outcome measures related to self-management.

My work includes several funded studies and publications in peer-reviewed journals. The current study is an instrument development study that focus on the child's version of illness representation. Current, submitted publication include "Visto, pero no escuchado: A qualitative study & Puerto Rican children with asthma". I have reviewed over 30 manuscripts and several book chapters. I have presented at several international, regional and local conferences.

My courses that I teach include research and health policy. I teach in both master and PhD programs. Clinically, I am an active Pediatric and Family Nurse Practitioner and involved locally and international NAPNAP chapters. The most enjoyable part of my career is passing the torch to the next generation of nurse scientists.


  • NURS 60403 – Methods of Inquiry
  • NURS 60025 – Health Policy and Advanced Nursing Practice

Funded Grants

  • Grant # 16-397: “Children with asthma communication with the healthcare provider: Mixed Method Content Validity of Instrument Development” Dowell, J. PI July, 2016-2018 Funded by KSU College of Nursing $5,853.65 2016-2017
  • Grant # Pro214E0226: Conceptualizing cultural weaving to decrease health disparities: What are the culture characteristics of a community organization. Dowell, J. PI March 2014 Funded by Epsilon Chapter –Sigma Theta Tau International $500.00 2014- 2015
  • Grant #: Pro00041811: Caregivers’ Experiences, Functioning, and Needs of Low-Income African American and Latino Mothers of Children with Asthma. Dowell, J. PI December, 2012 Funded by Duke University SON $9,102.00 2012-2013 Pro00041811, PI
  • Grant #: “BULLYING IS NO JOKE: Bringing Options for Middle School Children” Dowell, J. and Tyson, T. April 2011-2012, Funded by Winston-Salem State University Division of Nursing Sigma Theta Tau Rho Lambda. $500.00 2011, PI


Postdoctoral Fellow, Ohio State University, 2015, Postdoctoral Fellow, Duke University, 2013, PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2011, MSN, East Tennessee State University, 1994, BSN, Gardner-Webb University, 1991, AAS, Bronx Community College, 1973


Children's Health Outcomes, Pediatric Asthma Health Outcomes, symptom management, Chronic illness self-management, Healthcare provider-caregiver-child communications, Community-Based Participatory Research


  • Dowell, J. & Ruiz, Z. (2019). Visto, pero no escuchado: A qualitative study & Puerto Rican children with asthma group. Hispanic Health Care International, impact factor .28 [in review]
  • Dowell, J., Arcoleo, K., Ruiz, Z. & Halula, R. (2019). Instrument Development: Can children contribute valuable information in their healthcare management. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, impact factor 1.8 [in review]
  • Dowell, J. (2019). Bullying is no joke. Middle School Journal. [In review]
  • Dowell, J. & Gula, R. (2018). Decreasing health disparities for Children with asthma and their families: Conceptualizing cultural weaving & identifying the cultural Characteristics of a Head Start Organization in the United States.
  • Dowell, J. (2016). Social Interaction and children with asthma. Journal of Child Health Care DOI: 10.1177/1367493516643419 2016 May 18. Impact factor: 0.970.
  • Dowell, J. (2015). Experiences, functioning, needs of low-income African American caregivers of children with asthma. Journal of Pediatric DOI: accepted 9 April 2015 online, December 30 (6). Impact Factor .916.
  • Dowell, J. (2015). Determining intervention fidelity from Chronological Field Notes. Journal of Nursing Measurement. August 23 (2) Impact factor 0.40
  • Shaw-Kokot, J. Oermann, M.H., Knafl, G.J. & Dowell, J.A. (2012). Response to Watson (2011) Commentary on Oermann, MH, Shaw-Kokot, J, Knafl, GJ & Dowell, J Dissemination of research into clinical nursing literature. Journal of Clinical Nursing 21
  • Dowell, J. A. (2011). Determining intervention fidelity from chronological field notes. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill). ProQuest Dissertations and Theses, 141. Retrieved from
  • Oermann, MH, Shaw-Kokot, J., Knafl, GJ & Dowell, J (2010). Dissemination of research into clinical nursing literature. Journal of Clinical Nursing 19, 3435-3442. Impact 1.316.


Association of Faculties of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, Sigma Theta Tau International, Ohio Association of Advanced Practice Nurses, American Nurses Credentialing Center


  • 2015, Franklin County Child Development Volunteer of the Year
  • 2003, North Carolina Air Awareness Program Award
  • 2001, Inducted into Sigma Theta Tau International


Research Institutes and Initiatives

Environmental Science and Design Research Initiative