Debbie Y. Stevens, MSN, PMHCNS-BC is a doctoral candidate, John A. Hartford Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity Scholar (2011 – 2013), and a full-time student at Emory University, in Atlanta, GA. Ms. Stevens is conducting a mixed methods study examining chronic stress and burden in African American caregivers of adults with dementia. She will be exploring relationships between race related stressors like discrimination along with traditional caregiver burden. The main outcome variables for this project include depression, anxiety, burden and c-reactive protein. Ms. Stevens hopes the findings for her dissertation will continue to illuminate the complex pathways between social determinants of health and racial/ethnic health disparities. Her faculty advisor is Kenneth Hepburn at Emory University. Other committee members include: David Williams, PhD, MPH at Harvard School of Public Health, Susan Bauer-Wu, PhD, RN, FAAN at University of Virginia, Jenny Foster, PhD, RN at Emory University and Camara Phyllis Jones, MD, PhD, MPH from the Centers of Disease Control & Prevention in Atlanta, GA.
Ms. Stevens is a dually certified Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist and Adult Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 13 years of experience in both acute care and outpatient settings. During her PhD program Ms. Stevens was also a Janssan scholar of the American Psychiatric Nursing Association (2011) and is currently a member of American Nurses Association, International Society of Psychiatric Nurses and Sigma Theta Tau International.
She is married and has two daughters and one son.
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