CHEER Investigators

Mona Newsome Wicks

Dr. Mona Newsome Wicks, Ph.D.

A co-investigator and member of the Executive Leadership Board, Mona Newsome Wicks received her Associate of Science and Bachelor of Science degrees from the University of Memphis in 1978 and 1981 and her MSN and PhD degrees from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and Wayne State University in 1987 and 1992, respectively. She has been on the faculty at the UTHSC for 23 years. Her research interests include minority, family caregiver, and women's health within the context of chronic illness; health promotion/risk reduction; and health disparities. She currently advises Ph.D. students, is the College of Nursing Associate Dean for Research, and Director of the college's Office of Research and Grant Support. Dr. Wicks is a life-time member of the Greater Memphis Area Chapter of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses and a member of Beta Theta Chapter at-large Sigma Theta Tau International, Inc., the Tennessee and American Nurses Associations, Southern Nursing Research Society, and Council for the Advancement of Nursing Research. She was recently invited to serve as a member of the Health Disparities and Equity Promotion Review Group for the Center for Scientific Review at the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Wicks is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellow (2008-2011) and was selected as Outstanding Alumna by The University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Nursing in 2009. Dr. Wicks has received institutional, regional, and national awards for her teaching and mentoring skills. She is a co-author on some 50 peer reviewed published manuscripts and abstracts. Her personal interests include walking, reading, gardening, and mentoring minority high school and college students interested in health careers. She is married to Sammie Wicks and has one son, Sammie James "Jamie" Wicks II.

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