Yolanda Davila, Ph.D., R.N. (2011)
Associate Professor (School of Nursing)
Dr. Davila received a BA in Biology from the University of Texas at Austin and a BSN, MSN, and PhD from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. She also completed a two-year fellowship at The University of Michigan Center for Health Promotion and Risk Reduction with a focus on health disparity reduction intervention research among vulnerable populations.
Dr. Davila's expertise is in the areas of psychiatric-mental and community health nursing among vulnerable populations. In her clinical practice, she has provided individual and group psychotherapy intervention to female survivors of intimate partner violence in community-based settings such as the Family violence Prevention Services in San Antonio, Texas and LA VIDA - the Southwest Detroit Partnership to Prevent Intimate Violence against Latina Women in Detroit, Michigan. Her area of practice also includes behavioral interventions for the reduction of other major public health issues and health disparities among vulnerable English and Spanish-speaking Hispanic populations. Dr. Davila's program of research reflects her psychiatric-mental and community health practice. She is recognized for her research on the major public health epidemics of intimate partner violence and other health disparities among at-risk populations using community-based participatory research with mixed qualitative and quantitative methodologies. Dr. Davila has served as PI, pilot PI, Co-I, consultant, and project faculty on numerous professional organization, institutional, and federally funded grants.
Dr. Davila teaches across programs. In the BSN program, she teaches N4502 Nursing: The Community to both the BSN and RN-BSN students. In the MSN program, Dr. Davila has taught GNRS 5260 and GNRS 5261 Community as Partner I and II and is currently teaching GNRS 6302 Innovations to Community Health Practice. She has also taught GNRS 5333 Issues and Methods in Nursing Research. At the doctoral level, Dr. Davila serves as a dissertation committee member for several nursing doctoral students.
Dr. Davila's most recent accomplishments include: holding of the Odelia Brown McCarley Professor of Nursing endowment; serving as judge of the American Journal of Nursing Research Book of the Year (2009 & 2010); serving as co-editor of the Family and Community Health issue focused on "Lay Health Promoters/Community Health Workers" (2010); serving as project faculty of the HRSA funded Culturally Competent Nurses in Community Health grant (2008-2011) and as Co-I for the CDC funded Raices Nuevas: Intimate Partner Violence Prevention for Latino Men (2007-2008); and completion of a 2-year post doctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan's Center for Health Promotion and risk Reduction (2004-2006).