Kathryn Hoehn Anderson

Professor and Director, Center for Nursing Scholarship and Research
Ph.D., University of Minnesota
Office:  Statesboro Campus-Nursing/Chemistry Bldg.–Room 3013
Phone: 912-478-5739
Fax: 912-478-0536
Email: khanderson@georgiasouthern.edu



Dr Kathryn Hoehn Anderson is a Professor and Director of the Centre for Nursing Scholarship and Research in the School of Nursing, at Georgia Southern University (GS).  Dr Anderson was previously a full-time faculty at University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and Florida International University (FIU) in Miami. She also taught at University of Minnesota, University of Washington, and Miami-Dade College in nursing and at University of Wisconsin-Stout in marriage and family supervision. Prepared as an Advanced Practice Nurse in psychiatric-mental health and a family therapist, Dr Anderson is licensed as a Psych-Mental Health ARNP and as a MFT therapist. Her clinical specialties are psych-mental health and family nursing. She has continued a part-time outpatient practice for over 30 years. Dr Anderson was honoured in 2007 by the American Psychiatric Nursing Association to receive the national Outstanding Educator Award in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing and received the Excellence in Research Award (2013) from the College of Health & Human Sciences at GS. Dr Anderson is the developer of the family nursing theory, Family Health Systems Approach, used as foundation for health departments, texts, and in student dissertations and theses.

Dr Anderson was funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIMHD; 2005-2014) for the Minority Health International Research Training Program at both FIU and GS. This program provided minority students, in health related majors, the opportunity to study abroad and to participate in international research during a summer semester in Germany, Thailand, Austria, or Italy. MHIRT students conducted nursing and health research directed toward decreasing health disparities in vulnerable minority families and populations with chronic conditions. Previous funding for examining the impact of breast cancer on couples’ relationship was received from the Oncology Nursing Foundation, GS Rural Health Institute, and local Bulloch County, GA. For the past 5 years, she has been the Research Training Core PI on a NIMHD funding Centre for Excellence in Rural Health Research.  Dr Anderson also has had NSRA funding from NINR for both pre-doctoral and post-doc fellowships, North Wisconsin AHEC funding, and university funding over her career. She led the development of the IFNA Position Statements for Generalist (2015) and Advanced Practice (2017) Competencies on Family Nursing. Her current research focuses on Interventions for Couples with Breast Cancer and Health Promotion to Reduce Health Risks in Families.


BSN: Major Nursing, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI
MS: Counseling and Guidance, University of Wisconsin-Stout, Menomonie, WI
MS: Marriage and Family Therapy, University of Wisconsin-Stout, Menomonie, WI
MSN: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
PhD: Nursing and Family Science, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Post-Doc: Family Interaction Research, University of Washington, Seattle, WA


RN: Georgia; Wisconsin; Florida
ARNP: Psych-Mental Health, Florida
LMFT: Wisconsin; Georgia

Major Area of Teaching Expertise
  • Family Health Nursing-Assessment and Intervention
  • Generalist and Advanced Practice Family Nursing
  • Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing-Theory and Clinical-Undergrad and Advanced Practice NP
  • Research Methods
  • Grant Writing
  • Research Supervision

Teaching at Georgia Southern University

  • Health Policy and Finance – Doctoral
  • Supervision of Doctoral Clinical Projects
  • Family Health Promotion and Psychiatric Mental Health Care – Master’s
  • Community Health Nursing – RN/BSN Online
  • MHIRT International Applied Research Courses (Undergraduate & Graduate)
  • MHIRT Cultural Immersion (Undergraduate and Graduate)
  • MHIRT International Practicum I & II (Undergraduate and Graduate)
Contracts, Grants and Sponsored Research

Radzyminski, S., & Anderson, K. (2014-2016). Development of a Center for Nursing Scholarship/Research. University Systems of Georgia (Nurse Retention and Recruitment Grant). $440,000.

Garno, M. K., Anderson, K. H., Bennett, C., & Gutierriez, A. (2015-2018). Innovative Academic-Practice Partnerships to Prepare APNs to Care for Rural and Underserved Populations with Psychiatric/Mental Health Needs. Funded by Health Resources Services Administration Advanced Nurse Education Program, U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, $1,588,794. Role: Mentor & Co-Investigator.

Warren, J., & Smalley, B. (PIs). (2012-2017). Establishing a Center of Excellence on Health Disparities in Rural Populations. Funded by NIMHD. K. Anderson Role on Grant Proposal: PI Director of Research Training Core. Budget: $5.1 million.

Edited grant to NAPNAP for Asthma Quality of Life for Children and Families with Drs. Carey, Edds-McAfee & Martinez, Summer 2016.

Refereed Journal Articles:

Stovall, C., McDaniel, B., Herrington, S., Tabi, M., & Anderson, K. H. (In review). Disparity in knowledge, access, and utilization of available health care resources for treatment of depression and substance abuse among college students. Papers & Publication: Interdisciplinary Journal of Undergraduate Research.

Gray, R., Bressington, D., Ivanecka, A., Hardy, S., Jones, M., Schulz, M., von Bormann, S., White, J., Anderson, K. H., & Chien, W. T. (2016). Is adherence therapy an effective adjunct treatment for patients with schizophrenia spectrum disorders? A systematic review and meta-analysis. BMC Psychiatry, 16, 90. doi: 10.1186?s12888-016-0801-1  PMCID: PMC 4822226 Published online 4/6/2016

Gray, R., Bressington, D., von Bormann, S., Schulz, M., Brown, E., Anderson, K. H., & Jones, M. (2016). A commentary on: does adherence therapy improve medication adherence among patients with schizophrenia? A systematic review from USA, Europe, Canada, & Thailand. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 24, 1-3. doi: 10.1111/inm.12147

Wagner, M. Anderson, K. H., & Broxton, L. (2016). Assessment of barriers to screening mammograms for rural, poor, uninsured women and a community plan of action. Journal of Community Health Nursing, 33(1), 42-53. doi: 10.1080/07370016.2016.1120594

Refereed Presentations:

Anderson, K. H. (2016, September). Faculty Research Committee funding opportunities: Preparing a competitive proposal. Invited presentation to College of Education faculty, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA.

Tabi, M., & Anderson, K. H. (2016, July). A collaborative partnership with churches to reduce health disparities among African Americans in rural communities. Podium presentation at the International Rural Nursing Conference, Rapid City, SD.

Tabi, M., Anderson, K. H., & Okungbowa, D. O. (2016, July). Perceived intimacy and diabetes management among couples living with diabetes in a rural community. Poster presented at the International Rural Nursing Conference, Rapid City, SD.

Mitchell, K., Green, A., Sykes, J., Lee, L., Tabi, M., Anderson, K. H. (2016, March). The gaps in health care of the LGBT community: Perspectives of nursing students and faculty. Poster presented at the 9th Annual National Conference on Health Disparities, Washington, DC.

Palmer, S., Mercer, M., Cox, T., Walker, R., Tabi, M., Anderson, K. H. (2016, March). Sleep habits among college students in a rural university. Poster presented at the 9th Annual National Conference on Health Disparities, Washington, DC.

Smith, S., Herman, H., Monticalvo, M., Tabi, M., Anderson, K. H. (2016, March). Sleep habits among college students in a rural university. Poster presented at the 9th Annual National Conference on Health Disparities, Washington, DC.

Curry, D. M., Gray, B. A., Eustace, R., & Anderson, K. H. (2016, January). Generalist Competencies for Family Nursing Practice: Application to a US baccalaureate nursing program. Webinar presented online for International Family Nursing Association international webinar series.

Anderson, K. H. (2016, January). Helping couples navigate the stress of illness. Podium presentation at Nursing Update 2016: Caring for Others, Caring for Self, Magnolia Coastlands Area Health Education Center, Statesboro, GA.

Research in Progress

Tabi, M., & Anderson, K. H. [CO-PIs] (2014-present). Family & Faith Interventions to Improve Chronic Illness Management in Rural Families. Community engagement and partnership development and proposal development.

Tabi, M. & Anderson, K. H. (Co-PIs). (2014-present). Intimacy, sexual health, and chronic disease management of couples relationship of rural persons with diabetes and their partners.

Anderson, K. H. (2013). Engaging rural women with breast cancer to include partners: Focus group intervention. Bulloch County Healthcare Foundation Scholar Research Award, $1400. Collecting data and analyzing 1st focus group currently.

Anderson, K. H. (PI) and Luque, J. (2011-2013). Making it through Breast Cancer in Rural Georgia Project. The purpose of this pilot study is to demonstrate a proof of concept feasibility for addressing rural couple/families health by developing an intervention program to address the psychosocial issues of rural couples/families dealing with breast cancer. Direct costs $9400.00. IRB approved at Georgia Southern University and Memorial University Medical Center and program development in process. Project recruitment on hold, while previous study conducted. Funded by Rural Health Institute at Georgia Southern University. Revising based on need to change from couple to family.

Warren, J., & Smalley, B. (2012-2017). Establishing a Center of Excellence on Health Disparities in Rural Populations. Funded by NIMHD. K. Anderson Role on Grant Proposal: PI Director for Research Training Core. Budget: $5.1 million.

Service to University, College and School Committees:
Georgia Southern University
University-Wide Committees:
Institutional Research Review Board, Section B Committee Appointed by Provost 2010-present
Graduate Faculty Status Member 2010-present
Rural Health Institute Faculty Affiliate Faculty2011-present
Search & Screen Committee (Rural Health Institute) Member 2012-2013
McNair Program CommitteeMember2012
Committee for Undergraduate Research Member (CHHS voting)2013-present
STEM FacultyAffiliate Faculty2014-present
Center for Study of International Schooling Faculty Affiliate Faculty2014-present
Center of Excellence for Rural Health Elimination of Disparities Research Training Core Lead
Cyber-Mentoring Project Team
DESRE Project Team
Faculty Research CommitteeMember
GS Representative to CTS Master’s Program Task Force, Georgia Regents University/Medical College of GA
College-Wide Committee:
CHHS P&T CommitteeMember2014-present
School of Nursing Committees:
DNP Faculty Committee Member 2010-present
Graduate Faculty Committee Member 2010-present
Graduate Curriculum Committee Member2013-present
Graduate Student Affairs CommitteeChair2011-2014
MHIRT Advisory Council Chair2010-2014
Faculty Scholarship Committee Member
DNP & MSN Essentials Exam Committee Chair and Member2011-present
DNP Clinical Project (3 students) Chair2011-present
DNP Project Committee (6 students) Member 2010-present
MSN Research Project (3 students) Chair 2010-present
BSN-DNP Program Development Committee Member 2012-present
Ad-Hoc Committee to Revise Honors Program in Nursing Chair 2011-2012
Ad-Hoc Committee for MSN Curriculum Revision Member 2011-2012
Ad-Hoc Committee for DNP Curriculum Revision Member 2012-2013
BSN Faculty CommitteeMemberFall 2012
Promotion & Tenure Committee School of NursingMemberFall 2013
SON Executive CommitteeMember2014-present
Ad-Hoc Committee for PMHNP Program DevelopmentMember2014-present
Regional Service
Nursing Update 2016: AHEC Magnolia Center – Workshop presenter 2016
Concerned Clergy of Bulloch County 2014-present
Komen Coastal Georgia Affiliate, Savannah, GA 2012-2016
National Service
American Psychiatric Nursing Association. Research and Education Committee Member 2003-present
CDC, Cancer Prevention & Health Promotions, Scientific Reviewer 2014 & 2016
NIH Health & Wellness Subcommittee of Federal Interagency Committee on Disability 2015-present
International Service
International Family Nursing Association. Chair, Family Nursing Practice Committee2011-present
Clinical Practice

Psychiatric-Mental Health Counseling and Family Therapy
Clinical Member and Approved Supervisor in American Association for Marriage and Family Therapists

Director of Minority Health International Research Grant
Honors and Awards

Honorary Member of the Faculty of Nursing, University of East Anglia, Norwich, England, Awarded, Fall 2008-present.

Honorary Member of the Health Service and Population Research/Mental Health Nursing Faculty, Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College, University of London, London, England. Awarded, Fall 2006-present.

Last updated: 3/14/2018

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