Faculty Scholars

Faculty Scholar Nicole Davis, Ph.D. at  Clemson University, Clemson South Carolina

Nicole Davis, Ph.D., AGPCNP-BC, GNP-BC

Assistant Professor
Clemson University

Contact: 770-639-1501 or njd@clemson.edu  

Who is Professor Davis?

Nicole Davis is an Assistant Professor and board certified Adult and Gerontological Nurse Practitioner. Her areas of interest are in urinary incontinence, chronic illness management, the needs of the aging, and the use of health information technology to support family caregivers. Nicole has lectured and published on these topics, and has received several awards and funding for her research. Nicole has worked on several NIH and VA-funded, multi-site studies as part of the urinary incontinence clinical and research program, through the Birmingham/Atlanta Geriatrics, Research, Education and Clinical Center at the Atlanta VA Medical Center. Nicole teaches gerontology, gerontological nursing, and health policy and economics. Nicole is also a Faculty Associate in the Institute for Engaged Aging.

How Professor Davis' research is transforming health care

Nicole’s research is transforming healthcare by developing innovative ways to reach chronically ill, care-dependent elders, with a particular focus on caregiver support for the management of urinary incontinence. Urinary incontinence is a highly prevalent and burdensome condition affecting frail elders and their family caregivers. Unfortunately, many of these caregivers lack the necessary information to appropriately care for their loved ones’ chronic illnesses and feel ill-prepared to carry out their duties. As the US population rapidly ages and healthcare continues to shift towards the home environment, the burdens and needs of community-dwelling elders and their caregivers will increase exponentially. Nicole’s research focuses on exploring non-traditional, innovative methods to improve caregiver and care-recipient access to evidence-based interventions that improve their quality of life and optimize outcomes. Her doctoral research, which was funded by the John A. Hartford Foundation’s National Hartford Centers of Gerontological Nursing Excellence Award Program, focused on the development and pilot testing of an innovative, evidence-based, multicomponent behavioral intervention to support older adults with urinary incontinence and their informal caregivers, delivered via mobile technology.

Health Research Expertise Keywords

Aging, Elderly, Incontinence, Telehealth, Technology, Family Caregiver Support