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Faculty and Staff Profile

Roxanne Calabria

Professor, Director of Global Health Certificate P

Office: CU Nursing Building

Phone: 864-720-2082


Educational Background

PhD Education Curriculum & Instruction
Clemson University 2009

MSN Master of Science in Nursing
Clarkson College 1999

BSN Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing
Regents College 1995

Courses Taught

Nursing 3600 Social Determinants of Health in Low Resource Countries
Nursing 3610 Leadership and Collaboration for Global Health
Nursing 3620 Global Health Field Experience: Guatemala
Nursing 8270 Foundations of Nursing Education
Nursing 8280 Nurse Educator Practicum


Dr. Roxanne Amerson teaches global health nursing and graduate nursing education courses. She has completed certificates in international public health and transcultural nursing. She currently directs the Global Health Certificate Program housed in the School of Nursing. Her research has focused on international service-learning and cultural competence of nursing students. She has worked in Ecuador, Guatemala, and Peru as part of her international service-learning projects with nursing students. Her publications relate to teaching cultural competence, promoting global health, developing promotora (community health worker) programs, and educational strategies for the nursing classroom. She is currently certified as a Nurse Educator by the National League of Nursing and as a Transcultural Nurse at the Advanced Level by the Transcultural Nursing Society. She has served as a member of the International Service Task Force for the honorary society of nursing at the national level. She has received funding from the NIH to conduct a research study focusing on preventing and reducing childhood mortality rates associated with diarrhea in Guatemala. Other previous research focused on anemia screenings for infants and children in remote villages of the Andean Mountains in Peru. Most recently, her research efforts have focused on the impact of virtual learning on mental health in nursing students and nursing faculty's perspectives of climate change and sustainability.

Research Interests

Cultural Competence, Latino health issues, Health disparities in low resource countries, Global health, Global service-learning

Research Publications

Amerson, R. (2008). Mental illness in homeless families, Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 4(2), 109-113.

Amerson, R. (2008). Reflections of a conversation with a curandera, Journal of Transcultural Nursing, 19(4), 384-387.

Amerson, R. (2008). A Mission of hope in Ecuador, The HEHD Leading Edge, Clemson University, Fall, 5.

Amerson, R. (2009). National health insurance: Advocating a single payer health care plan. The South Carolina Nurse, (July, August, September), 8.

Amerson, R. (2009). The influence of international service-learning on cultural competence in baccalaureate nursing graduates and their subsequent nursing practice. Doctoral Dissertation, Clemson University.

Amerson, R. (2010) Impact of service-learning on cultural competence, Nursing Education Perspectives, 31(1), 18-22.

Amerson, R. (2010). Evaluating the Effectiveness of a Community Health Course and Service-Learning on Students’ Transcultural Self-Efficacy. In Jeffreys, M. (Ed.). Teaching cultural competence in nursing and health care (pp. 167-171). New York: Springer Publishing Company.

Rose, M., Timmons, S., Amerson, R., Reimels, E., & Pruitt, R. (2011). Facilitators and barriers in cardiac rehabilitation participation: An integrative review. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 7(5), 399-408. Student: Rose, M.

Amerson, R. (2011) Facebook: A tool for nursing education research. Journal of Nursing Education, 49(7), 414-416.

Amerson, R. (2011) Making a case for the case study method. Journal of Nursing Education, 50(8), 427-8.

Amerson, R. (2012). The influence of international service-learning on transcultural self-efficacy in baccalaureate nursing graduates. International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 24(1), 6-15.

Amerson, R. (2013). Contributing to family health using a promotora program in Guatemala. Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship, 6 (1).

Amerson, R. (2013) Submitting for Dollars: Playing the Funding Game to Promote Transcultural Nursing, Online Journal of Cultural Competence in Nursing and Healthcare, 3(3), 16-23.

Amerson, R. & Livingston, W. (2014) Reflexive Photography: An alternative method for documenting the learning process of cultural competence. Journal of Transcultural Nursing, 25(2), 202-210.

Amerson, R. (2014) Research-based recommendations for implementing international service-learning. Journal of Professional Nursing, 30(2), 175-179.

Amerson, R., Whittington, R., & Duggan, L. (2014) Intimate partner violence affecting Latina women and their children. Journal of Emergency Nursing. Student: Whittington, R.

Amerson, R., Hall-Clifford, R., Thompson, B., & Comninellas, N. (2015). Implementation of a training program for low literacy promotoras in oral rehydration therapy. Public Health Nursing, 32(2), 177-185.

Amerson, R. & Strang, C. (2015). Addressing the challenges of conducting research in developing countries. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 47(6), 584-591.

Dalmida, S., Amerson, R., Foster, J., McWhinney-Dehaney, L., Magowe, M., Nicholas, P., Pehrson, K., & Leffers, J. (2016). Volunteer service and service learning: Opportunities, partnerships, and United Nations Millennium Development Goals. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 48(5), 517-526.

Amerson, R. (2016). Moving beyond the “Medical Mission” Model for international service-learning. Journal of Transcultural Nursing, 27(6), 633.

Hall-Clifford, R. & Amerson, R. (2017) From Guidelines to Local Realities: Evaluation of oral rehydration therapy and zinc supplementation in Guatemala. Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública/Pan American Journal of Public Health, 41, 1-6.

Amerson, R. (2017). Community-Oriented Nursing Simulation Day. Nurse Educator, 42(4), 168-170.

Amerson, R., Miller, L., Glatt, M., Ramsey, K., & Baker, J. (2017). Assessment of Anemia Levels in Infants and Children in High Altitude Peru. Global Journal of Health Science, 9(7), 87-95. Students: Kate Ramsey & Jenna Baker

Lang-Balde, R. & Amerson, R. (2018). Culture and Birth Outcomes in sub-Saharan Africa: A Review of Literature. Journal of Transcultural Nursing, Student: Rachel Lang-Balde

Amerson, R. (2018). Culture and Cultural Awareness. In D. Cooper and J. Cooper (Eds.), Palliative Care within Mental Health: Ethical Practice.

Amerson, R. (2018) Case Study: Intimate Partner Violence in Peru, Chapter 13. In Douglas et al. (Eds.), Global Applications of Culturally Competent Health Care: Guidelines for Practice, New York, City, NY: Springer.

Amerson, R. (2018). Choosing a Service Organization for International Work, American Nurse Today, 13(6), 56-58.

Amerson, R. (2018). Does the Peer Review Process Facilitate Incivility among Nurse Scholars?, Nursing Forum, (early view)

Amerson, R. (2019). Transforming Global Service Learning. Journal of Transcultural Nursing, 30(2), 205.

Amerson, R. (2019). Preparing Undergraduates for the Global Future of Health Care. Annals of Global Health, 85(1), 41,1-7. DOI:

Amerson, R. (2020). Using a Global Health Blog to Prepare Nursing Students for Global Nursing Practice. Nurse Educator, 45(2), E13-E14. DOI: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000703.

Amerson, R. (2021). Striving to Meet Global Health Competencies without Study Abroad. Journal of Transcultural Nursing, 32(2), 180-185.

Amerson, R., Parker-Mandersion, J., Garrison, C., Finleyson, S., Kunkle, M., & Santos Dominguez, C. (In press). Fair Trade Learning Evaluation of a Global Partnership, Journal of Community Engagement and Higher Education.

Amerson, R., Fisher, B., Burgess, L., Ravan, L., Bible, J., Ward, L. (In Press) Nursing education amidst a pandemic: Mental health in a time of virtual learning. Nurse Educator.

Honors and Awards

Clemson University, Faculty Fellow for Global Learning 2018-2019
Transcultural Scholar, Transcultural Nursing Society, October 2014
SC Palmetto Gold Nursing in Excellence Award, April 2012
The J. Frank and Joan Uhl Pierce Transcultural Nursing Award, Transcultural Nursing Society, October 2010
Sigma Theta Tau Outstanding Abstract, Transcultural Nursing in Education and Practice Research Day, March 2010
SC Council of Deans and Directors of Nursing Education Scholarship, February 2009
Deborah Partridge Wolfe Laureate Doctoral Scholarship for Multicultural Education, Kappa Delta Pi, June 2008


Transcultural Scholar

International Service-Learning

Preparing Undergraduates for the Global Future of Health Care

Training for Low-Literacy Promotoras

Anemia Screening in Peru

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