Skip to content

College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences

Faculty and Staff Profile

Kelli Garber

Clinical Assistant Professor

Office: 217 CU Nursing

Phone: 864.720.2067


Personal Website:

Educational Background

2021 Old Dominion University, Doctor of Nursing Practice, Advanced Practice Nursing

1996 University of Maryland, Master of Science in Nursing, Advanced Practice Pediatric Nursing

1990 Johns Hopkins University, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Courses Taught

NURS 8200: Child and Adolescent Nursing
NURS 8201: Child and Adolescent Nursing


Dr. Garber is a pediatric primary care nurse practitioner with over 26 years of experience. She is recognized nationally as an expert in telehealth. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Clemson University and provides care to children across South Carolina for the MUSC School-Based Telehealth Program and the MUSC Virtual Urgent Care program. She presents nationally and has published on various telehealth topics including best practices, school-based telehealth, telehealth-related policy and integrating telehealth into Advanced Practice Registered Nurse education. Dr. Garber is an active member of several professional organizations including the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) where she is currently serving on the Executive Board as Member at Large. In addition, she has served as the Chair of the NAPNAP Health Policy Committee and represents NAPNAP as the Liaison to the Executive Committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Telehealth Care. As a member of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties, she leads a workgroup focused on telehealth-related health policy. In addition, she represents Congressional District 1 as a member of the South Carolina Board of Nursing.

Research Interests

Dr. Garber’s research has focused on telehealth education and its impact on the provider experience and adoption. She continues to focus on developing and implementing best practices to maintain standard of care and conduct successful telehealth encounters. Her interests also include developing, implementing, and evaluating programs to increase access to care for the rural and underserved.

Research Publications

Garber, K., Rutledge, C., & Gustin, T. (In Press). Put PEP into telehealth: A framework for successful encounters. Online Journal of Issues in Nursing.

Garber, K. & Gustin, T. (2022). Telehealth education: Impact on provider experience and adoption. Nurse Educator, 47(2), 75-80.

Chike-Harris, K., Garber, K., & Derouin, A. (2021). Telehealth educational resources for graduate nurse faculty. Nurse Educator, 46 (5), 295-299.

Garber, K., Wells, E., Hale, K., King, K. (2021). Connecting kids to care: Establishing a school-based telehealth program. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 17 (3), 273-278.

Chike-Harris, K., Garber, K., Brooks, P., Williams, A. (2021). The integration of telehealth policy education into an existing APRN policy course. Journal of Nursing Education, 60 (1), 57.

Sisk, B., Alexander, J., Bodnar, C., Curfman, A., Garber, K., McSwain, S., Perrin, J. (2020). Pediatrician attitudes toward and experiences with telehealth use: Results from a national survey. Academic Pediatrics, 20 (5), 628-635.

Garber, K., DuBose-Morris, R., Cristaldi, K. (2020). Interprofessional collaboration: Saving smiles through school-based telehealth. Southeast Case Research Journal, 17(1), 95-100.

Kistler, J., Cristaldi, K., Queenan, C., Garber, K., Wells, E., McElligott, J. (2019). Caregiver Perceptions of Telehealth School-based Health Centers. Health Behavior and Policy Review, 6 (4), 344-352.

Garber, K. & Chike-Harris, K.E. (2019). Nurse practitioners and virtual care: A 50 state review of APRN telehealth law & policy. Telehealth and Medicine Today, (4).

Cormack, C. L., Garber, K., Cristaldi, K., Edlund, B., Dodds, C., & McElligott, L. (2016). Implementing school-based telehealth for children with medical complexity. Journal of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine,9(3), 237-240.

Honors and Awards

2022 Dubose-Morris, R., Markova, S., Garber, K., Lemon, E., & Novak, A. (2022). Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Telehealth Equity Catalyst Award
2022 NAPNAP Presidential Commendation
2021 Patient-Centered Mental Health in Pediatric Primary Care Program Scholarship Award, REACH Institute
2019 Tylenol Future Care Scholarship Award, Johnson and Johnson
2019 DNP Student Scholarship Award, National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
2018 Award for Program Development, MUSC Center for Telehealth
2017 Advocacy Scholar Award, National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
2016 Practice Innovation Poster Award, National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners


Nurse Educator Podcast: Telehealth Education

Breathing Easier with Continuity of Care, SCETV

TeamPeds Podcast: Conversations on Child Health Equity

NPACE Q & A with Kelli Garber

Figure 1: Meet Five Amazing Nursing Professionals

College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences
College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences | 116 Edwards Hall