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Faculty and Staff Profile

Deborah Willoughby

Coordinator, RN/B.S. Completion Program

Office: 417 Edwards Hall
Phone: 864-656-1437
Fax: 864-656-5488

 Educational Background

PhD Nursing
Georgia State University 1995

MS Nursing
Clemson University 1986

BS Nursing
Clemson University 1976

 Courses Taught

NURS 8070 Nursing Research Design and Methods
NURS 1020 Nursing Success Skills
NURS 3200 Professionalism in Nursing
NURS 3100 Health Assessment


Dr. Willoughby is currently the Coordinator of the RN-BS Completion Program after serving as Coordinator for the traditional Undergraduate Nursing Program for 8 years. She is a member of the Director\'s Advisory Council and serves on the Advisory Boards for the Nursing Programs at both Tri-County and Greenville Technical Colleges. Dr. Willoughby has been the recipient of several awards, including the Excellence in Leadership Award from Gamma Mu Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, the S.C Palmetto Gold Award for Excellence in Nursing, the Excellence in Academic Advising Award from the College of Health, Education, and Human Development,the Clemson University Board of Trustees’ Award for Faculty Excellence, the Commission on Higher Learning State Service Learning Award,the School of Nursing Faculty Research and Scholarship Award, the Excellence in Nursing Award from the Gamma Mu Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, and the Excellence in Teaching Award from Clemson University School of Nursing. She has chaired numerous undergraduate honors committees and graduate research committees and enjoys working with students at all levels of education.

 Research Interests

Chronic Illness in Adults: Self Management of Chronic Illness
Using Health Coaches to Facilitate Self Care in Chronically Ill Adults

 Research Publications

• Temples HS, Willoughby D, Holaday B (2016). The Influence of Genetics and Environment on Childhood Obesity: A Structural Equation Model and Review of Literature. Journal of Pediatric Health Care (accepted for publication).
• Temples HS, Willoughby D, Holaday B, Rogers C, Wueste D, Bridges W, Saffery R, Craig J (2016) Breastfeeding and Growth of Children in the Peri/postnatal Epigenetic Twins Study (PETS): Theoretical Epigenetic Mechanisms. Journal of Human Lactation, doi: 0890334416637594.
• Olyarchuk, L, Willoughby, D; Davis, S. (2012) Examining the Cost-Benefit Analysis of Vaccinating Adults Against Pertussis. Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, doi: 10.1111/j.1745-7599.2012.00739.x.
• Krussig, K; Willoughby, D; Parker, V. (2012) Obesity in nurses: prevalence and impact. American Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 16 (7/8): 14-22.
• Dye CJ, Willoughby D, Battisto D. (2011) Advice from Rural Elders: What it Takes to Age in Place. Educational Gerontology, 37 (1): 74-93
• Reese, A.; Willoughby, D; Davis, S. (2011). The Use of Honey in the Treatment of Chronic Wounds. American Journal for Nurse Practitioners; 15 (9/10), 27-34.
• Davis, S, Willoughby, D (2010). Practitioner willingness to discuss sexuality with women with chronic disease. Women's Health Care; 9 (9),11-17.
• Dye, C, Willoughby, D, Aybar-Damail, B (2009) Improving care transition of older adults with community health advisors. The Gerontologist, 49 Supplement 2, 127-127.
• Dye, C, Willoughby, D, Aybar-Damail, B (2008) The impact of community health workers on older adult chronic disease management and healthcare costs. The Gerontologist, 48 Special Issue 3, 356-356