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Faculty and Staff Profile

Deborah Willoughby


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 assisting in the preparation of the School of Nursing self-study for continuing accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. She served as Coordinator of the RN-BS Completion Program for 4 years after serving as Coordinator for the traditional Undergraduate Nursing Program for 8 years. Dr. Willoughby has numerous publications and citations in the scholarly literature (see research publications below) and has been the recipient of several awards as shown below (see Honors and Awards below). 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

 Honors and Awards

Excellence in Leadership Award, Gamma Mu Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau
S.C Palmetto Gold Nurse Recognition Award for Excellence in Nursing
College of Health, Education, and Human Development Excellence in Academic
Advising, Clemson University Board of Trustees’ Award for Faculty Excellence, SC Commission on Higher Education State-wide Service Learning Award, School of Nursing Faculty Research and Scholarship Award, Gamma Mu Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau Excellence in Nursing Award, School of Nursing Excellence in Teaching Award