Faculty Scholars

Shirley M. Timmons, Ph.D., R.N., C.N.E.

Professor of Nursing
College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences

Contact: 864-656-2160 or stimmon@clemson.edu


Who is Dr. Timmons?

Shirley Timmons is a professor in the School of Nursing. She is a certified nurse educator with research interests in minority health, health disparities, HIV/AIDS prevention, church-based health services, and health promotion.

For more information, see her Department Profile.

How Dr. Timmons' research is transforming health care

Dr. Timmons works in collaboration with Prisma Health clinical researchers in the Center for Integrative Oncology and Survivorship Cancer Institute to help low-income breast cancer survivors through stress reduction therapy. She is also working with an embedded scholar to develop and evaluate self-management for health in chronic conditions.

Dr. Timmons is a research team member on the current PRISMA Health sponsored study, “Taking Care of Our Own: A Qualitative Exploration of the Perspectives and Experiences of African American and Latino Caregivers of Older Adults with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias.” The purpose of the research is gain insight into the cultural perspectives and experiences of caregivers of persons who experience Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias within Upstate South Carolina. She is also a multidisciplinary team member on the study “A Contribution to Measure Partnership Trust in Community-based Participatory Research and Interventions with Latinx Communities in the United States” that is pending review for publication. The purpose of the research is to develop a bilingual (i.e., English and Spanish)instrument to measure partnership trust as an outcome of CBPR using cross-cultural cognitive interview. Both novel projects compliment her focus on addressing health disparities experienced by underserved, lower-resource communities.

Currently, her contributions to science is refinement of knowledge about cultural factors that influence health disparities experienced by African Americans born in the United States compared to Caucasian counterparts. Since religion has played a critical role in quality of life of this population (pre and post-slavery) and church affiliation is a vital social, physical, and emotional support, my research identifies aspects of the African American-church dynamic that fosters “health.” For example, academic-community partnerships that target vulnerable African Americans must incorporate equity in decision-making about health outcome goals that include culturally relevant human resources (i.e., diverse African American workforces) and material/environmental resources (i.e., evidence-based, church-based health promotion interventions). My research uncovers and highlights the positive influence of equitable decision-making to weight-management, illicit drug use recovery, hypertension and cardiometabolic health, and HIV/AIDS among underserved African Americans. Her other research interests include health promotion factors (social support, self-efficacy, hope, self-esteem) and health behavior; racial/ethnicity related health disparities; HIV/AIDS prevention in ethnic minority populations (especially women); self-management support; health services workforce development; and the role of the church (faith-based) in disease prevention/health promotion. Teaching/Public Service: population health, research, and nursing education. Administrative/Managerial interests: health services program planning, implementation, and evaluation and federally qualified health center services.


Health Research Expertise Keywords

Health Disparities, African-American Health, Faith-Based Health Programs, Population and Community Health,