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Katrina J. Debnam

Assistant Professor
Unit: School of Nursing
Department: School of Nursing
Office location and address
McLeod 5007
202 Jeanette Lancaster Way
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903

Katrina Debnam, assistant professor of nursing and education at UVA and a Roberts Scholar, studies youth violence prevention, health disparities, and school culture programs.

As a researcher and scientist at Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health, she honed an interest in both a qualitative and quantitative approach to programs combatting adolescent dating abuse, adolescent violence prevention, school climate initiatives, health disparities, and faith-based programs that aim to improve young people’s lives.

Debnam – who earned a psychology degree from Morgan State, an MPH from UNC Chapel Hill, and a PhD from the University of Maryland – is on the editorial board of the Journal of Youth and Adolescence, a member of the Society for Prevention Research, and reviews manuscripts for a host of journals, including Prevention Science, Youth & Society, and the Journal of Research on Adolescence. A member of the Maryland team that led the training and evaluation of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) in more than 800 public schools, she teaches a new course on mixed methods research to both nursing and education students.

W.T. Grant Foundation Mixed Methods Consultancy
Source: William T. Grant Foundation
March 01, 2021 – February 28, 2023
NURS 4993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–3
Independent study in Nursing
GNUR 5559: New Course in Graduate Nursing
Credits: 1–3
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new course in Graduate Nursing.
GNUR 6056: Health Policy: Local to Global
Credits: 3
This course provides an overview of policy decisions related to the organization, financing, and delivery of health care. Social, ethical, and political issues that affect the delivery of health and nursing services are analyzed. Roles and influences of providers and consumers of health care, as well as government and entrepreneurial interests, are examined. Emphasis on the impact of policy decisions on nursing practice and health services. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or instructor permission.
EDLF 7402: Program Evaluation
Credits: 3
An overview of current program evaluation approaches, this class is designed to provide an overview of the theories behind and approaches to evaluation as well as to begin to train students in evaluation design and methods. Theoretical, methodological, and empirical readings emphasize the terminology of educational evaluation and the variety of theoretical and design approaches to evaluation. Consideration is also given to the application of evaluation approaches and designs to non-educational settings.
EDLF 7410: Mixed Methods Research Design
Credits: 3
This course provides an introduction to mixed methods in social science/educational research. We will consider the types of questions that mixed methods can answer and discuss the benefits/challenges of mixed methods research. We will cover research design, sampling, and analysis, including reading exemplars of mixed methods research. Students will apply the theoretical/methodological tenets learned by designing their own mixed methods study.
GNUR 8559: New Course in Graduate Nursing
Credits: 1–3
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new course in Graduate Nursing.
GNUR 8993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–4
Independent Study in Nursing
GNUR 9030: Essentials of Scholarly Writing at the Doctoral Level
Credits: 1
The purpose of this course is to teach the mechanics of essentials of scholarly writing and give the student an understanding of the process. The course will provide a 'hands on' practical approach to scholarly writing at the doctoral level.
GNUR 9110: Research Practicum I
Credits: 1–4
This course provides the student with opportunity to develop and refine research skills by participating in an ongoing research study. Students should plan on devoting 8 hours a week for each 9110 credit enrolled each semester. Students must register for GNUR 9110 for a total of 4 credits. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor and advisor.
EDLF 9993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–12
Under close faculty guidance, students work on an area of interest not covered by the curriculum. A plan of study must be signed by the faculty sponsor and filed in the student's permanent file in the Office of Student Affairs. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
GNUR 9998: Doctoral Research
Credits: 1–12
Students register for GNUR 9998 concurrently with course work until the dissertation proposal is successfully defended. Credits from non-topical research are not counted in the total program hours of credit. Prerequisite: Permission of faculty advisor.