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Fayron Epps PhD, RN

Assistant Professor    

BSN, Nursing, Tuskegee University
Tuskegee, AL , May, 2000

MSN, Health Care Systems Management, Loyola University, New Orleans
New Orleans, LA May, 2003

PhD, Nursing, Southern University and A&M College
Baton Rouge, LA May, 2012

Post Doctoral Fellow, Gerontology, National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence
2013- 2015


Clinical Expertise

Research Interests
Promoting quality of life for persons with dementia and their family caregivers (Alzheimer’s Disease, family caregiving, religiosity, health disparities)

Selected Publications:

Epps, F. (2014). The relationship between family obligation and religiosity on caregiving. Geriatric Nursing, 35 (2), 126-131. doi: 10/101/gerinurse.2013.11.003.

Epps, F. (2015). A closer look at religiosity among family caregivers. Journal of Religion, Spirituality & Aging, 27 (2-3), 166-182. doi:10.1080/15528030.2014.971141.

Clark, K., Guerin, S., Skemp, L., Epps, F., & Specht, J. (2015). Implementing gerontological nursing evidence-based practice guidelines in a BSN curriculum. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 41 (7), 21-28.

Epps, F., Skemp, L., & Specht, J. (2015).  Using culturally informed strategies to enhance recruitment of African Americans in dementia research: A nurse researcher’s experience.  Journal of Research Practice, 11(1), Article M2.

Jao, Y., Epps, F., McDermott, C., Rose, K., & Specht, J. (in press). Effects of support groups for individuals with early-stage dementia and mild cognitive impairment:   An integrative review. Research in Gerontological Nursing.

Epps, F., Skemp, L., Specht, J., & Maas, M. (2015). Family Involvement in Care.  In Howard K. Butcher (Series Ed.), Series on Evidence-Based Practice Guidelines, Iowa City, IA: The University of Iowa College of Nursing John A. Hartford Foundation/Csomay Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence.


Selected Presentations

2013       November 20. Epps, F. Influence of Filial Obligations Among African American, Hispanic and Non-Hispanic Caucasian Family Caregivers. Poster. Gerontological Society of America 66th Annual Scientific Meeting. New Orleans, LA.

2014       November 5. Clark, K., Guerin, S., Skemp, L., Epps, F., & Doyle, B. Integrating Gerontological Nursing Evidence-Based Practice Guidelines in Nursing Education. Poster. Gerontological Society of America 67th Annual Scientific Meeting. Washington D.C.

2014       November 5. Epps, F., Skemp, L., & Specht, J. Recruiting African-Americans with Dementia and Their Family Caregivers: What Works. Poster. Gerontological Society of America 67th Annual Scientific Meeting. Washington D.C.

2015       February 26. Epps, F., Skemp, L., & Specht, J. Road Map to Accessing African-American Family Caregivers. Poster. 29th Annual Conference of the Southern Nursing Research Society. Tampa, FL.

2016       March 4. Epps, F. & Skemp, S. The Role of Religiosity in Health Promotion for African American Elders with Memory Impairment. Paper. 2nd Annual Interdisciplinary Faith and Health Outcomes Forum. Dillard University, School of Nursing. New Orleans, LA.

2016       April 20. Epps, F. Health Promotion Activities for African Americans with Dementia. Invited presentation. Living Well With a Purpose. Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital Area 23rd Annual Educational Conference. Baton Rouge, LA.

2016       August 13. Epps, F. Religiosity Among Family Caregivers. Invited presentation. 5th Annual Alzheimer’s and Caregivers’ Symposium. Shreveport, LA.



Title Postdoctoral Scholarship. Family Involvement in Health Promotion Activities for African-American Older Adults with Dementia
Role PI
Funding Source National Hartford Centers of Gerontological Nursing Excellence
Duration 2013-2015
Amount $108,000



American Nurses Association

Sigma Theta Tau International

Gerontological Society of America

International Dementia Scholars Collaborative

National Gerontological Nurses Association

Southern Nursing Research Society

American Public Health Association

Louisiana League for Nursing



National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence
2014-Present   Chair: Communications Committee

Louisiana Enhancing Aging with Dignity through Empowerment and Respect (LEADER)
2016-Present   Member: Board of Directors
2016-Present   Co-chair: Communications Committee

National Gerontological Nurses Association
2016-Present   Member: Membership and Marketing Committee