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Dawn Aycock

Director, PhD Program in Nursing and Associate Professor    

PHD- Nursing, The University of Alabama at Birmingham (2012)
MSN- Adult Health Nursing, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia (2004)
BSN Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, Texas (1995)


Dr. Aycock is a registered nurse and certified adult health nurse practitioner with experience caring for adults in hospital and community-based settings. Dr. Aycock has spent the majority of her nursing career involved in clinical and nursing research. She has coordinated pharmaceutical funded analgesic clinical trials, and NIH funded studies investigating family caregivers of stroke survivors, women with migraines, and mothers of low-birth weight infants.

Dr. Aycock teaches in the undergraduate and graduate programs, courses focused on research and scholarly writing.

Research Interests
Dr. Aycock’s program of research is cardiovascular disease prevention, specifically primary stroke prevention in African Americans. She focuses on helping individuals improve their understanding of stroke including personal risk of stroke and promoting healthy lifestyle behaviors (e.g. diet, physical activity, smoking cessation) to reduce stroke risk. Dr. Aycock has received grant support from GSU and the National Institute of Nursing Research to develop and test a Stroke COunseling for Risk REduction (SCORRE) intervention for African Americans aged 20-35 years.

Select Publications

  1. Aycock, D. M., Clark, P. C., Anderson, A., Sharma, D. (2019). Health perceptions, stroke risk and readiness for behavior change: Gender differences in young adult African Americans. Journal of Racial & Ethnic Health Disparities.
  2. Marchina, S., Doros, G., Modak, J., Helenius, J. Aycock, D. M. & Kumar, S. (2019). Acid-suppressive medication and risk of pneumonia in acute stroke patients: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Neurological Sciences, 400, 122-128.
  3. Grissette, B., Spratling, R. & Aycock, D. M. (2018). Barriers to help-seeking behavior among women with postpartum depression. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic & Neonatal Nursing.
  4. Aycock, D. M., Hayat, M. J., Helvig, A., Dunbar, S. B. & Clark, P. C. (2018). Essential considerations in developing attention control groups in behavioral research. Research in Nursing & Health, 41(3):320-328. doi: 10.1002/nur.21870.
  5. Aycock, D. M., Clark, P. C. & Araya, S. (2017). Measurement and outcomes of the perceived risk of stroke: A review. Western Journal of Nursing Research. doi: 10.1177/0193945917747856.
  6. Aycock, D. M., Sims, T., Casseus, K., Florman, T., Gordon, P. & Spratling, R. (2017). Language Sensitivity, the RESPECT Model, and Continuing Education. The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, 1, 48(11):517-524. doi: 10.3928/00220124-20171017-10. (Article selected for the 2017 JCEN Innovation Award)
  7. Aycock, D.M., Clark, P.C., Hayat, M. (2016). Reducing stroke risk among young adult African Americans: A feasibility study. Research in Nursing & Health. doi: 10.1002/nur.21776
  8. Aycock, D.M., Clark, P.C., Thomas-Seaton, L., Lee, Shih-Yu, Moloney, M. (2016). Simple Tools to Facilitate Project Management in a Nursing Research Project. Western Journal of Nursing Research. doi: 10.1177/0193945916656605
  9. Aycock, D.M. & Clark, P.C. (2016). Incongruence between perceived long-term risk and actual risk of stroke in rural African Americans. Journal of Neuroscience Nursing. 48(1), 35-41.
  10. Aycock, D.M. & Clark, P.C. (2015). Preliminary reliability and validity of a benefits and barriers of exercise scale in an African American sample. Journal of Nursing Measurement, 23(2), 350-360.
  11. Aycock, D.M., Kirkendoll, K.D., Coleman, K.C., Clark, P.C., Albright, K. & Alexandrov, A.W. (2014). Family history of stroke among African Americans and its association with risk factors, knowledge, perceptions, and exercise. Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. doi:10.1097/JCN.0000000000000125

Additional Publications –

Stroke COunseling for Risk REduction (SCORRE) in Young Adult African Americans.
Principal Investigator. National Institute of Nursing Research, NIH. K01NR015494 Awarded $277,890. (09/29/2015-08/01/2018)
Stroke COunseling for Risk REduction (SCORRE) in Young Adult African Americans.
Principal Investigator. Georgia State University, Cleon Arrington Research Initiation
Grant. Awarded $20,000. (07/2014-06/2015)

American Heart Association Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing Council
Preventive Cardiovascular Nursing Association
Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society, Alpha Epsilon Chapter
Chi Eta Phi Sorority Inc., Gamma Chi Chapter
Southern Nursing Research Society

Awards and Honors

  • 05/2019 Georgia State University Outstanding Faculty Achievement Award Recipient
  • 05/2016 Nursing Achievement Award Recipient for distinguished service to nursing education, practice and administration by Gamma Chi Chapter of Chi Eta Phi Nursing Sorority, Inc.
  • 11/2015 Inducted as a Fellow in the American Heart Association (FAHA) to recognize scientific and professional accomplishments and volunteer leadership and service to AHA