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Fayron Epps PhD, RN

Assistant Professor    
Education

2000
BSN Nursing
Tuskegee University
Tuskegee, AL

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

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

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

Biography

Clinical Expertise
Gerontology


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. (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.

Epps, F., Skemp, L., & Specht, J. (2016). How do we promote health? From the words of African American elders with dementia and their family members. Research in Gerontological Nursing, 9(6), 278-287. doi: 10.3928/19404921-20160928-01

Jao, Y., Epps, F., McDermott, C., Rose, K., & Specht, J. (2017). Effects of support groups for individuals with early-stage dementia and mild cognitive impairment: An integrative review. Research in Gerontological Nursing, 10(1), 35-51. doi: 10.3928/19404921-20160726-01

Cothran, F., Paun, O., Barnes, L., Epps, F., Schoeny, M., & Farran, C. (2017). Comparing the effect of a moderate physical activity intervention on the mental health outcomes of African American and Caucasian dementia family caregivers: Secondary data analysis. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 38(4), 1-9. doi:10.1080/01612840.2017.1364807

Kovaleva, M., Bilsborough, E., Griffiths, P., Nocera, J., Higgins, M., Epps, F., Kilgore, K., Lindauer, A., Morhardt, D., Shah, R., Hepburn, K. (2018). Testing Tele-Savvy: Protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Research in Nursing and Health. Advance on-line publication. doi: 10.1002/nur.21859

 

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.

2016      November 19. Epps, F., & Skemp, L. The Role of Religiosity in Health Promotion For
African American Elders with Memory Impairment. Symposium. 2016 Gerontological Society of America Annual Scientific Meeting. New Orleans, LA.

2017      April 7. Epps, F., & Skemp, L. Exploring Barriers to Participation in Health Promotion Activities for African American Elders with Dementia and Their Family Caregivers. Paper. Southern Gerontological Society 38th Annual Meeting. Asheville, NC.

2017      November 10. Epps, F. Roadblocks Confronting African American Elders Living with Dementia in an Urban Community. Invited Paper. Aging and Dementia in the 21st Century. Knoxville, TN.

2017      July 24. Spurlock, W., Epps, F., & Anthony, S. Reducing Antipsychotic Use in Nursing Home Residents with Dementia. Poster. 2017 International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) World Congress. San Francisco, CA.

 

Funding

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

Title Exploring the Community Context of the Atlanta Metropolitan Area in Relation to Health Promotion Activities for African American Elders with Dementia and Their Family Caregivers (Epps)
Role PI
Funding Source GSU, Byrdine F. Lewis College of Nursing and Health Professions
Duration 2016-2017
Amount $7,000

Title Supplement to R01 AG054079. Testing Tele-Savvy, an On-line Psychoeducation Program for Dementia Family Caregivers (Hepburn)
Role Diversity Candidate
Funding Source NIA
Duration 2017-2019
Amount $303,000

Title Dementia-Friendly Faith Villages to Support African American Families (Epps)
Role PI
Funding Source Alzheimer’s Association (AARGD-18-56229)
Duration 2018-2021
Amount $150,000

 

Memberships

American Nurses Association

Sigma Theta Tau International

Gerontological Society of America

International Dementia Scholars Collaborative

Southern Nursing Research Society

American Public Health Association

Louisiana League for Nursing

 

Service

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