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Gayenell Magwood Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N.

Gayenell S. Magwood Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N.

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  • Professor
  • College of Nursing
  • Nursing
Academic Focus
  • Community Based Participatory Research and Community Engagement
  • Cardiometabolic Risk Reduction and Management
  • Health Disparities Research


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Gayenell S. Magwood, PhD, RN, FAAN is a professor in the College of Nursing.

Dr. Magwood a respected researcher, educator and mentor, has combined her passion and advocacy with her science to inform best practices for building, enhancing, and sustaining partnerships with communities; on major grants contributing expertise in the intersection of community and health systems.  She has distinguished leadership and scientific impact in improving cardiometabolic outcomes among African Americans; and replicable models of community engagement and coalition building with marginalized populations. She served as Co-PI for REACH 2010: Charleston-Georgetown Diabetes Coalition and REACH U.S. Southeastern Center of Excellence in the Elimination of Disparities, community-based participatory research to reduce disparities and improve care for diabetes; is a NIH funded PI/Co-I and PI for AHA-funded disparities grant to improve recovery for stroke.

Dr. Magwood has consulted with national and international communities and served as expert reviewer for numerous entities. She has led academic-community partnered teams , making seminal contributions to the science of community engaged research and coalition building with ethnic minority populations.  Her work has led to success with national competitive NIH awards and wide spread dissemination. Her expertise is widely solicited and many professional and advocacy contributions reflect the breadth of her impact and influence in nursing science, team and community science and collaboration.

Dr. Magwood received a BA from Winthrop University, BSN from the Medical University of South Carolina, MSN from George Mason University, PhD from College of Graduate Studies, MUSC. She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.