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Gayenell Magwood, PhD, RN
Assistant Professor 
College of Nursing

Complete Biographical Sketch

Dr. Gayenell S. Magwood is an Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing. Dr. Magwood received her Ph.D. in Nursing from the Medical University of South Carolina, a Master of Science in Nursing from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the Medical University of South Carolina; and a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications and Psychology from Winthrop University.   Dr. Magwood also holds a certificate in Faith Community Nursing from St. Louis University; completed specialized training in Cognitive Interviewing at the Joint Program of Survey Methodology, University of Michigan and University of Maryland; and post-graduate work at the Graduate Summer Institute of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. 

From 2002-2006, Dr. Magwood was Project Director and Co-Investigator for REACH 2010: Charleston and Georgetown Diabetes Coalition a research and demonstration grant focused on reducing disparities and improving care for African Americans with diabetes. She continues to collaborate with REACH 2010 partners, staff, and faculty with their research and evaluation efforts.

Dr. Magwood’s research interests include health disparities, patient-reported outcomes, and health literacy. Her dissertation research focused on evaluating health related quality of life (HRQOL) instruments for use with aging African Americans diagnosed with diabetes mellitus. She is also concerned with the under representation of culturally diverse individuals in nursing and has worked with the SC AHEC student development and diversity program to establish a pre-nursing Academy.

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