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College of Nursing Faculty

Kathleen Cartmell

Kathleen B. Cartmell, MPH, PhD
Assistant Professor

Medical University of South Carolina
College of Nursing
99 Jonathan Lucas Street
MSC 160
Charleston, SC 29425-1600

Telephone: (843) 792-9386
Fax: (843) 792-6698

Dr. Kathleen Cartmell is an Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the College of Charleston, a Master of Public Health Degree from the Emory University Rollins School of Public Health and a Doctoral Degree in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences from MUSC. Prior to joining the MUSC College of Nursing faculty in 2013, she worked at Hollings Cancer Center as a cancer prevention and control research project manager for seven years and at the public health grassroots level in Georgia as a regional epidemiologist for six years.

Dr. Cartmell has expertise in mixed methods research, public health intervention strategies and cancer survivorship. Her primary research interests are: 1) to identify optimal strategies for the implementation and dissemination of effective public health interventions and 2) to develop and test interventions to enhance the delivery of patient-centered cancer care. Her dissertation research tested a lay navigator intervention to educate and assist patients to overcome barriers to cancer clinical trial participation. She is currently the principle investigator on a statewide project funded by the South Carolina Cancer Alliance to disseminate patient-centered standards of cancer care. Dr. Cartmell has participated in team research that evaluated the South Carolina Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan, examined the benefits of dragon boating for cancer survivors and summarized racial differences in understanding and preferences for cancer prevention modalities such as nicotine replacement therapy and the HPV vaccine. Dr. Cartmell will be teaching Epidemiology in the Doctorate of Nursing Practice program at the College of Nursing starting in the 2013-2014 academic year.

During her doctoral studies, Dr. Cartmell received the MUSC Women’s Club Scholarship and the MUSC College of Health Professions Merit Scholarship. She was also awarded the MUSC Student Research Day 1st Place Oral Health Disparities Award for two years in a row and the 1st Place Oral Interprofessional Collaboration Research Award. For her work in promoting public health, she received the Georgia GlaxoSmithKline Child Health Award and the Georgia Division of Public Health Epidemiologist of the Year Award. She is also a member of the American Society of Preventive Oncology and the South Carolina Cancer Alliance.