Assistant Professor Dawn M. Turnage is a four-time UCF nursing alumna. Her research focuses on immunizations and public health, as well as the health of parental caregivers of children with autism spectrum disorder. Turnage is active in Sigma International Honor Society of Nursing, serving on the board of the Theta Epsilon Chapter since 2016 and as president from 2020-22. She also chairs the newly formed UCF College of Nursing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Advisory Council. In addition to her autism-related research, Turnage works tirelessly to improve the lives of caregivers and individuals with autism spectrum disorder through service on leadership boards for national and international autism organizations. 

  • PhD, University of Central Florida
  • DNP, University of Central Florida
  • MSN, University of Central Florida
  • BSN, University of Central Florida
  • Nurse Educator Certificate, University of Central Florida
Selected Editorial Activities
  • Reviewer, Journal of Nursing Practice
Selected Professional Activities
  • Chapter President, Sigma Honor Society of Nursing: Theta Epsilon Chapter
  • Building Corporation Board of Directors, Sigma Honor Society of Nursing
  • Leadership Council, National Council on Severe Autism

Expertise & Research

Research Areas
  • Aging & Vulnerable Populations
  • Quality, Safety & Patient Outcomes
  • Community Health
  • Diversity / Equity / Inclusion
  • Evidence-Based Practice
  • Population Health: Adults
  • Population Health: Pediatrics
  • Preventative Care
  • Public Health
  • Quality / Safety
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