Dr. Jean Davis’ research in the field of community health promotion was inspired from a young age, having grown up listening to her aunt and mom, both nurses, solve community health problems. Her research focus includes physical activity persistence for healthy longevity and risk reduction, physical activity habit formation, health-enhancing physical activity, and exercise as an alternative to medicine. Her populations of interest include both able-bodied and disabled Veterans, cancer survivors, and middle-aged adults.

The board-certified family nurse practitioner and public health/community clinical nurse specialist has nearly two decades of clinical leadership positions in the field, including hospitals, private practice, community clinics and nursing education. She is also a national Jonas Veterans Healthcare Scholar.

In addition to her faculty appointment at the UCF College of Nursing, Davis serves as a volunteer family nurse practitioner and public/community health nurse specialist at the We Care Manatee free clinic and a disaster relief volunteer with Remote Area Medical. Additionally, she serves as an accreditation site visitor for the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and a film reviewer for the American Public Health Association Global Public Health Film Festival Program.

  • PhD in Nursing, University of Central Florida
  • DNP in Nursing Practice – Family Nurse Practitioner & Community/Public Health Clinical Nurse Specialist, Florida Atlantic University
  • Post-master’s Certificate – Family Nurse Practitioner, Barry University
  • EdD in Higher Education, Nova Southeastern University
  • MSN – Community Health Clinical Nurse Specialist, Rutgers University
  • BSN, Rutgers University
Selected Professional Organizations
  • American Association of Nurse Practitioners
  • American Nurses Association
  • American Public Health Association, Physical Activity Section Member
  • Association of Community Health Nurse Educators
  • National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty
  • Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing
  • Southern Nursing Research Society, Community Health Research Interest Group

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