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Schenita D. Randolph, PhD, MPH, RN, CNE

Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing
(919) 613-9589
2005 Pearson Building

Dr. Schenita Randolph joined the DUSON faculty in July, 2015. She holds a BSN from North Carolina A&T State University, an MPH from UNC-Chapel Hill, and a PhD in Public Health with a focus on Community Health Education from Walden University. She is credentialed as a Certified Nurse Educator by the National League for Nursing. Dr. Randolph came to Duke from North Carolina A&T State University, where she was an assistant professor and served in various leadership positions including Interim Director for Community Engagement and Clinical Translation, Specialty Leader for Community Health Nursing and Chair of the Student Affairs Committee. Dr. Randolph has been an active nurse educator for more than a decade. Prior to this, she worked as a public health nurse at Guilford County Department of Public Health, as a home health nurse, and as a staff nurse at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

Dr. Randolph’s program of research is aimed at the development of culturally and socially appropriate interventions that will decrease the incidence of HIV among African American males. She has presented at national, state, and local conferences on population focused nursing care and HIV among African American college males. Last year, Dr. Randolph was recognized as a Great 100 Nurse recipient for the state of North Carolina, and received the national Elsevier Leading Stars in Education (ELSIE) Award. In 2013 she received the Interdisciplinary Research Award at NC A&T State University.


  • PhD - Walden University
  • MPH - University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
  • BSN - North Carrolina A&T State University

Research Interests

• Health Disparities
• Minority Health

Awards and Honors

  • 2014 || Elsevier Exceptional Nurse Educator Award, Elsevier
  • 2014 || Great 100 Nurses of North Carolina
  • 2014 || Junior Researcher of the Year, North Carolina A&T State University School of Nursing
  • 2013 || Interdisciplinary Research Award, North Carolina A&T State University
  • 2010 || Summer Faculty Research Fellowship Program, North Carolina A&T State University
  • 2009 || Nurse Educators of Tomorrow Scholarship
  • 2006 || Inducted, Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi
  • 2004 || Inducted, Sigma Theta Tau International
  • 2002 || Blee-Hay and Klinginfus Award for Public Health Nursing, School of Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Areas of Expertise

  • Global and Community Health
  • Nursing Education

Representative Publications

  • 2015 -- Randolph, S. and Evans, C. and Bacon, C. T. Preparing BSN-Prepared Nurses for Population-Focused Nursing Care. Nursing Education Perspectives. April 17, 2015 early online
  • 2014 -- Randolph, S. The Future of Nursing: An Innovative Partnership to Teach BSN Students Community/Public Health Competencies [White Paper] The NHP [Nursing and Health Professions] Educator. March, 2014
  • 2014 -- Coakley, T. M. and Shears, J. K. and Randolph, S. D. Understanding key barriers to fathers' case planning involvement Child & Youth Services. 2014 35(4); 343-364
  • 2013 -- Randolph, S. D. and Kim, M. M. and Golin, C. E. and Matthews, D. D. and Howard, D. L. Exploring sexual identity development among African American male college students Electronic Journal of Human Sexuality. February 13, 2013 16
  • 2012 -- Hall, M. and Graves, K. and Randolph, S. and Curley, A. and Easterling, D. and Lang-Walker, R. and Blackstock, S. and Tuck, I. and Wagner, M. and Buford, A. Health Care Access in Guilford County. A White Paper Commissioned by the Cone Health Foundation. May, 2012
  • 2007 -- Randolph, S. and Williamson, W. and Wall, M. Volunteer Nurse Training Manual: Community Initiative to Eliminate Stroke in Guilford and Forsyth Counties 2007

Grant Funding (Selected)

  • Assessing the Role and Impact of Fathers on their Son’s Sexual Behaviors

    The North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute (NCTraCS)
    04/2015 to 03/2016
    Role: PI

    Project Goal: To examine the role and impact of African American fathers' in their sons' sexual behaviors by exploring factors that promote or inhibit communication and resources used to promote communication about sex.

  • Interprofessional Collaborative Clinical Experience

    North Carolina Area Health Education Center (AHEC)
    07/2014 to 06/2015
    Role: PI

    Project Goal: To develop an interprofessional clinical practice learning experience for undergraduate nursing, social work, and nutrition students in a setting that serves at-risk populations in an underserved community.

  • Using the Social-Ecological Model to Assess Current and Past HIV Testing Behaviors and Attitudes of Young, Black Women ages 18-24

    The National Historically Black College and University Research Network for Health Services and Health Disparities
    10/2014 to 06/2015

    Project Goal: To discover the current and past HIV testing behaviors and attitudes of young, black women 18-24.

  • Access to Comprehensive Health Care White Paper

    Cone Health Foundation
    11/2011 to 05/2012
    Role: Co-PI

    Project Goal: To investigate access to comprehensive health care services for the Greater Greensboro community using a community based participatory research approach.

  • Assessing Sexuality Development of African American Male College Students age 18-25

    Carolina-Shaw Partnership for the Elimination of Health Disparities (National Institute of Health)e
    07/2010 to 06/2011
    Role: PI

    Project Goal: The purpose of this pilot study was to use a qualitative exploratory research design to collect data about African American male college students 18-25 at a historically black college and university to assess their sexual identity development.

  • Junior Faculty Mentee, Research Training Core

    TRIAD Center for Health Disparities, NIH National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD)
    Role: Junior Faculty Mentee

    Project Goal: To provide funding to support research mentee on the TRIAD Center for Health Disparities funded by the US DHHS NIH National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities

  • Clilnical Site Development

    Greensboro Area Health Education Center (AHEC)
    Role: Co-PI

    Project Goal: To develop a new clinical site for undergraduate nursing students.

  • Clinical Site Development

    Greensboro Area Health Education Center (AHEC)
    Role: Co-PI

    Project Goal: To develop a new clinical site for undergraduate nursing students.

  • Distance Learning Online Course Development Grant

    North Carolina Agriculture and Technical State University
    05/2005 to 07/2005

    Project Goal: To develop a Community Health Nursing course that will be delivered online for RN to BSN students.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Clinical Nurse Educator ​Danett Cantey recently presented a poster presentation entitled: "Student-Developed Simulations: Enhancing Understanding of Cultural Awareness and Social Determinants of Health (SDH)" at the Center for Life Long Learning at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Nursing. Co-authors of the poster include: Margie Molloy, Michael Cary, Brigit Carter and Schenita Randolph. 

Monday, November 20, 2017

Schenita Randolph recently presented two oral presentations at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting and Expo in Atlanta, GA. Her presentations were entitled "African American father-son communication to prevent STIs, HIV and teen parenthood" and "Feasibility of Using Barbers as Educators for a Father-Son Adolescent Sexual Health Intervention." The theme of the conferences was "creating the Healthiest Nation: Climate Changes Health." 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The NIH has recently announced funding for The Duke Center for Research to Advance Healthcare Equity, with Kimberly Johnson as PI. There are many DUSON faculty involved in this grant:

Friday, August 18, 2017

Schenita Randolph and Rosa Gonzalez-Guarda published an article entitled "Barber-led sexual health education intervention for Black male adolescents and their fathersin Public Health Nursing. Co-author also includes Terrence Pleasants, MSW.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Rosa Gonzalez-Guarda, Schenita Randolph and Ryan Shaw recently completed the Duke University School of Medicine LEADERS program. The interactive workshop is designed for junior faculty who are leading a research group. It provides insight into leadership and team building as well as direction on how to develop and manage a scientific laboratory or research program, how to improve productivity, and how to harness creativity and innovation.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Schenita Randolph published an article entitled "Values that Fathers Communicate to Sons about Sex, Sexuality, Relationships, and Marriage" in the Journal of Social Work in Public Health. Co-authors included experts from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Schenita Randolph was one of the keynote speakers for the 1st Fathers & Youth Education and Health Conference sponsored by the University of North Carolina at Greensboro School of Health and Human Sciences and the Ethel Martus Lawther Fund Lecture Series. Her topic was "Healthy Youth, Healthy Communities: The Role and Impact of Black Men."

Friday, May 12, 2017

​Danett Cantey published her first manuscript, titled "Student-developed simulations: Enhancing cultural awareness and understanding social determinants of health" in the April 2017 issue of Journal of Nursing Education. Co-authors include Schenita Randolph, Margie Molloy, Brigit Carter and Michael Cary.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Schenita Randolph recently published an article entitled "Parent-youth communication to reduce at-risk sexual behavior: A systematic literature review" in the Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment. Co-authors include experts from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University, and the Texas Department of State Health Services.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Schenita Randolph published an article entitled "African-American Fathers' Perspectives on Facilitators and Barriers to Father-Son Sexual Health Communication" in the February issue of Research in Nursing and Health. Co-authors included experts from John Hopkins School of Public Health, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and North Carolina A&T State University.