Susan Denman, PhD, RN, FNP-BC

Dr. Denman is the director of the Family Nurse Practitioner specialty of the MSN Program at School of Nursing. She teaches in the APRN clinical courses. After earning a diploma in nursing at St. Joseph’s School of Nursing in Syracuse, NY, she earned her BS in nursing and then an MS in the Family Nurse Practitioner specialty at the State University of New York–Stony Brook. In 1996, she completed a PhD at the School of Nursing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her dissertation research focused on health promotion/illness prevention among low-income Latina mothers. She has continued this research interest in North Carolina and internationally.

Dr. Denman’s clinical background includes public health nursing and work as a family nurse practitioner in a variety of settings from urban hospital-based clinics to rural community health centers. She is fluent in Spanish and an expert on Latino health care. She currently practices part-time in the Extended Hours service at Lincoln Community Health Center in Durham and serves as the President of the Board of Directors of El Centro Hispano, also in Durham.

Academic Program Affiliations
  • Ph.D. - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • MS - State University of New York, Stony Brook
  • BS - State University of New York
Research Interests
Current research interests are access and utilization of primary health care, especially by Latino populations. Particular interests are maternal/child health access and utilization by vulnerable populations and the effect of demographics, barriers, satisfaction and information on use of primary care.
Awards and Honors
  • 2008 || Duke-UNC Latin American Studies Faculty Research Award
  • 2008 || Duke-UNC Latin American/Caribbean Studies Faculty Research Award
  • 2003 || Who’s Who in Health Sciences Education, Academic Keys
  • 2002 || Outstanding Faculty Award, Duke University School of Nursing
  • 2000 || Duke University Provost Award for International Presentation
  • 1997 || Duke-UNC Latin American Studies Faculty Presentation Award
  • 1995 || Doctoral Student Poster Award, Southern Nursing Research Society
  • 1995 || Duke-UNC Latin American Studies Doctoral Candidate Presentation Award
  • 1990 || UNC-CH Merit Scholarship, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
  • 1967 || New York State Regents Scholarship
Representative Publications
  • 1999 -- Denman, S. and Stern, E. and Parra, I. and Lopez, C. and Gilbertson, S. and Quibrera, M. Latino Access to Care Survey: Report to The Duke Endowment. 1999 .
  • 2006 -- Denman, S. Education: an essential key for the improvement of public health in developing countries. October, 2006 .
  • 2009 -- PubMed # : 20013439 -- Pollak, KI; Denman, S; Gordon, KC; Lyna, P; Rocha, P; Brouwer, RN; Fish, L; Baucom, DH Is pregnancy a teachable moment for smoking cessation among US Latino expectant fathers? A pilot study. Ethn Health. December, 2009 15(1); 1-13.
  • 1999 -- PubMed # : 10661118 -- Denman-Vitale, S; Murillo, EK Effective promotion of breastfeeding among Latin American women newly immigrated to the United States. Holist Nurs Pract. July, 1999 13(4); 51-60.
  • 2004 -- PubMed # : 15257125 -- Green-Hernandez, C; Quinn, AAT; Denman-Vitale, S; Falkenstern, SK; Judge-Ellis, T Making primary care culturally competent. Nurse Pract. June, 2004 29(6); 49-55.
  • 2007 -- PubMed # : 17264792 -- Hunter, A; Denman Vitale, S; Garzon, L; Allen, PJ; Schumann, L Global infections: recognition, management, and prevention. Nurse Pract. February, 2007 32(2); 34-41.
Grant Funding (Selected)
  • Enhanced Geriatric Content for Family Nurse Practitioners
    Health Resources and Service Administration
    07/2010 to 06/2013
    Role: Project Director
    Project goal: To expand and revise the existing Master of Science in Nursing family nurse practitioner (FNP) curriculum at the Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON), to address the critical shortage of primary care providers in rural and underserved areas who are skilled in providing primary care of older adults.
  • En Pareja: A Latino Couples Intervention to Help Expectant Fathers Quit Smoking
    National Institutes of Health
    08/2008 to 07/2013
    Role: Co-PI
    The smoking rate among Latino males is too high. Few effective programs reach and promote long term smoking cessation among Latino Spanish-speaking smokers. This intervention approaches Latinos when their wives are pregnant to increase motivation for quitting. The intervention includes Latinas and teaches the couples effective communication skills to help sustain cessation effects long term.
  • Assessing Risk Factors for Obesity in Young Children in Northern Mexico
    06/2011 to 05/2013
    Role: Co-Investigator
  • Health of Latino Infants: Interventions to Assure Care
    National Institutes of Health
    09/2006 to 08/2009
    Role: PI
    Using American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines for the standard schedule of infant well baby examinations (WBE) and immunizations (IMZ), this study will examine the effectiveness of a phone-based intervention (RAAPP) which includes: (1)WBE/IMZ care reminders, (2) problem assessment, (3) and problem assistance delivered at 3 time points (2, 4, and 6 months of infants’ age); delivered largely by RN-supervised Latina lay health advisors to a sample of low-income, foreign born Latino mothers of a new infant.
  • Award for partial funding of three conference presenters - Video project
    Duke Center for Instructional Technology Jump Start grant
    01/2007 to 12/2007
    Role: Program Director
    Program Director. Teaching effort. Duke CIT Jump Start grant follow-up. Award for partial funding of three conference presenters - Video project.
  • Adult Physical Exam Video Project
    Duke Center for Instructional Technology Jump Start grant
    04/2006 to 04/2007
    Role: Program Director
    This project created video series that demonstrate a specific adult physical examination taught in N332 Physical Assessment. The various formats of the videos were integrated to online courses posted in Blackboard, to self-paced web tutorials for online learning and to video iPods for mobile learning.
  • Initiate Use of Audio/Video iPODS in selected DUSON courses
    Duke Center for Instructional Technology Digital Initiative grant
    01/2006 to 12/2006
    Role: Co-Applicant
    Teaching effort. Duke CIT Digital Initiative grant. Initiate Use of Audio/Video iPODS in selected DUSON courses. Approx. 150 iPODS were awarded to DUSON in 2006.
  • LEE (Lograremos el Ejercer Enfermeria)
    Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
    07/2004 to 07/2006
    Role: Consultant
    RWJF Fellowship grant to DUMC, LEE (Lograremos el Ejercer Enfermeria): $20,000. 2004 to 2006.
  • Evidence-Based Nursing in Geriatric Care Settings
    Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA)
    1D62 HP01909-01
    09/2003 to 06/2006
    Role: Consultant
  • El Centro Hispano Latino Health Fair support
    Duke University Latino/a Studies
    01/2003 to 12/2003
    Role: Project Director
  • Hispanic Nurses Advancement Project Meeting Support
    Duke University Latino/a Studies
    01/2003 to 12/2003
    Role: Project Director
  • Latino Nurses Project
    Johnson & Johnson
    01/2003 to 12/2003
    Role: Project Director
    Johnson & Johnson Nursing support start-up for Latino Nurses Project.
  • Pink Ribbon Project
    DUSON/El Centro Hispano. FDA Program Grant.
    01/2003 to 12/2003
    Role: Co-Program Director
  • LATCH (Latino Access to Coordinated Health Care)
    Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA)
    10/2002 to 09/2003
    Role: Consultant
  • Hablamos de Nuestra Salud,
    Glaxo Program Grant to DUMC
    07/2001 to 07/2004
    Role: Advisory Board Member/Program Evaluation
    Advisory Board/Program Evaluation. Glaxo Program Grant to DUMC - Hablamos de Nuestra Salud, $50,000. 2001-2004
  • PDA Project for ABSN and Medical Spanish Students
    Center for Instructional Technology, Duke University
    07/2001 to 07/2001
    Role: Co-leader with P. Allen
    CIT funded PDA Project for ABSN and Medical Spanish Students, 100+ PDAs provided. 2001
  • Educating Health Care Students and Health Care Professionals: Spanish Language and Cultural Competency, a Modular Approach to Building Skill.
    The Duke Endowment
    07/1998 to 07/2001
    Role: Program Director
  • Latino Access to Health Care (Survey)
    Duke Endowment
    01/1998 to 01/1999
    Role: PI
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