AnnMarie L Walton, PhD, RN, MPH, OCN, CHES

AnnMarie Walton, PhD, MPH, RN, OCN, CHES, joined DUSON’s faculty on August 1, 2017. She is a member of the Clinical Health Systems and Analytics Division.

Dr. Walton earned a BS in Community Health Education and a concentration in Spanish at the University of Maryland at College Park, a Master’s Degree in Health Behavior and Health Education at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, an accelerated BSN at UNC-Chapel Hill, and a post-masters certificate in Nursing Education and a PhD in Nursing with an oncology cohort from the University of Utah. She is also a Certified Health Education Specialist and Oncology Certified Nurse.

Dr. Waltons's program of research examines minimizing occupational exposures to carcinogens. Her dissertation work combined her educational preparation and over ten years of clinical experience caring for patients with acute leukemia to examine the pesticide protective behaviors of Latino migrant and seasonal farmworkers. This work was supported by a T32 Fellowship in Cancer, Aging and End of Life from the National Institutes of Nursing Research, An American Cancer Society Doctoral Scholarship in Oncology Nursing and a Jonas Nurse Leader Scholarship.

Dr. Walton completed a postdoctoral fellowship at UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Nursing. She received support from a T32 Fellowship in Interventions to Prevent and Manage Chronic Illness from the National Institutes of Nursing Research and pilot funds from the NC Occupational Safety and Health Education Research Center for work that focused on understanding the protective behaviors of Nursing Assistants handling antineoplastic drug contaminated excreta.

Dr. Walton's service work centers on preparing and enabling nurses to lead change to advance health. She serves as a nurse consultant for the Center to Champion Nursing in America, the leadership co-chair for the NC Future of Nursing Action Coalition and the sustainability co-chair for the National Nurses on Boards Coalition.

Academic Program Affiliations
  • PhD - University of Utah
  • BSN - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • MPH - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Research Interests

My research centers on understanding and minimizing occupational exposure to carcinogens. In my work with Latino migrant and seasonal farmworkers as well as nursing assistants in the healthcare setting, I recognize and hold central their vulnerabilities as occupational groups, and examine not only their individual protective behaviors but factors external to them such as their workplace environment and relationships with their employers. I also elicit strategies for behavior change within the groups themselves and use a combination of quantitative and qualitative approaches in my work, with an emphasis on the observational method. The majority of my independent research to date has been descriptive though I have focused my coursework and research assistantships to best prepare me for future intervention research. I am currently working on a K01 application to NIOSH in which my training will focus on biological exposure assessment to be able to document biological exposures to known carcinogens.

Awards and Honors
  • 2016 || Excellence in Oncology Nursing Health Policy and Advocacy Award, Oncology Nursing Society
  • 2015 || Outstanding PhD Student, University of Utah College of Nursing
  • 2014 || Breakthrough Leaders in Nursing Award, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, AARP Foundation, Center to Champion Nursing in America
  • 2007 || The Great 100, Great 100 Nurses of North Carolina
  • 2006 || Oncology Nurse of the Year, UNC Hospitals
Representative Publications
  • 2016 -- Walton, A.L., Leak-Bryant, A., Wong, B. & Mooney, K A missed opportunity: Understanding the value of documenting occupational exposure to carcinogens Journal of the Advanced Practitioner in Oncology. 2016 7 532-537.
  • 2016 -- Walton, A.L. & Mullinix, C Increasing the number of oncology nurses serving on boards Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing. 2016 20(4); 440-442.
  • 2016 -- Walton, A.L., LePrevost, C., Wong, B., Linnan, L., Sanchez-Birkhead, A., & Mooney, K. Observed and self-reported pesticide protective behaviors of Latino migrant and seasonal farmworkers Environmental Research. 2016 147 275-283.
  • 2015 -- Bryant, A.L., Walton, A.M., Shaw-Kokot, J., Mayer, D.K., & Reeve, B. A systematic review of psychometric properties of health-related quality of life and symptom instruments in adult acute leukemia survivors Cancer Nursing. 2015 .
  • 2015 -- Bryant, A. L., Deal, A., Walton, A., Wood, W., Muss, H., & Mayer, D. Use of ED and hospital services for patients with acute leukemia after induction therapy: One year follow-up. Leukemia Research. 2015 .
  • 2015 -- Bryant, A.L., Walton, A. L., & Phillips, B. Cancer-related fatigue: Scientific progress has been made in 40 years. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing. 2015 19(2); 137-139.
  • 2015 -- Walton, A. M., Lake, D., Mullinix, C., Allen, D., & Mooney, K. Enabling nurses to lead change: The orientation experiences of nurses to boards. Nursing Outlook. 2015 63(2); 110-116.
  • 2015 -- Bryant, A. L, Walton, A. M., Shaw-Kokot, J., Mayer, D. K., & Reeve, B. B. Symptoms and quality of life in adult survivors of acute leukemia: A systematic review Oncology Nursing Forum. 2015 42(2); E91-E101.
  • 2015 -- Albrecht, T., Walton, A. M., & Leak-Bryant, A. The unique supportive care needs of a mother with acute myeloid leukemia during treatment Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing. 2015 19(1); 16-19.
Grant Funding (Selected)
  • Nursing Assistants’ Safe Handling of Excreta Contaminated with Antineoplastic Drugs: A Feasibility Study
    North Carolina Occupational Safety and Environmental Health Research Center
    12/2016 to 06/2017
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