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

Assistant Professor
(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.

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.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Ever since the outbreak of the AIDS epidemic in 1981, many medical professionals, community activists and others have been fighting to prevent new HIV infections, diagnose existing ones and care for people living with HIV/AIDS. On December 1, people around the world will unite in the fight against HIV/AIDS under this year’s theme for World AIDS Day: “Leadership. Commitment. Impact.”

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Kudos to Schenita Randolph for the submission of her CTSA KL2 proposal to the Duke CTSI, project entitled "Barber Talk to Decrease Risky Sexual Behaviors among Black Male Youth." This proposal requests funding for three years to support 75 percent investigator effort, travel, and research related costs. The award will begin July 1, 2017.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Schenita Randolph recently presented on "Perspectives of African American Fathers about the Facilitators and Barriers of Sexual Health Communication" at the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care Conference in Atlanta, GA.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Schenita Randolph was recently invited to speak on sexual health disparities among black youth and young adults at the 15th Annual Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) and Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI) Health Services Research Conference held at the University of the District of Columbia in Washington, D.C. The theme of this year's conference was "Translational Research for Reducing Health Disparities."

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Faculty members Melissa Batchelor-Murphy, Rosa Gonzalez-Guarda, Devon Noonan, Schenita Randolph, Karin Reuter-Rice, Cheryl Rodgers, Ryan Shaw and Eleanor Stevenson were recently accepted into the Fall Path to Independence Grant Writing Program co-sponsored by DUSON and the Duke University School of Medicine.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Michael Cary, Nancy Crego and Schenita Randolph were recently selected to participate in the Duke Health Health Disparities Research Curriculum (HDRC) sponsored by Duke Clinical & Translational Science Institute, which is in support by the Duke CTSA grant.

HDRC is designed to increase knowledge and skill of participants in the evaluation, design, and conduct of health disparities research. The curriculum consists of monthly sessions which combine didactics and student activities addressing: 

Friday, September 9, 2016

Schenita Randolph was recently chosen to present her abstract entitled "Perspectives of African-American Fathers about Father-Son Sexual Health Communication: Facilitators and Barriers" at the 12th Duke Center for AIDS Research Fall Scientific Retreat on Wednesday, September 14.

For more information on the retreat or to register, click here.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

The Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON) Center for Nursing Research announced the winners of the 2016 Small Grant Award. Leigh Ann Simmons, Schenita Randolph, Michael Relf and Elijah Onsomue, Sophia Smith and Deb Allen, and Ryan Shaw won research funding totaling nearly $80,000. The projects range from dietary intervention during pregnancy to testing mHealth technology.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Schenita Randolph recently planned and presented a symposium entitled "The Legacy of Community Based, Public Health and Health Promotion Nursing Research: Strategies to Ensure Health" at the 2016 Annual Southern Nursing Research Society (SNRS) Conference in Williamsburg, Virginia. The presentation was a collaboration with several schools of nursing who are a part of the Community/Public Health research interest group.