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Dawn Aycock PhD, RN, ANP-BC, FAHA

Assistant Professor    

PHD- Nursing, The University of Alabama at Birmingham (2012)
MSN- Adult Health Nursing, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia (2004)
BSN Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, Texas (1995)


Dr. Aycock is a registered nurse and certified adult health nurse practitioner with experience caring for adults in hospital and community-based settings. Dr. Aycock has spent the majority of her nursing career involved in clinical and nursing research. She has coordinated pharmaceutical funded analgesic clinical trials, and NIH funded studies investigating family caregivers of stroke survivors, women with migraines, and mothers of low-birth weight infants.

Dr. Aycock’s research interest is stroke prevention in African Americans, particularly among young adults and those with a family history of stroke. She focuses on helping individuals improve their understanding of stroke, personal risk of stroke and promoting healthy behaviors to reduce stroke risk. Dr. Aycock has received grant support from Georgia State University and the National Institutes of Nursing Research, NIH to develop and test a Stroke COunseling for Risk REduction (SCORRE) intervention for young adult African Americans.

Select Publications

Aycock, D.M. & Clark, P.C. (In Press). Incongruence between perceived long-term risk and actual risk of stroke in rural African Americans. Journal of Neuroscience Nursing.

Aycock, D.M. & Clark, P.C. (2015). Preliminary reliability and validity of a benefits and barriers of exercise scale in an African American sample. Journal of Nursing Measurement, 23(2), 350-360.

Aycock, D.M., Kirkendoll, K.D., Coleman, K.C., Clark, P.C., Albright, K. & Alexandrov, A.W. (2014). Family history of stroke among African Americans and its association with risk factors, knowledge, perceptions, and exercise. Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. doi:10.1097/JCN.0000000000000125

Clark, P.C., Aycock, D.M., Reiss, A., Tanner, D. Shenvi, N.V. Easley, K.A., Wolf, S.L. (2014) Potential benefits for caregivers of stroke survivors receiving BTX-A and exercise for upper extremity spasticity. Rehabilitation Nursing, 0, 1-9. Doi:10.1002/rnj.147.

Lee, S., Aycock, D., & Moloney, M. (2013). Bright light therapy to promote sleep in mothers of low-birth-weight infants: a pilot study. Biological Research for Nursing, 15(4), 398-406.

Aycock, D.M., Kirkendoll, K.D., Gordon, P.L. (2013). Hypertension education and screening in African American churches. Journal of Community Health Nursing, 30, 16-27.

Aycock, D.M. & Curry, E. (2013). Minimizing risks for nursing students recruited for health and educational research. Nurse Educator, 38(2), 56-60.

Lee, S.Y., Lee. K.A., Aycock, D. Decker, M. (2010). Circadian activity rhythms for mothers with an infant in ICU. Frontiers in Sleep and Chronobiology. 1, 155. 10.3389/fneur.2010.00155

Zeferino, S.I. & Aycock, D.M. (2010). Post-stroke shoulder pain: Inevitable or preventable. Rehabilitation Nursing, 35(4), 147-151.

Klinedinst, N.J., Gebhardt, M.C., Aycock, D.M., Nichols-Larsen, D.S. Uswatte,G., Wolf, S.L., Clark P.C. (2010). Caregiver characteristics predict stroke survivor quality of life at 4 months and 1 year. Research in Nursing & Health, 32(6), 592-605. (Awarded the 2010-11 Stroke Manuscript of the Year by the AHA Cardiovascular Council).

Additional Publications –

Professional Service Activities
American Heart Association Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing Council
Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society, Alpha Epsilon Chapter
Chi Eta Phi Sorority Inc., Gamma Chi Chapter
Southern Nursing Research Societ