Susan Appel received a Ph.D. degree in 2002 in nursing science graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has since attended three postdoctoral programs (i.e., Molecular Genetics, Georgetown University/ NINR Summer Genetics Institute; NHLBI, Alabama Collaboration for Cardiovascular Equality (ACCE), Research Training program in Cardiovascular Health Disparities, Division of Preventative Medicine, School of Medicine University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and Tuskegee University; NIH K-30 UAB School of Medicine Clinical Research Training program). In 1984, Dr. Appel completed her M.S. degree with a focus in cardiovascular nursing, University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC, USA from where she also holds two postmasters. Dr. Appel is doubly board certified as an Acute Care and Family Nurse Practitioner. She has also been certified by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses as a Critical Care Registered Nurse (CCRN) for more than 23 years. She is a Fellow of the American Heart Association. Dr. Appel is currently the Option Facilitator for the Acute Care and Continuing Care Nurse Practitioner program at the University of Alabama School of Nursing in Birmingham Alabama. Dr. Appel is the coauthor of a middle range nursing theory. This theory is focused on the impact of contextual risk factors and how these factors foster increased traditional cardiovascular risk among rural low-income Southern African-American women. This theory was originally published in the Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing (Appel, Giger, and Davidhizar, 2005) and has been republished in the Journal of the National Black Nurses Association (Appel et al., 2008). Likewise, this theory has been tested in several published research studies and unpublished dissertation works.
Biography Updated on 26 January 2011