Safiya George Dalmida, PhD, APRN-BC

Nancy C. Sharts-Hopko, PhD, RN, FAAN
Nancy C. Sharts-Hopko, PhD, RN, FAAN
Nancy C. Sharts-Hopko, PhD, RN, FAAN
Nancy C. Sharts-Hopko, PhD, RN, FAAN
Nancy C. Sharts-Hopko, PhD, RN, FAAN

george-dalmida-webDr. George is an Associate Professor and the Assistant Dean for Research at the Capstone College of Nursing, where she also serves as Chair of the Scholarly Affairs Committee and member of the Executive Council. She is currently the Vice President of the Epsilon Omega Chapter of Sigma (2016-2018). Dr. George has been an active member of Sigma for more than 15 years and has a strong track record of several, effective leadership positions at Sigma and other organizations. She previously served as an elected member of Sigma’s Leadership Succession Committee (2013-2015), Chair of Sigma’s International Service Taskforce (2011-2013) and Co-Chair of the Research Committee of Alpha Epsilon Chapter of Sigma (2010-2012). As Chair of the International Service Taskforce, she led data analysis and publication of, Volunteer service and service learning: Opportunities, partnerships, and United Nations goals in Journal of Nursing Scholarship (George Dalmida, et al., 2016).

She is also currently a member of the Board of Directors of Five Horizons Healthcare and also the Vice Chair of Healthy Nation, a nonprofit organization in Monrovia, Liberia that provides screening and healthcare to children of K-12 age and their families. She is a former member of the Executive Team of the Interdisciplinary Religion and Public Health Collaborative at Emory University. Dr. George is a leading scholar in the fields of HIV research and spirituality/religion and health and published a book chapter on the role of Religion in the HIV epidemic in, Religion as a Social Determinant of Health (Edited by E. Idler) (Oxford University Press, 2014). She also published a chapter on “Prevention counseling and other strategies in the HIV care setting” in Encyclopedia of AIDS. New York: Springer Science.

She obtained her PhD in Nursing and certificates in Women’s Studies and Teaching from Emory University. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Research on Religion and Health from Duke University in Durham, NC. She is also a board-certified Adult Nurse Practitioner and has a specialty in HIV/AIDS and Oncology. She currently has two funded research studies. One study, Affordable Housing and Community Advocacy for People Living with HIV: Assessing Best Practices and Health Impact”, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is designed to assess the health impact of housing and case management and evaluate a statewide HIV advocacy program. A current pilot study, Multi-level Strategies to Improve HIV Care in West Alabama, aims to develop and test a group counseling intervention, using telemedicine and peer leaders, designed to address substance use and mental health issues among people living with HIV/AIDS in Alabama.  Another current project uses magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to examine neural substrates of sexual decision making and sexual risk behavior among Black teenage girls. A recent project examined the sociocultural factors that contribute to high rates of HIV in the US Virgin Islands. Another recent project examined the role of religion and cognitive function in the sexual decision-making and HIV/STI-associated sexual risk behavior of Black adolescent females.