Faculty and Staff
Mary Foster Cox PhD, RN
Part Time Instructor
College of Nursing
University of South Carolina
College of Nursing
Dr. Cox received her PhD in Health Behavior & Health Education from the University
of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, her MN in Pediatric Nurse Practitioner/Clinical
Specialist Emory University, Atlanta, GA, and her BSN from the Medical University
of South Carolina.
BSN Medical University of South Carolina
Dr. Cox’s teaching experience is extensive. She has taught NURS 801, Theory Analysis in Nursing Science and NURS 821, Research Utilization Preparation in the PhD Program. In the MSN program she has taught NURS 728, Acute Care Nursing of Children, NURS 710, Advanced Primary Care Nursing of Children and NURS 790, Research Methods for Nursing. Finally, her teaching experience in the BSN program, include 420, 319, 410, 415 .
Research (Concept Areas)
Nursing supply & demand
Innovative BSN educational experiences
Dr. Cox’s research expertise is in the areas of Nursing Workforce, Parenting, Parent-Child Relationships, and Adolescent Risk Behavior.
Dr. Cox has presented at various national and international conferences
Dr. Cox is active in university, community, and professional organizations, associations and committees. She serves on the Boards of both the Montessori School of Camden and A Better Way, Inc. She Co-chairs the Health and Education Committee of Kershaw County School District and served as a Judge at last year’s USC Region II Science Fair. Dr. Cox is also a Senator to the University of South Carolina Faculty Senate, a member of the College of Nursing Research and Ethics Committee, and a member of the SC Teen Pregnancy Prevention Coalition.
Dr. Cox has practiced in both acute and chronic care facilities on various medical/ surgical units; community and public health settings that include visiting nurse associations, school health, and university health services.
Cox, M.F., & Fasolino, T. (in press). Factor analysis and psychometric properties of the mother-adolescent communication instrument for sexual risk behavior (MASC). Journal of Nursing Measurement.
Cox, M.F., Scharer, K., & Clark, A.J. (in press). Development of a web-based program to improve communication about sex. Computers, Informatics, Nursing.
Cox, M.F., Scharer, K., Baliko, B., & Clark, A.J. (in press). Using focus groups to understand mother-child communication about sex. Journal of Pediatric Nursing.
Boyd, M.R., Baliko, B., Cox, M.F., & Tavakoli, A. (2007). Stress, coping, and alcohol expectancies in rural African-American women. A rchives of Psychiatric Nursing, 21 (2), 70-9.
Cox, M.F. (2007). Maternal demandingness and responsiveness as predictors of adolescent abstinence. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 22 (3), 197-205.
Cox, M.F. (2006). Racial differences in parenting dimensions and adolescent condom use at sexual debut Public Health Nursing, 3(1), 2-10.
Holditch-Davis, D., Cox, M.F., Miles, M.S., & Belyeah, M. (2003). Mother-infant interactions of medically fragile infants and non-chronically ill premature infants. Research in Nursing and Health, 26, 300-311.