Skip to Content

College of Nursing

Faculty and Staff

Robin Dawson Estrada, PhD, RN, PNP-BC

Assistant Professor
College of Nursing

Phone: (803) 576-6021
Fax: (803) 777- 0550

College of Nursing 
University of South Carolina 
1601 Greene Street, Room 623
Columbia, SC 29208-4001 
United States



Dr. Estrada completed her BSN in 1988 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She received her MSN-PNP, also from UNC-CH, in 1996. In 2012 she completed a graduate certificate in Women's and Gender Studies from the University of South Carolina. She received a PhD in Nursing Science from the University of South Carolina in 2014.


Dr. Estrada has an extensive background in pediatric primary care clinical teaching for nurse practitioners and physician assistants. She also served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of South Carolina in the following courses:

NURS 505 Caring for Limited English Proficient Patients
WGST 113 Women and Their Bodies in Health and Disease
NURS 813 Qualitative Methods in Nursing Research
NURS 790 Research Methods for Nursing (Taught online for the Organizational Leadership program)


Communication processes
Health Disparities
Health care access
Limited English Proficiency
Vulnerable and Underserved Populations

Dr. Estrada's research focuses on communication processes in vulnerable and underserved populations, and how those processes may contribute to health disparities.


Estrada, R.D. & Messias, D.K.H. (2015, Jun.).Access to services and accessibility of mobile technology among parents of rural Latino children with asthma. Association of Community Health Nurse Educators Annual Conference, Denver, Co. (Podium Presentation).  

Estrada, R.D. & Messias, D.K.H. (2015, Feb.). Combining Conversation Analysis and Situational Analysis in a Multi-Method Qualitative Study. 29th Annual Conference of the Southern Nursing Research Society, Tampa, Fl. (Podium presentation). 

Estrada, R.D. (2014, Feb.) Bi-Directional Acculturation: How and Why Southern US Women in Interethnic Relationships Learn Foodways of their Partners' Culture. Presentation at the 2014 Women's and Gender Studies Annual Conference, "Food and Foodways", University of South Carolina, Columbia, S.C.

Estrada, R.D. & Messias, D.K.H. (2014, Feb.) Analysis of Interpreter-Mediated Healthcare Interactions: Preliminary Findings. Poster presented at the 28th Annual Conference of the Southern Nursing Research Society, "Enhancing Value-Based Care: Generating New Knowledge," San Antonio, Tx. (Poster Presentation).

Estrada, R.D. & Messias, D.K.H. (2013, Sept.) Methods Used in an Analysis of Interpreter-Mediated Healthcare Interactions. Poster presented at the 11th Annual Research Symposium, "The Nursing Link to Interprofessional Collaboration in Healthcare Research," Greenville, S.C. (Poster Presentation).

Hilfinger Messias, D. and Dawson Estrada, R., (2011, June) Moving beyond Cultural Awareness: Increasing Students' Capacity to Care for Limited-English-Proficient Clients. Association of Community Health Nurse Educators Annual Conference, Chicago, IL. (Podium Presentation).


Estrada, R.D. & Messias, D.K.H. (2014) Analysis of Interpreter-Mediated Healthcare Interactions: Preliminary Findings. Published abstract, Moving Forward: Making the Affordable Care Act Work through Research, Education and Community Engagement, James E. Clyburn Health Disparities Lecture, April 11, 2014.

Professional, University, and Community Service

Member, Southern Nursing Research Society (SNRS)
Board Member, Lancaster County First Steps Early Identification and Referral Initiative 2014-present
Board Member and President, Open Arms 2014-present
University of South Carolina College of Nursing
Tenure Track Faculty Search Committee – Student Representative 2012-2014
Graduate Council - PhD Student Representative 2010-2011
Board Member, University of South Carolina, Lancaster Diabetes Education Center 2008-2010

Professional Practice

Dr. Estrada is a board certified pediatric nurse practitioner with many years of primary care practice in Lancaster, SC.

Research Studies (Selected)

Doctoral Dissertation focused on interpreter-mediated healthcare interactions between nurse practitioners and patients with limited English proficiency.

Publications (selected)

Peer-reviewed publications

Estrada, R.D. & Messias, D.K.H. (In press). A scoping review of the National CLAS standards literature: Focus and application patterns. Journal of Healthcare for the Poor and Underserved. 

Estrada, R.D., Reynolds, J. & Messias, D.K.H. (2015). A conversation analysis of verbal interactions and social processes in interpreter-mediated primary care encounters. Research in Nursing and Health 38(4), 278-288.

McDowell, L., Messias, D.K.H. & Estrada, R.D. (2011). The work of language interpretation in health care: complex, challenging, exhausting, and often invisible. Journal of Transcultural Nursing, 22(2), 137-147.

Messias, D.K.H., McDowell, L. & Estrada, R.D. (2009). Language interpretation as social justice work:
perspectives of formal and informal healthcare interpreters. Advances in Nursing Science, 32(2), 128-143.

Books & Chapters

Messias, D. K. H., & Estrada, R. D. (2015). An introduction to community activism. In D. J. Mason, J. K. Leavitt & M. W. Chaffee (Eds.), Policy & Politics in Nursing and Health Care, 7th edition. St. Louis, Mo.: Elsevier.