Faculty and Staff
Robin Dawson Estrada, PhD, RN, CPNP-PC
Director, Nursing Honors College and Assistant Professor
College of Nursing
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College of Nursing
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, and has taught the following courses during her time at the University of South Carolina:
NURS 505 Caring for Limited English Proficient Patients
WGST 113 Women and Their Bodies in Health and Disease
NURS 813 Nursing Research Methods III (Qualitative)
NURS 790 Research Methods for Nursing
Health care access and delivery
Limited English Proficiency
Vulnerable and Underserved Populations
Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
Dr. Estrada's research focuses on communication processes in vulnerable and underserved populations, and how those processes may contribute to health disparities.
Presentations (*indicates student)
Estrada, R.D. & Williams, A.P. (2016, Jun). Partnering for public health: An interagency collaboration to decrease carbon monoxide morbidity and mortality. 2016 Association for Community Health Nursing Educators/Association of Public Health Nurses Joint Meeting, Indianapolis, In. (Podium presentation).
Driggers, M.*, Lawrence, K.*, McCormick, J.* & Estrada, R.D. (2016, Apr.). Evaluating students with ADD/ADHD: Exploring the experiences of teachers. 15th Annual Research and Scholarship Day, University of South Carolina College of Nursing, Columbia, SC. (Poster presentation – awarded best undergraduate poster).
Nitsos, A.*, Estrada, R.D., & Messias, D.K.H. (2016, Feb.). Teaching tummy time to expectant Latino parents with limited English proficiency. 15th Annual Research and Scholarship Day, University of South Carolina College of Nursing, Columbia, SC. (Poster and podium presentation).
Lawrence, K.* & Estrada, R.D. (2016, Mar.). Dealing with distraction: Teacher perceptions of students with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder. 29th Annual Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health, Tampa, Fl. (Podium presentation).
Nitsos, A.*, Estrada, R.D., & Messias, D.K.H. (2016, Feb.). Teaching tummy time to expectant Latino parents with limited English proficiency. 30th Annual Conference of the Southern Nursing Research Society, Williamsburg, Va. (Poster presentation).
Donevant, S.B.*, Culley, J. M. & Estrada, R.D. (2016, Feb.). Methodological challenges in creating a research dataset from abstracted medical records of victims from a chemical mass casualty incident. 30th Annual Conference of the Southern Nursing Research Society, Williamsburg, Va.
Williams, A.P. & Estrada, R.D. (2016, Feb.) Carbon monoxide awareness and safety – We are all in this together. South Carolina Public Health Association Annual Conference “Conversations today, work tomorrow: Engaging non-traditional partners to promote health equity”, Charleston, SC. (Podium presentation).
Donevant, S.B.* & Estrada, R.D. (2015, Nov.). Engaging patients with mHealth: Exploring the evidence, 7th Annual mHealth Summit: “Anytime, anywhere: Engaging patients and providers”, Washington, D.C. (Podium presentation).
Donevant, S.B.* & Estrada, R.D. (2015, Sept.). Mobilizing mobile apps for health disparities: A review of the literature, 13th Annual Research Symposium: “Integrating Research with Action to Promote Health Equity,” Greenville, S.C. (Poster Presentation).
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).
Hartman, A.*, Messias, D.K.H. & Estrada, R.D. (2015, Apr.). Hispanic clinical simulation workshops. 14th Annual Research and Scholarship Day, University of South Carolina College of Nursing, Columbia, SC. (Poster presentation – awarded best undergraduate poster).
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. & Messias, D.K.H. (2014, Oct). An analysis of interpreter-mediated primary care encounters: Implications for improving transcultural nursing practice. Transcultural Nursing Society 40th Annual Conference, Charleston, S.C. (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. Women’s and Gender Studies Annual Conference, “Food and Foodways”, University of South Carolina, Columbia, S.C. (Podium presentation).
Estrada, R.D. & Messias, D.K.H. (2014, Feb.) Analysis of interpreter-mediated healthcare interactions: Preliminary findings. 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. 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
Dr. Estrada has reviewed for Advances in Nursing Science, Hispanic Health Care International, Journal of Rural Health, Qualitative Health Research, and Scandanavian Journal of Occupational Therapy. She is a member of the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science, the American Academy of Communication in Health Care, Sigma Theta Tau, the SC Asthma Alliance, the American Thoracic Society, the Association of Community Health Nurse Educators, and the Southern Nursing Research Society.
Think S.M.A.R.T.-E initiative 2016-present
mHealth workgroup 2015-present
Women’s and Gender Studies affiliate faculty 2014-present
Migrations workshop 2014-present
Marion Sims Foundation
Consultant on community health indicators 2016-present
SC Carbon Monoxide Safety Consortium 2015-present
Lancaster County First Steps Early Identification
and Referral Initiative 2014-present
Dr. Estrada is a board certified pediatric nurse practitioner with many years of primary care practice in Lancaster, SC.
Current research support
Experiences of rural southeastern Latino parents of children with asthma. USC VP for Research – ASPIRE I. Estrada, R.D. (PI). $15,000, 5/2015-8/2017.
Health Disparities Faculty Cyber-Mentoring Fellowship Rural Health Research Institute, Georgia Southern University Estrada, R.D. (Fellow); Dr. D. Parra-Medina (mentor). $1,500, 5/2015-5/2017.
Vulnerable Populations Research Grant. USC College of Nursing. Estrada, R.D. (PI). $10,000, 10/14 – 10/16.
Evaluation of lung capacity utilizing serial peak flow results in student from 6-12 grades participating in band and implications for asthma outcomes. USC Lancaster. Catledge, C. (PI); Estrada, R.D. (consultant). $7725.42.
Annang, L., Tinango, C., Estrada, R.D., Wilson, S., Wright Sanders, L, Bevington, T…Svendsen, E. Off the rails in rural South Carolina: A qualitative study of healthcare provider perspectives on the long-term health impact of the Graniteville train disaster. (in press). Rural and Remote Health Journal.
Williams, A. & Estrada, R.D. Carbon monoxide poisoning: What nurses need to know. (in press). American Nurse Today.
Estrada, R.D. & Messias, D.K.H. (2015). A scoping review of the National CLAS standards literature: Focus and application patterns. Journal of Healthcare for the Poor and Underserved, 26(4).
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. St. Louis, Mo.: Elsevier.