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Faculty and Staff

Stephanie Burgess, PhD, APRN, BC, FAANP

Title: Associate Dean for Practice and Health Policy and Clinical Professor
College of Nursing
Phone: (803) 777-2219
Fax: (803) 777-0550

College of Nursing
University of South Carolina
1601 Greene Street, Room 302D
Columbia, SC 29208-4001
United States



Dr. Burgess is a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner.  She received her BSN in 1975, MSN 1983, and PhD in 2003 from the University of South Carolina.  


Dr. Burgess teaches in the Nurse Practitioner program, Masters and DNP.  She teaches NP clinical courses, health policy, and foundation NP courses.  She also chairs doctoral projects.  


Dr. Burgess' research focuses on vulnerable populations.  

Professional Service

Dr. Burgess has served in various leadership roles for several organizations including South Carolina Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau, the Statewide Coalition for Access to Healthcare. Those roles include President, Vice President, or Chair. She also was an elected official from 2004-2012.

Professional Practice

Dr. Burgess is a FNP and provides primary care and women’s health at two practices, including a Nurse Managed Healthcare Practice.  Given her critical care background as RN, she also functions as a hospitalist NP. 

Research Studies (Selected)

Burgess, S. HRSA ANEW 17-01-11 Primary Care Advanced Practice Training. Funded $988,502 for 2017-2019. 

Burgess, S. CVS FNP Student Scholarship Funding. Funded $5000 for 2016.

Burgess, S. Choose Well Foundation. Funded $946,517 for 2017-2020. 

Burgess, S. American Association of Nursing. White Coat Ceremony. Funded $1000 for 2016.

Burgess, S. HRSA ANEW 16-071 Advanced Nursing Education and Practice: Nurse Traineeship. Funded $266,144 for 2016-2017.

Andrews, J. PI; Burgess, S. Co-PI, McKinney, T., & LaSala, K. Increasing South Carolina's Mental Health Workforce. Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina. Funded $300,000 for 2014-2017.

Burgess, S. PI. Increasing the Primary Care Workforce for South Carolina, Year 3. MUSC/AHEC/Duke Endowment. Funded $10,000 for 2014.

Burgess, S. HRSA -13-186. Advanced Nursing Education Program HRSA-13-186.  Inter-professional Education. $677,309.  Approved but not funded.

Burgess, S. Center for Information Technology. Health Sciences Carolina. Funded $105,000 for 2010.

Burgess, S. HRSA Expanded Primary Care Services to an Urban Area – Competitive Continuation. $807,297. Approved but not funded. 


Drenowatz C., Evensen L.H., Ernstsen L., Blundell J.E., Hand G.A., Shook R.P., Hébert J.R., Burgess S. & Blair S.N. (2017). Cross-sectional and longitudinal associations between different exercise types and food cravings in free-living healthy young adults, Appetite (2017), doi:10.1016/j.appet.2017.08.006.

Giovanetti, M., Burgess, S., McDonnell, K., Tavakoli, A, & Barnhill, S. (2017). Tuberculosis screening for new healthcare workers utilizing an Interferon Gamma Release Assay (IGRA): Quality improvement in screening time, onboarding time and compliance. Journal of Occupational Health Professionals in Healthcare, 37(2), 25-30.

Jaggers, J., Snead, J., Lobelo, F., Hand, G., Dudgeon, W., Prasad, B., Burgess, S., & Blair, S. (2016). Results of a nine-month home based physical activity intervention for people living with HIV. International Journal of Clinical Trials, 3(3), 2349-2359. doi: Http://

Bookstaver, B., Foster, J., Lu, K., Mann, J., Ambrose, C., Grant, A., & Burgess, S. (2016). Hepatitis B virus seroconversion rates among health sciences students in the southeastern United States. Journal of American College Health, 64(1), 69-73.         

Drenowatzi, C., Gribben, N., Wirth, M.D.., Hand, G., Shook, R., Burgess, S., & Blair, S. (2016). The Association of Physical Activity during Weekdays and Weekend with Body Composition in Young Adults. Journal of Obesity. Published online 2016 Apr 20. doi: 10.1155/2016/8236439.

Shook R.P., Gribben N.C., Hand G.A., Paluch A.E., Welk G.J., Jakicic J.M., Hutto B., Burgess S., Blair S.N. (2016). Subjective Estimation of Physical Activity Using the International Physical Activity Questionnaire Varies by Fitness Level.  Journal of  Physical Activity and Health, 13(1), 79-86. doi: 10.1123/jpah.2014-0543. Epub 2015 Apr 21.

Drenowatzi, C., Hand, G., Sagner, M., Shook, R., Burgess, S., & Blair, S.  The Prospective Association between Different Types of Exercise and Body Composition.  Journal of Medicine Science Sports & Exercise, 47(12), 2535-2541. 
doi: 10.1249/MSS.0000000000000701. 

Drenowatzi, C., Hand, G., Shook, R., Jakicic, J.M., Hebert, J.R., Burgess, S., & Blair, S. The association between different types of exercise and energy expenditure in young non-overweight and overweight adults. Applied Physiology Nutrition Metabolism, 40(3), 211-217. doi: 10.1139/apnm-2014-0310. Epub 2014 Oct 29.

Brazendale, K., C. Drenowatz, C., R.S. Falck, R.S., Randel, A.B., Hoffmeyer, J.D., Hand, G.A., Burgess, S., & Blair, S. (2015). Depressive symptoms are positively associated with time spent sedentary in healthy young U.S. adults, European Journal of Lifestyle Medicine.

Jaggers, J., Hand, G., Dudgeon, W., Burgess, S., Phillips, K., Durstine, S., & Blair, S. (2014). Short Term Aerobic and Resistance Training Improves Psychological Mood State Among Adults with HIV. International Journal of Sports Medicine, 36(2), 175-181doi: 10.1055/s-0034-1385878.

Jaggers, J., Prasad, V., Dudgeon, W., Blair, S., Sui, X., Burgess, S., & Hand, G. (2014). Associations Between Physical Activity and Sedentary Time on Components of Metabolic Syndrome Among Adults with HIV. Journal of Association Nurses in AIDS Care, 26(11), 1387-92

Jaggers J., Dudgeon W., Burgess S., Phillips K., Blair S., & Hand G. (2014). Psychological Correlates of HIV and Stress. Physical Journal of Association Nurses in AIDS Care, 25(16), 309-317. pii: S1055-(13)00120-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jana.2013.06.003.

Jaggers J.R., Dudgeon W., Blair S.N., Sui X., Burgess S., Wilcox S., & Hand G.A. A home-based exercise intervention to increase physical activity among people living with HIV: study design of a randomized clinical trial. British Medical Journal 13, 502-510.  doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-13-502.

Hand, G., Shook, R., Paluch, A., Baruth, M., Crowley, P., Jaggers, J., Prasad, V., Hurley, T., Hebert, J., O'Connor, D., Archer, E., Burgess, S., & Blair, S. (2013). The Energy Balance Study: The Design and Baseline Results for a Longitudinal Study of Energy Balance. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 84(3), 275-286.


  • 2016                        Sigma Theta Tau International Alpha Xi Lucy Marion Award
  • 2016                        SC Hospital Association Leadership Award
  • 2015                        SCNA President’s Award
  • 2014                        AANP National Advocacy Award for NPs
  • 2013                        Milestone Achievement (one of 7 in the Community), Kershaw Community Clinic
  • 2010                        USC Clinical Practice Teaching Award (Dec 2010)
  • 2009                        Fellow American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
  • 2009                        Mary Ann Parson’s Lectureship Presentation Podium Award, First Place
  • 2008                        Outstanding Alumni, USC
  • 2008                        Nominee Distinguished Undergraduate Research Mentor Award
  • 2007                        Cockcroft Outstanding Leadership Award
  • 2005                        SCNA President’s Award
  • 2005                        American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, Nurse Practitioner of the Year
  • 2005                        Outstanding USC Graduate Faculty Teaching Award
  • 2004                        SCNA President’s Award
  • 2004                        USC Outstanding Graduate Award
  • 2003                        SCNA President’s Award