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College of Nursing

Faculty and Staff

JoAnne Herman, PhD, RN

Title: Faculty Emeritus & Part Time Instructor
College of Nursing
Phone: 803-777-4993
Fax: 803-777-3771

College of Nursing
University of South Carolina
1601 Greene Street, Room 417
Columbia, SC 29208-4001
United States



Dr. Herman completed her PhD at the University of Texas at Austin in 1984, her MA at the University of Iowa in Iowa City in 1975, and her BS at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN in 1966.  


Dr. Herman’s area of teaching expertise is nursing theory, clinical reasoning, and research. She teaches in both the undergraduate and graduate programs. She currently teaches NURS 314: Clinical Reasoning, NURS 759 Lec: Self-Regulation Techniques for Acutely and Chronically Ill Clients, NURS 791 Lec: Seminar in Clinical Nursing Research, NURS 700 Theoretical and Conceptual Foundations of Nursing, and NURS 802 Theory Analysis and Development. Additionally, she is a mentor to students through her service on dissertation and thesis committees as well as undergraduate research projects.

Research (Concept Areas)

Stress and health
Psychophysiological interventions
Internet interventions
Stress in pregnancy


Herman, J. (2006). Evidence-Based Web Site Design for Low Income Pregnant African-American Women. Sigma Theta Tau International Research Congress, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, July 19-22, 2006. Competitive Peer Reviewed.

Herman, J. (1999). Clinical reasoning in nursing. Congress, First International Nursing, Chertnovtzie, Ukraine.

Herman, J. A. & Polyakova-Norwood, V. (2008). Using blogs and WIKIS to promote community collaboration and creativity. Rutgers College of Nursing and Professional Development 26 th Annual International Nursing Computer and Technology Conference: Implementing Innovations with technology, Las Vegas, Nevada.

Herman, J. A. (2008). Techno teach for the new generation of learners. NLN Education Summit: The Power of Diversity in Nursing Education: embracing differences in heritage and thought. San Antonio, TX.

Herman, J. A. (2006). Faculty development for DNP education. SREB Post Conference Workshop on DNP Education. Atlanta, GA.

Herman, J. A., Blackwell, D.B., & Hulsey, T. (2002). Web-based intervention for pregnant African-American women: Development and testing. Twelfth Annual Conference, Southern Nursing Research Society, San Antonio, TX.

Herman, J. A. (2008). Why Join the Research Game, Keynote Speaker at Greenville Hospital System 6th Annual Research Day. Greenville, SC.

Herman, J. (1998). Smoking cessation using biofeedback. South Carolina Association of Cardiac Rehabilitation Centers. Charleston, SC.

Herman, J. (1990). Psychophysiological interventions. Psychiatric Nursing Council Conference the Mind-Body connection, South Carolina Nurses Association. Hall Institute, Columbia, SC.

Pesut, D. J., & Herman, J. A. (1997). The OPT model: A structure for knowledge work. 1997 Annual Meeting and Conference, American Academy of Nursing, Washington, DC.

Herman, J.
& Brooks, J. (1999). Development of a culturally appropriate measure of stress in pregnant African American women. Alpha Xi Conference, Alpha Xi. Columbia, SC. (Contributed).

Professional Service

Dr. Herman serves on university, professional, and community organizations and committees. Her university committee service includes membership on the College of Nursing Student Affairs Committee, PhD Candidacy Exam, Tenure and Promotion, and Research Committees. Dr. Herman is also a member of the Executive Committee for the Center for Health Promotion and Risk Reduction in Special Populations. Additionally, she serves on the University Disability Affairs Committee. She is a member of professional organizations such as Association of Women's Health, Obstetrics, and Neonatal Nursing, Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, Institute for the Advancement of Health, and Sigma Theta Tau, Alpha Xi Chapter.

Professional Practice

2005 - present:     Stress management consultation for Lifestyle University, School of Medicine Geriatric
                                Service Community Outreach Program.
1994 – present:    Biofeedback Therapist, Richland Memorial Hospital, Cardiac Rehabilitation Center,
                                Columbia, SC.
1985 – present:    Delivery of Services, Private Practice in Stress Management.

Research Studies (Selected)

The effect of health promotion and biofeedback on hypertension in adolescents.
Sponsor:         SPAR

Web Based Outreach for Pregnant African American Women.
Sponsor:         NIH/NINR
Web Based Social Support for Pregnant African American Women.
Sponsor:         BellSouth

Relationship Among Biofeedback, Sleep Quality, and Psychophysiological Markers of Stress in Individuals with Insomnia.
Sponsor:        Alpha Xi Chapter Sigma Theta Tau

Acute Care Advanced Practice Nurse.
Sponsors:     Division of Nursing, BrHP, HRSA, HHS

Development of a Culturally Sensitive Instrument to Measure Stress in Pregnant African -American Women.
Sponsor:        University of South Carolina College of Nursing Research Award

Psychoneuroimmunology of Stress in Pregnancy.
Sponsor:        NIH/NINR

Post Master's Family Nurse Practitioner Transitional Option.
Sponsors:     HRSA, BHP, HHS

Publications (Selected)

Weinrich, S., Boyd, M., & Herman, J. (2003). Tool adaptations to reduce health disparities. Stromborg, S. & S. Olsen, (Eds.). Instruments for Clinical Nursing Research. Jones &   Bartlett Publishers, pp. 20-32. 

Herman, J. (2001). Stress management and crime prevention. J. Gardner & J. Jewler (Eds.). Your College Experience (5th Ed.). Philadelphia: Mosby.

Pesut, D., Herman, J., & Fowler, L. (2000). Toward a revolution in thinking: The OPT Model of Clinical Reasoning. J. McCloskey and H. Grace, Current Issues in Nursing (2nd). St. Louis, MO: Mosby, pp. 88-92.

Refereed Publications
Hajjar, I., Dixon, B., Blackledge, J. Watkins, K., and Herman, J. (In press). A Multidisciplinary Management Program in Primary Care to Improve Hypertension Control and Healthy Behaviors in Elderly Patients. Journal of Geriatric Society.

Goodman, P., Herman, J. A., Murdaugh, C., Phillips, K. & Moneyham, L. (In press). Role of decision making in women's self-diagnosis and management of vaginitis. American Journal of Nurse Practitioners.

Register, M. E., & Herman, J. (2006). A middle range theory for generative quality of life for the elderly. Advances in Nursing Science, 29(4), 340-350.

Herman, J. A., Mock, K., Blackwell, D.A., & Hulsey, T. (2005). Use of a pregnancy support web site by low-income African-American women. JOGNN, 34(6), 713-720.

Kelechi, T. J., Haight, B. K., Herman, J. A., Michel, Y., Brothers, T., Edland, B (2003). Skin temperature and chronic venous insufficiency. Journal of Wound, Ostomy, and Continence. Nursing, 30(17), 17-24.

Killeen, T. K., Haight, B., Brady, K., Herman, J. A., Michel, Y., Stuart, G., & Yound, S. (2002). The effect of auricular acupuncture on psychophysiological measures of cocaine craving. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 23(5), 445-459.

Herman, J. A., Mock, K., Blackwell, D., & Hulsey, T. (2004). Usage patterns of a social support website by pregnant African-American Women. Proceedings of Charleston Areas Medical Center National Research Conference, Greenbriar, WV.

Herman, J. A. (2003). Neuro networks and the process of clinical reasoning. In D. Reising (chair). Webbing, Juxtaposing, and Hypothesizing: Using the Outcome-Present State-Test Model. Proceedings of National League for Nursing Summit 2003, San Antonio, TX.

Herman, J. A. (2002). Psychophysiology of stress during pregnancy. Proceedings of CAMC Health Education and Research Institute, Greenbriar, WV.


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