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Robin Dawson is an Associate Professor at the University of South Carolina College of Nursing and board-certified pediatric nurse practitioner. Dr. Dawson’s multi-level research program, grounded in cultural respect and sociolinguistics, focuses on advancing culturally and linguistically appropriate interventions to reduce health inequities related to patient-provider communication. She has improved health care for Hispanic/Latino children with asthma through her NHLBI-funded research, resulting in the development of an internationally used bilingual asthma management mobile app. The findings from her research on the micro-processes of patient-provider communication informed the development of simulation-based clinical communication student training modules, including how to work with medical interpreters, delivering bad news, and pediatric communication.

Her publications on culturally and linguistically appropriate health care, mobile apps, childhood asthma, and primary care pediatrics have been disseminated in a variety of high-quality nursing and specialty journals, as well as in health sciences and nursing textbooks. She currently serves as the Health Education commissioner for the Lancaster County South Carolina Health and Wellness Commission and Vice President of the Association of Community Health Nursing Educators.

Dr. Dawson received her BSN and MSN from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and her PhD from the University of South Carolina.

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Robin Dawson


Associate Professor

University of South Carolina

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