Capstone College of Nursing




Dr. Safiya George is an associate professor and the assistant dean for research at the Capstone College of Nursing. She is also a board-certified adult nurse practitioner and has a specialty in HIV/AIDS. She obtained her Ph.D. in nursing and a certificate in Women’s Studies from Emory University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Research on Religion and Health from Duke University in Durham, N.C.  Her primary areas of research focus include identification of sociocultural and psychosocial correlates and predictors of: (1) decision-making and risk behaviors among African American adolescent females and (2) health behaviors, immunological outcomes and health-related quality of life among people living with HIV/AIDS. She has two funded research studies. One study, “Affordable Housing and Community Advocacy for People Living with HIV: Assessing Best Practices and Health Impact,, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is designed to assess the health impact of housing and case management and evaluate a statewide HIV advocacy program. A current pilot study, Multi-level Strategies to Improve HIV Care in West Alabama, aims to develop and test a group counseling intervention designed to address substance use and mental health issues among people living with HIV/AIDS in Alabama. Her most recent book chapter in the Encyclopedia of AIDS focuses on prevention counseling and other strategies in HIV care and was published by Springer Science in 2015.