Fawn A. Cothran, Ph.D., R.N., G.C.N.S.-B.C.
Assistant Professor in the Family Caregiving Institute
Fawn A. Cothran is an assistant professor in the Family Caregiving Institute at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis. She works to advance the vision of Family Caregiving Institute to support health and well-being for persons with chronic and serious illnesses as well as their family and caregivers, with an emphasis on older adults.
Cothran, a 2013-2015 Claire M. Fagin Fellow with the National Hartford Centers of Gerontological Nursing Excellence, focuses her research on the health of African-American dementia family caregivers. Cothran has worked in long-term care, corrections and acute care, but her clinical work with older adults in long-term care and community-based care transitions informed her research in dementia caregiving in the African-American community. Through collaborations with interdisciplinary experts across academic and community-based settings, she seeks to develop and test culturally tailored behavioral interventions for African-American dementia caregivers to promote healthy physical and mental well-being, as well as enhance quality of life.
Prior to her appointment at UC Davis, she was an assistant professor at Rush University College of Nursing in Chicago. Cothran earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Howard University in Washington, D.C. She completed a Master of Science in Nursing with an emphasis in Gerontological Nursing and a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing, both from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Throughout her graduate school work and later as a faculty member, she was recognized by a variety of organizations for her commitment to health equity. Most recently, she was selected as a scholar for the Health Equity Leadership Institute in Madison, Wisconsin, and named one of the Illinois Nurses Association’s inaugural 40 under 40 Emerging Nurse Leaders.
Her work has been published in a variety of journals and peer-reviewed publications, including the Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, Issues in Mental Health Nursing, the Western Journal of Nursing Research and Research in Gerontological Nursing.