WellStar School of Nursing


Myers

Rachel E. Myers, Ph.D., RN, CDE
Associate Professor of Nursing
HS 3120
Phone: 470-578-2427
Email: rmyers23@kennesaw.edu

 

 

Academic Degrees

 

 

Ph.D.   

Nursing

University of South Florida

2010

  Post-Graduate Cert Nursing Education George Mason University 2000
  M.S.  Nursing  George Mason University 1999
  B.S.   Nursing Florida State University 1990

        

Certifications

 

1993 - present

Certified Diabetes Educator - The National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators (NCBDE) 

                                            

Professional Experience

 

 

2013 – present

Associate Professor of Nursing, WellStar School of Nursing, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, Georgia

 

2010 – 2011

Adjunct Faculty, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida

 

2010

Expert Consultant to the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Special Litigation Section, Washington, D.C., Arkansas Human Development Centers

 

2009 – 2013

Consultant, American Health and Wellness Institute, Atlanta, Georgia

  2009 Expert Consultant to the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Special Litigation Section, Washington, D.C., Ancora Psychiatric Hospital, New Jersey 
  2008 – 2010 Consultant, Woodward Resource Center, Woodward, Iowa
  2007 – 2009 Consultant, Glenwood Resource Center, Glenwood, Iowa
  2007 – 2009 Consultant, Clover Bottom Developmental Center, Nashville, Tennessee
  2007 – 2009 Diabetes Educator, University of South Florida Diabetes Center, Tampa, Florida
  2006 – present Expert Consultant to the Court Monitor, U.S. vs. State of Kentucky (Civil Action No. 06-63-KKC), U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky
  2006 – 2007 Graduate Teaching Assistant, College of Nursing, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida
  2005 Director of Nursing, Oakwood Community Center, Somerset, Kentucky
  2004 – 2007 Expert Consultant to the Court Monitor, U.S. vs. State of Louisiana (Civil No. 04-15-D-M2), U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana
  2004 – 2006 Consultant, Oakwood Community Center, Somerset, Kentucky
  2004 – 2005 Registered Nurse, PRN Float Pool, Southeast Georgia Health System, Brunswick, Georgia
  2003 – 2004 Clinical Auditor, Corporate Compliance Office, Southeast Georgia Health System, Brunswick, Georgia
  2002 – 2003 Director of Performance Improvement and Research, Northern Virginia Mental Health Institute, Falls Church, Virginia
  2001 – 2003 Expert Consultant to the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Special Litigation Section, Washington, D.C., U.S. vs. State of Kentucky 
  2000 – 2002 Director of Medical Staff Affairs, Northern Virginia Mental Health Institute, Falls Church, Virginia
  1999 – 2000 Staff Development Coordinator, Northern Virginia Mental Health Institute, Falls Church, Virginia
  1997 – 1999 Assistant Nurse Manager, Medical/Surgical and Women’s Health Units, Providence Hospital, Washington, D.C.
  1995 – 1997 RNII Unit-Based Educator, Medical/Surgical and Women’s Health Units, Providence Hospital, Washington, D.C.
  1993 – 1995 Diabetes Nurse Educator, Saint Thomas Hospital, Nashville, Tennessee
  1990 – 1993 Registered Nurse, Diabetes/Renal Unit, Saint Thomas Hospital, Nashville, Tennessee


 

 

Recent Professional Activities

 

 

Publications in Professional Journals

  • Singh, N. N., Lancioni, G. E., Myers, R. E., Karazsia, B. T., Winton, A. S. W., & Singh, J. (2014). A randomized controlled trial of a mindfulness-based smoking cessation program for individuals with mild intellectual disability. International Journal of Mental Health & Addiction, 12, 153-168.

  • Singh, N. N., Lancioni, G. E., Karazsia, B. T., Winton, A. S. W., Myers, R. E., Singh, A. N. A., Singh, A. D. A., & Singh, J. (2013). Mindfulness-based treatment of aggression in individuals with intellectual disabilities: A waiting-list control study. Mindfulness, 4, 158-167.

  • Myers, R. E. (2010). Promoting healthy behaviors: How do we get the message across? International Journal of Nursing Studies, 47, 500-512.

  • Thorn, S. H., Pittman, A., Myers, R. E., & Slaughter, C. (2009). Increasing community integration and inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 30, 891-901.

  • Singh, N. N., Singh, S. D., Sabaawi, M., Myers, R. E., & Wahler, R. G. (2006). Enhancing treatment team process through mindfulness-based mentoring in an inpatient psychiatric hospital. Behavior Modification, 30, 423-441.
  • Myers, R. E., & Shepard-White, F. (2004). Evaluation of adequacy of reading level and readability of psychotropic medication handouts. Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, 10, 55-60.
  • Singh, N. N., Wahler, R. G., Adkins, A. D., Myers, R. E., & The Mindfulness Research Group. (2003). Soles of the feet: A mindfulness-based self-control intervention for aggression by an individual with mild mental retardation and mental illness. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 24, 158-169.
  • Singh, N. N., Wechsler, H. A., Curtis, W. J., Sabaawi, M., Myers, R. E., & Singh, S. D. (2002). Effects of role-play and mindfulness training on enhancing the family friendliness of the admissions treatment team process. Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, 10, 90-98.
  • Williams, J. E., & Myers, R. E. (2001). Relationship of less restrictive interventions with seclusion/restraints usage, average years of psychiatric experience, and staff mix. Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, 7, 139-144.

Publications in Books

  • Myers, R. E., Winton, A. S. W., Lancioni, G. E., & Singh, N. N. (2014). Mindfulness meditation in developmental disabilities. In N. N. Singh (Ed.), Psychology of meditation (pp. 209-240). New York: Nova Science.

Book Reviews in Professional Journals

  • Myers, R. E. (2012). [Review of the book A practitioner’s guide to prescribing antiepileptics and mood stabilizers for adults with intellectual disabilities, by J. de Leon (Ed.)]. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 21, 1050-1051. doi:10.1007/s10826-012-9661-6
  • Myers, R. E. (2004). [Review of the book TV or no TV?: A primer on the psychology of television, by F. B. Steuer & J. T. Hustedt]. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 13, 511-513.
  • Myers, R. E. (2003). [Review of the book Stepparenting: Creating and recreating families in America today, by S. H. Cath & M. Shopper (Eds.)]. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 12, 375-377.

Selected Professional Presentations

  • Myers, R. E. (2013, May). Effectiveness of a mindfulness-based smoking cessation program for individuals with mild intellectual disability. Symposium presentation at the First International Conference on Mindfulness, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy.
  • Myers, R. E., & Singh, N. N. (2010, December). A randomized control trial of mindfulness-based treatment of aggression. Symposium presentation at the International Conference on Recent Advances in Cognitive Science, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India.
  • Myers, R. E. (2008, October). Teaching and learning principles: Diabetes self-management education. Presented at the Basics of Diabetes 2008 course at the University of South Florida, Tampa, FL.
  • Myers, R. E. (2004, March). Evaluation of adequacy of reading level and readability of psychotropic medication handouts. Presented at the Research Day of the Sigma Theta Tau International Rho Psi Chapter, Savannah, GA.  
  • Myers, R. E., & Williams, J. E. (2001, October). Relationship of lesser restrictive interventions with seclusion/restraints usage, average years of psychiatric experience, and staff mix. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, Reno, NV. 

Recent Research Projects and Grant Funding

  • Co-Principal Investigator with Singh, J. (2011 – 2012). Community wellness needs assessment. American Health and Wellness Institute. Awarded $55,000 by the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council, Inc.     
  • Myers, R. E. (2010). Moderating the effectiveness of messages to promote physical activity in type 2 diabetes (Doctoral dissertation).  Available from ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database.  (UMI No. 3425693)
  • Study Coordinator for Pfizer Pharmaceuticals Phase IV Clinical Trial. (2002 – 2003). ZODIAC study: An international, multicenter, large simple trial (LST) to compare the cardiovascular safety of Ziprasidone and Olanzapine. Fairfax, VA: Northern Virginia Mental Health Institute.

Service to Professional Journals

  • Associate Editor, Journal of Child and Family Studies, 2014 – present
  • Reviewer, Mindfulness, 2013 – present
  • Reviewer, Journal of Child and Family Studies, 2012 – 2014
  • Statistics Editor, Journal of Child and Family Studies, 2010 – present
  • Reviewer, Research in Developmental Disabilities, 2005
  • Editorial Assistant, Journal of Child and Family Studies, 2002 – 2008

 

Current Membership in Professional Organizations

 

 

Georgia Nurses Association (Chairperson, Northwest Metro Chapter)

 
  Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nursing (Secretary, Mu Phi Chapter)     
  American Nurses Association  
  American Diabetes Association  
  American Association of Diabetes Educators                    

 

Professional Interests

 

 

  • Mindfulness-based interventions
  • Health and wellness promotion
  • Disease prevention
  • Diabetes mellitus

 

 

Teaching Responsibilities

 

 

NURS 3209

Theoretical Basis for Holistic Nursing and Health
  NURS 3302 Professionalism and Ethics in Nursing
  NURS 4402 Nursing Research for Evidence-Based Practice
  NURS 4400 Directed Study