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Island University Professor Named Researcher of the Year for Asthma Work

April 30, 2015

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Dr. Linda Gibson-Young, Associate Professor and Graduate Chair of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, has been selected as the National Organization of Nurse Practitioners Faculties (NONPF) 2015 Outstanding Researcher. This recognition offers her a platform to further disseminate the need to partner with interdisciplinary research in order to improve asthma management. She also received a plaque from the NONPF.

Gibson-Young’s research focuses on the care of children with asthma, and draws upon her rich expertise as a certified asthma educator and family nurse practitioner in the care of children with asthma in both the school and community setting. Her current research is concentrated on the use of in-home technologies for intervention with childhood asthma. This research involves linking highly skilled professional teams of nurse practitioners, community partners, physicians, social workers, nutritionists, and respiratory therapists to treat asthmatics. 

“I am honored by this award and excited to be recognized in asthma management,” Gibson-Young said. “I came to Corpus Christi to initiate multidisciplinary asthma partnerships and improve management in the South Texas region.”

Gibson-Young has received funding for four research proposals in this specific subject.

Currently, she is partnering with pediatric health systems, area schools, community centers, and various disciplines of health care providers with the goal of creating a Center of Excellence in Asthma Management at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

“With more than 10% of children affected by asthma, there is room to examine management and look to improve partnerships between health systems, providers, schools, and researchers,” she added.

Gibson-Young received a Master of Science and Family Nurse Practitioner Certification in Nursing in 2003, and a Ph.D. in 2011, both from the University of Alabama in Birmingham. She received a Bachelor of Science in 1998, from Auburn University in Montgomery, Ala. She joined the Island University in the spring of 2015. 

The National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) is the only organization specifically devoted to promoting quality nurse practitioner (NP) education at the national and international levels.  Starting in 1974 as a small group of educators meeting to develop the first NP curriculum guidelines, NONPF has evolved as the leading organization for NP faculty sharing the commitment of excellence in NP education.  Today, the organization represents a global network of NP educators.