Yolanda Davila, PhD, RN | UTMB School of Nursing

Yolanda Davila

PhD, RN

Professor
Odelia Brown McCarley Professor of Nursing

Yolanda Davila, PhD, RN | UTMB School of Nursing

Yolanda Davila

PhD, RN

Professor
Odelia Brown McCarley Professor of Nursing

Yolanda Davila

PhD, RN


Overview

Education

  • PCOE Professional Certificate in Online Education - University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Fellow Center for Health Promotion - The University of Michigan - Partner Violence Research
  • PhD - The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio - Partner Violence Research
  • MSN - The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio - Psychiatric Nursing
  • BSN - The University of Texas health Science Center at San Antonio

Areas of Research, Teaching, and Clinical Expertise and Scholarship

For the past 22 years, Dr. Davila has investigated facilitators and barriers to intimate partner violence prevention among adult women with a special focus on Hispanic women, health disparities among vulnerable populations and the influence of culture on health behaviors. She routinely presents her research at regional, national and international scientific conferences with further dissemination through peer-reviewed publications.

Dr. Davila is a Board Member for the Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Family & Community Health. She has co-edited two special issues, one on community health workers and the other on health disparities, for Family & Community Health.

As an educator, Dr. Davila has taught across BSN, MSN, DNP and PhD nursing programs. At the undergraduate level, she has provided training in psychiatric mental health, community and family health nursing, research and ethics. At the graduate level, she has provided training in group psychotherapy, nursing research, qualitative research, nursing theory, public and population health, and health policy.

Courses Taught

Currently, Dr. Davila teaches the:

  • MSN courses, GNRS 53371 Public Health Principles for Advanced Practice Nursing and GNRS 5346 Public Health Policy.
  • DNP course, GDNP 6302 Strategies for Improving Population Health.
  • PhD course, GNRS 6400 Theories and Concepts in Nursing.

She also serves as faculty for graduate level research practicums, independent studies and Chair of both PhD dissertations and DNP scholarly projects.

Select Peer-Review Publications

Intimate Partner Violence Prevention
  • Davila, Y.R., Bonilla, E., Gonzalez-Ramirez, D., & Villarruel, A. M. (2007). HIV-IPV prevention: Perceptions of what Latinas want and need. Hispanic Health Care International, 5(3), 101-108.
  • Brackley, M.; Davila, Y.R., Thornton, J., Leal, C., Mudd, G., Schaffer, J., & Castillo, P. (2003). Community readiness to prevent intimate partner violence in Bexar County. Journal of Transcultural Nursing, 227-236.
  • Davila, Y.R. (2002). The Influence of abuse on condom negotiation among Mexican-American women involved within abusive relationships. Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, 13(6), 46-56.
  • Dimmitt, J., & Davila, Y.R. (1995). Group psychotherapy for abused women: A Survivor-group prototype. Applied Nursing Research, 8, 3-7.
Intimate Partner Violence Prevention Education
  • Davila, Y.R., Mendias, E.P., & Juneau, C. (2013). Under the RADAR: Assessing and intervening for intimate partner violence. Journal of Nurse Practitioners, 9(9), 594-599.
  • Davila, Y.R. (2006). Increasing nurses' knowledge and skills for enhanced response to intimate partner violence. The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, 37(4), 171-177.
  • Davila, Y.R. (2005). Teaching nursing students to assess and intervene for domestic violence.International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship, 2(1), 4.
Health Disparities
  • Reifsnider, E., & Davila, Y.R. (2018). Foreword: Health disparities. Family & Community Health, 41(1):1.
  • Babendure, J.B., Reifsnider, E., Mendias, E., Moramarco, M., & Davila, Y.R. (2015). Reduced breastfeeding rates among obese mothers: A review of contributing factors, clinical considerations, and future directions. International Breastfeeding Journal, 10(21). Doi 10.1186/s13006-015-0046-5
  • Reifsnider, E., Mendias, N., Davila, Y.R., & Bever, J. (2013). Contraception and the obese woman. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, 1-11. Doi: 10.1111/1745-7599.12011
  • Reifsnider, E., Mendias, E.P., & Davila, Y.R. (2012). Foreword: Community health workers: Full members of the health care team. Family & Community Health, 35(2), 90-91.
  • Mendias, E.P., Davila, Y.R., Reifsnider, E., Douzar, B.J., Nelson, G., & Teste, L.A. (2011). One-stop shopping for HIV information and resources: The HIV case manager portal. Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care. Available at DOI: 10.1016/j.jana.2010.12.003
  • Davila, Y.R., Reifsnider, & E., Pecina, I. (2007). Addressing the Challenge of Hepatitis C among Hispanics. TPHA, 59(2), 48-51.
Culture
  • Davila, Y.R., Reifsnider, E., & Pecina, I. (2011). Familyism: Influence on Hispanic health behaviors. Applied Nursing Research, 24(4), e67.
  • Davila, Y.R. (2005). The social construction and conceptualization of sexual health among Mexican American women. Research and Theory for Nursing Practice: An International Journal, 19(4), 357-368.
  • Longworth, J. & Davila, Y.R., & Sampsell, C. (2003). La podrida de urine: Hispanic women's experience of urinary incontinence. Hispanic Health Care International. 2(1), 1-9.
  • Davila, Y.R. (2000). Hispanic women and AIDS: Gendered risk factors and clinical implications. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 21(6), 635-646.
  • Davila, Y.R. (1999). Cultural considerations in perioperative nursing. Journal of Perioperative Nursing, 8(3), 128-136.

Selected Accomplishments

  • 2008 - Delia Brown McCauley Professorship in Nursing
  • 2018 - UT System Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award
  • 2018 - UT System Kenneth I Shine, M.D., Academy of Health Science Education
  • 2016 - UTMB Joseph T. Painter Professorship
  • 2016 - Good Samaritan Foundation Silver Medalist, Excellence in Teaching Award
  • 2016 - UTMB Academy of Master Teachers Lifetime Achievement Award
  • 2015 - UTMB Academy of Master Teachers Educator of the Month Award
  • 2014 - Alpha Delta Chapter Sigma Theta Tau, Excellence in Research Award
  • 2012 - Alpha Delta Chapter Sigma Theta Tau, Excellence in Mentoring Award
  • 2012 - UTMB Academy of Master Teachers, Distinguished Teaching Professor
  • 2011 - Alpha Delta Chapter Sigma Theta Tau, Excellence in Education Award