Professor, PhD Program Director
Department of Advanced Practice and Doctoral Studies
Boling Center, 711 Jefferson #182
Memphis, TN 38105
Carolyn Graff received an undergraduate degree in nursing from the Medical College of Georgia and her MN and PhD from the University of Kansas. She has been a faculty member at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center since 2001. Currently she is a Professor in the College of Nursing and Chief of Nursing in the Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities, a University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) Education, Research, and Service. Dr. Graff is the Director of the Ph.D. Program in Nursing Science. She was Clinical Services Coordinator and Coordinator of Nursing at the University of Kansas UCEDD in Kansas City, Kansas where her clinical and teaching responsibilities centered on the health of children with developmental disabilities and their families.
She teaches doctoral courses on qualitative research methods, mixed methods research, and nursing theory. She serves as guest lecturer on topics related to child development and intellectual and developmental disabilities. She was an NIH fellow at the National Institute of Nursing Research Summer Genetics Institute. Dr. Graff focuses her research on persons at risk for or with an intellectual or and developmental disability and their families. She is a member of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, the American Nurses Association, the American Public Health Association, the Council on the Advancement of Nursing Science, the Developmental Disabilities Nurses Association, the International Society of Nurses in Genetics, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society, the Society for Longitudinal and Life Course Studies, the Society of Pediatric Nurses, and the Southern Nurses Research Society.