Mona Newsome Wicks, PhD, RN, FAAN
Department of Advanced Practice and Doctoral Studies
920 Madison, #950
Memphis, TN 38163
Mona Newsome Wicks, Ph.D., RN, FAAN received her Associate and Bachelor of Science degrees in nursing from the University of Memphis in 1978 and 1981, respectively. Her M.S.N. (medical and surgical nursing) was earned from the University of Tennessee, Memphis (1987) and her Ph.D. from Wayne State University (1992). On the faculty of the UTHSC since 1987, Dr. Wicks mentors students enrolled in the Ph.D. program and teaches Ph.D. and DNP program courses.
Professional memberships include the American Academy of Nursing (member of the Expert Panel on Cultural Competence and Health Equity and the 2012, 2013, and 2014 Conference Planning Committees), American and Tennessee Nurses Associations, Sigma Theta Tau International (Beta Theta Chapter at-large), and Southern Nurses Research Society (Tennessee State Liaison). She is a lifetime member of the Greater Memphis Area Chapter of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses and is a former president of this organization. Dr. Wicks is also a former permanent member of two integrated review groups for the Center for Scientific Review, the National Institutes of Health (2006-2012).
Dr. Wicks' research interests include ethnic minority, family caregiver, and women's health within the context of chronic illness; health promotion/risk reduction; and health disparities. Dr. Wicks completed a National Institute of Nursing Research, an NIH-funded study that tested whether a cognitive behavioral support group reduced depressive and anxiety symptoms in African American women caring for relatives receiving chronic hemodialysis. She also served as co-investigator on a National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities NIH-funded Exploratory Center of Excellence grant.
A Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellow (2008-2011), Dr. Wicks was named Outstanding Alumna by The University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Nursing in 2009. She was selected to Leadership America in 2010 and inducted as an American Academy of Nursing Fellow in November 2010. Dr. Wicks is the recipient of institutional, regional, and national awards for her teaching and mentoring skills and author/co-author on 64 published articles, abstracts, and book chapters. She serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Nursing Education and is an Associate Editor, Health Behavior and Policy Review. Dr. Wicks as a manuscript reviewer for several nursing and interdisciplinary journals including Nursing Outlook, Nephrology Nursing, Research in Nursing and Health, and the American Journal of Health Behavior. Her personal interests include mentoring ethnic minority high school and college students interested in health and science careers. Dr. Wicks is the Chief Executive Officer and President of the Board of Directors of Mustard Seed, Inc., a faith-based 501 (3c) organization that empowers families living in an urban, disadvantaged neighborhood; serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Memphis Mental Health Institute, the regional mental health institute for Shelby County; and on the Shelby County Relative Caregivers Program Board, an organization that supports children whose parents are not able to raise them. In 2014, Dr. Wicks joined the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Nursing Institute for Leadership and Policy.