Margaret Pharris

Professor

651-690-6585

mdpharris@stkate.edu

Margaret Dexheimer Pharris is a professor in the Department of Nursing and she teaches a Global Search for Justice course in Guatemala.

From 2011–2016, Dr. Pharris served as the Associate Dean for Nursing and Respiratory Care. Prior to that, she was the Graduate Nursing Programs Director. Pharris received her BSN, MPH, MSN, and PhD from the UMN, where she was a 2-year Fellow in Adolescent Health.

Pharris co-authored a $750,000 Office of Women’s Health grant establishing a Community Center of Excellence in Women’s Health at NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center in N. Minneapolis, where she was a founding member on the board of directors from 2003–2009. She has coordinated several grants and community-based collaborative action research projects to identify and address barriers to health for women and girls of color.

Pharris co-edited Transforming Nursing Education: The Culturally Inclusive Environment, focused on creating an inclusive education environment for underrepresented student populations, and co-authored Community-Based Collaborative Action Research: A Nursing Approach, which won 2012 AJN Book of the Year Award for research. She has spoken nationally and internationally and has been a visiting professor at Universidad Nacional de Colombia, U of TN, U of MA, Amherst, and SDSU.

Ph.D., Nursing
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1999

Master of Public Health, Division of Health Management and Policy, Maternal Child Health
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1994

Master of Science, Nursing/Public Health
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1994

Bachelor of Science, Nursing
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1992
Summa Cum Laude

St Catherine University Anne Joachim Moore, CSJ Lectureship Award for Outstainding Educational Leadership. (2014). Delivered the 2014 Anne Joachim Moore Lecture to the University community to address the interplay between social justice and academia.

American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award (Research Category). (2012). Community Based Collaborative Action Research: A Nursing Approach, co-authored with Dr. Carol Pavlish.

American Association of Colleges of Nursing. (2011). Fellow, Leadership for Academic Nursing Programs

St Catherine University. (2009). Bonnie Jean Kelly and Joan Kelly Faculty Excellence Award

South Dakota State University. (2008). Helen Grace Nursing Deans Distinguished Lecturer

Carol Easly Denny Award. (2007). This award supported editing and writing: Transforming Nursing Education; The Culturally Inclusive Environment, a book co-edited with Dr. Susan Bosher.

Five College Consortium on Culture, Smith, Amherst, Mount Holyoke, Hampshire, and U of MA. (2007). Delivered several talks, including the 2007 Gay Tavin Erickson Lecture and consulted with doctoral students and practicing midwives in the community on improving practice and community health through the use of community-based collaborative action research.

Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá. (2004). Delivered 2 keynote addresses to an international conference with 800 participants and worked with doctoral students from across Latin America.

American Academy of Nursing. (2002). Inducted as a fellow. University of Tennessee Health Science Center, College of Nursing. (2002). Ruth Neill Murray Distinguised Visiting Professor.

Nursing Faculty Loan Program 2012–2015

Professor and Associate Dean, St Catherine University, 2011–Present

On Call, Casual Nurse, Hennepin County Medical Center, Emergency Department, 2001–2011

Graduate Programs Director, St Catherine University, 2009–2011

Associate Professor, College of St Catherine, 2005–2011

Assistant Professor, College of St Catherine, 2000–2005

Associate Director, Sexual Assault Resource Services, Hennepin County Medical Center, 1997–2000

Research Associate, Minnesota Medical Research Foundation, 1997–2000

Field Coordinator, Indian Youth Resiliency Impact Study, University of Minnesota School of Nursing, 1995–1997

Faculty, Co-Director, University of Minnesota School of Nursing and Dept of Pediatrics Adolescent Health Training Program, 1995–1997

Books

Pharris, M. & Pavlish, C. Community-based collaborative action research: A nursing approach, Sudbury, MA, Jones and Bartlett

Bosher, S. & Pharris, M. (2009). Transforming Nursing Education: The Culturally Inclusive Environment., New York, Springer

Journal Articles

Pharris, M. (2012). Editorial. Editorial. Nursing Science Quarterly. (24, 3, 193-4)

Newman, M., Smith, M., Pharris, M. & Jones, D. (2008). Focus of the discipline of nursing revisited. Focus of the discipline of nursing revisited. Advances in Nursing Science. (31, 1)

Yang, A., Xiong, D., Vang, E. & Pharris, M. (2009). Hmong American women living with diabetes. Hmong American women living with diabetes. Journal of Nursing Scholarship.

Pierre-Louis, B., Akoh, V., White, P. & Pharris, M. (2011). Patterns in the Lives of African American Women with Diabetes. Patterns in the Lives of African American Women with Diabetes. Nursing Science Quarterly. (24, 3)

Book Chapters

Pharris, M. & Pavlish, C. (2014). Community-based collaborative action research: Giving birth to emancipatory knowing. P. K. Kagan, M. C. Smith, & P. Chinn, Philosophies and practices of emancipatory knowing in nursing: Social justice as praxis. New York, Routledge

Other

Pharris, M. & Pavlish, C. Critical Reference Groups, Oxford, Sage

Pharris, M. (2015). An Emancipatory Method to Identify and Address Social Structures that Perpetuate Health Inequities. International In Sickness and In Health Health Disparities: A Call to Action

Pharris, M. (2014). Community-Based Collaborative Action Research. Workshop for Viterbo University Graduate Program Directors and IRB Members

Pharris, M., Jones, D. & Smith, M. (2014). Health as expanding consciousness: Impact on optimizing education, research, and clinical practice. Society of Rogerian Scholars Annual Conference: Martha E. Rogers: Her life, her science, her legacy emerging.

Pharris, M. (2014). The Power of One. Minnesota Black Nurses Association Gala

Pharris, M. (2014). A Second Wind: Enlivening the Interplay of Social Justice and Academia. St. Catherine University Teaching Learning Network

Pharris, M. (2013). Strategies for Creating a Culturally Inclusive Learning Environment. Interprofessional presentation organized by the U of WI, Madison School of Nursing

Pharris, M. (2012). Building Healthy Collaborations: Who are We Serving?. Building Partnerships to Advance Health and Well-Being

Pharris, M., Noor, S., Zulu-Gillespie, M., Gust, S. & Nigon, J. (2012). Panel. Buidling Partnerships to Advance Health and Well-Being

Pharris, M. & Pavlish, C. (2011). Community-Based Collaborative Action Research and the IRB. Keynote address for Human Subjects Summit sponsored by St. Catherine University and Capella University, St. Paul, MN

Pharris, M. (2010). Community-Based Collaborative Action Research. Staff development for researchers, evaluators, and program staff in the Minnesota Department of Health

Pharris, M. (2010). Racism and Health. Staff development for the Minneapolis Health Department’s research and policy division

Pharris, M. (2010). Health in the face of stress. A session for people from the Harrison neighborhood at “the Living Room” on Glenwood Avenue, North Minneapolis.

Pharris, M. (2010). Critical Multiculturalism: Creating Inclusive Nursing Education Environments. Transcultural Nursing Conference, Bethel University, New Brighton, MN

Pharris, M. (2009). Critical Multiculturalism: Creating Inclusive Nursing Education Environments. Keynote address for the International Centre for Nursing Ethics. Kwazulu-Natal University, Durban, South Africa

Pharris, M. (2009). The Difference Nursing Makes. Helen Grace Nursing Deans Distinguished Lecture, South Dakota State University, Brookings, S.D.

Pharris, M. (2009). Utilizing Community-Based Collaborative Action Research to Identify and Address Barriers to Health for Women and Girls of Color. Address to doctoral students, South Dakota State University, Brookings, S.D.,

Pharris, M. (2008). Living the Sweet Life: Using Community-Based Collaborative Action Research to Envision Health for Women Living with Diabetes. Keynote: Sigma Theta Tau, College of Nursing SDSU & Augustana College annual Nursing Research Day keynote address, Souix Falls, South Dakota

Pharris, M. (2007). Living the Sweet Life: The Experience of African American Women Living with Diabetes. NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center health provider and community education forum

Pharris, M. (2007). Transforming Women’s Health through Community Based Collaborative Action Research. Nurse Midwifery Lecture, Baystate Medical Center, Springfield MA

Pharris, M. & Yang, A. (2007). The Flutter of a Butterfly and the Ripple in the Water: Addressing Health Disparities through Community Based Collaborative Action Research. 2007 Tay Gavin Erickson Lecture, sponsored by the Five College Consortium in Culture, Health, and Science, and the UMass Amherst School of Nursing Expanding the Boundaries of Women’s Health Project, and the UMass Amherst Center for Research on Famili

Pharris, M. (2007). A Unitary Approach to Community Based Collaborative Action Research. Doctoral Student Seminar, UMass, Amherst, MA.

Pharris, M. (2007). Understanding and addressing community health disparities within a unitary being perspective. 31st Annual MNRS Research Conference, Omaha, NE

Guillaume, B., Pharris, M., Akoh, V. & White, P. (2007). Our lives, our voice, Our wisdom: The experience of African American women living with diabetes. 31st Annual MNRS Research Conference, Omaha, NE

Pharris, M. (2006). Community Based Collaborative Action Research and the PhD Journey. Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida

Pharris, M. (2006). SANE Responses to Vulnerable Populations: Caring for Adolescents, Elders, and People with Mental Illness and Cognitive Impairments. Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner course sponsored by Anoka and Ramsey county SANE programs. Fridley, Minnesota

Yang, A., Xiong, D., Pharris, M. & Vang, E. (2006). The Experience of Hmong Women Living with Diabetes. 30th Annual MNRS Research Conference. Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Joan, B., Margaret, J., Dal, X., Moore, L., White, T. & Pharris, M. (2006). Understanding and Enhancing Adolescent Health Through Community-Based Collaborative Action Research. 30th Annual MNRS Research Conference. Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Pharris, M. (2006). Community-Based Collaborative Action Research based on the Theory of Health as Expanding Consciousness. Keynote address for the first annual Seminar on Caring, Guatemala City, Guatemala

Xiong, D., Pharris, M. & Vang, E. (2006). The Experience of Hmong Women Living with Diabetes. Minnesota Private Colleges, Minnesota State Capitol

Yang, A., Xiong, D., Pharris, M. & Vang, E. (2005). The Experience of Hmong of Women Living with Diabetes. Women's Health Research Conference. University of Minnesota

Pharris, M. (2004). Engaging A Community In Dialogue To Understand Patterns Of Racism, Health, And Well-Being: Applying Newman’s Theory Of Health As Expanding Consciousness. Ninth Rogerian Conference: Engaging Possibilities for Unitary Health Care. New York University

Pharris, M. & Smith, K. (2003). Engaging in Community Based Collaborative Action Research for Community Service and Graduate Student Learning. Minnesota Association of Colleges of Nursing

Ltichfield, M., Jonsdottir, H. & Pharris, M. (2003). Partnership as an Expression of Caring In the Human Health Experience. 24th International Association of Human Caring Conference, Boston MA

Pharris, M. & Sarah, S. (2003). Helpful Responses to Teen Victims of Criminal Sexual Conduct. Society for Adolescent Medicine Annual Meeting. Seattle, Washington

Pharris, M., Jezierski, M., Sateren, J. & Lynch, M. (2002). Beyond Black and Blue: Teaching the Art of Responding to Family Violence. Minnesota Association of Colleges of Nursing Annual Conference

Pharris, M., Sankofa, P., Amaikwu Rushing, L., Fitzgerald, D. & Ollom, K. (2002). Identifying and Addressing Health Disparities for Women and Girls of Color Utilizing Community Based Collaborative Action Research. American Academy of Nursing Annual Meeting, Naples, FL