Dr. Karethy Edwards’ clinical practice, teaching, service and research has been directed towards decreasing health disparities and promoting health equity for culturally and ethnically diverse populations particularly African American and Native American Indians. Dr. Edwards is the recipient of two fellowships, the Cultural Competency Leadership Fellowship sponsored by the Health Research & Educational Trust of the American Hospital and the Regents Inter-professional fellowship sponsored by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Her previous practice includes surgical intensive care, substance abuse inpatient treatment for American veterans, high risk obstetrical care, community health, school health, and primary care for underserved populations.

Dr. Edward’s teaching career began at the University of Oklahoma College of Nursing in 1977. She introduced innovative culturally tailored teaching methods to generic, RN & LPN to BSN, accelerated BSN and MSN students at the undergraduate level. At the graduate level, Dr. Edwards served as a member of the leadership team to bring graduate advance practice primary care education, masters in nursing level nursing education and doctoral education to nurses in rural and distant sites at the University of Oklahoma.

To promote heath equity, Dr. Edwards co-developed and served as co-director of the Center for Cultural Competence and Healthcare Excellence. In addition to her commitment to practice and teaching, Dr. Edwards is a founding member and past president of the Association of Black Nursing Faculty, a professional nursing organization which focuses on mentoring students and faculty, as well, as addressing health issues impacting African American communities through advocacy. As the co-editor of the Journal of Cultural Diversity, an interdisciplinary journal, she facilitates the advancement of knowledge aimed at increasing cultural competency among health care providers.


Teaching & Research
  • NGR 6812 Nursing Research Evidence Based Practice
  • NUR 4638 Nursing Situations in the Community

Funded Training Grant Support

National Institutes of Health/ National Institute of Drug Abuse, DA035143-01; Intertribal Talking Circle for the Prevention of Substance Abuse in Native Youth,( 2014-2017) John Lowe, PI., funded $2,900,000.
Goal: The goal is to evaluate the Talking Circle Program for its effectiveness to be adopted and implemented by other tribal communities and Indigenous populations.
Role: Co-Investigator to train and oversee the fidelity monitoring conducted by the study site coordinators.

Health Resource Service Administration: Advance Education Nursing Traineeship Grant A10HP25114 (2012-2015), Serving the Aging, Diverse and Underserved Populations of South Florida through Traineeship Support for Nurse Practitioner Education. Goal: To increase the number of nurse practitioner graduates to meet the primary care needs of diverse, aging and underserved populations in South Florida. Funded for $1,660,000.
Role: PI & Project Director

Health Resource Service Administration Nurse Faculty Loan Program Grant E01HP24637 (2012-2013) funded $113,474; Grant E01HP25885 (2013-2014) funded $133,200 and Grant E01HP246370101 (2014-2015) funded $133,200.
Goal: To increase the number of nurse educators to meet the demands of the nurse workforce supply for aging and underserved populations in South Florida by providing NFLP support to graduate nursing students who are pursuing a nurse faculty role.
Role: PI & Project Director

Health Resource Service Administration Diversity Workforce Grant, D19HP0493-01-00, (2005-2008). Recruitment Enhancement and Cultural Affirmation Project (RECAP).
Goal: To develop and evaluate interventions to increase recruitment, retention and graduation of baccalaureate nursing students from under-represented minority populations. Funded, for $800,000.
Role: PI & Project Director

Funded Research Grants
NIH/National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities, P20MD000528, ( 2008-2011), (N. Henderson, PI), American Indian Diabetes Prevention Center Grant; Training American Indian/Alaska Native Nurses as Researchers & Conducting Nursing Research Core; (B. Patchell & K. Edwards; co-core directors). The goal of this Core was aimed at training American Indian/Alaska Native nurses to conduct studies related to the prevention of diabetes related complications among Native Americans.
Role: Co-Core Director

Rose State College Research & Development Grant, (2007-2008).
Assessment of Diversity: Rose State College. The goal was to design and test an instrument to measure beliefs about diversity and inclusiveness in students, staff and faculty. Role: PI and Project Director

National Institutes of Health National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities Loan Repayment Program for Clinical Researchers, (V. Johnson, PI), (8/2007 – 8/2009),
Facilitating Participation of African Americans and Native Americans in Genomics-Related Research. Goal: To identify facilitators to participation in genomic research among African Americans & Native Americans and provide research mentoring. Role: Co-PI & Population Mentor

Southern Nursing Research Society, (2007-2008)
Participation of Native Americans in Genetic and Genomic Research.
Goal: To identify facilitators to participation in genomic research among Native Americans.
Role: Co-PI and Mentor

American Nurses Foundation, (2007-2008)
Participation of African Americans and Native Americans in Genetic and Genomic Research.
Goal: To compare facilitators and barriers to participation in genomic and genetic research among African Americans & Native Americans
Role: Co-PI & Mentor

DHHS/Indian Health Service #U269400010-01 and NIH/National Center for Research Resources, General Clinical Research Center Grant M01 RR -14467, (Dallas-Lamphley, PI), (2002-2005, 2006-2007). Barriers to Native American Participation in Research. Role: Consultant

The Center for Nursing Research, University of Oklahoma College of Nursing, 1999-2001
Culture-Specific Diabetes Care in American Indians. Goal: To examine culture-specific strategies for diabetes management among a rural population of American Indians. Role: PI

NIH/National Center for Nursing Research, NR02618, (1991-1995)
Diabetes Representations and Signs of Mvskoke Indians. Role: Co-Investigator

Oklahoma Regents Research and Creativity Award for Women and Minority Junior Faculty, 1989-1990, Expressions of Low-Income African-American Women's Health Practices.
Goal: To explore health practices of African American women living in public housing.
Role: PI

Recent Publications

Selected Peer-reviewed Publications

Nguyen, A., & Edwards, K. (2014). Barriers and facilitators of diabetes self-management: A Qualitative study among Vietnamese Americans. Online Journal of Cultural Competence in Nursing and Healthcare, 4(2), 5-16. doi:10.9730/

Patchell, B. & Edwards, K. (2014). The role of traditional foods in diabetes prevention and management among Native Americans. Current Nutrition Reports, 3(4), 340-344.

Carter-Parker, K., Edwards, K., & McCleary-Jones, V. (2012). Correlates of physical activity and the theory of planned behavior between African American women who are physically and those who are not. ABNF Journal, 23 (3), 51-58.

Johnson, V., Edwards, K., Sherman, S. L., Stephens, L. D., Williams, W., Adair, A. & Deer, M.H. (Fall, 2009). Decisions to participate in genomics-related research: Native American and African American voices, Journal of Cultural Diversity, 16(3), 127-35.

Edwards, K., & Patchell, B. (2009). State of the Science: A cultural view of Native Americans and diabetes prevention. Journal of Cultural Diversity, 15(1), 32-35.

Edwards, K., Radcliffe, S., Patchell, B., Broussard, K., Wood, E. & Ogans, J. (2009). Outcomes: The recruitment enhancement cultural affirmation project. Journal of Cultural Diversity, 16, (2), 64-68.

Lampley-Dallas V., Edwards, K., Stephens L., Aston C., & Joines, A. (2008). Native Americans' views on research participation. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 56, S126.

Lampley-Dallas, V. T.; Edwards, K., Davis, B. Stephens, L., Cooper, T., & Grim, I. (2005). Recruiting Native Americans for research studies: What are their concerns? Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 55(4), Supplement S1-S244, S149-150.

Edwards, K., Pryor, S., Campbell, J., Jacobson, S.F., & Booton-Hiser. (2000) Calorie use and obesity among diabetic and non-diabetic Mvskoke Indians. Journal of Cultural Diversity, 7(2), 36-40.

Jacobson, S.F., Booton-Hiser, D., Moore, J., Edwards, K., Pryor, S., & Campbell, J. (1998). Diabetes research in an American Indian community. Image: Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 30(2), 161-165.

Torsch, V. & Edwards, K. (1997). World system theory and nursing's decision-making position: A Qualitative study. Journal of Theory Construction & Testing 2(2), 54-59.

Beard, M., Curry, E., Edwards, K. & Adams, B. (1997). Advances in meta-analysis as a research method. ABNF Journal, 8(5), 92-97.

Beard, M., Edwards, K., Curry, E.L., & Johnson, M. (1996). Research methodology, Part IV, Understanding canonical correlation analysis. ABNF Journal, 7(1), 11-18.

Beard, M., Edwards, K., Marshall, D., & Johnson, M. (1995). Research methodology, Part I. ABNF Journal, 6(2), 54-58.

Beard, M., Edwards, K., Marshall, D., & Johnson, M. (1995). Research methodology, Part II. Essentials of factor analysis. ABNF Journal, 6(4), 107-112.

Beard, M., Edwards, K., Curry, E.L., & Johnson, M. (1995). Research methodology, Part III, Understanding multiple correlation analysis and multiple regressions. ABNF Journal, 6(6), 143-148.

Edwards, K. (1993). Expressions of low-income African-American women's health management. ABNF Journal, 4(1), 17-19.

Edwards, K., Parker, D., Burks, C., West, A. and Adams, M. (Winter, 1991) Cardiovascular risk of low-income rural-urban Black and White women. ABNF Journal, 2(4), 72-76.

Edwards, K., and Allen, M. (April, 1988). Nursing management of the human response to premature birth. Neonatal Network: The Journal of Neonatal Nursing, 6 (5), 82-86.

Williams, R.D., Edwards, K.A. & Hane, N. (November, 1987). Barriers to breast cancer screening in older women. Journal of Family and Community Health, 10 (3), 51-56.

Allen, M.E. & Edwards, K.A. (November, 1987). Cancer Prevention: Implications for Ethnic/Racial Minorities. Journal of Family and Community Health, 10 (3), 57-73.


  • 1983 - Excellence in Teaching Award, AMOCO Foundation, University of Oklahoma
  • 1987 - Founding Member, Association of Black Nursing Faculty, Inc.
  • 1987 - Community Leadership Award, Sigma Theta Tau, Beta Delta Chapter
  • 1988 - Regents' W. K. Kellogg Fellow in Ethics
  • 1994 - Best Faculty Teaching Award for Enhancing Cultural Diversity, University of Oklahoma
  • 1994 - Best Community Health Faculty Award, University of Oklahoma
  • 2005 - Fellow, Cultural Competency Leadership Fellowship, sponsored by the Health Research & Educational Trust in partnership with the American Hospital Association
  • 2006 - Outstanding Teaching Award, Graduate Student Nurses, University of Oklahoma
  • 2007 - Lifetime Achievement Award in Nursing Education & Research, Association of Black Nursing Faculty, Inc.
  • 2008 - Outstanding Teaching Award, Chi Eta Phi, Upsilon Eta, Chapter
  • 2008 - Frances & Earl Ziegler Excellence in Nursing Leadership Award for Nursing Education in an Academic Setting


  • Credentials
    • Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner, American Nurses Credentialing Center
  • Post Graduate FNP
    • University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas (1995)
  • DrPH
    • University of Oklahoma, College of Public Health, Oklahoma City, OK (1985)
  • MS
    • University of Oklahoma, College of Nursing, Oklahoma City, OK (1977)
  • BSN
    • University of Central Oklahoma, School of Nursing, Edmond, OK (1973)