Safiya George, PhD, APRN-BC
Associate Professor, and Director of Scholarly Affairs
Dr. George is an Associate Professor at the Capstone College of Nursing and Director of Scholarly Affairs. She is also a board-certified adult nurse practitioner. She obtained her PhD in Nursing and a certificate in Women’s Studies from Emory University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Research on Religion and Health from Duke University in Durham, NC. She obtained her undergraduate nursing degrees from University of the Virgin Islands. Her area of research focus is on spirituality and coping with stress and its relationship to mental and physical health among women and people living with HIV/AIDS. Dr. George is a leading scholar in the field of spirituality/religion and health. Her most recent book chapter focuses on the role of Religion in the HIV epidemic in a recently published book, Religion as a Social Determinant of Health (Edited by E. Idler) (Oxford University Press, 2014). Her current project examines the sociocultural factors that contribute to high rates of HIV in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Her most recent project focuses on examining the role of religion and cognitive function in the sexual decision-making and HIV/STI-associated sexual risk behavior of Black adolescent and young adult females. She also completed a project that examined the role of spirituality and “social capital” and various psychosocial factors on the maternal-infant outcomes of Latina mothers.
She has previously served as Chair of several research committees, international service taskforce, and interdisciplinary religion and public health research initiatives. She is currently the Vice Chair of Healthy Nation, a non-profit organization in Monrovia, Liberia that provides screening and healthcare to children of K-12 age and their families.
Her teaching focuses on preparing students to address the needs of vulnerable populations. It also focuses on the use of technology, interactive teaching and always seeks ways to improve her teaching to meet the needs of various student learners and learning styles. For the past 7 years, she has led 7 day to 2 week long service trips to the Dominican Republic with undergraduate and graduate nursing students and to the U.S. Virgin Islands.