Gwen Hooper - Assistant ProfessorAssistant Professor

Dr. Gwendolyn Hooper joined the faculty at The University of Alabama in 2014 where she is presently an Associate Professor in the Capstone College of Nursing. She has been certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center in advanced practice nursing and by the Credentialing Board for Urologic Nurses and Associates as an advanced practice urology nurse. Her clinical and research career have focused on raising awareness and improving the care and quality of life of men with prostate cancer and the education and treatment of women with pelvic floor disorders. In her educator role she teaches in the Family Nurse Practitioner, Doctor of Nursing Practice and Doctor of Philosophy programs.


  • PhD University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
  • MSN University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
  • BSN University of Arkansas for Medical Science, Little Rock, AR

Professional Accomplishments

John A. Hartford Foundation Institute for Geriatric Nursing Scholar   2019

President Society of Urologic Nurses and Associates    2016-2018

Outstanding Nurse Practitioner Educator West Alabama. Nurse Practitioner Alliance of Alabama (NPAA) Birmingham, AL  2018

Capstone College of Nursing Board of Visitors Outstanding Commitment to Teaching Award   2017

Research Interests

Survivorship, and social inequities and health in African American men with prostate cancer

Quality of life in women with urinary incontinence and other pelvic floor disorders


Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society

American Association of Nurse Practitioners

Society of Urologic Nurses and Associates

International Rural Nursing Organization

Selected Publications

Hooper, G.L. (2019). (published) Evaluation and current treatments for urinary incontinence. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners.  44 (6), 21-29

Hooper, G. L. (2018). (published) Patient centered care for patients with pessaries. In Female Healthcare Across the Lifespan A. March & S. Krau (Eds.), Nursing Clinics of North America. (pp. 289-301).

Hooper, G.L. Allen, R.S., Payne-Foster, P., Oliver, J.S. (2017). (published) A qualitative study to determine barriers for prostate cancer screening in African American men. Urologic Nursing. Nov/Dec 37 (6).

Hooper, G.L. Atnip, S., O’Dell, K. (2017). (published) Optimal pessary care: A modified Delphi consensus study. Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health July   I

Graniero, C., & Hooper, G.L (2017). (published) Prostate cancer: An unfolding case study. Urologic Nursing. Sept/Oct 37 (5) 235-242, 250.

Hooper, G.L. & Quallich, S. A. (2016). (published) Health seeking behavior in men: A concept analysis. Urologic Nursing. Continuing Nursing Education Series 36 (4) 163-171.  doi: 10.7257/1053-816X.2016.36.4.163

O’Dell, K., Atnip, S. Hooper, G.L. (2016). (published) Pessary care practices of nurse-providers in the United States. Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery.  2016 Jul-Aug; 22(4): 261-6.

Hooper, G. L. & Gerber, E. (2014). (published) Measuring quality of life in men with prostate cancer. Urologic Nursing. Jul/Aug; 34 (4): 177-84.

Hooper, G.M. (2013). (published) Influence of coping styles on emotional state, illness perception, and information sources in men with prostate cancer. [Published Theses and Dissertations] University of Kentucky.