Assistant Professor


  • EdD, Instructional Leadership for Nurse Educators, The University of Alabama, 2021
  • MSN, Nursing Case Management, The University of Alabama, 2011
  • BSN, Nursing *Cum Laude, The University of Alabama, 2010
  • BS, Political Science *Magna Cum Laude, The University of Alabama, 2006


Abby Grammer Horton is an Assistant Professor at The University of Alabama’s Capstone College of Nursing (CCN) and is a four-time graduate of The University of Alabama. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Political Science in 2006, Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BS) in 2010, and later a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) in Rural Case Management in 2011. Most recently, she completed her doctorate in Instructional Leadership with an emphasis in Nurse Education in August 2021.

Dr. Horton currently teaches in the Undergraduate Nursing Program at CCN with more than 10 years of higher education experience. Her interests in nursing practice and research include health policy reform; diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB); health promotion and wellness, mental health, holistic care, rural health, spirituality, and Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) Practices.

Dr. Horton also teaches part-time for the University Honors Program and serves as the WellBAMA Wellness Class Educator on UA’s Campus as a Certified Health and Life Coach.

Additionally, Dr. Horton is active in the Alabama State Nurses Association (ASNA) at both the state and district level in multiple leadership roles. She is the 2013 recipient of the ASNA New Member Excellence Award and the 2018 CCN Ernestine Tucker Opening Doors Inclusion and Engagement Award. Dr. Horton is also a member of the 2021-2022 Class of Alabama Leadership Initiative for the state of Alabama. Dr. Horton is also a Blackburn Fellow and remains active on UA’s Campus in the wider West Alabama Community, including as a Tuscaloosa Meals on Wheels’ Cook Team Leader and Junior League of Tuscaloosa Member.

Honors and Awards

  • Alabama Leadership Initiative Member, 2021-2022
  • The Alabama State Nurses Association Alabama Nurse Foundation Scholarship Award, 2019
  • The Alabama State Nurses Association Excellence Award Recipient, 2019
  • CCN Ernestine Tucker Opening Doors Inclusion and Engagement Award, 2018
  • ASNA New Member Excellence Award, 2013

Areas of Interest

  • Mental Health
  • Rural Health
  • Health Promotion & Wellness
  • Nursing Education & Professional Development

Scholarly Highlights

  • Grant: A Bridge to College Success for Rural Alabamians. Alabama Commission on Higher Education (ACHE)
  • Grant: Global nursing education rural vaccine project. The M.H.C.H Foundation Global Rural Nursing Virtual Collaboration Learning Grant. In progress
  • Grant: Risk, resilience, and context: Analyzing the social adjustment and wellbeing of adolescents and families in Rural Alabama during COVID
  • Research: Self-Efficacy Study, Walking Labyrinth Meditation Study, & Cultural Attitudes & Engagement
  • Completing the IRB Process for a research project to study student mental health needs