Gwen Hooper

Associate Professor


  • PhD, Nursing, University of Kentucky
  • MSN, Family Nurse Practitioner, University of Kentucky
  • BSN, Nursing (NP Certificate), University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences


Dr. Hooper joined the University of Alabama Capstone College of Nursing in 2014 where she is an Associate Professor, Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Scientist. Dr. Hooper holds board certifications as both a Family and Urology Nurse Practitioner.

In her teaching role, Dr. Hooper serves as faculty for the Family Nurse Practitioner and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs. Dr. Hooper received the Capstone College of Nursing Board of Visitors Outstanding Commitment to Teaching Award and the Outstanding Nurse Practitioner Educator Award for Western Alabama. She is Quality Matters certified instructor.

Dr. Hooper’s research interests include health and quality of life in adults and aging individuals with urologic conditions and diseases. Dr. Hooper is a John A. Hartford Foundation Institute for Geriatric Nursing Scholar and a Deep South Minority Aging (RCMAR) Research Scholar.

Honors and Awards

  • Continence Care Champion Award, National Association of Continence (NAFC), 2022
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, 2022
  • Fellow of the Academy of Urologic Nurses and Associates, 2020
  • Association of peri-Operative Registered Nurses Journal Writers Award, 2019
  • Innovation Spark Scholar The University of Alabama College of Continuing Studies, 2019

Areas of Interest

  • Social Determinants of Health & Health Disparities
  • Rural Health
  • Chronic Disease Management & Prevention
  • Oncology

Scholarly Highlights

  • Current state of advanced practice providers in urological practice. White Paper. Urology Practice.
  • Evaluation and current treatments for urinary incontinence. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners.
  • Patient centered care for patients with pessaries. Nursing Clinics of North America.
  • A qualitative study to determine barriers for prostate cancer screening in African American men. Urologic Nursing.
  • Optimal pessary care: A modified Delphi consensus study. Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health.