Gwen Hooper

Associate Professor


  • PhD, Nursing, University of Kentucky, 2013
  • MSN, Family Nurse Practitioner, University of Kentucky, 1999
  • BSN, Nursing (NP Certificate), University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, 1983


Gwendolyn Hooper received her BSN from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock Arkansas, and a master’s degree as a family nurse practitioner from the University of Kentucky. She received her PhD in nursing from the University of Kentucky. Her dissertation focused on quality of life in men with prostate cancer. 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. She is one of only 200 nurse practitioners in the country with a specialty certification in urology (CUNP).

Dr. Hooper served as President of the Society of Urologic Nurses and Associates (SUNA) from 2016-2018. She continues to remain active in SUNA serving as the Chair of Research, reviewer for the Urologic Nursing journal and an author of the Scopes and Standards for Urologic Nursing. She serves on workgroups with the American Urogynecological Association developing a consensus statement on pessaries and the American Urological Association White Paper group on the use of Advanced Practice Providers in Urological Practice.

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. Her current research involves recruitment for an international registry of men with advanced prostate cancer in conjunction with the Fox Chase Cancer Center and the African Caribbean Cancer Consortium. 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

  • 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
  • President’s Trophy Society of Urologic Nurses and Associates in recognition of outstanding contributions, 2019

Areas of Interest

  • Social Determinants of Health & Health Disparities
  • Minority 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.
  • Measuring quality of life in men with prostate cancer. Urologic Nursing.
  • 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.