Shameka Cody: Associate Professor

Associate Professor


  • PhD, Nursing, The University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2017
  • MSN, Masters of Science in Nursing, Adult and Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Track, The University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2011
  • BSN, Bachelor Science in Nursing, Jacksonville State University, 2009
  • ADN, Nursing, Jefferson State Community College, 2007


Dr. Shameka Cody is an Associate Professor at the Capstone College of Nursing. She is a board-certified Adult/Geriatric and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She obtained her Master of Science in Nursing in 2011 and her PhD in Nursing in 2017 from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). She completed her undergraduate studies at Jacksonville State University and Jefferson State Community College.

Her primary research focuses on the sleep health disparities and comorbidities (cognitive impairment and substance use disorder) in older adults with HIV. Dr. Cody is the awardee of a NIH diversity supplement that examines insomnia and pain-related outcomes in people with HIV, specifically those taking opioids. Dr. Cody is working on several projects related to HIV and substance/opioid use in rural Alabama. She is the principal investigator/project director of a 2022 HRSA-funded RCORP implementation grant that focuses on nontraditional interventions to reduce opioid and mental health related stigma in rural Alabama. She served as the principal investigator/project director of a 2020 HRSA-funded RCORP planning grant.

Dr. Cody has received the 2020 Distinguished Educator in Gerontological Nursing award from the National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence (NHCGNE). Dr. Cody has 20+ publications on HIV, cognitive aging, and related health outcomes. She served as the Guest Editor for Nursing Clinics of North America’s June 2021 Special Issue: Sleep Disorders Across the Lifespan. She teaches in the traditional undergraduate, RN-BSN mobility, and PhD programs. She has 15 years of clinical experience in various areas including medical/surgical, adult primary care, and infectious disease. Dr. Cody embraces an interdisciplinary “clinic to community” approach to addressing health disparities and improving health education in rural communities.

Honors and Awards

  • Capstone College of Nursing Outstanding Research Scholarship Award (Tenure Faculty), The Capstone College of Nursing, 2023
  • Earnestine Tucker Inclusion Engagement Award, The Capstone College of Nursing, 2022
  • The Outstanding Research Scholarship Award, The Capstone College of Nursing, 2021
  • The “Rising Star” Excellence in Teaching Award, The Capstone College of Nursing Board of Visitors, 2020
  • The Distinguished Educator for Gerontological Nursing Award, The National Health Center for Gerontological Nursing Excellence, 2020

Areas of Interest

  • Substance Abuse Disorders
  • Sleep Science
  • HIV
  • Gerontology

Scholarly Highlights

  • 2023-2024 Fellow in The Academy for Diverse Emerging Nurse Leaders, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing & Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN
  • Principal Investigator/Project Director, RCORP Implementation Grant IV funded by the Human Resources and Services Administration, 2022-2025.
  • Guest Editor for June 2021 Special Issue on Sleep Disorders Across the Lifespan, Nursing Clinics of North America
  • 2020-2021 Principal Investigator/Project Director, RCORP Opioid Planning Grant funded by The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
  • 2020 Diversity Supplement Awardee sponsored by The National Institute of Health, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute