Susan Apple



  • Post-Doctoral, Molecular/Genetics, NINR Summer Genetics Institute Georgetown University, 2006
  • Post-Doctoral, Research Trainee, Cardiovascular Health Disparities, The University of Alabama at Birmingham and Tuskegee University, 2005-2006
  • Post Doctoral, Clinical Research Training, The University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2003-2005
  • PhD, Nursing Science, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 2002
  • MSN, Masters of Science in Nursing, Clinical Nursing, University of South Carolina, 1984
  • BSN, Bachelor Science in Nursing, University of North Carolina, Charlotte, 1982


Research Interests:

Health Disparities
  • Cardiometabolic Risk among Premenopausal Caucasian and African-American women
  • Genetics and Genetic Admixture r/t CVD (Inflammation and Dysfibrinolysis)
  • Telehealth
  • Diabetes Education for Patients and Healthcare Professionals
Clinical Interests
  • Women’s Health
  • Health Disparities
  • Cardiovascular Disease Prevention
  • Cardiometabolic Risk, Metabolic Syndrome and Pre-diabetes
  • Telehealth
  • Diabetes Education for Patients and Healthcare Professionals
  • The role of the Nurse Practitioner in acute and episodic care
  • Acute and episodic health issues

Dr. Susan Appel Published Works and Scholarly Achievements

Honors and Awards

  • Western Alabama Outstanding Nurse Educator Award, Nurse Practitioner Alliance of Alabama (NPAA), 2016
  • Inducted: Fellow of American Association of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP), 2016
  • Nominee: Academic Advisors Excellence, The University of Alabama, 2013
  •  Inducted: Fellow of the American Heart Association (FAHA), American Heart Association, 2010
  • President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2009

Areas of Interest

  • Social Determinants of Health & Health Disparities
  • Chronic Disease Management and/or Prevention
  • Cardiovascular Health
  • Diabetes

Scholarly Highlights

  • Management of Diabetes during a Dual Pandemic. The Journal for Nurse Practitioner (under review).
  • Implementation of Department of Deployment Medicine’s Deployment Readiness Center Provider e-Toolkit. Military (under review).
  • Impact of a Diabetes Toolkit on Weight Loss among Veterans. Journal of National Black Nurses Association, 2020.
  • Risk Reduction Interventions for Human Papillomavirus (HPV) in Rural Maryland, 2020.