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Kim Larson, RN, PhD, MPH, FNAP

Associate Professor
Nursing Science
Office: 3135 Health Sciences Building
Phone: (252) 744-6527

Dr.Larson's primary nursing research areas are sexual health, global health, and community-based participatory research. Foundational to all three areas is her long-standing relationships with local and global community partners.My ethnographic research with Latino adolescents and my collaboration with a Latino-led advocacy group in eastern North Carolina led to a mixed method study using a community-based participatory research (CBPR) approach. The CBPR team included ECU faculty, a Latina community member, and school nurses to test the feasibility of Cuidate! an evidence-based sexual risk reduction program with rural Latino youth.Dr. Larson's current research is titled: Simulated Social Conversations, a gamified smartphone application for adolescents. In the area of global health, in collaboration with Guatemalan village leaders, we initiated a water filtration project to evaluate the acceptance and use of tabletop water filtration systems. This led to a follow-up study that examined beliefs and practices around health and illness in this same village.


Dr. Larson joined the ECU nursing faculty in 2006. She has had an interest in Latino health care since 1977, when she was a Peace Corps nurse in Honduras, Central America. There she became fluent in Spanish and returned to the US to work with migrant farmworkers in rural eastern North Carolina. She has conducted three international study abroad courses in Peru, Honduras, and Guatemala. Kim received her Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Nursing, and her Master of Public Health Nursing from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. Kim’s dissertation research was with Latino adolescents and their parents with a focus on cultural norms, sexual risk, and migration.

Research Interests

Latino health, sexual health, global health (specifically safe drinking water, end-of-life practices in rural Guatemala), and community based participatory research.

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Referred Articles/Papers

Larson, K., Mathews, H., Torres, E., & Lea, S. (2017). Responding to the health and social needs of aging Latinos in new-growth communities: A qualitative study. BMC Health Services, 17: 601 doi: 10.1186/s12913-017-2551-2*

Miles, J., Larson, K., & Swanson, M. (2017). Team-based learning in a community health nursing course: Improving academic outcomes. Journal of Nursing Education,* 56(7): 425-429 doi: 10.3928/01484834-20170619-07

Larson, K., Hansen, C., Ritz, M., & Carreño, D. (2017). Acceptance and impact of point-of-use water filtrations systems in rural Guatemala. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 49(1): 96-102 doi: 10.1111/jnu/12260*

Traister, E., Larson, K., & Hagwood, D. (2016). At the grave we make our song: A palliative care study in rural Guatemala. Journal of Transcultural Nursing, 1-8 doi:10.1177/1043659616674537*

Larson, K., Ballard, S., Nuncio, B., & Swanson, M. (2014). Testing the feasibility of ¡Cuídate! with Mexican and Central American youth in a rural region of a southern state. Research in Nursing and Health, 37(5), 409-422. doi:10.1002/nur.21621*

Larson, K., Ballard, S., & Nuncio, B. (2014). Feasibility and efficacy of ¡Cuídate! a sexual risk reduction program with Mexican and Central American youth. Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, 18(3), 171-172.*

Contreras. R., Larson, K., Pierpont, J., Griffith, D., & Rocha-Peralta, J. (2012). Capacity Building in the Latino community: Lessons from the promotora project in eastern North Carolina. Practicing Anthropology, 34(4), 19-23.

Larson, K., & McQuiston, C. (2012). Building capacity to improve Latino health in rural North Carolina: A case study in community-university engagement. Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship, 5 (1), 14-23.*

Larson, K., Sandelowski, M., & McQuiston, C. (2012). “It’s a touchy subject”: Latino adolescent sexual risk behaviors in the school context. Applied Nursing Research, 25(4), 231-238.*

Larson, K., Clark, A., Colborn, B., Perez, A., Engelke, M., & Hill, P. (2011). A school-based health center-university nursing partnership: How we filled in the GAPS. The Journal of School Nursing, 27(6), 404-410.*

Larson, K. Ott, M., & Miles, J. M. (2010). International cultural immersion: En vivo reflections on cultural competence. Journal of Cultural Diversity, 17 (2), 44-50.*

.Larson, K. (2010). A cultural meaning of sexual risk among Latino adolescents in rural North Carolina. MCN Streamline, 16(2), 5-7.*

Marshburn, J. & Larson, K. (2010). Building infrastructure in rural Guatemala through community-academic partnerships. MCN Streamline, 16(1), 3-5.*

Larson, K. (2009). An ethnographic study of sexual risk among Latino adolescents in rural North Carolina. Hispanic Health Care International, 7(3), 160-170.*

Larson, K., & Ott, M. (2008). Guatemala experience: Cultural immersion and community health promotion. Reflections in Nursing Leadership, 34(3), 1-4.

Larson, K., & McQuiston, C. (2008). Walking out of one culture into another: Health concerns of Latino adolescents. The Journal of School Nursing, 24(2), 88-94. *

Webb Corbett, R., Miles, J., Gantt, L., Stephenson, N., & Larson, K. (2008). Schools of Nursing, clinical partners and alumni collaborate for senior nursing simulation scenarios: A theory-based approach. Clinical Simulation in Nursing Education, 4(3), e49-e56.

McQuiston, C., Larson, K., Parrado, E.A., & Flaskerud, (2002). AIDS knowledge and measurement considerations with unassimilated Latinos. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 24(4), 354-372.*

Watkins, E.L., Harlan, C., Eng, E., Gansky, S., Gehan, D., & Larson, K. (1994). Assessing the effectiveness of lay health advisors with migrant farm workers. Family and Community Health, 16, 72-87.*

Larson, K., McGuire, J., Mountain, K. & Watkins, E.L. (1992). Maternal care coordination for farm worker women: Program structure and evaluation of impact on use of prenatal care and birth outcomes. Journal of Rural Health, 8, 128-133.*

Young, S., Kaufman, M., & Larson, K. (1990). Family-carried growth records: A tool for providing continuity of care for migrant children.  Public Health Nursing, 7, 209-214.*

Watkins, E.L., Larson, K., Harlan, C., & Young, S. (1990). A model program for providing health services for migrant farm worker mothers and children. Public Health Reports, 105, 567-575.

Larson, K. (1988). Enhancing migrant health programs: A cross-cultural approach. Studies & Papers VI, 41-47. A publication of the Health Resources and Services Administration.

Book Chapters

Larson, K. (2014). Mi camino, Mis compañeros: My journey, my colleagues. In C. Harlan (Ed.). Global health nursing: Narratives from the field. (pp. 233-251). New York, NY: Springer Publishing Co.

Larson, K. & Ott, M. (2010). Global partnerships: A community health focus in Guatemala.  In J. J. Fitzpatrick, C. M. Schultz, & T. D. Aiken (Eds.). Giving through teaching: How nurse educators are changing the world. (pp. 194-200). New York, NY: Springer Publishing Co.

Books and Monographs

Non-Refereed Articles/Papers


2018 Simulated Social Conversations: A Sexual Health and Substance Use Risk Reduction mApp for Adolescents. ECU Office of Research, Economic Development, and Engagement. PI: K. Larson, Co-I: S. Ballard (Human Development and Family Science), B. Schultz (Psychology), D. Ellis (Marketing), S. Sias (Rehabilitation and Addiction Studies), & J. Peery (Instructional Technology). Pending: $26,000

2015    Establishing a Latino lay health advisor program in Grimesland. Collaborative Research Grant Award (Vidant Medical Center and ECU College of Nursing). PI: D. Harper, Co-PI: K. Larson. Funded: $2000

2015    Community Linkages in Assessing Health in an Emerging Older Latino Population, ECU Interdisciplinary Research Award, PI: J. Mitchell (Sociology), Co-PI: K. Larson, H. Mathews, E. Torres, S. Lea. Funded: $9800

2015    Evaluating the Clean Water Project: An international partnership to improve health in Guatemala. Honors student: C. Hansen, K. Larson, advisor. Scholar Activity Award for Students Funded: $400.00

2015    Compassionate Care Survey with Guatemalan Families. Sigma Theta Tau International, Beta Nu Chapter International Award Funded: $500. PI: Dell Hagwood, Co-PI: K. Larson.

2013    Testing the Feasibility and Efficacy of ¡Cuidate! An Evidence-based Sexual Risk Reduction Program with Mexican and Central American Youth in Rural Eastern North Carolina.  PI: K. Larson and Co-PI: S. Ballard, College of Human Ecology, ECU East-West Research Collaborative Award, Funded: $5000.

Refereed Presentations

2018      Hegde, A., Larson, K., Mahler, D., McCammon, S., McCunney, D., & Shuck, N. Working Beyond Boundaries: Cross-Disciplinary Approaches to Bridging Ethical Global Learning and Campus Context. 5th Global Service Learning Summit. University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN.

2017      Larson, K., Mathews, H., Torres, E., & Lea, S. Responding to Health and Social Needs of Aging Latinos in New-Growth Communities: A Qualitative Study. Podium Presentation at the National Academies of Practice Annual Meeting & Forum. Philadelphia, PA.

2017      Mathews, H., Larson, K., Torres, E., Lea, S., & Mitchell, J. Varying perceptions of older Latinos in new growth communities in eastern North Carolina: A thematic analysis. Oral presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology, Santa Fe, NM.

2017      Forbes, T., Larson, K., & Scott, E. S. A grounded theory study to understand nurse and resident physician communication dynamics. Poster presentation at the Biennial Sigma Theta Tau International, Indianapolis, IN.

2017      Buck, J. & Larson, K. Understanding adolescent resiliency during parental deployment: A pilot study in eastern North Carolina. Poster presentation at the 31st Annual Conference of the Southern Nursing Research Society. Dallas, TX.

2017      Hagwood, D., Larson, K. & Peter, I. “Planting the Seeds”: The Role of Latino Lay Health Advisors in End of Life (EOL) Care for Their Community. Poster Presentation at Collaborative Nursing Research Day, Greenville, NC, Feb., 2017. Poster Award Recipient.

2016    Larson, K., Hansen, C., Ritz, M., & Carreño, D. Acceptance and Impact of Table-Top Water Filters in Rural Guatemala. Podium presentation at the 2nd Annual Quality Improvement Symposium, Greenville, NC.

2016    Romero, M., Larson, K., Harper, D., Baker, D., & Carr, CB. Latino Lay Health Advisors: Building a Healthier Community. Poster presentation at the 30th Annual Southern Nursing Research Society Conference, Williamsburg, VA.

2016    Jones-Locklear, J., Larson, K., & Miles, J. Understanding Health Policy Attitudes Through International Cultural Immersion. Poster presentation at the 30th Annual Southern Nursing Research Society Conference, Williamsburg, VA.

2016    Hansen, C., Larson, K., Ritz, M., & Carreño, D. Acceptance and Impact of Table-top Water Filters in Rural Guatemala. Poster presentation at the 30th Annual Southern Nursing Research Society Conference, Williamsburg, VA.

2014    Larson, K., Ballard, S., Nuncio, B., & Swanson, M. Testing the feasibility of ¡Cuídate! with Mexican and Central American Youth in a Southern Region of the United States. Podium Presentation at the 20th International Qualitative Health Research Conference, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

Non-Referred Presentations

Invited Presentations

2017      Larson, K. Responding to the Health and Social Needs of Migrant Farmworkers. The Inaugural Statewide Celebration of Rural Nursing, North Carolina Area Health Education Center, Dec. 1, 2017. Lumberton, NC. Invited Speaker.

2012    Larson, K. It’s about learning not about teaching: Team-based learning pedagogy. North Carolina Board of Nursing 9th Annual Education Summit, Chapel Hill, NC. Invited Speaker


2018                ECU College of Nursing. PI: T. Floegel, PhD, RN. Qualitative methods expert on grant application titled: mHealth physical activity support program for rural Veterans with heart failure.

2017                Vidant Medical Center, Division of Quality and Saftey. PI: J. Wynn, PhD, RN. Qualitative methods expert and conducted in-depth interviews with RN participants for study titled: Nurses Perceptions of Practicing in a Just Culture.

2009-2013                               Association of Mexicans in North Carolina (AMEXCAN), Consultant

2006-2012                               Hispanic Community Development Center, Consultant

Special Projects/Faculty Development

2017- present, Co-Director, ECU Pan-university Health Behavior Research Cluster

2017- present  Director, Early Assurance Program in Nursing, Honors College and  East Carolina University, College of Nursing


Research Activities

Courses Taught


Nursing Care of Populations & Communities

Perspectives in Intl. Community Health Nursing.


Qualitative Methods

Qualitative Analysis

Grant Writing

Interdisciplinary courses:

Latino Health and Occupational Health Risks in Rural North Carolina. Department of Public Health

Community Organization & Cultural Competence. Department of Public Health.

Community Organization and Administration. Department of Public Health.

Global Understanding in Health Sciences: Art as Social Commentary, Honors College Seminar.

Dissertation Committees

Spring 2018     Dissertation Committee Co-chair: L. Mizelle, Title: Impact of heat-related climate change on occupational health of outdoor workers.

Spring 2017     Dissertation Committee Chair: A. Hargrove, Title: Intergenerational influences on the self-management of persons with COPD

Spring 2017     Dissertation Committee Chair: K. Cook, Title: The influence of stigma on the decision to breastfeed among women with substance use disorder.

Fall 2018         Dissertation Committee Chair: J. Jones-Locklear, Title: Expressed Attitudes of Global Health Policy After Cultural Immersion in Guatemala

Spring 2018     Dissertation Committee member: T. Forbes III, Title: Getting Work Done: A Grounded Theory Study of Nurse-Physician Relational Communication Ties

Fall 2009         Dissertation Committee member: C. Beasley, Title: Lumbee Women Breast Cancer Survivor Stories: Understanding the Experience. Role: Committee member.

DNP Project Committees

Special Assignments/Faculty Development




2018-present                           Personnel Committee, Chair

2013-2015                               Faculty Organization, Chair

2018 - present                         Global Health Committee, member

2013-2018                               Global Health Committee, Chair

2012-present                           Tenure and Promotion Committee, member

2006-present                           Faculty Organization, member


2017-present                           Pan-university Health Behavior Research Cluster, Co-Director

2017-present                           Office of Global Affairs Academic Advisory Committee, member

2010-present                           Honors College Advisory Committee, Vice-Chair, member

2009-2011                               Faculty Senate, Faculty Senator

2009-2012                               Academic Awards Committee, Chair, member

2007-2008                               Center for Health Disparities Research, Steering Committee member

Non-university committees and service

2017-present                           Outreach Committee, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Co-chair

2017-present                           Community Soup Kitchen of Goldsboro, member

2010-present                           Wayne Initiative for School Health, Advisory Board member

2008-2017                               Wayne County Board of Health, Vice-Chair, Chair

Service Learning Activities

Special Projects

Honors and Awards

2017-18           Servire Society Award recipient (100 hours of service/yr not related to academic position)

2017                University Scholar

2017                Outstanding Mentor, Sigma Theta Tau International Beta Nu Chapter

2016                East Carolina University, College of Nursing Golden Lamp Society

2016                Distinguished Fellow & Scholar in the National Academies of Practice

2014-2016       Servire Society Award recipient

2013                Servire Society Award, Inductee

2013                ECU Woman of Distinction, Award Recipient

2013                ECU Scholar-Teacher Award Recipient

2013                Sigma Theta Tau International, Beta Nu Chapter, Research Award

2012                Sigma Theta Tau International, Beta Nu Chapter, Research Award

2010                UNC Board of Governor’s Distinguished Professor in Teaching Award Recipient

2008                ECU Engagement and Outreach Scholar Academy, Inductee

2005                UNC-Chapel Hill, Graduate School Off-Campus Dissertation Award

2003                UNC-Chapel Hill, Center for Innovation in Health Disparities Research Award

2000-2002       NIH National Institute for Nursing Research, Pre-doctoral Fellowship

1999                Sigma Theta Tau International Distinguished Lecturer

1987                World Health Organization Fellowship, Mexico