Lisa Scarton, PhD, BSN

Lisa Scarton, PhD, BSN

Assistant Professor

University of Florida
PO Box 100197,
Gainesville, FL 32610-0197

Telephone: 352-273-6417
Fax: 352-273-6577


Dr. Scarton teaches Inquiry and Evidence in Professional Nursing Practice and Introduction to the Nursing Profession in the undergraduate program.


Dr. Scarton’s research focuses on improving diabetes-related health outcomes for families with type 2 diabetes (T2D) in ethnically diverse populations with a focus on the American Indian population. Dr. Scarton is also extending her research to those with T2D and cancer, an understudied area.


Dr. Scarton holds memberships in Behavioral Research in Diabetes Group Exchange (BRIDGE), Sigma Theta Tau International – Alpha Chapter, the Southern Nurses Research Society, Native Research Network, and the American Diabetes Association.

Area of Expertise

Type 2 diabetes self-management, family interventions, health disparities, health promotion in American Indian populations.


Dr. Scarton received her bachelor’s degree in nursing and her PhD from Indiana University. She completed her Postdoctoral Associate at the University of Florida College of Nursing and the Diabetes Institute.

Selected Publications

  • Scarton, L., Bakas, T., Miller, W., Poe, D., & Huber, L. (2014) Needs and concerns of family caregivers of persons with type 2 diabetes: An integrated review of cross-cultural literature with implications for the American Indian population. The Diabetes Educator, 40(4), 444–452.
  • Scarton, L., Bakas, T., Poe, D., Hull, M., Ongwela, L., & Miller, W. (2014). Needs and concerns of family caregivers of American Indians, African Americans, and Caucasians with type 2 diabetes. Clinical Nursing Research. doi:10.1177/1054773814562879.
  • Scarton, L. & de Groot, M. (2016). Psychosocial aspects of diabetes in American Indians/Alaska Natives: A systematic literature review. Health Education and Behavior. doi: 10.1177/1090198116639289.
  • Scarton, L., Bakas, T., Miller, W., McLennon, S., Huber, L., & Hull, M. (2017). Development and psychometric testing of the Diabetes Caregiver Activity and Support Scale. The Diabetes Educator, 43(5) p 1-11.