Lakeshia Cousin

Lakeshia Cousin, PhD, APRN, AGPCNP-BC

Assistant Professor

Department: Family, Community and Health Systems Science
Business Phone: (352) 273-6318
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About Lakeshia Cousin


Dr. Cousin’s teaching responsibilities are focused on the DNP program and mentoring undergraduate and graduate nursing students. Her teaching and mentoring philosophy are inspired by her dedication to health equity and diversity and preparing future nurses to become leaders in social change.


Dr. Cousin is a nurse scientist who bridges health equity, behavioral medicine, and psychosocial support to research improvements in breast cancer survivorship for underserved populations. Significant contributions to nursing science include providing preliminary evidence on gratitude’s mental and physical benefits for Blacks at risk for cardiovascular disease in the community. Dr. Cousin was the first investigator to establish the psychometric properties of a measure of dispositional gratitude (Gratitude Questionnaire-6) among Blacks. Future culturally-tailored nursing interventions will examine psychosocial support to improve lifestyle behaviors such as physical activity to reduce cardiometabolic risk among Black breast cancer survivors.


Dr. Cousin holds memberships in national and international organizations such as the American Nurses Association/Florida Nurses Association, Southern Nurses Research Society, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Oncology Nurses Society, Oncology Nursing Science Collaborative, American Association for Cancer Education, and Society of Behavioral Medicine. She serves as the Governance Board Chair for the Delta-Beta At Large Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and is also an editorial board member of Seminars in Oncology Nursing, an international oncology nursing research journal.


Academy Jonas Policy Scholar
2021-2022 · American Academy of Nursing
New Investigator Workshop Award
2021 · American Society of Preventive Oncology
Behavioral Oncology Postdoctoral Fellow
2020-2021 · National Cancer Institute (T32 CA090314)/Moffitt Cancer Center (Health Outcomes & Behavior)
Footsteps to Funding Award, /Geographic Management of Cancer Health Disparities Program (GMaP) Region 2
2020 · National Cancer Institute
Transdisciplinary Community-Based Participatory Research Training Award
2020 · National Cancer Institute/University of Tennessee, NCI/R13 Grant
Healthy Start – John Hopkins All Children’s Hospital Community Outreach Scholarship Award
2019 · John Hopkins All Children's Hospital
International Rising Stars of Scholarship and Research Award
2019 · Sigma Theta Tau International
Summer Genetics Institute
2019 · National Institute of Nursing Research
Black Nurses Rock Tampa Scholarship Award
2018 · Black Nurses Rock, Tampa Bay Chapter
Patient-Centered Outcomes Institute (PCORI) Research Graduate Trainee Scholarship
2016 · Patient-Centered Outcomes Institute (PCORI)
McKnight Doctoral Fellow
2015-2019 · Florida Education Fund
University Graduate Fellowship Award
2015-2016 · University of South Florida College of Nursing
Kara E. Flannery Nursing award
2015 · Tampa General Hospital
Transplant Nurse of the Year
2015 · Tampa General Hospital
Spirit of Nursing Award
2013 · University of South Florida College of Nursing

Board Certifications

  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
    American Nurses Credentialing Center

Research Profile

Dr. Cousin’s areas of expertise are cancer prevention and survivorship, cardiovascular health, psychosocial care, and health disparities research.

Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID)


Areas of Interest
  • Cancer prevention
  • Cancer survivorship
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Health Policy
  • Health disparities and vulnerable populations
  • Health literacy
  • Psycho-Oncology


Cardio-Oncology Health Disparities: Social Determinants of Health and Care for Black Breast Cancer Survivors
Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing. 25(5):36-41 [DOI] 10.1188/21.cjon.s1.36-41.
Characterizing Health Literacy Among Spanish Language-Preferring Latinos Ages 50-75.
Nursing research. [DOI] 10.1097/NNR.0000000000000519. [PMID] 33990120.
Defining the social determinants of health for nursing action to achieve health equity: A consensus paper from the American academy of nursing
Nursing Outlook. [DOI] 10.1016/j.outlook.2021.08.003.
Effect of gratitude on cardiovascular health outcomes: a state-of-the-science review
The Journal of Positive Psychology. 16(3):348-355 [DOI] 10.1080/17439760.2020.1716054.
Improving Multi-site Interaction Through Remote Learning Technology: Report from a Training Program to Increase Underrepresented Undergraduate and Medical Students in Health Disparities Research
Journal of Cancer Education. [DOI] 10.1007/s13187-021-01985-5.
Mindfulness-based stress reduction for breast cancer survivors (MBSR(BC)): evaluating mediators of psychological and physical outcomes in a large randomized controlled trial.
Journal of behavioral medicine. [DOI] 10.1007/s10865-021-00214-0. [PMID] 33963420.
Race Moderates the Relationship Between Perceived Social Support and Self-care Confidence in Patients With Heart Failure.
The Journal of cardiovascular nursing. [DOI] 10.1097/JCN.0000000000000822. [PMID] 34091565.
“A Charge to Keep I Have”: Black Pastors’ Perceptions of Their Influence on Health Behaviors and Outcomes in Their Churches and Communities
Journal of Religion and Health. 60(2):1069-1082 [DOI] 10.1007/s10943-021-01190-0.
A Structural Equation Model of Gratitude, Self-efficacy, and Medication Adherence in Patients With Stage B Heart Failure.
The Journal of cardiovascular nursing. 35(6):E18-E24 [DOI] 10.1097/JCN.0000000000000721. [PMID] 32649372.
Effects of a Digital Self-care Intervention in Adults with COPD: A Pilot Study.
Western journal of nursing research. 42(9):736-746 [DOI] 10.1177/0193945919892282. [PMID] 31854271.
Equity in Genomics: A Brief Report on Cardiovascular Health Disparities in African American Adults.
The Journal of cardiovascular nursing. [DOI] 10.1097/JCN.0000000000000725. [PMID] 32649378.
Exercise Interventions in Cardio-oncology Populations: A Scoping Review of the Literature.
The Journal of cardiovascular nursing. [DOI] 10.1097/JCN.0000000000000664. [PMID] 32195686.
Mindfulness, Anxiety Symptoms, and Quality of Life in Heart Failure.
The Journal of cardiovascular nursing. 35(4):358-363 [DOI] 10.1097/JCN.0000000000000630. [PMID] 31904692.
Psychometrics of the Gratitude Questionnaire-6 in African-Americans at Risk for Cardiovascular Disease
Western Journal of Nursing Research. 42(12):1148-1154 [DOI] 10.1177/0193945920922777.
Surviving Multiple Pandemics-COVID-19 and Racism for African American Older Adults: A Call to Gerontological Nursing for Social Justice.
Journal of gerontological nursing. 46(9):4-6 [DOI] 10.3928/00989134-20200811-01. [PMID] 32845341.
“Puttin’ on”: Expectations Versus Family Responses, the Lived Experience of Older African Americans With Chronic Pain.
Journal of family nursing. 25(4):533-556 [DOI] 10.1177/1074840719884560. [PMID] 31718470.
A Large Randomized Trial: Effects of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) for Breast Cancer (BC) Survivors on Salivary Cortisol and IL-6.
Biological research for nursing. 21(1):39-49 [DOI] 10.1177/1099800418789777. [PMID] 30079756.
Feasibility of the mobile mindfulness-based stress reduction for breast cancer (mMBSR(BC)) program for symptom improvement among breast cancer survivors.
Psycho-oncology. 27(2):524-531 [DOI] 10.1002/pon.4491. [PMID] 28665541.


Postdoctoral Fellow (National Cancer Institute T32)
2020-2021 · Moffitt Cancer Center (Health Outcomes & Behavior)
Ph.D. Nursing Science
2019 · University of South Florida College of Nursing
M.S. Adult-Gerontology Primary Care/Oncology Nursing
2017 · University of South Florida College of Nursing
B.S. Nursing
2013 · University of South Florida College of Nursing
B.S. Business Administration
2000 · Florida A&M University

Contact Details

(352) 273-6318