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 focus on the BSN and DNP programs and mentoring undergraduate and graduate nursing students. Her teaching and mentoring philosophy are inspired by her dedication to health equity and diversity and to 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 scientific contributions include creating culturally-tailored interventions with a biopsychosocial approach to understand how protective factors can promote resilience, reduce stress, and improve physical health outcomes (e.g., inflammatory biomarkers, cardiometabolic risk) and behaviors. Additional funded research includes developing a community-engaged nurse development and retention program to empower underrepresented high school students to enter nursing. Dr. Cousin is a 2022-2024 awardee of the OAIC/NIA Pepper Scholar and UF CTSI Scholar grant awards to support her research efforts.


Dr. Cousin is a UF Health Cancer Center (Cancer Control and Population Sciences Program) member and partners with the UF Health Cancer Center Community-Partnered Cancer Disparities Research Collaborative. She holds memberships in national and international organizations such as the American Nurses Association/Florida Nurses Association, Southern Nurses Research Society, and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. Dr. Cousin also serves as an editorial board member of Seminars in Oncology Nursing, an international oncology nursing research journal, and co-chair of the Health Equity Special Interest Group of the Society of Behavioral Medicine.

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Additional Positions:
2021 – Current · UF Health Cancer Center


NCI Early Investigator Advancement Program (EIAP) Scholar
2024 · National Cancer Institute (NCI)
UF Health Cancer Center Rising Star Award
2024 · UF Health Cancer Center
Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center REC Scholar – UF
2022-2024 · National Institute of Aging
UF Clinical and Translational Science Institute Scholar
2022-2024 · UF Clinical and Translational Science Institute/UF Health Cancer Center
UF College of Nursing Impact Award
2022 · UF College of Nursing
American Academy of Nursing 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

Teaching Profile

Courses Taught
NGR6840 Applied Statistical Analysis I
NGR7970L Adv Nursing Project
NUR4905 Individual Study
NUR4108 Lead and Inspire 3: Policy and Change in Nursing Practice
NGR6905 Individual Study

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 disparities: Interplay of psychosocial stress, inflammation, and cardiometabolic health among Black breast cancer survivors.
American heart journal plus : cardiology research and practice. 38 [DOI] 10.1016/j.ahjo.2024.100366. [PMID] 38510748.
Comparison of serum metabolomics in women with breast Cancer Prior to Chemotherapy and at 1 year: cardiometabolic implications.
BMC women's health. 23(1) [DOI] 10.1186/s12905-023-02355-7. [PMID] 37138260.
Factors associated with parental COVID-19 vaccine attitudes and intentions among a national sample of United States adults ages 18–45
Journal of Pediatric Nursing. 69:108-115 [DOI] 10.1016/j.pedn.2023.01.003. [PMID] 36716520.
“Be Strong My Sista'”: Sentiments of Strength From Black Women With Chronic Pain Living in the Deep South.
ANS. Advances in nursing science. [DOI] 10.1097/ANS.0000000000000416. [PMID] 35234672.
A multilevel, low literacy dual language intervention to promote colorectal cancer screening in community clinics in Florida: A randomized controlled trial
Preventive Medicine. [DOI] 10.1016/j.ypmed.2022.107021.
Authors’ response to Padgett.
Nursing outlook. [DOI] 10.1016/j.outlook.2022.05.011. [PMID] 35798585.
Defining the social determinants of health for nursing action to achieve health equity: A consensus paper from the American Academy of Nursing.
Nursing outlook. 70(1):10-27 [DOI] 10.1016/j.outlook.2021.08.003.
Equity in Genomics: A Brief Report on Cardiovascular Health Disparities in African American Adults.
The Journal of cardiovascular nursing. 37(1):58-63 [DOI] 10.1097/JCN.0000000000000725. [PMID] 32649378.
Underrecognition of Symptoms During Breast Radiotherapy
JAMA Oncology. 8(10):1509-1510 [DOI] 10.1001/jamaoncol.2022.3239. [PMID] 35951332.
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.
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.
Exercise Interventions in Cardio-Oncology Populations: A Scoping Review of the Literature.
The Journal of cardiovascular nursing. 36(4):385-404 [DOI] 10.1097/JCN.0000000000000664. [PMID] 32195686.
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.
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.


Apr 2022 – Sep 2023
Strengthening the UF Health Nursing Academic-Practice Partnership through Joint Demonstration Projects with College of Nursing faculty and Shands Nurses
Role: Project Manager


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
Business Mailing:
PO Box 100197