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 is a member of the UF Health Cancer Center (Cancer Control and Population Sciences Program) and is a partner 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, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Oncology Nurses Society, and Society of Behavioral Medicine. Dr. Cousin also serves as an editorial board member of Seminars in Oncology Nursing, an international oncology nursing research journal.
Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse PractitionerAmerican Nurses Credentialing Center
Dr. Cousin’s areas of expertise are cancer prevention and survivorship, cardiovascular health, psychosocial care, and health disparities research.
- Cancer prevention
- Cancer survivorship
- Cardiovascular Disease
- Health Policy
- Health disparities and vulnerable populations
- Health literacy