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 elect of the Health Equity Special Interest Group of the Society of Behavioral Medicine.
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