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Carolyn Speros

Carolyn Ijams Speros, DNSc, ANP-BC, FNP-BC
Associate Professor

Phone: 901-678-3090
Fax:  901-678-4906
E-mail: csperos@memphis.edu
Office:  206 Newport Hall


Dr. Speros’ program of research focuses on systems and strategies that promote health literacy in adult populations. She has delivered numerous papers and podium presentations to professional audiences across the country on topics related to patient education and health literacy, nursing staff education and competency development, and the nurse’s role in health promotion.


Speros, C. I., ( 2009).  More than Words: Promoting Health Literacy in Older Adults. The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing, 14(3), Manuscript 5.

Speros, C. (2005). Health literacy: Concept analysis. Journal of Advanced Nursing 50(6), 633–640.

O'Connor, K. & Speros, C. (2008). PANDAS in primary care: A pediatric case study. American Journal for Nurse Practitioners 12(3), 21-32.

Speros, C. (2011, September). Promoting health literacy: A nursing imperative. Nursing Clinics of North America, 46(3), 321-333. doi:10.1016/j.cnur.2011.05.007


Dr. Speros is the recipient of numerous teaching awards and honors, including the University of Memphis’ 2004 Distinguished Teaching Award. She teaches undergraduate and graduate nursing courses at the University. She also teaches graduate nursing courses online for the Regents Online Degree Program (RODP). She is known for her enthusiasm and entertaining style of teaching in the classroom, and her commitment to student learning.


Dr. Speros serves as the chair of the LSON Graduate Curriculum Committee. She is an active member of several local and national nursing organizations, and is past President of the local chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society. Dr. Speros served on the National Task Force for the development of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) competencies. She regularly consults with various community and healthcare agencies in the design, selection, use, and evaluation of health-related information.


Dr. Speros is board certified as both a Family Nurse Practitioner and an Adult Nurse Practitioner. She is currently in practice at Humphrey’s Family Practice clinic in Memphis.

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