• Dr. Joyce Newman Giger has spent more than 45 years in higher education serving as faculty, Founding Dean, and most recently President. As President of AUHS, she successfully lead the University through Eligibility for WASC. She is a noted author; having published 7 books, 165 peer-reviewed journal articles, and 19 book chapters.

    She has garnered several million dollars in research funding to study genetic indices for cardiovascular disease in pre-menopausal African-American women. She is an expert in culturally competent health care and is sought after World wide for this expertise.

    She worked as Co-Chair, Expert Panel on Cultural Competence, American Academy of Nursing in 1999 – 2007.

    Dr. Giger's research focuses on genetic indices and other physiological predictors of coronary heart disease among pre-menopausal African-American women (18-45) as they relate to designing culturally competent interventions to stop the phenotypical expression of risk indices for the development of coronary heart disease among this vulnerable population.

    Dr. Giger's research specifically takes into account gene-environmental interactions, diabetes, hypertension, and obesity, the metabolic syndrome in relations to the development of coronary heart disease in this vulnerable population.

    Over her extensive career, she been awarded numerous prestigious accolades including the Honorary Doctorate and Creation of Nursing Program at Bethel College in Mishawaka and recognized as a Nurse Excellence recipient by the The National Black Nurses Association.

    She obtained her Master of Nursing from Indiana University and her Doctorate in Education from Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Ball State University.

    In 2022, Dr, Giger was select a Living Legend by the American Academy of Nursing.

research interests

  • Health Comorbidity Prevention
    Cardiovascular Disease
    Coronary Heart Disease

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  • Joyce Newman Giger