E. Joyce Simmons Roland


Positions and Certifications

Primary academic appointment: North Carolina Central University
Primary academic department: Nursing
Present academic title: Program Director

2007 to present – Associate Professor of Nursing
2005 to 2007 – Clinical Associate Professor Nursing
2004 to present – Director, Administrative & Mentoring Core Center for Innovations in Health Disparities Research (CIHDR)

National Institute on Nursing Research (NINR)
A NIH funding agency – P20 Grant
Visiting instructor – Nursing

2002 to present – Core Director – Mentoring Program
Center for Innovations in Health Disparities Research (CIHDR)

6/2000 to 8/2003 – Director of Alcohol Research Program (CIMARD)
(Collaborative Interdisciplinary Minority Alcohol Research Development) Program
Funding Agency – National Institute on Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse (NIAAA)
A NIH funding agency – U24 Collaborative Grant

2004-2006 – Mentored Scientist Award – (K12 Award in Mentored Scientist Award (Office of Women’s Health); BIRCWH Scholar
(Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health)
Office of Women’s Health/NIH Agency
Collaborative program: Duke University and North Carolina Central University

Professional Licensure: Registered Nurse (RN)
State of North Carolina
License # 033233 (since 1961)
Virginia and New Jersey (Inactive)

Specialty Certification: Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist
1966 – 1978; Current status: Inactive

Certified Nurse Educator
National League of Nurses
March 2008


High School Dillard High School 1957 Diploma 

College: Winston-Salem State University 1961 BSN
-Graduated with highest honors in Nursing

Certificate: Nurse Anesthesia, Memorial Hospital
School of Nurse Anesthesia - Danville, VA. 1966 CRNA

Graduate: Seton Hall University, 1977 MSN
South Orange, NJ
Maternal-Child Nursing

Doctorate: North Carolina State University, 1991 PH.D.
Raleigh, NC
Community Psychology;
Interdisciplinary Minor: Public Health/Public Policy

Postdoctoral Fellow: NIAAA- Funded. Alcohol Epidemiology
UC Berkeley, CA; School of Public Health 1997 - 1999
Public Health Institute, Alcohol Research Group
Berkeley, CA
National Institute of Health/NIAAA

Honors & Scholarly Societies: Past and Current
Who’s Who in American Colleges & Universities
Alpha Phi Omega Honor Society (undergraduate)
Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society for Nurses
North Carolina Great 100 Nurses Award
Southern Nurses Research Society
International Traumatic Stress Society

Research and Grants:
On-line Nursing Program Development Grant
University College, North Carolina Central University
$12,000; May 2007. Developed an online Fast-Trac program for nursing department
To be implemented in 2008.

January 2004 to January 2006:
(Mentored Scientist Award; K08 Award);
Office of Women’s Health/NIH
BIRCWH Scholar:
Funded 75% of salary

Research Focus: Women’s Mental Health
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in Women Veterans and Community Violence
(Collaborative scholarly research with Duke University Medical Center/NC Central University at the Veterans Administration Medical Center [VAMC]).
Mentor: Marian I. Butterfield, MD, MPH, Associate .Professor - Department of Psychiatry Duke University and Veterans Administration Medical Center
Durham, North Carolina

Other funded research activities (Current):
(August 2002 – June 2008 ) Co-Director of Mentoring and Administrative Core
Director of the CIHDR Project (appointed January 2004)
(Center for Innovation in Health Disparities Research)
Collaborative Research Project with University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing, North Carolina Central University, and Winston-Salem State University – Funded by National Institute on Nursing Research/NIH - P20 Award
Funding period: (August 2002- 2007) – 5 years; 2007 – 2008, one-year no cost extension
Funded 15% of salary through June 2006.

Responsibilities: Leadership, research, mentoring and outreach - a project funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research/NIH and Office of Minority Health (OMH) to increase capacity for culturally competent nursing research for the reduction of health disparities among underserved populations, and to introduce non-majority student nurses to post-baccalaureate education and research opportunities, and to foster research among faculty in minority serving institutions.

Research Psychologist – 1990 - 1997
Minority Research Supplement- 1993-95 ($100,000 x 3 years-(NIDA/NIH)
Substance Abuse and Primary Care Research
Research Triangle Institute
Research Triangle Park, NC
Current research consultancy:
University of NC at Chapel Hill, NC Cheryl Giscombe, Post doctoral Fellow, PI
NCRI Research - RTP, NC Glenda Clare, PI
North Carolina Central University Shelvy Bratcher-Porter, PI, Pilot Study

Prior Research Awards and Programs

Alcohol Research - 1997 to 2003

Immediate Past Position - June 2000 to August 2003
Program Director and PI – Alcohol Research Program
Alcohol Research Development - North Carolina Central University
Durham, North Carolina –College of Arts and Sciences
Project funded by the National Institute on Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse (NIAAA)/NIH – A U24 collaborative research project – Funded 100% of salary – June 2000 – August 2003.

Supervised and managed research program with staff of 2 and 4-6 masters’ student research assistants (Psychology). Compiled annual continuation grants and progress reports (2000 – 2003). Assisted students in production numerous research theses. Thesis committee member for 2 masters students in Criminal Justice Department using alcohol dataset.

Research interests included alcohol use patterns and problems among African American women. Recent research includes trends in and patterns of alcohol use among African American women. Research interests expanded to include treatment entry issues and the role of spirituality in alcohol treatment in minority populations and included the following:

  • Patterns of Alcohol Use in Ethnic Minority Women
  • Issues in Alcohol Treatment Entry in Women and Other Population Sub-groups
  • The Role of Spirituality in the Treatment of Alcohol Problems among ethnic
  • Minority sub-groups (studies completed during post-doctoral fellowship).
  • (two papers published as a result of post doctoral study)

Data analysis experiences include use of large (7,000 + respondents) national data sets as well as regionally based data sets. Statistical package use includes SAS, SPSS, and STATA. More proficient in SAS.


Current teaching assignments – North Carolina Central University

Current Courses: Healthy Aging – Distance Education Course for RN students
Independent Study – Psych/Mental Health (undergraduates)
Clinical supervision of student nurses in OB
Spring 2007/08 Transcultural Nursing – DE elective for RN students
Psych/Mental Health Nursing (Junior students)

Other nursing courses taught: Health Assessment for RNs; Community Health Nursing (2002-2004);
Fundamental of Nursing; Health Assessment for RNs; Summer 2003;
Nursing Research – Fall 2005.
Senior Seminar - Fall Semester – 2005-2006
Psych/Mental Health Nursing Course Coordinator - Spring semester 2005 - Present
Junior Seminar, and Nursing Research (Senior undergraduate Students) – Spring 2005

2006- Present
Online teaching: Healthy Aging and Transcultural Nursing and Independent Study.
(On-line course for RN-BSN program

2004: Developed an on-line course for BLACKBOARD for RNs (Health
Assisted Dr. Gooding in teaching Nursing Research Course
Experience in teaching above courses


Other contributions to NCCU Department of Nursing, the University, and the community:

Senator: NCCU Faculty Senate for Department of Nursing
Appointed Fall 2007.
Member: Steering committee – Department of Nursing
Member: Recruitment, Admission, Progression and Retention

Search Committee member for nursing department Chair, 2004- 2006.

Research Committee member – 2004 -present

Committee member: Group to study establishment of Women’s Center on NCCU Campus. Dr. Frances Graham, Vice Chancellor for Student Services, Chair. Spring 2005.

Chair of the Appeals Committee – Department of Nursing – 2004-2005.
Member: 2005- 2006

Bioinformatics Curriculum Development Group – Appointed by Chair – Spring 2005.
Completed workshops in Bioinformatics May 23 – June 3, 2005, North Carolina State
Member of Dean’s Administrative Council: College of Arts & Sciences: (2000-2003)

Member: Habitat for Humanity University Committee: 2007-2008.

Community Service

Community Service Development: Habitat for Humanity Development Group- 2006-07
North Carolina Central University Campus-based Group

Member: North Carolina Practice Improvement Council (Affecting Substance Abuse Policy Changes in North Carolina – 2005 – present

Member: Durham Substance Abuse Partnership (sub-committee of the Durham Mental Health Council) - 2005-present

Professional Development Activities: Workshops/Conferences

Michigan Center for Urban African-American Aging (MCUAAAR) Summer Research Workshop. Wayne State University, Detroit, MI. June 2-6, 2007. Invited Scholar. Applied and received $1000 fellowship to attend.

Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Certification Review Course
University of North Carolina at Greensboro. D. Pastoor, Med, PMH Clinical Specialist, Facilitator. May 21 -22, 2007.

Southern Nurses Research Society 20th Annual Conference. Galveston, Texas.
February 21-23, 2007 – accompanied three students to annual conference.
Served on abstract review committee for annual conferences (2006-07 and 2007-08).

On-line Teaching Strategies in Nursing
One day course focusing on relevant strategies and “best practices” for on-line teaching.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing,
Chapel Hill, NC, May 11, 2007; ANCC contact hours: 6.0. CEUS: 0.60

Grants 101: Professional Grant Proposal Writing: Program Development and Evaluation, Professional Grant Writing, and Grant Research.
North Carolina State University, June 30, 2005. Contact hours: 1.5 CEUS

Bioinformatics and Genomics Seminar
North Carolina State University, Statistics Department
June 2005. Certificate Received.

Prior Professional/Work Experiences – 1966 - 1997

Research Psychologist - 1990 - 1997
Research Triangle Institute
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina

In the area of substance abuse and health care, provided project coordination, questionnaire development, data collector training, supervision of coders, data analysis and report writing, primarily in evaluative research studies. Contributed to several scientific publications.

Minority Supplement Award: National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA/NIH) to examine primary care practices in drug treatment settings. Activities included instrument design, on-site data collection, site visits, and assisting in writing final reports in national study on Tuberculosis among HIV and drug treatment clients and Case Management for Drug Treatment Clients. (1993-1997 - $100,000 x 3 years)

Nursing Education, Health Services, and other Health Related Experiences

Visiting Instructor – 2002 - 2005
North Carolina Central University
Department of Nursing
Course taught: Health Assessment and Nursing Fundamentals

School of Nursing - Summer 1997
University of North Carolina
Pembroke, North Carolina
Taught Physical Assessment theory and skills to 18 Registered Nurse students
In a BSN completion program (28 students)

Assistant Professor and Lecturer, 1978 – 1982
School of Nursing
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Coordinated RN-BSN program (1978 – 1981)
As assistant professor, coordinated BSN completion program (1978-81) which included approximately 25 - 30 RN students annually and assigned faculty

Provided didactic and clinical instruction in degree completion program for Registered Nurses. Lectured in Maternal-Child Care, Community Nursing, Nursing Theory, and Physical Assessment. Provided teaching, evaluation, and clinical supervision of undergraduate and RN students in Maternal-Child, Community Nursing, Pediatric and other Outpatient Clinics

-Part-time Lecturer (UNC) while completing doctoral studies at NC State University, Department of Psychology – Raleigh, NC. 1984 - 89

Instructor – Medical-Surgical Nursing – Lincoln Hospital School of Nursing (1961-63: First position after graduating WSSU in 1961)

Clinical Nursing Practice - January - August 1997

Nurse Consultant
University of North Carolina Hospitals
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Health-Link Nursing Consulting Service
Provided emergency medical/pediatric advice via 24 hour telephone service

Nursing Administration
Assistant Director of Nursing - Duke University Medical Center (1986 - 87)
Durham, North Carolina
Supervised staff of 55 and directed nursing services activities
in 5 clinical areas in medical Center – Duke South

Staff Nurse - Supplemental Staff Pool
Duke University Medical Center - 1984-1990 (during graduate school)
Durham, North Carolina
Out-patient well-child clinic, maternal-child in-patient settings,
including labor and delivery, postpartum, and new-born nursery

Health Education Department - 1984 - 1986
North Carolina Central University - Durham, North Carolina
Taught 2 courses (4 semesters) to undergraduate students in Health Education
- Health of the School Age Child
- Health Behaviors for Effective Living

Other professional employment

Staff Nurse Anesthetist (1966 – 1978)
College of Medicine and Dentistry - Newark, NJ
St. Mary’s Hospital - Orange, NJ
United Hospitals of Newark, Newark, NJ
East Orange General Hospital

Professional Organizations:

North Carolina League for Nurses
North Carolina Nurses Association
American Nurses Association
Past Vice President and Secretary
Southern Nurses Research Society

Selected Publications-

Book Chapters

Collins, J. J., Kroutil, L., Roland, E.J. & Moore-Gurrera, M. (1997). Issues in the
Linkage of Alcohol and Domestic Violence Services. In Galanter, M. (Ed.), Recent Developments in Alcoholism, Official Publication of the American Society of Addiction Medicine, Vol. 13, New York and London, Plenum Press, pp. 387 - 401.

Scott-Jones, D., Roland, E. J. & A. White (1989). Antecedents and Outcomes
ofAdolescent Pregnancy. In Jones, R. (Ed.), Black Adolescents. Berkeley, CA: Cobbs & Henry Publishers, pp. 341-371.

Refereed Journals-

Goeppinger, J., Miles, M., Weaver, W., Campbell, L., and Roland, E. J. (2008).
Building Nursing Research to Address Health Disparities: Engaging Minority
Baccalaureate and Master’s Students. (submitted August 2008).

Roland, E J. Strauss, J L. and MI Butterfield. (2006). Examining predictors of
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Women Veterans. (in progress)

Leeman, J., Goeppinger, J., Funk, S.& Roland, J. (2003). An enriched research
experience for minority undergraduates - A step towards increasing the number
of minority nurse researchers. Nursing Outlook, 51 (1), 20-24.

Roland, E. J. & Kaskutas, L. A. (2002). Alcoholics Anonymous and church
involvement as predictors of sobriety among three ethnic treatment populations. Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly, Vol. 20 (1) pp. 61- 77.

Roland, E. J. (1999). Health Services Needs Among Male and Female Methadone
Treatment Clients: Findings from a National Demonstration Project, Journal on Addictions Nursing, Summer.

French, M.T., Mauskopf, J. A., Teague, J. L. & Roland, E. J. (1997). Estimating the
Dollar Value of Health Outcomes from Drug Abuse Interventions. Medical Care.

Roland, E. J. (1994). Drug Treatment and Primary Care Essential for Pregnant
Drug-using women. Epikrisis: Newsletter of the N. C. Governor’s Institute on alcohol and substance abuse,Inc., Vol. 5, No. 5, pp. 1-2.

Schlenger, W. E., Roland, E. J., Kroutil, L.A., M. L. Dennis, K. M. Magruder & F.A.
Ray. Evaluating Services Demonstration Programs: A Multistage Approach. Evaluation and Program Planning, NIDA Research Monograph, Vol. 17, pp. 381 - 390, 1992.

Schlenger, W. E., Kroutil, L.A., & Roland, E. J. Case Management as a Mechanism for
Linking Drug Abuse Treatment and Primary Care: Preliminary Evidence from the ADAMHA/HRSA Linkage Demonstration. In Ashery, R. (Ed.). Progress and Issues in Case Management. NIDA Research Monograph, No. 127, 1992.

Harris, L.H., Roland, E. J. & McBarnett, Y. The State of Infant Health and Its
Relationship to Maternal Prenatal Health in the United States. Journal of National Black Nurses’ Association, Vol. 4, No. 1, 1990.

Roland, E. J. (1978). Nursing Care of Patients with Pain. Journal of Operating Room
Nursing. (Based on Masters Research Project).

Selected Presentations:

Roland, E J. Strauss, J L. and MI Butterfield. (2006). Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in
Women Veterans: Is race a factor? Center for Research on Women, Research Day, University of NC at Chapel Hill, April 3-4, 2007.

Butterfield, Marian I., Stechuchek K.,Strauss, J., Zervakis, J., O’Loughlin, S.
Roland, E. J., Swartz, M., Olsen, M., Oddone, E. Adverse Impact of involuntary hospitalization on perceptions of psychiatric Care in veterans with Severe Mental Illness. American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting. Tornonto, Canada, May 20-21 2006.

Roland, E. J. and M. I. Butterfield. (2006). Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Women
Veterans: Is race a factor? American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting. Toronto Canada, May 6, 2006.

Roland, E. J. and M.I. Butterfield. (2006). Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Women Veterans: Is race a factor? International Traumatic Stress Society. Toronto, Canada, February 2006.

Roland, E. J. and M. I. Butterfield. (2005). Posttraumatic Stress Disorders in Women
Veterans: Is race a factor? Duke University School of Medicine 2005 K12 Symposium. May 27, 2005.

Roland, E. J. Panelist – Durham Community Health Summit “Overcoming Addictions”
Invited Participant- Duke University Medical Center, April 11, 2005.RolanR

Roland, E. J. “Factors Affecting Entry into Alcohol Treatment”
Paper presented: Women’s Studies Conference. University of South Carolina,
Columbia, SC – 2003

Roland, E. J. Women in Alcohol Treatment. Nursing Research Day.
Presentation: North Carolina A & T State University, School of Nursing, Oct. 2002.

Roland, E. J. “Alcohol Research: Past, Present and Future”. JLC- Biobehavioral
Research Institute. North Carolina Central University. Durham, NC. Dec. 6, 2000.

Roland, E. J. “Incorporating Spirituality Principles in Our Daily Lives”.. Empowering Women of Color Conference. Graduate Student Assembly. University of California - Berkeley, CA. April 17, 1999

Roland, E. J. & Caetano, R. “Trends in Alcohol Use Patterns Among African American Women: Findings from the National Alcohol Surveys (1984 and 1995). Research Society on Alcoholism Annual Scientific Meeting, Santa Barbara, CA, June 28, 1999.

Roland, E. J. & Caetano, R. “Trends in Alcohol Use Patterns Among African American Women: Findings from the National Alcohol Surveys (1984 and 1995). Research Society on Alcoholism Annual Scientific Meeting, Santa Barbara, CA, June 28, 1999.

Roland, E. J. & Weisner, C. “Women in Treatment Entry: An analysis of ethnicity,
socio-demographic characteristics, and drinking patterns and problems at treatment entry.” Paper presented at the annual American Public Health Association meeting. Chicago, Ill. November 10, 1999.

Roland, E. J. “Gender Differences in Health Services Requirement in Methadone Treatment: Findings from a National Demonstration Project.” Poster presented at the 1994 National Methadone Conference, Washington, D.C., 1994.

Roland, E. J. & Helms, R. F. “A Model for Reducing Infant Mortality in
Rural Areas.” Poster presented (by Roland, E. J.) at the Third Annual Primary
Care Research Conference, Agency for Health Policy and Research, U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, PHS, Atlanta, GA, 1993.

Roland, E. J. “Health Concerns of Minority Women.” Paper presented at
The Southeastern Psychological Conference for Graduate Students in Community Psychology, St. Johns Island, S.C.,1985.

Selected Research Reports-

Collard, A. F., Marsden, M. E., Rountree, M., Schlenger, W. E., Roland, E. J., Bonito A.
J. & Kroutil, L. A.“Tuberculosis and Other Infectious Diseases Among Drug Abusers.” Report prepared by the Institute for Health Policy (Brandeis University) and Research Triangle Institute for the National Institute on Drug Abuse under contract No. 271-92-2004, 1996.

Schlenger, W. E., Kroutil, L. A., Roland, E. J. & J. Cox. “National Evaluation of
Models for Linking Drug Abuse Treatment and Primary Care: Descriptive Report of Phase One Findings.” Research Triangle Institute report prepared for the National Institute on Drug Abuse under contract No. 283-90-0001, 1992.

Schlenger, W. E., Kroutil, L.A., Roland, E. J. & J. Cox. “National Evaluation of Models
for Linking Drug Abuse Treatment and Primary Care: Linking Drug Treatment and Primary Care: A Casebook.” Research Triangle Institute Report prepared for Clinical Medicine Branch, Div. Of Clinical Research, National Institutes on Drug Abuse, under contract No. 283-90-0001, 1992.