School of Nursing
Dr. Francis is a public health nurse focused on identifying ways children from vulnerable communities are provided with the best environment to ensure their health and well-being. Dr. Francis utilizes a Community-Based Participatory approach to research in which she partners with early care and education and school settings, community, and governmental organizations to develop and test acceptable solutions to address social determinants of health and to improve childcare and school wellness policies and practices. Dr. Francis is a fellow of Maryland’s Nurse Leadership Institute, and recently completed the Morton K. and Jane Blaustein Fellowship in Mental Health and Psychiatric Nursing. She earned a Bachelor’s in Neuroscience at Smith College and a Ph.D. in Nursing at Johns Hopkins University.