Barbara Ann Graves

Barbara Ann Graves is a Professor in the Capstone College of Nursing at The University of Alabama (UA). She is a PhD prepared registered nurse. Dr. Graves received her B.S in Nursing from The Capstone College of Nursing at The University of Alabama in 1979. She earned her M.S. degree in Nursing of Adults from the University of Alabama in Birmingham in 1983 and her PhD in Clinical Health Science at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi in 2007.

Dr. Graves is responsible for providing on-line instruction and mentoring across the masters and doctoral nursing graduate programs. She has worked and taught extensively in critical care and cardiovascular nursing since 1981. She has been the recipient of National League of Nursing, Excellence in Teaching Award 2004 for Nursing Clinical Decisions: Patient Outcomes, Sigma Theta Tau Pinnacle Award for Region 8: Computer-Based Professional Education Technology Award for Nursing Clinical Decisions: Patient Outcomes, and a Finalist for the 2008 Martha N. Hill New Investigator Award sponsored by the Counsel of Cardiovascular Nursing; American Heart Association.


Professional memberships have included the American Heart Association, Council of Cardiovascular Nursing, National League of Nursing, American Association of Critical Care Nurses, Sigma Theta Tau International, Phi Kappa Phi, Rural Nurse Organization, and Southern Nursing Research Society. Dr. Graves is presently the associate editor for the Online Journal of Rural Nursing and Health Care and serves as treasurer for the Rural Nurse Organization.


As a nurse-scientist with extensive experience in practice and teaching in the areas of critical care nursing, cardiovascular nursing, and evidence-based nursing practice, she has focused her program of research on primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease and cardiometabolic risk reduction, rural health disparities and geographical access, and evidence-based nursing practice. She has also developed a level of expertise in the use of geographical information system (GIS). She has both current and completed funded research.