Dr. Powell earned a PhD in Nursing from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, a MSN in Nursing Education from Spalding University, and a BSN from Purdue University. Dr. Powell is currently a post-doctoral fellow in Aging, Informatics, and Quality Research at the University of Missouri, Columbia.
Dr. Powell teaches in the undergraduate and graduate programs at the University of Tennessee, College of Nursing. Dr. Powell has been a nurse educator for over ten years and is a certified nurse educator. Her areas of interest in teaching are research methods, health policy, and philosophy of science. Her areas of scientific interest include health information technology and gerontological nursing with an emphasis on self-management of chronic conditions by patients and family caregivers. As part of her post-doctoral fellowship, Dr. Powell is working on an Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research (AHRQ) funded study examining the impact of technology on quality measures in nursing homes.
Dr. Powell is an active member of several professional organizations including the American Medical Informatics Association, Healthcare Information Management Systems Society, Academy Health, and Sigma Theta Tau. Dr. Powell also serves as a reviewer for several peer reviewed journals in her area of expertise.