Asst Dean, Grad Prog. & Professor
Dr. Hutson earned a PhD in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania and an MSN as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA. Additionally, she received a BSN from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Dr. Hutson is currently the Assistant Dean of Graduate Programs. She has taught across the undergraduate and graduate programs at the University of Tennessee, College of Nursing. Her areas of interest in teaching are research methods, philosophy of science, and grant writing. Dr. Hutson’s areas of scientific interest include studying the consequences of living with chronic illness in rural and underserved areas, specifically Appalachia. Her work has been funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as other agencies and foundations. Dr. Hutson is an active member of several professional organizations including the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau, and the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care.
Dr. Hutson is the Director of the Cancer Genetics Program at the Leonard Lawson Cancer Center at Pikeville Medical Center in Kentucky. She is also the project lead for a community project/non-profit organization called Appalachian Angel of Hope, Inc. Dr. Hutson is an officer in the Faculty Senate, serving in the role of Senate Secretary.