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Donna Taliaferro, PhD

Dr. Taliaferro has 42 years experience as a nurse, with 39 of those years in higher education. She earned a PhD from Texas Woman’s University in 1991, Master’s Degree from the Medical College of Georgia and a BSN from Murray State University in Murray, KY. She is certified as an online teacher and has taught online since 2001. Dr. Taliaferro has been actively engaged in research and scholarship since 1988. HIV has been her primary phenomena of interest since her doctoral work in 1991. Over the last 10 years her research has been international within several countries of Africa and Finland. Dr. Taliaferro’s research methodologies are both qualitative and quantitative with various designs from experimental to educational. Her most recent studies have been in Finland working with students on compassion and empathy.

Scholarship & Research



Journal of Leadership Studies-Symposium Piece-Relational Leadership: Perspectives of Key Constructs on Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Equity in Higher Education

Psychology Today
Blog Posts Published


American Psychological Association Conference-Utilizing Clinical Hypnotherapeutic Intervention with CBT to Treat Pandemic-Aug. 13-2021 Symptomology

ILA Conference Geneva Switzerland 2021
Presenter -Topic-"The Stress Arc in Leadership and 3 Powerful Disciplines for Mitigating Major Stress Impacts in a New Era"-Upcoming
Presenter -Topic-“Improving Higher Education’s Role in Diversity and Social Equity through Relational Leadership in the New Era”-Upcoming
Presenter-Topic-"Healthcare Leadership-Using Virtuous Leadership in Chaos to Reimagine Beneficial Practices of Employee Cognitive Psychology"-Upcoming
2021-Knowledge Without Boundaries National Summit-College of Doctoral Studies Research Conference-University of Phoenix-Panel Discussion-"Exploring Emergent Trends in Leadership and Education"-Based on published symposia article from the Journal of Leadership Studies-


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Nursing PhD
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College of Doctoral Studies