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Tracie Harrison, PhD, RN, FNP, FAAN | Associate Professor

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Phone: 512 471-9085 | 512 475-7079
Fax: 512 471-3688

Office: NUR 4.157 | NUR 3.430
The University of Texas at Austin, School of Nursing
1710 Red River Street
Austin, TX 78701

I am an associate professor of Adult Health Nursing. My research has focused on aging with disabilities. Specifically, I am interested in the intersection between age related change and functional impairment and how that affects social role performance and subsequent health outcomes in women. My research has been conducted using primarily qualitative research methods, which means I mainly use in-person interview methods to collect data on how women perceive their aging experiences. My teaching interests include women’s health, qualitative research, disability over the life course, and health within illness.

Dr. Harrison is also the director of the Center for Excellence in Long Term Care funded by the Texas Health & Human Services Commission. Visit the Center for Excellence in Long Term Care website to learn more.

Principal Investigator

  • Harrison, T. Principal Investigator
    Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services, Texas Health & Human Services Commission
    Nursing Administrator Response to TRAIN
    The purpose of this study is to understand how nursing home administrators respond to messaging delivered by DADS in relation to change of practice communication. This is a random sample of over 1,000 nursing administrators.
  • Harrison, T. Principal Investigator
    Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services, Texas Health & Human Services Commission
    Nursing Facility Quality Review
    The purpose of this mixed-method assessment of Texas nursing facilities is to assess and report on quality outcomes in a random sample of over 1,250 nursing facilities throughout Texas. Using computer assisted interviewing of family and residents as well as chart reviews, data will be compiled and analyzed for best practices.
  • Harrison, T. Principal Investigator                                                                                    
    Phase 2: Biological predictors of disablement outcomes in older Mexican American and Non-Hispanic White women.
    $2,700.00 CHPR E-PEG; $3,000.00 Cain Center for Nursing Research
    The purpose of this biological mixed-method study was to establish the feasibility and methods for assessing the outcomes of accelerated aging and stress in Mexican American and Non-Hispanic White women.
    7/2012-8/2014 (pilot study)  
  • Harrison, T. Principal Investigator,
    S. Brown, S. Hendrickson, A. Stuifbergen & D. Umberson Co-Investigators
    Health Disparities among Mexican American Women with Disabilities
    (R01 NR010360-01A1). National Institute of Nursing Research, National Institutes of Health
    4/2008-4/2013: $1,338,165.00
  • Harrison, T. Principal Investigator
    Not funded
    Disability Experiences of Mexican American men
    The purpose of this qualitative exploratory study is to understand how Mexican American men experience and adapt to mobility impairment. Mexican American men ages 55 to 75 years of age with mobility impairment are interviewed regarding their experiences and complete measures of impairment, functional limitation and disability.
    07/10-06/11 (pilot study)


  • Stuifbergen, A., Principal Investigator.
    Becker, H. & Harrison, T. Co-Investigators.
    Health Promotion and Quality of Life in Chronic Illness-Competing Continuation.
    2R01 NR003195. National Institute of Nursing Research, National Institutes of Health
    8/2005-5/10 $1,669,640.00


  • Choi, N. Principal Investigator,
    Telehealth Problem-Solving Therapy for Depressed Homebound Older Adults

Research Grants, Completed

  • Harrison, T., Principal Investigator.
    Mackert, M. Co-Investigator.
    Gender and Ethnic Differences in Health Literacy among Persons with Visual Impairments.
    Southwest Center: Partners in Health Disparity Research (P20NR008348, L. Rew, PI)
    12/2007-12/2008 $3,300.00.
    Special Research Award, The University of Texas at Austin,
    03/2009-08/2009, $750.00
  • T. Harrison, Principal Investigator;
    D. Umberson & H. Becker Co-Investigators
    A Grounded Theory Study of Aging Women with Disabilities
    Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research in Underserved Populations
    (P30 NRO05051, A. Stuifbergen, PI)The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing
    6/2005-6/2006 $20,000.00
    The John A Hartford-Atlantic Post-Doctoral Fellows Award
    7/2005-6/2007 $120,000.00
  • T. Harrison, Principal Investigator
    Women aging with the effects of Polio
    Center for Women’s and Gender Studies Faculty Development Fellowship
    The University of Texas at Austin
    9/2005-8/2007 $2,000.00
  • T. Harrison, Principal Investigator;
    A. Mann Co-Investigator
    The Meaning of Aging for Latinas with Childhood Onset Disability
    Southwest Center: Partners in Health Disparity Research P20NR008348,
    1/2005-12/2005 $12,000.00
  • T. Harrison, Principal Investigator
    The Meaning of Aging for Women with Childhood Onset Disability
    The University of Texas at Austin, Dissertation
    The John A. Hartford Foundation Scholar Award,
    7/2003-6/2004 $50,000.00
    The Donald D. Harrington Fellowship
    9/2003-8/2004 $25,000.00


  • Walker JL, Tovar M, Harrison TC, Womack J. (in press). How to Accommodate Women with Mobility Limitations in Biological Studies. Research and theory for nursing practice.
  • Garcia T, Harrison T, Goodwin J. (in press). Stakeholder Views of Nursing Home Resident Involvement in Medical Care Decisions and Self-Management. Qualitative health research.
  • Volker, D., Divin, C., & Harrison, T. (In press). Advance Directives, Control, and Quality of Life for Persons with Disabilities. Journal of Palliative Medicine.
  • Walker, J., Harrison, T. & Hendrickson, S. (Accepted). Life Course Experiences, Pain and Suffering: A Case Study of an Older Mexican American Woman with Mobility Impairment. Hispanic Health Care International. PMC# 392418
  • Volker, D., Zolnierek, C., Harrison, T., & Walker, J. (In Press) End of Life and Women Aging With a Disability. The Journal of Palliative Medicine. “PMC Journal- In Process.”
  • Harrison, T., Beebe, A., & Manning, A. (In press) Grounded Theory. Encyclopedia of Adulthood and Aging.
  • Harrison, T. & Lazard, A. (In press). Advocating for a Population-Specific Health Literacy for People with Visual Impairments. Health Communication.
  • Walker, J., Tovar, M., Harrison, T. & Womack, J., (In press). How to Accommodate Women with Mobility Limitations in Biological Studies.  Research & Theory for Nursing Practice.
  • Hennegan, A. & Harrison, T. (In press).  Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies as symptom management strategies for the late effects of breast cancer treatment. Journal of Holistic Nursing.
  • Guy, S., Sterling, B., Walker, L.O. & Harrison, T. (In press). Mental Health Literacy and Postpartum Depression: A Qualitative Description of Views of Lower Income Women. Archives of Psychiatric Nursing.
  • van Wijk, E. & Harrison, T. (In press). Relationship difficulties post rape: Being a male intimate partner of a female rape victim in Cape Town, South Africa. Health Care for Women International.
  • Walker, J. & Harrison, T. (2014). The Gendered Outcome Scale: Measuring Gender Satisfaction among Women Aging with Paralytic Polio. Health Care for Women International.
  • Divin, C., Volker, D., & Harrison, T. (2013). Intimate Partner Violence in Mexican-American Women with Disabilities: A Secondary Data Analysis of Cross-Language Research. Advances in Nursing Science, 243-257.
  • Ricks, T.N. & Harrison, T. (2013). Disability and health: Exploring the disablement experience of young African Americans. Disability and Rehabilitation. ISSN 0963-8288 print/ISSN 1464-5165 online.
  • Harrison, T., LeGarde, B., Kim, S.H., Blozis, S., Walker, J., Umberson, D. (2013). Women’s Experience with Workplace Injury. Policy, Politics & Nursing Practice 14(1), 16-25.
  • Harrison, T., Taylor, J., Fredland, N., Stuifbergen, A., Walker, J., & Choban, R. (2013). A Qualitative Analysis of Life Course Adjustment to Multiple Morbidity and Disability. Research in Gerontological Nursing.6 (1), 57-69 PMC # 353086
  • Hendrickson, S., Harrison, T., Lopez, N., Zegarra-Coronado, A. & Ricks, T. (2013). Translation Cost, Quality and Adequacy. Journal of Nursing Scholarship 45(2) 185-191.
  • Harrison, T. & Stuifbergen, S. (2012). Aging with a childhood onset disability. In J. Katz, S. Peace & S. Spurr (Eds.) Adult Lives: A Life Course Perspective. (pp. 56-65). Bristol, UK: The Policy Press: University of Bristol.
  • Harrison, T., Guy, S., Mackert, M., Walker, J., & Pound, P. (2012). A Study of the Health Literacy Needs of People with Visual Impairments. Research & Theory for Nursing Practice, 26(2) 142-160.
  • Ricks, T. S. & Harrison, T. (2011) The Life History Calendar in Disability Research. Disability and health journal. 10/2011; 4(4):262-70.
  • Harrison, T. (2011). Burden of Restraint, Gender and Ethnic Identity: A Case Study of a Mexican American Woman Considering Total Joint Replacement. Health Care for Women International, 32(8), 669-85.
  • Harrison, T., Stuifbergen, A., Walker, J., Scott, T. & Choban, R. (2011). The Meaning of Gender while Aging with Paralytic Polio. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 54(2), 138-158.
  • Harrison, T. & Parker, R. (2010). Issues in Cross Cultural Comparative Research. Research & Theory for Nursing Practice 24(4), 233-240.
  • Harrison, T., Umberson, D., (€) Lin, Li-Chen, & (€) Cheng, Hsui-Rong. (2010). Timing of impairment and health-promoting lifestyles in women with disabilities. Qualitative Health Research, 20, 816-829.
  • Harrison, T. Mackert, M., & (π)Watkins, C. (2010). A qualitative analysis of health literacy issues among women with visual impairments. Research in Gerontological Nursing, 3(1), 49-60.
  • Harrison, T. (2009). Development of the Activity Effort Scale for Women Aging with Paralytic Polio. Journal of Neuroscience Nursing, 41(3), 168-176.
  • Harrison, T. (2009). Health Disparities among Latinas Aging with Disabilities. Family & Community Health, 32(1S), S36-S45.
  • Mackert, M. & Harrison, T. (2009). Marketing medical implants: New challenges and concerns. Journal of Consumer Marketing, 26(1), 4-5.
  • Harrison, T., Blozis, S., & Stuifbergen, A. (2008). Longitudinal predictors of attitudes toward aging among women with multiple sclerosis. Psychology and Aging, 23(4), 823-832.
  • Harrison, T., Angel, J. & Mann, A. (2008) Mexican American Women Aging With Childhood-Onset Paralytic Polio. Qualitative Health Research, 18(6), 767-774.
  • Harrison, T. & Becker, H. (2007) A qualitative study of menopause among women with disabilities. Advances in Nursing Science, 30(2), 123-138.
  • Harrison, T. & Stuifbergen, A. (2006). Life Purpose: The effects on functional decline, and quality of life in polio survivors. Rehabilitation Nursing, 31(4), 149-154.
  • Stuifbergen, A., Blozis, S., Harrison, T.C. & Becker, H. (2006). Exercise, functional limitations, and quality of life: A longitudinal study of persons with multiple sclerosis. Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 87, 935-943.
  • Harrison, T. (2006) A Qualitative analysis of the meaning of aging for women with disabilities with implications for health policy. Advances in Nursing Science, 29(2), E1-E18.
  • Harrison, T. (2006). Health Promotion for Persons with Disabilities: What does the literature reveal? Family & Community Health, 29(1) Supplement, 12S-19S.
    Harrison, T. & Stuifbergen, A. (2005). A hermeneutic phenomenological study of women aging with childhood onset disability. Health Care for Women International, 26, 731-747.
  • Stuifbergen, A., Seraphine, A., Harrison, T & Adachi, E. (2005) An explanatory model of health promotion and quality of life in persons with post polio. Social Science & Medicine, 60, 383-393.
    Harrison, T., Kahn, D.L. & Hsu, M. (2005). A Hermeneutic Phenomenological Study of Widowhood for African American Women. Omega: Journal of Death and Dying, 50 (2), 123-141.
  • Phillips, L., Harrison, T. & Houck, P. (2005) Return to work and the person with heart failure. Heart & Lung, 34 (2), 79-88.
  • Harrison, T & Kahn, D.L. (2004). Disability rites: The cultural shift following impairment. Family & Community Health, 27(1), 91-98.
  • Harrison, T. & Kahn, T. (2004). Perceived age, social integration, and disability: A case study of aging women. Journal of Loss & Trauma, 9(2), 113-129.
  • Harrison, T., Stuifbergen, A., Adachi, E. & Becker, H. (2004). Marriage, impairment and acceptance in persons with multiple sclerosis. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 26(3), 266-285.
  • Stuifbergen, A., Harrison, T., Becker, H. & Carter, P. (2004) Adaptation of a Wellness Intervention for Women with Chronic Disabling Conditions. Journal of Holistic Nursing, 22(1), 12-31.
  • Harrison, T. (2003) Women Aging with Childhood Onset Disability: A Holistic
    Approach Using the Life Course Paradigm. Journal of Holistic Nursing, 21(3), 242-259.
  • Stuifbergen, A. & Harrison, T. (2003). Complementary and Alternative Therapy Use in Persons with Multiple Sclerosis. Journal of Rehabilitation Nursing, 28(5), 141-147.
  • Harrison, T. & Stuifbergen, A. (2002). Disability, social support, and concern for children: A secondary analysis of depression in mothers with multiple sclerosis. JOGNN, 31(4), 444-453.
  • Harrison, T. (2002). Has the Americans with Disabilities Act made a difference? A policy analysis of quality of life in the post Americans with Disabilities Act era. Policy, Politics & Nursing Practice, 3(4), 333-347.
  • Harrison, T. & Stuifbergen, A. (2001). Barriers that further disablement: A study of survivors of polio. The Journal of Neuroscience Nursing, 33(3), 160-6.
  • Harrison, T. & Kessler, D. (2001) Arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia/cardiomyopathy Heart and Lung. 30(5), 360-9.


  • Harrison, T., Stuifbergen, A., Adachi, E., & Becker, H. (2004). Response by Harrison, Stuifbergen, Adachi, and Becker. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 26(3), 291-292.
  • Kahn, D.L. & Harrison, T. (2004). Forward: Crossing barriers to health disability issues in family & community health. Family & Community Health, 27 (1), 2.
  • Stuifbergen, A. & Harrison, T. (2000). Nursing interventions for persons with post polio syndrome. March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation International Conference on Post-Polio Syndrome, Identifying Best Practices in Diagnosis and Care, Warm Springs, Georgia: Roosevelt Warm Springs Institute for Rehabilitation.