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Sharon Horner, PhD, RN, FAAN | Associate Dean for Research | Dolores V. Sands Chair in Nursing Research

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Phone: 512 232-4710 (administrative office) | 512 471-7951 (faculty office)
Fax: 512 475-8755

Office: NUR 3.102H (administrative office) | NUR 4.153 (faculty office) | NUR 3.416 (research office)
The University of Texas at Austin, School of Nursing
1710 Red River Street
Austin, TX 78712

Dr. Horner received her PhD in Nursing and her MSN in Parent-Child Nursing from the Medical College of Georgia. Dr. Horner's research focuses on improving health of families with children. She has received approximately $3.7 million over 18 years in federal funding for her primary work with school-aged children with asthma and their families who live in rural areas.

She recently completed a study funded by the National Institutes of Health, National Institute for Nursing Research and National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (10R01 NR007770) to test her intervention in a stratified randomized control trial. The focus of the intervention is to improve asthma management behaviors of parents and children; reduce asthma symptom frequency and duration, and lung inflammation. The study found significant improvements in children’s asthma-related quality of life, asthma self-management behaviors, skill in using a metered dose inhaler, and reductions in asthma severity, hospitalizations, and emergency department visits.

Dr. Horner has been honored as recipient of the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists, 2014 Sue B. Davidson Service Award, the Southern Nursing Research Society 2013 Award for Research in Minority Health, and the Texas Rural Health Association, 2013 Researcher of the Year. She holds the Dolores V. Sands Chair in Nursing Research and is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. In 2015 she was elected to fill the sequence of President-elect (2015-2016), President (2016-2017), and Immediate Past President (2017-2018) of the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists.

Principal Investigator

  • "Enhancing children's and parents' asthma management." Funded by NIH, NINR & NHLBI. 10R01 NR007770. Funded 12/01/08-11/30/14.
  • Diversity supplement to “Enhancing children’s and parents’ asthma management,” for Veronica García Walker, doctoral student. 3R01 NR007770-06S1. Funded by NIH/NINR & NHLBI, 8/03/10-11/30/14.
  • “Asthma in Central Texas (ACT): Living Healthy with Asthma.” Pilot study funded by St. David’s CHPR EP-EG grant and Dolores V. Sands Chair account. Funded 5/1/13-11/30/14.
  • "Enhancing children's and parents' asthma management." Funded by NIH, NINR. 5R01 NR007770. Funded 8/01/03-4/30/08.
  • Cultural Competence Assessment of the Texas Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (TEHDI) Program. Funded by the Texas Department of State Health Services, 1/15/09 - 3/31/09. Role: Contractor/PI.

Co-Principal Investigator

  • Kinney, K. (PI, engineering). TXHHU0023-13. “Filter forensics: A novel method for exploring asthma triggers for children in low-income rural homes.” Role: Co-Principal Investigator. Funded November 1, 2013 – October 31, 2015.


  • Kinney, K.A. (PI – civil engineering). “Mapping the UT BIOME,” funded by Longhorn Innovation Fund for Technology. Interdisciplinary, intramural project designed to combine research and educational aspects for students and develop a resource that can be used today and in the future. Role: Co-investigator, Nursing. Funded 8/2013-8/2015.
  • Corsi, R. (PI). “Healthy High School PRIDE.” Funded by EPA (RD 83563801). Interdisciplinary team, Co-Investigators: Brown-Wilson (Architechture), Kinney & Novocelac (Civil Engineering), Horner (Nursing). 2/2015-2019.
  • Young, Cara (PI). “Examining the impact of stress on teens,” partially funded by STTI/CANS small grant and with UT fellowship funding. Role: Co-investigator. Funded 11/2013-10/2014.
  • Garcia, A. (PI). “Home-based Diabetes Symptoms Self Management for Mexican Americans.” Funded by NIDDK, R21 DK076705, 2008-2011. Role: Co-investigator.
  • Rew, L. (PI). “Developing Health Behaviors in Middle Adolescence.” Funded by NINR, R01 NR009856, 9/29/06-6/30/11. Role Co-investigator.

Other Research Roles

  • Kim, M. (PI). “Center for Transdisciplinary Collaborative Research in Self-management.” 1P30 NR015335-01, 9/25/14-7/31/19.
    Role: Director of Innovative Methods & Technology Core, Co-Director of Executive Committee.