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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)
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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 78701

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.
  • García, A.A., Brown, S.A., Horner, S.D., Zuñiga, J., & Arheart, K.L. (2015). Home-based diabetes symptom self-management education for Mexican Americans with Type 2 diabetes. Health Education Research, electronic.  Doi: 10.1093/her/cyv018
  • Horner, S. (2015). Intervening to improve quality of life in parents and children with asthma. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 49(S1), S194.
  • Horner, S.D., & Fulton, J. (2015). Meeting the Challenges of Children’s Health. (Guest editorial). Clinical Nurse Specialist, 29 (4), 193-194.
  • Horner, S.D. (2014). Clinical Nurse Specialist Profile: Sharon D. Horner. Clinical Nurse Specialist, 28 (6), 258-259.
  • Horner, S.D., & Brown, A. (2015). An exploration of parent-child dyadic asthma management influences on quality of life. Comprehensive Issues in Pediatric Nursing, 38, 85-104.
  • Tyler, D.O., & Horner, S.D. (2015). A primary care intervention to improve weight in obese children: A feasibility study. Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Electronic. Doi: 10.1002/2327-6924.12246. PMID: 25782163
  • Rew, L., Arheart, K., Horner, S.D., Thompson, S., & Johnson, K. (2015). Gender and ethnic differences in health-promoting behaviors of rural adolescents. Journal of School Health, 31, 219-232.
  • Horner, S.D., & Brown, A. (2014). Evaluating the effect of an asthma self-management intervention for rural families. Journal of Asthma, 51, 168-177. Doi:10.3109/02770903.2013.855785; PMID:24188732
  • Horner, S.D. (2013). Can a single asthma day camp improve rural children’s asthma self-management? Clinical Nurse Specialist:The Journal for Advanced Practice Nursing, 27, pp. E5.  DOI: 10.1097/NUR.0b013e3182821aa5
  • Wang, Y.L., Brown, S.A., & Horner, S.D. (2013). The school-based lived experiences of adolescents with Type 1 diabetes. Journal of Nursing Research, 21, 235-.243
  • Cleveland. L.M., Gill, S.L.., & Horner, S.D. (2012). Taking care of my baby: Mexican-American mothers in the neonatal intensive care unit. Issues in Comprehensive Pediatric Nursing, 35, 163-175. DOI: 10.1097/ANC.0b013e31824d9a00.
  • Horner, S.D., Brown, S.A., Walker, V.G. (2012). Is rural school-aged children's quality of life affected by their responses to asthma? Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 27, 491-499. doi:10.1016/j.pedn.2011.06.012; PMCID: PMC3428597.
  • Horner, S.D., Rew, L., & Brown, A. (2012). “Risk-taking behaviors engaged in by early adolescents while on school property.” Issues in Comprehensive Pediatric Nursing, 35, 90-110. DOI:10.3109/01460862.2012.678261.
  • Cleveland, L., & Horner, S.D. (2012). Normative cultural values and the experiences of Mexican-American mothers in the neonatal intensive care unit. Advances in Neonatal Care, 12, 120-125.  DOI: 10.1097/ANC.0b013e31824d9a00.
  • Horner, S.D. (2012). Best practices for improving intervention fidelity that every nurse should know. Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing, 17, 171-174. DOI: 10.1111/j.1744-6155.2012.00327.x; PMCID: 3324280.
  • Horner, S.D., Brown, S., & Rew. L. (2011). Program to enhance asthma management among rural families of school-aged children who have asthma. Clinical Nurse Specialist: The Journal for Advanced Practice Nursing, 25, 150.
  • Rew, L., Horner, S.D., & Brown, A. (2011). Health risk behaviors in early adolescence. Issues in Comprehensive Pediatric Nursing, 34, 79-96. doi: 10.3109/01460862.2011.574452 .
  • Wang, Y.L., Brown, S.A., & Horner, S.D. (2010) School-based lived experiences of adolescents with type 1 diabetes: A preliminary study. Journal of Nursing Research, 18, 258-265.  doi:10. 1097/JNR.0b013e3181fbe107.
  • Rew, D., Horner, S.D., Fouladi, R.T. (2010). Factors associated with health behaviors in middle childhood. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 25, 157-166. doi: 10.1016/j.pedn.2008.10.006.
  • Horner, S.D. (2009). Reaching out to community agencies (pp. 135-150). In Clinical nurse specialist toolkit: A guide for the new clinical nurse specialist, (Eds. M. Duffy, S. Dresser, & J. Fulton). New York: Springer Publishing.
  • Rew, L., Hoke, M., Horner, S.D., & Walker, L.O. (2009). Development of a dynamic model to guide health disparities research. Nursing Outlook, 57, 132-142. doi: 10.1016/j.outlook.2008.07.008.
  • Horner, S.D., & Fouladi, R.T. (2008). Improvement of rural children’s asthma self-management by lay health educators. Journal of School Health, 78, 506-513. doi: 10.1111./j.1746-1561.2008.00336.x; PMCID: PMC2535850.
  • Tyler, D., & Horner, S.D. (2008). Collaborating with low-income families and their overweight children to improve weight-related behaviors: An intervention process evaluation. Journal of Specialists in Pediatric Nursing, 13, 263-274. doi: 10.1111./j.1744-6155.2008.00167.x.
  • Horner, S.D. (2008). Childhood asthma in a rural environment: Implications for clinical nurse specialist practice. Clinical Nurse Specialist, 22, 192-198. doi: 10.1097./ ; PMCID: PMC2504731.
  • Tyler, D., Horner, S.D. (2008). Family-centered collaborative negotiation: A model for facilitating behavior change in primary care. Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, 20, 194-203. doi: 10.1111./j.1745-7599.2007.00298.x.
  • Chen, H.S., Horner, S.D., & Percy, M.S, Sheu, J.J.  (2008). Stages of smoking acquisition of young Taiwanese adolescents: Self-efficacy and decisional balance. Research in Nursing and Health, 31, 119-129. doi: 10.1002./nur.20236.
  • Fouladi, R.T., Rew, L., & Horner, S.D. (2006). Comparison of three modes of measuring stress, coping, and humor in school-age children. Journal of Nursing Measurement, 14, 81-101. doi: 10.1891/jnm-v14i2a002.
  • Horner, S.D., Kieckhefer, G.M., & Fouladi, R.T. (2006). Measuring Asthma Severity: Instrument Refinement. Journal of Asthma, 43, 533-538. doi: 10.1080/02770900600857192.
  • Horner, S.D. (2006). Home visiting for intervention delivery to improve rural family asthma management. Journal of Community Health Nursing, 23, 213-223. doi: 10.1207/s15327655jchn2304_2; PMCID: PMC2824896.
  • Horner, S., Rew, L., & Torres, R. (2006). Enhancing intervention fidelity: A means of strengthening study impact. Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing, 11, 80-89. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-6155.2006.00050.x.
  • Jenkins, S., & Horner, S.D. (2005). Barriers that influence eating behaviors in adolescents. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 20, 258-267. doi: 10.1016/j/[edm.2005.02.014.
  • Abel, E., Horner, S. D., Tyler, D., & Innerarity, S. (2005). The Impact of Genetic Information on Policy and Clinical Practice. Policy, Politics, & Nursing Practice, 6, 5-14. doi: 10.1177/1527154404272143.
  • Horner, S.D. (2004). Effect of education on school-aged children’s and parents’ asthma management. Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing, 9, 95-102. No Doi.
  • Horner, S.D. (2004). Ethics and genetics: Implications for CNS practice. Clinical Nurse Specialist, 18, 228-231. doi: 10.1097/00002800-200409000-00004.
  • Horner, S.D.  (2004). A genetics course for advanced clinical nursing practice. Clinical Nurse Specialist, 18, 194-199. doi: 10.1097/00002800-200407000-00010.
  • Rew, L., Horner, S.D., Riesch, L., & Cauvin, R. (2004). Computer-assisted survey interviewing of school-age children. Advances in Nursing Science, 27, 129-137. PMID: 15206684;  No DOI.
  • Horner, S.D., Abel, E., Taylor, K., & Sands, D. (2004). Using theory to guide the diffusion of genetics content in nursing curricula. Nursing Outlook, 52, 80-84. doi: 10.1016/j.outlook.2003.08.008.
  • Rew, L., & Horner, S.D. (2003). Resilience framework for reducing health-risk behaviors in adolescents. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 18, 379-388. doi: 10.1016/S0882-5963(03)00162-3.
  • Horner, S.D., & Fouladi, R.T.  (2003). Home asthma management for rural families. Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing, 8, 52-61. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-6155.2003.tb00187.x.