Dr. Jane Dimmitt Champion received her BSN from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, her MSN in Adult Health Nursing from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, an MA in Bilingual/Bicultural Studies from the University of Texas at San Antonio, her PhD in Nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, and a DNP from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center at Memphis. She has earned post-graduate certifications as a FNP from Texas Tech University, as a CNS in Psych/Mental Health from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and as a CNS in Adult Health from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. She has completed a 2 year National Institute of Health post-doctoral fellowship in Minority Women’s Health, STI, and Violence at from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, and a second 1 year Centers for Disease Control/Association of Teachers of Prevention Medicine post-doctoral fellowship in STI/HIV Research at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.
Dr. Champion is an internationally renowned researcher and scholar in the area of health promotion and risk reduction of urban and rural ethnic minority women and adolescents. Dr. Champion’s clinical research focuses on STI/HIV, substance use, adolescent and women’s health, unintended pregnancy and interpersonal violence. She is a clinician scholar who merges her clinical practice and her research. Her program of research has evolved over the last 20 years+ from the initial exploratory descriptive studies to the present time where she conducts multilevel, multi-component primary care-based interventions with rural and urban low-income ethnic minority populations to improve their sexual and general health. By developing and testing her interventions in primary care clinics, she has directly increased access to health care and health promotion for an underserved population.
Dr. Champion’s early research focused largely on sexual health promotion and reduction of sexual-related risk behaviors. While this continues to be a focus, more recently she has added components to her interventions to improve interpersonal relationships and communication, reduce interpersonal violence, and increase general health promotion behaviors. Her sexual health promotion intervention, Project Image has demonstrated effectiveness in promoting healthy sexual behaviors and reducing risk behaviors of ethnic minority adolescent women and was selected for inclusion in the Centers for Disease Control “Compendium of Evidenced-based HIV Behavioral Interventions, 2014” and the DHHS Office of Adolescent Health listing of effective interventions in 2014. She has been an investigator on over 35 grants of which 26 were NIH funded. She has served as Principal, Co-Principal or Co-Investigator on 38 research projects. She has been an investigator on 26 NIH funded research grants (9 as Principal Investigator, and 17 as Co-Investigator) funded by federal agencies such as the National Institute of Nursing Research, National Institute of Mental Health, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, National Institute on Drug Abuse and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Addiction.
Dr. Champion’s record of dissemination directly links research to presentations to publications. Dr. Champion has over 150 peer-reviewed publications in nursing and inter-disciplinary journals, and she has presented her work over 350 times at international, national and regional/local conferences. Her expertise has been sought by the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control for reviews of research grants and program applications. In addition, she has been invited to work with universities in Iceland, Mexico and Vietnam as a visiting scholar in consecutive years and has helped these institutions build their masters and doctoral programs. These activities led her to be recognized as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in 2006 and as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners in 2013. Dr. Champion received the SNRS Award for Research in Minority Health in 2015. Dr. Champion was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame in 2018.