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Ms. Debra CraigheadMs. Debra Craighead is the holder of the ULM Endowed Professorship in Nursing.

Craighead is an assistant professor of nursing and has been a faculty member of the Kitty Degree School of Nursing since 2009.

Craighead earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from NorthWestern State University, and continued her education there to earn her Masters in Nursing. She went on to earn her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Tyler in 2012.

Craighead’s research focuses on maternal and child health nursing, as well as neonatal nursing. She recently published a journal article entitled “Early Term Birth Understanding the Health Risks to Infants,” which focused on early term infants and their increased risk for poor health outcomes.

She is also currently conducting a national study on early term infant hospital utilization and breastfeeding practices.

Craighead is a member of three professional organizations: The Association of Women’s Health for Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses, Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing Iota Nu Chapter, and Phi Kappa Phi. She also assists the Fetal and Infant Mortality Review (FIMR) Community Action Team through the Children’s Coalition of Monroe.


About the Endowment: 

The ULM Endowed Professorship in Nursing endowment was established to encourage and reward excellence in teaching, learning and research at ULM.