Bettina Riley, PhD, RN
Assistant Professor
Community/Mental Health Nursing

Research Interests
  • Communication in Families – Risk Behavior and Knowledge
  • Reducing mental health disparities in adolescents, adults, elders, and their families
    • Substance Use – Opioid and Alcohol
  • Caregiving
  • Educational
    • Mental Illness Stigma
    • Professional Stereotypes
    • Active Learning Strategies
      • Team-Based Learning
      • Simulation
        • Nursing
        • Interprofessional

  • PhD, University of Alabama at Birmingham (Nursing), 2011
  • BSN, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2005

Specialized Training

  • Teaching Certificate Course Requirements (Masters Level), University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2011

Selected Publications
  • Riley, B. H. & McDermott, R. (2018). Applying self-determination theory to adolescent sexual-risk behavior and knowledge: A structural equation model. Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association. Volume and Issue # TBA.
  • Riley, B., & Harris, J. L. (In Press). Influences and determinants of quality improvement projects. In J. L. Harris, L. Roussel, C. Dearman, & P. L. Thomas, Project planning and management. A guide for nurses and interprofessional teams, 3rd (Ed.). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett.
  • Riley, B. H., Dearmon, V. A., Mestas, L., & Buckner, E. B. (2016). Frontline nurse engagement and empowerment: Characteristics and processes for building leadership capacity. Nursing Administration Quarterly, 40(4), 325-333.
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Ongoing Research Support
  • The University of South Alabama College of Nursing Dean’s Grant – 2017- 2018.
    The purpose is to identify the palliative needs of patients with a rare disease -Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. Role: Co-PI
    Grant applied – Maximizing Nursing Workforce Competencies in Primary Care Settings (Submission Date – January 29, 2018)
    The purpose of this proposed grant is to increase and strengthen undergraduate nursing education, practice, and retention and provide enhanced education to RNs to practice to the full scope of their license in community-based primary care including mental health and substance use conditions. Role: PI; HRSA review.
  • College Student Obesity Prevention Project – Grant Applied.
    The purpose is to examine various factors in nutritional status and BMI in freshman with a planned nursing major.
  • Determining Nursing Student Knowledge and Perceptions of Opioid Abuse through the Drug and Drug Problems Perceptions Questionnaire. The purpose is to measure the knowledge and perceptions of opioid abuse of nursing students both before and after opioid-specific content is presented.
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Professional Consulting
  • Reviewer, Journal of American Psychiatric Nurses Association, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018


Doctoral Courses Taught

  • Critical Analysis of Scientific Underpinning of Advanced Nursing Practice
  • Theoretical Foundations
  • Organizational Systems Analysis, Leadership and Change
  • Advanced Nursing Research
  • Dr. Riley has also worked with students on their Doctor of Nursing Practice Project manuscripts for publication
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Honors and Awards
  • Teaching in Excellence Award, University of South Alabama College of Nursing, 2018
  • University of South Alabama. Professional Development Fellow recognition. (2017). 2017 Team USA Quality Enhancement Plan Celebration of Success. May 4, 2017.
  • University of South Alabama. Professional Development Fellow recognition. (2016). 2016 Team USA Quality Enhancement Plan Celebration of Success.