James L. Harris, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, MBA, CNL, FAAN

College of Nursing


  • MBA, University of New Orleans, 1997
  • PhD, University of Alabama @ Birmingham, 1989
  • MSN, University of Alabama @ Birmingham (Psychiatric-Mental Health), 1982
  • BSN, University of South Alabama, 1979

Specialized Training

  • Post Doctoral Study in Executive Administration, University of Alabama @ Birmingham, 1995
  • Birmingham Southern University (Public and Private Administration Post Masters Study), 1986

Research Interests

  • Chronic Mental Illness Interventions
  • Healthcare Policy
  • Nursing Administration
  • Clinical Nurse Leader Outcomes and Value

Selected Publications

  • Harris, J.L. (2018). Turning Health Policy Into Practice: Implications for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses. In K.A. Goudreau & M.C. Smolenski (Eds.), Health Policy and Advanced Nursing Practice, 2nd Ed. Impact and Implications. New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company.

  • Harris, J. L., Roussel, L. A., & Thomas, P.L. (Eds.). (2018). Initiating and Sustaining the Clinical Nurse Leader Role. A Practical Guide, 3rd Ed. Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning.

  • Bender, M., Aviolio, A., Baker, P., Harris, J. L., Hilton, N., Hites, L., Roussel, L., Shirley, B., Thomas, P. L., & Williams, M. (2017). Developing the Clinical Nurse Leader Survey Instrument. Journal of Nursing Care Quality, DOI: 1097/NCO.0000000000000310; Impact Factor 1.224

  • Harris, J.L., Roussel, L., Dearman, C., & Thomas, P.L. (Eds.). (2016). Project Planning and Management. A Guide for Nurses and Interprofessional Teams, 2nd Ed. Sudbery,

    MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning.

  • Roussel, L., Thomas, P.L., & Harris, J.L. (2016). Management and Leadership for Nurse Administrators, 7th Ed. Sudbury, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning.

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Doctoral Courses

  • Organizational Systems Analysis, Leadership and Change
  • Health Care Policy and Economics

Graduate Courses Taught

  • Clinical Nurse Leader I & II
  • Clinical Nurse Leader Practicum I & II
  • Program Evaluation and Improvement of Clinical Outcomes Data Management and Decision Making in Complex Health Care Systems

Honors and Awards

  • American Association of Colleges of Nursing Clinical Nurse Leader Visionary Award (2014)
  • University of Alabama Nursing Hall of Fame (2013)
  • Senior Executive Series Fellow, Department of Veterans Affairs (2013)
  • Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing (2009)
  • Visionary Leader in Nursing, University of Alabama @ Birmingham (2008)
  • University of South Alabama Distinguished Alumni Award (2007)
  • Department of Veterans Affairs, Secretary’s Hero Award (2007)
    Robert Wood Johnson, Care Delivery Model Project Innovative
  • Practice Area Recognition, Unit-Based Care Manager (2008)
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