Leigh Minchew, DNP, RN, CRNP, WHNP-BC, PMHNP

Associate Professor & Department Chair, Executive Director of the CON Honors Program
Maternal Child Nursing

Research Interests
  • Mental and physical health needs of gynecologic oncology survivors
  • Reducing health disparities in women
  • Implementation of group care models in the care of women across the lifespan
  • Family-based health promotion in community settings

  • DNP, Case Western Reserve University (Nursing), 2010
  • MSN, Troy University (Nursing), 1997
  • BSN, Troy University (Nursing), 1994
  • BS, Troy University (Biology), 1991

Specialized Training

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy-Hypnosis for Fatigue (CBTH4Fatigue), 2018
  • Certificate, University of South Alabama, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, 2017
  • Educating Nurses About Reproductive Issues in Cancer Healthcare (ENRICH), 2015
  • Preparing Professional Nurses for Cancer Survivorship Care, 2014
  • Certificate, University of South Alabama, Oncology, 2014
  • Certificate, University of South Alabama, Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, 2000

Selected Publications
  • Graves, R.J., Minchew, L.A., Smith, S., Zlomke, K., Caffey, K., Owens, B., Thies, A., Gilbert, M. & Fruh, S. (Accepted for publication). Breaking the cycle: Changing sleep habits to decrease obesity. International Public Health Journal.
  • Peterson, M., Minchew, L., & Spencer, R. (2017). Structured chemotherapy education: A review of the literature. Journal of Gynecologic Oncology Nursing, 4-14.
  • Minchew, L. (2017). Singing the songs of life and work. Journal of Christian Nursing, 34(1), 10.
  • Minchew, L. & Morgan, C. (2016). An innovative strategy for enhancing advanced practice nursing students’ interview skills. Journal of Nursing Education, 55(11), 663-664.
  • Minchew, L. A. (2016). Primary Care Module 3: Musculoskeletal, neurologic, & psychosocial disorders. In WHNP Certification Exam Review Course & Women’s Health Update. Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health’s (NPWH) Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner: Washington, D.C. Available online at https://www.npwh.org/courses/curriculum/details/598
  • Johnson, K.J., Minchew, L.A., Richter, S., Craft, C., & Lerner, R. (2016, July 21). Providing breast cancer survivorship: Lessons learned from a pilot project implementation. Cancer Nursing, 40(5), E51-E61.
  • Minchew, L. (2015). Examining rural elderly women’s gynecological cancer screening practices using the precaution adoption process model. Journal of Gynecologic Oncology Nursing, 24(2), 24-34.

Ongoing Research Support
  • Minchew, L., & Zlomke, K. (2018-present). Identifying Current Practices and Barriers to Creating a Healthy Home Environment. 2017-2018 University of South Alabama College of Nursing Dean’s Grant

Completed Research Support

  • Morgan, C. (Project Director) & Minchew, L. (Co-Project Director). (2011). BSN to DNP for Women’s Health Nurse Practitioners. Health Resources Services Administration.
  • Minchew, L. (Principal Investigator). (2011). Postpartum Depression Screening in Group Prenatal Care Participants. USA College of Nursing, Dean’s Grant, $3,000.00.
  • Messer, C. (Project Director); Minchew, L. (Co-Project Director). (2011). A Centering Pregnancy Program for the University of South Alabama. March of Dimes.


Doctoral Courses

  • Doctor of Nursing Practice Project Planning, and Residency Courses
  • NU 613 Organizational and Systems Leadership
  • NU 612 Clinical Prevention and Population Health
  • NU 607 Scientific Underpinnings of Advanced Nursing Practice
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Honors and Awards
  • Cindajo Overton Outstanding Nurse Educator Award, Alabama State Nurses Association, 2018
  • Duke Johnson & Johnson’s Nurse Leadership Fellows Program, Durham, NC.
  • Chair and Lt. Governor’s Appointee, Alabama Office of Women’s Health Steering Committee, Montgomery, AL.
  • Board of Directors, Society of Gynecologic Nurse Oncologists
    Outstanding Regional Nurse Practitioner Award – Bay Area, Nurse Practitioner Alliance of Alabama, Birmingham, AL, 2016
  • Volunteer of the Year Award, Alabama Office of Women’s Health, Montgomery, AL, 2014
  • President’s Award for Excellence, Sigma Theta Tau International
  • Honor Society of Nursing, Zeta Gamma Chapter, Mobile, AL 3013
  • Excellence in Nursing Education Award, Sigma Theta Tau
  • International Honor Society of Nursing, Zeta Gamma Chapter, Mobile, AL 2012
  • Excellence in Teaching Faculty Award, University of South Alabama, College of Nursing, 2010