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Sharon Horner, PhD, RN, FAAN | Associate Dean for Research | Dolores V. Sands Chair in Nursing Research

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Phone: 512 232-4710 (administrative office) | 512 471-7951 (faculty office)
Fax: 512 475-8755

Office: NUR 3.102H (administrative office) | NUR 4.153 (faculty office) | NUR 3.416 (research office)
The University of Texas at Austin, School of Nursing
1710 Red River Street
Austin, TX 78701

Dr. Horner received her PhD in Nursing and her MSN in Parent-Child Nursing from the Medical College of Georgia. Dr. Horner's research focuses on improving health of families with children. She has received approximately $3.5 million over 15 years in federal funding for her primary work with school-aged children with asthma and their families who live in rural areas. Her secondary research focus is on health promotion and risk prevention among school age and early adolescent youths.

She is currently funded by the National Institutes of Health, National Institute for Nursing Research (10R01 NR007770) to test her intervention in a stratified randomized control trial. The focus of the intervention is to improve asthma management behaviors of parents and children; reduce asthma symptom frequency and duration, and lung inflammation. Her recently completed study (5R01 NR007770) found significant improvements in children’s asthma management behaviors, skill in using a metered dose inhaler, and reductions in absenteeism, days and nights with asthma symptoms, and days when activity was limited by asthma.

Principal Investigator

  • "Enhancing children's and parents' asthma management." Funded by NIH, NINR & NHLBI. 10R01 NR007770. Funded 12/01/08-11/30/13.
  • Diversity supplement to “Enhancing children’s and parents’ asthma management,” for Veronica García Walker, doctoral student. 3R01 NR007770-06S1. Funded by NIH/NINR & NHLBI, 8/03/10-11/30/13.
  • "Enhancing children's and parents' asthma management." Funded by NIH, NINR. 5R01 NR007770. Funded 8/01/03-4/30/08.
  • Cultural Competence Assessment of the Texas Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (TEHDI) Program. Funded by the Texas Department of State Health Services, 1/15/09 - 3/31/09.  Role: Contractor/PI.
  • Horner, S.D. “Enhancing children’s and parents’ asthma management.” 1 R01 NR007770. Funded by NINR, 8/01/03 to 04/30/08. Co-investigators L. Rew & S. Brown.
  • Horner, S.D. “Partnering to Address Community Health Issues with Del Valle Residents.” Pilot study, funded by the Center for Health Promotion Research in Underserved Populations (P30 NR0050501, PI: Stuifbergen, A.). Co-investigators: A. Garcia (Nursing), N. Gottlieb (Kinesiology), S. Dowdy (community member).
  • Horner, S.D. “Influencing asthma self-care of children and their parents.” NINR, R15, NR04475.


  • Garcia, A. (PI). “Home-based Diabetes Symptoms Self Management for Mexican Americans.” Funded by NIDDK, R21 DK076705, 2008-2011. Role: Co-investigator.
  • Rew, L. (PI). “Developing Health Behaviors in Middle Adolescence.” Funded by NINR, R01 NR009856, 9/29/06-6/30/11. Role Co-investigator.
  • Rew, L. (PI). “A longitudinal study of health risk behaviors of youth.” Funded by NICHD and NINR, R01 HD39554, 7/01/02-6/30/07. Role: Co-investigator.
  • Tyler, D. (PI). “Primary Care of Families with Overweight Children.” Funded by NINR, R21 NR09853, 09/01/05-08/31/08. Role: Co-Investigator.

Other Research Roles

  • Rew, L.D. (PI). “Southwest Center: Partners in Research on Health Disparities.” Funded by NINR & NCMHD, P20 NR008348. Roles: Assistant Director 10/02 – 9/05; Director, Pilot Research Core 9/05 – 6/08.
    • Horner, S.D., Brown, S.A., Walker, V.G. (In press, 2011).Rural school aged children’s asthma coping. Journal of Pediatric Nursing.
    • Rew, L., Horner, S.D., & Brown, A. (in press, 2011). Health risk behaviors in early adolescence. Issues in Comprehensive Pediatric Nursing.
    • Wang, Y.L., Brown, S.A., & Horner, S.D. (2010) School-based lived experiences of adolescents with type 1 diabetes: A preliminary study. Journal of Nursing Research, 18, 258-265.
    • Rew, D., Horner, S.D., Fouladi, R.T. (2010). Factors Associated with Health Behaviors in Middle Childhood. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 25, 157-166.
    • Rew, L., Hoke, M., Horner, S.D., & Walker, L.O. (2009). Development of a dynamic model to guide health disparities research. Nursing Outlook, 57, 132-142.
    • Horner, S.D. (2009). Reaching out to community agencies. In M. Duffy, K. Brush, S. Dresser, & J. S. Fulton (Eds.), Clinical nurse specialist toolkit: A guide for the new clinical nurse specialist. (pp. 135-143). New York: Springer.
    • Horner, S.D., & Fouladi, R.T. (2008). Improvement of rural children’s asthma self-management by lay health educators. Journal of School Health, 78, 506-513.
    • Horner, S.D. (2008). Childhood asthma in a rural environment: Implications for clinical nurse specialist practice. Clinical Nurse Specialist, 22, 192-198.
    • Tyler, D., & Horner, S.D. 2008). Collaborating with low-income families and their overweight children to improve weight-related behaviors: An intervention process evaluation. Journal of Specialists in Pediatric Nursing, 13, 263-274.
    • Tyler, D., Horner, S.D. (2008). Family-centered collaborative negotiation: A model for facilitating behavior change in primary care. Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, 20, 194-203.
    • Chen, H.S., Horner, S.D., & Percy, M.S, Sheu, J.J.  (2008). Stages of smoking acquisition of young Taiwanese adolescents: Self-efficacy and decisional balance. Research in Nursing and Health, 31, 119-129.
    • Fouladi, R.T., Rew, L., & Horner, S.D. (2006). Stress, coping, and humor in school-age children using three modes of measurement. Journal of Nursing Measurement, 14, 81-101.
    • Horner, S.D., Kieckhefer, G.M., & Fouladi, R.T. (2006). Measuring Asthma Severity: Instrument Refinement. Journal of Asthma, 43, 533-538.
    • Horner, S.D. (2006). Home visiting for intervention delivery to improve rural family asthma management. Journal of Community Health Nursing, 23, 213-223.
    • Horner, S.D., Rew, L., & Torres, R. (2006). Enhancing intervention fidelity: A means of strengthening study impact. Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing, 11, 80-89.
    • Jenkins, S., & Horner, S.D. (2005). Barriers that influence eating behaviors in adolescents. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 20, 258-267.
    • Abel, E., Horner, S. D., Tyler, D., & Innerarity, S. (2005). The Impact of Genetic Information on Policy and Clinical Practice. Policy, Politics, & Nursing Practice, 6, 5-14.
    • Horner, S.D. (2004). Effect of education on school aged children’s and parents’ asthma management. Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing, 9, 95-102.
    • Horner, S.D. (2004). Ethics and genetics: Implications for CNS practice. Clinical Nurse Specialist, 18, 228-231.
    • Horner, S.D.  (2004). A genetics course for advanced clinical nursing practice. Clinical Nurse Specialist, 18, 194-199.
    • Rew, L., Horner, S.D., Riesch, L., & Cauvin, R. (2004). Computer-assisted survey interviewing of school-age children. Advances in Nursing Science, 27, 129-137.
    • Horner, S.D., Abel, E., Taylor, K., & Sands, D. (2004). Using theory to guide the diffusion of genetics content in nursing curricula. Nursing Outlook, 52, 80-84.
    • Rew, L., & Horner, S.D. (2003). Resilience framework for reducing health-risk behaviors in youth. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 18, 379-388.
    • Horner, S.D., & Fouladi, R.T.  (2003). Rural families home asthma management. Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing, 8, 52-61.
    • Chen, H.S., Horner, S.D., & Percy, M.S. (2003). Cross cultural validation of the Stages of Tobacco Acquisition Questionnaire and the Decisional Balance Scale. Research in Nursing and Health, 26, 233-243.
    • Rew, L. & Horner, S.D.  (2003). Personal strengths of homeless adolescents living in a high-risk environment. Advances in Nursing Science, 26(2), 90-101.