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Lisa Sumlin, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC | Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing

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Phone: 512 232-6117 (Office)

Office: NUR 5.146
The University of Texas at Austin, School of Nursing
1710 Red River Street
Austin, TX 78701

Dr. Sumlin completed her PhD in nursing at The University of Texas at Austin (UT at Austin). She received both a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award from the National Institute of Health/National Institute of Nursing Research (NIH/NINR) as well as a Minority Supplement Research grant.  She used qualitative research methods, from a Symbolic Interactionism perspective, to increase the understanding of cultural food practices of African-American women with type 2 diabetes. She is currently an Assistant Clinical Professor of Nursing at UT School of Nursing at Austin.

Dr. Sumlin is experienced in assisting people with type 2 diabetes. She began her nursing career as a medical/surgical nurse working with patients with diabetes. After four years she became a diabetes educator.  As a diabetes educator she worked and trained with a Registered Dietician exclusively for several months to learn the dietary recommendations for those with diabetes. She continues to work as an Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist in diabetes as well as serve as the Chief Health Officer for the Community Coalition for Health organization where she develops curriculum, educates, and empowers community members to lead healthy lives and fight lifestyle related illnesses like diabetes as well as high blood pressure and other heart related illness.


  • National Research Service Award, School of Nursing, The University of Texas at Austin. NIH, NINR Grant #1F31NR013844-01 Culture and Food Practices of African–American Women with Type 2 Diabetes. PI: Lisa L. Sumlin, RN, MSN, ACNS-BC, October 2012-February 2014
    Research Sponsor: Dr. S. Brown, PhD, RN, FAAN;
    Research Co-Sponsor: Dr. A. Garcia, PhD, RN
  • Minority Supplement Research Trainee, School of Nursing, The University of Texas at Austin NIH, NINR Grant 1R01NR011450-01Meta-Analysis of Biobehavioral Determinants of Health Outcomes in Type 2 Diabetes.  PI: Dr. S. Brown, PhD, RN, FAAN, December 2010-September 2012


  • Garcia, A. A., Zuñiga, J., Reynolds, R., Cairampoma, L., & Sumlin, L. (2015). Evaluation of the spoken knowledge in low literacy in diabetes scale for use with Mexican Americans.  Journal of Transcultural Nursing, 26(3):279-86.
  • Sumlin, L.L., Garcia, T.J., Brown, S.A., Winter, M., García, A.A., Brown, A., Martin, E.E., & Cuevas, H.E. (2014). Effects of depression on adherence to diet and physical activity in type 2 diabetes: A review of the evidence. The Diabetes Educator, 40(6): 731-744.
  • Brown, S.A., Martin, E.E., Garcia, T.J., Winter, M.A., García, A.A., Brown, A., Cuevas, H.E., & Sumlin, L.L..(2013). Managing complex research datasets using electronic tools: A meta-analysis exemplar. CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing, 31(6): 257-265.
  • Sumlin, L. L. and Garcia, A. A. (2012).  Effects of Food Related Interventions for African American Women with Type 2 Diabetes.  The Diabetes Educator, 38(2): 236-49.