Faculty/Staff Profile

Carol H. Pullen, EdD, RN
Director, PhD Program

Contact Information
University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC)
College of Nursing - Omaha Division
985330 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-5330
tel: (402) 559-6548
E-Mail: chpullen@unmc.edu

Dr. Pullen is a Professor in the College of Nursing. She received her bachelor's degree in nursing from East Tennessee State University , her master's degree in nursing from University of Tennessee-Knoxville , and her doctoral degree in educational administration from East Tennessee State University . Dr. Pullen’s expertise is in women’s health with emphasis on healthy eating, activity and weight loss.


  • Dr. Pullen teaches Grant Application and Management in the PhD in Nursing program and currently she chairs the committees for 3 students.
  • Dr. Pullen has taught undergraduate psychiatric nursing, medical-surgical nursing, roles courses for LPN and ADN to BSN students and Community Based Care for Vulnerable Populations in the Family Nurse Practitioner Program.



Dr. Pullen's current research interests are:

  • Interventions to promote healthy eating and physical activity
    • for reduction of blood pressure.
    • for weight loss.
  • Rural midlife to older women
  • Determinants of health-promoting behavior
  • The Health Promotion Model (Pender) 

Currently Funded Projects

  • 2006-2010 Principal Investigator. Modifying lifestyle in prehypertensive older rural women. Supported by the National Institute of Nursing Research, NIH, under grant number 2 RO1 NR04861 ($1,992,071).
  • 2005- Project Director. Interdisciplinary Biopreparedness Training Using Virtual Simulation Modules. Supported by the University of Nebraska Program of Excellence Fund. ($192,000 annually).

Professional Service/Recognition

  • Chair, University of Nebraska Distance Education Council (2000- 2007)
  • Member, University of Nebraska Distance Education Coordinating Council (2000 -2006)
  • Co-chair, Membership Committee, National Rural Health Association (2000-2001)
  • President, Nebraska Rural Health Association (1998-1999)
  • Treasurer, Nebraska Nurses’ Association (2000-2002)
  • Member, Conference Planning Committee, Midwest Nursing Research Society (2006-2007)
  • Member, UNMC Institutional Review Board (2007-present)
  • Chair, Healthy Lifestyles Collaborative Research Group