Faculty/Staff Profile

Trina Marcene Aguirre, PhD, RN
Associate Professor

Contact Information
University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC)
College of Nursing - West Nebraska Division
1601 East 27th St.
Scottsbluff, NE 69361
tel:(308) 632-0429

Dr. Aguirre is an Associate Professor/Nurse Researcher with the UNMC College of Nursing. She received her bachelor of science in nursing degree from the UNMC College of Nursing and her PhD in nursing degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.


  • Extensive undergraduate level classroom and clinical teaching experience in Community Health, Gerontology, Evidence-Based Practice, Leadership and Health Care Delivery Courses.
  • Teaches research to BSN, graduate and PhD students


Dr. Aguirre’s research focuses on obesity, in particular in rural Hispanic and Native American populations. She is also an expert on the use of bio-impediance analysis for measuring body composition. She is currently conducting a study of overweight individuals (food addicted and non-food addicted) to determine best treatments for each group.

  • Serving as PI. Assessment of and Treatment Applied to Food Addiction to Encourage Self-Management of Obesity in a Rural Healthy Behaviors Clinic. July 1, 2017-June 30, 2019. $75,000.
  • Served as PI. Feasibility of Measuring Biometrics in Mexican- American Children for a Childhood Obesity Intervention Study. July 1, 2015-June 30, 2017. UNMC Diversity Grant $100,00
  • Served as Co-PI. Toward a Novel Informal Systems of Community Health Assessment Instrument: Using Network Science to Better Measure Social Determinants of Health for Food Related Conditions. (March 2016-March 2017). UNMC Food for Health Grant. $19,900
  • Served as Co-PI. Feasibility of a touch screen computer based breast-feeding educational support program. R-21 AHRQ funding (October2012-Oct 2014).
  • Served as Co-investigator " iCook: A 4-H Program to Promote Culinary Skills and Family Meals for Obesity Prevention".: USDA/NIFA/AFRI – January 2012- December 2017.
  • Served as Co-Investigator Motivational interviewing to promote sustained breastfeeding: Hispanic Women. Small Dean’s Grant. Omaha, NE: University of Nebraska Medical Center. (2008-2010). Funded: 5,000.


  • Continues in community health nursing practice, conducting frequent health fairs, monitoring mostly underserved minority community populations for body composition, blood pressure, glucose and anthropometric measures.
  • Minority Health Initiative 17. Community Action Partnership of Western Nebraska, Scottsbluff, NE. (2009-2019). Anita Tovar, Aguirre, T.

Professional Service/Recognition

  • Served as Consultant for the Nebraska State Student Nurses Association
  • Received the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing Silver U-Performance Award.
  • Received the 2014 University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing Ada M. Lindsey Professional Service Award
  • Received the 2017 Pennie Z. Davis Faculty Research Award
  • Received the 2014 University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing Ada M. Lindsey Professional Service Award