April Prunty MSN, RN, started the PhD program in the fall 2015. She is also the NCEC (Nursing Clinical Education Center) Faculty Coordinator, as well as being a Lecturer in the College of Nursing and President Elect of Sigma Theta Tau International-Gamma Chapter.
Prunty’s area of research interest is the impact of weight stigma on health outcomes of individuals with obesity. Currently, she is exploring interventions for primary care providers to reduce the effects of weight stigma for patients with obesity. Her clinical background primarily includes critical care (neuro/trauma) and she has also been teaching in nursing education since 2008.
Prunty grew up in Milton, Wisconsin (just south of Madison). She earned her MSN from Iowa and loved the program and the people. She wanted a face-to-face program with a small cohort size and a good match for her research mentor/advisor. “The opportunities for collaboration at Iowa are endless, and it was important to have access to those opportunities as I move forward in my education and career.”
Prunty's goal is to serve as a tenure track faculty member in a research institution.
Faculty Mentor: Dr. M. Kathleen Clark