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Professional Preparation

    • 2004 PhD in Urban AffairsUniversity of Texas - Arlington
    • 1989 MSN in child healthUniversity of Texas - Arlington
    • 1983 BSN Texas Christian University (TCU)
    • 2008 post-doctoral fellowship in researchUniversity of California, San Francisco
    • 2006 NIH fellowship in molecular geneticsNational Institute for Nursing Research


    • Jan 2007 to Present Assist Professor
      University of Texas at Arlington
    • Jan 2007 to Present Director, Genomics Translational Research Lab
      University of Texas at Arlington
    • Jan 2004 to Jan 2007 Assist Professor
      Texas Christian University (TCU)

Research and Expertise

  • Patricia Newcomb

    Dr. Newcomb's research interests focus on childhood respiratory health and include symptom management, health promotion for children with asthma, gene-environment interactions in respiratory conditions, population health disparities, use of genomic markers to predict asthma severity, symptoms, and response to treatment,  and the role and effectiveness of genomic health policy. Current research includes investigations of DNA methylation in children with asthma and the effects of glutathione-S-transferase polymorphisms and air pollution on airway inflammation and lung function in children with asthma during exercise.


      Journal Article 2013
      Book Chapter 2013
      • Newcomb, P . 2013. Genetic and genomic influences on growth and development. In James, S.R., Nelson, K.A., & Ashwill, J. W. (Eds.) Nursing Care of Children. Fourth edition. St. Louis: Elsevier Saunders. pp59-64.
        {Book Chapter} [Non-refereed/non-juried]

      Journal Article 2012
      • Newcomb, P., Hunt, A., Rast, P., Cauble, D., Rowe, N., & Li, J. (2012). Acute Effects of Walking Environment and GSTM1 Variants in Children with Asthma. Biological Research for Nursing. 14(1): 56-65.  
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]
      • Newcomb, P. & Cauble, D. (2012). The complex airway in childhood asthma. Current Pediatric Reviews, 8(1): 2-19.
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]
      • Newcomb, P., Raudonis, B., Snow, D., & Cauble, D. (2012) Transmission of family health  information within families. Open Journal of Nursing, 2:15-22 doi:10.4236/ojn.2012.21003  
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]
      • Newcomb, P. (2012)Spreadsheet and relational database programs: Useful tools for peri-operative  nurses. Peri-operative  Nursing Clinics of North America, 7(2): 211-221.
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]

      Conference Proceeding 2011
      • Newcomb, P. & Raudonis, B. (2011). Systematizing the cultivation of nurse scientists at the undergraduate level. In Learning Across Disciplines, 2011 Mentoring Conference Proceedings, pp 105-109.
        {Conference Proceeding} [Refereed/Juried]

      Journal Article 2011
      • Newcomb, P. Hunt, A., Rast, P., Cauble, D., (2011). Acute Effects of  Walking Environment and GSTM1 Variants in Children with Asthma. Refereed abstract D-5. Southern Online Journal of  Nursing Research, 11(2). Available at
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]

      Conference Proceeding 2010
      • *Newcomb, P., Hunt, A., Rast, P. Rowe, N., Cauble, D. & Dyson, M. (2010). Walking  environment  and GSTM1 variants in children with asthma.  Refereed abstracts: Proceedings  of 23rd Annual Meeting of the International Society of Nurses in Genetics. Dallas Texas.
        {Conference Proceeding} [Refereed/Juried]

      Journal Article 2010
      • Newcomb, P. (2010, April). Genetic Information at your Findertips! Databases for the Practicing Nurse. Dallas/ Fort Worth Nurses Lounge.
        {Journal Article} [Non-refereed/non-juried]
      • Newcomb, P. (2010). Evolving fairness in research on human subjects. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing, 23(3), 123-124.
        {Journal Article} [Non-refereed/non-juried]
      • Newcomb, P., Hunt, A., Rowe, N., Rast, P., Cauble, D., & Li, J. (2010). Acute Effects of Walking Environment and GSTM1 Variants in Children with Asthma. Biological Research for Nursing. Published ahead of print
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]
      • Newcomb, P. (2010). Using the symptom management theory to explain how nurse practitioners care for children with asthma. Journal of Theory Construction and Testing, 14(2), 42-46.
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]
      • Newcomb, P., McGrath, K. W., Covington, J., Lazarus, S. C., & Janson, S. (2010). Barriers to patient-clinician collaboration in asthma management: The patient experience. Journal of Asthma, 47, 192-197.
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]

      Journal Article 2009
      • Li, J. & Newcomb, P. (2009). Disparities in childhood asthma hospitalization: A spatial analysis of contextual effects. Transportation Research Part D, 14(5), 317-325.
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]
      • Newcomb, P. (2009). Safe Control of Pet and Pest Asthma Triggers. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 5(8), 571-578.
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]
      • Newcomb, P., Smith, A., & Webb, P. (2009). Relationship of Nurse Job Satisfaction to Implementation of a Nursing Professional Practice Model. Southern Online Journal of Nursing Research, 9(3), N/A.
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]
      • Smith, J., Newcomb, P., Sundberg, E., & Shaffer, P. (2009). (2009) Relationship of opioid analgesic protocols to assessed pain and length of stay in the pediatric post anesthesia care unit following tonsillectomy. Journal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing, 24(2), 86-91.
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]

      Popular Press Article 2008
      • Newcomb, P. and B. Raudonis. "Genes, Genetics, Genomics, Oh My!." Nurses Lounge. Jul. 2008: 21-25.
        {Popular Press Article} [Non-refereed/non-juried]

      Journal Article 2008
      • Newcomb, P. & Raudonis, B. (2008, July). Genes, Genetics, Genomics, Oh My! Essential genetics and Genomics Competencies for all Registered Nurses. Dallas/Fort Worth Nurses Lounge.
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]
      • Newcomb, P. & Li, J. (2008). Predicting Admissions for Childhood Asthma Exacerbations Based on Proximity to Major Roadways and Demographic Factors. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 40(4), 319-325.
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]

      Book Chapter 2007
      • Newcomb, P. 2007. The child with an integumentary alteration. In James, S. and Ashwill, J. (Eds) Nursing Care of Children.  Third edition. St Louis: WB Saunders
        {Book Chapter} [Non-refereed/non-juried]

      Journal Article 2007
      • Newcomb, P. & Riddlesperger, K. (2007). Using improvisational theater to teach genetics concepts to nursing students. Nurse Educator, 32(5), 227-230.
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]

      Journal Article 2006
      • Newcomb, P. (2006). Results of an asthma disease management program in an urban pediatric community clinic. Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing,, 11(3), 178-188.
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]
      • Newcomb, P., Cagle, C., & Walker, C. (2006). Using imaginative literature to foster cultural sensitivity. International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship, 3(1).
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]
      • Cagle, C., Walker, C. A., & Newcomb, P. (2006). Using imaginative literature in clinical courses to improve student outcomes. Journal of Theory Construction & Testing, 10(1), 6-10.
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]

      Journal Article 2005
      • Newcomb, P. (2005). Predicting choice of health services for publicly insured children with nonurgent illnesses. Southern Online Journal of Nursing Research, 6(3).
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]
      • Walker, C., Newcomb, P., & Cagle, C. (2005). Age and ageism: Inhabiting the lives of well elders. Journal of Nursing Education, 44, 283-285.
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]

      Book Chapter 2005
      • Newcomb, P. (2005). The child with an integumentary alteration. In McKinney, E.S., James, S.R., Murray, S.S., & Ashwill, J. W. (Eds.), Maternal Child Nursing. Second edition. St. Louis: Elsevier Saunders.
        {Book Chapter} [Non-refereed/non-juried]

      Book Chapter 2002
      • Newcomb, P. (2002). The child with an integumentary alteration. In James, S. and Ashwill, J. (Eds.), Nursing Care of Children Second edition. St Louis: WB Saunders.
        {Book Chapter} [Non-refereed/non-juried]

      Journal Article 2000
      • Newcomb, P. (2000). Arguments for a single-payer national health insurance program. Nurse Practitioner, 25(11), 8-11.
        {Journal Article} [Non-refereed/non-juried]


    • February  2012
      Pediatric tonsils: Potential window on pollution
      paper presented to the Southern Nursing Research Society, New Orleans LA 
    • October  2011
      Systematizing the Cultivation of Nurse Scientists at the Undergraduate

      Presentation to Mentoring Conference, Learning Across Disciplines. University of New Mexico, Albuqerque, NM.

    • October  2011
      Genetics and testing for the Primary Care PNP

      Presented to Pediatric Nursing Clinical and Professional Update (regional conference), Arlington, Texas.

    • February  2011
      The WalkAbout Project

      Pre    Presentation of research to the annual meeting of the Southern Nursing Research Society, Jacksonville, Florida

    • December  2010
      Using Improvisational Theater to Relate genetics to the Concerns of

      Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Global Alliance for Leadership  In  Nursing Education and Science. Arlington, Virginia

    • October  2010
      Walking Environment and GSTM1 Variants in Children with Asthma
      Presentation to the International Society of Nurses in Genetics
    • September  2010
      The Walkabout Project

      September 14, 2010. The WalkAbout Project. presentaton to Medical Grand Rounds. Cook Children’s Medical Center.   Fort Worth, TX

    • May  2010
      Emerging Genetics-related Ethics and Policy Issues

      May 25, 2010. Presentation to Society of Pediatric   Nurses, Cook Children’s Medical Center, Fort Worth, TX.

    • November  2009
      Presentation to American Association of Colleges of Nursing.
    • October  2009
      Mechanisms of Intergenerational Transmission of Family Health Information

      Poster: International Society of Nurses in Genetics

    • May  2009
      Roots to Buds, The Family Health History in Clinical Practice

      Preconference workshop. Annual Regional Conference Greater Texas Chapter of the National Association of Pediatric Nurses and Nurse Practitioners, Fort Worth, TX

    • September  2008
      Essential Concepts of Molecular Genetics and Pedigree Interpretation

      Preconference, Texas Nurse Practitioners’ 20th Annual Conference, Austin, Texas.

Support & Funding

This data is entered manually by the author of the profile and may duplicate data in the Sponsored Projects section.
    • Jan 2010 to Jan 2011 Helping Children Learn About Genetic Testing sponsored by  - $1000
    • Jan 2009 to Jan 2010 Effects of Indoor and Outdoor Walking Conditions in Children with Asthma and GSTM1 Variants sponsored by  - $15000
    • Jan 2008 to Jan 2010 DNA Methylaton Patterns in Children with Asthma sponsored by  - $1000
    • Jan 2008 to Jan 2009 Acquiring Essential Genomics Technologies for Translational Nursing Research sponsored by  - $9640


      • NURS 6306-001 Research Design
        Application of advanced nursing research methods to design research focused on improving health outcomes in culturally diverse populations
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2012 Download Syllabus
        Evaluation of measurement tools/instruments for studying culturally diverse and vulnerable populations.
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2012 Download Syllabus
      • NURS 6390-003 Introduction to Genetics and Genomics

        This course explores genomic concepts and principles related to human variation in health and disease. Students will review and discuss the structure and function of DNA, gene expression and regulation, and genetic variation as relevant to selected single gene and complex human disorders. The clinical application of the family history and pedigree will be demonstrated, and the potential of selected genetic technologies for nursing research will be explored. Clinical application of moral, ethical and legal issues will be integrated throughout the course. The course consists of a one-week online module followed by a week of daily on-campus didactic and laboratory activities. Students are expected to participate in online activities daily during the first week. Students are expected to attend class daily (6 hours: 9 am through 4:30 pm) during the second week at UTA in the Pickard Building.

        Summer - Regular Academic Session - 2011 Download Syllabus
      • NURS 6390-001 TOPICS IN NURSING

        This course explores genetic concepts and principles as they relate to human variation in health and disease. Students will review and discuss the structure and function of DNA, gene regulation, risk assessment, and literature on selected single gene and complex disorders.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2010 Download Syllabus