Pamela Johnson Rowsey, PhD, RN
Associate Professor and Coordinator Student Diversity and Recruitment
Phone: (919) 966-9053
Specialty Area: Adult Health
Currently Accepting PhD Students
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
School of Nursing
Carrington Hall, CB #7460
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7460
Pamela Johnson Rowsey, PhD, RN earned her PhD in Kinesiology (Exercise Physiology) from The University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and her MS in Mental Health Nursing from The University of Southern MS (Hattiesburg). She completed post-doctoral fellowships at The University of Michigan-Ann Arbor in Neurobehavior/Physiology and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her program of research addresses the role of inflammatory cytokines and corticotropin releasing hormone and their link to fever and the capacity of exercise to induce an inflammatory response/change in thermoregulatory set-point (fever) that serves to protect the host. Her career as a basic scientist has provided opportunities to learn different aspects of the scientific process and reinforced her desire to use her knowledge and skills to translate into clinical practice and understanding factors that might contribute to Black Americans diagnosed with chronic illnesses disproportionately dying of the disease compared to White Americans.
She also has a passion for working with underrepresented ethnic minority students and currently has a training grant awarded by the Health Resources Services Administration to increase the level of racial diversity in all programs in the School of Nursing.
2014-2015 UNC Faculty Learning Community on Strategy and Leadership
2014-2015 UNC Diversity Faculty Learning Community
2009-2011 Academic Leadership Program Fellow, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
2002 Alumnae Achievement Award, Mississippi University for Women, Columbus, MS
2001 University Convocation Speaker, Mississippi University for Women, Columbus, MS
2001 Picayune Mississippi School District Academic Hall of Fame (inducted)
1992-1993 National Institute of Health Minority Supplement Award
1990-1991 National Science Foundation Minority Supplement Award
1988-1992 Martin Luther King/Rosa Parks/ Caesar Chavez Minority Fellowship Award
1986-1991 Horace H. Rackham Pre-doctoral Fellowship Award
1984 Outstanding Young Woman of America1979-1980 National Institute for Mental Health Traineeship
Rowsey, P. J. (2013). Thermoregulation: Cytokines involved in Fever and Exercise (Invited Review). Annual Review of Nursing Research, 31 (1): 19-46.
Gordon, C. J. & Rowsey, P. J. (2009). The influence of temperature on toxicity, Volume 2, Chapter 26, 643-657. In Ballantyne, B., Marrs, T., Syversen, T. (Ed). General and Applied Toxicology. West Sussex, United Kingdom: John Wiley & Sons Inc.
Gordon, C.J., Rowsey, P. J., & Mack CM (2006). Toxicology of organophosphates and carbamate pesticides, In Ramesh C. Gupta (Ed.). Temperature regulation in experimental mammals and humans exposed to organophosphate and carbamate agents. San Diego, CA: Elsevier Inc.
Articles in Refereed JournalsRowsey, P. J. (2015). Using animals in nursing research: Bridging gaps between bench, bedside, and practice. Western J of Nursing Research, 2015 Apr 6.pii: 0193945915578815. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 25845804
Woods-Giscombe, C., Rowsey, P.J., Kneipp, S.M., Owens, C., Sheffield, K., Galbraith, K., Hammad, S., Fowler, T., Hodges, E.A., Kowlowitz, V., & Alexander, G.R. (2015). Underrepresented student perspectives on institutional climate during the application and admission process to nursing school. J Nursing Education, May 2: 54(5): 261-269. PMID: 25950361.
Kneipp, S.M., Johnson Rowsey, P., Woods-Giscombe, C., Hodges, E.A., Fowler, T., & Alexander, G.R. (2014). Countering the Influence of Cultural Hegemony on Choosing a Nursing Career: A Group-Mentoring Approach for Student Recruitment. J Nursing Education, May 1: 53 (5). PMID: 24708052
Rowsey, P. J., Kneipp S. M., Woods-Giscombe, C. (2013). Careers Beyond the Bedside: One Approach to Developing the Ethnic Minority Nursing Faculty Pool. J Nursing Education. Oct 1; 52(10):593-596. PMID: 24063286.
Logan, J. G., Barksdale, D. J., Carlson, J. Carlson, B. W., Rowsey, P. J., (2012). Psychological stress and arterial stiffness in Korean Americans. J Psychosomatic Research, 73: 53-58.
Gordon, C. J., Rowsey, P. J., Bishop, B. L., Ward, W. O. & MacPhail, R. C. (2011). Serum biomarkers of aging in the Brown Norway Rat. Experimental Gerontology, 46 (11): 953-957. PMID: 21835237
Rowsey, P. J., Metzger, B. L., Carlson, J., & Gordon, C. J. (2009). Effects of chronic exercise training on cytokine and serum cholinesterase activity in female rats. Biological Research in Nursing, 10(4): 374-380.
Rowsey, P. J., Metzger, B. L., Carlson, J., & Gordon, C. J. (2006). Effects of chronic exercise conditioning on thermal responses to lipopolysaccharide and turpentine abscess in female rats. Archives of Toxicology, 80(2), 81-87.
Rowsey, P. J., Metzger, B. L., Carlson, J., & Gordon, C. J. (2003). Effects of exercise conditioning on thermoregulatory responses to repeated administration of chlorpyrifos. Environmental Research, 92, 27-34.
Gordon, C.J., Rowsey, P.J., & Yang, Y.L. (2002). Effect of repeated nicotine exposure on core temperature and motor activity in male and female rats. Thermal Biology, 27, 485-492.
Rowsey, P.J., Yang, Y.L., & Gordon, C.J. (2002). Peripheral cholinergic pathway modulates hyperthermia induced by stress in rats exposed to open-field stress. Journal of Applied Physiology, 92, 789-794.
Rowsey, P. J., Metzger, B. L., & Gordon, C. J. (2001). Effects of exercise conditioning on thermoregulatory response to anticholinesterase insecticide toxicity. Biology Research for Nursing, 2(4), 267-276.
Jarosz, P., Lennie, T. A., Rowsey, P. J., & Metzger, B.L. (2001). Effect of genetic obesity on thermoregulatory activity responses to inversion of the light/dark cycle. Biology Research for Nursing, 2(4), 249-256.
Gordon, C. J., & Rowsey, P. J. (2000). Role of vagal afferents in the mediation of chlorpyrifos-induced fever in the rat. Journal of Thermal Biology, 25, 91-97.
Rowsey, P. J., & Gordon, C. J. (2000). A peripheral mechanism of fever: Differential sensitivity to the antipyretic action of methyl scopolamine. Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical, 85, 148-155.
A Pilot Study on the Effect of Hypertension and Ambient Room Temperature on the Degree of Brain Injury during Intermittent Hypoxemia in Rats, Faculty Research Opportunity Grant, PI: Pamela Johnson Rowsey, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2006-2008, $10,000.
Temperature Patterns, Cytokines, and Oxygenation During Sleep In Older Adults: Phase II, Co-PI: Pamela Johnson Rowsey, The Institute on Aging, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2005, $4,000.
Center for Innovation in Health Disparity Research, Pilot Feasibility Core, Co-Director: Pamela Johnson Rowsey, P20 NR08369, NIH/NINR, 10/02-6/07, $207,982.
Core Temperature Rhythms and Cytokines in Older Adults with and without Age-Associated Memory Impairment, Center for Research on Chronic Illness, Co-PI: Pamela Johnson Rowsey, 2004, $10,000.
Beneficial Effects of Exercise on Health and Disease, R01 (1R01NR004920), PI: Pamela Johnson Rowsey, NIH/NINR, 5/99-3/2005, $626,911.
Is the Hyperthermic Response to Chlorpyrifos a True Fever? University Research Council, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, PI: Pamela Johnson-Rowsey, 1997-1999, $3000.
The Role of Corticotropin Releasing Hormone (CRF) in the Thermoregulatory Response to Exercise: Understanding the Brain-Immune Connection, Center for Research on Chronic Illness, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, PI: Pamela Johnson-Rowsey, 1997-1998, $10,000.
Therapeutic Use of Exercise in Immunocompetence, PHS, Biomedical Research Support Grant, The University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, PI: Pamela Johnson-Rowsey, 1994, $4500.
Nursing action: Body Position and Valsalva Intensity, Co-PI: Pamela Johnson-Rowsey, PI: Dr. Barbara Therrien, University of Michigan, 1984-1986.
Carolina Center for Public Service Grant, PI: Pamela Johnson Rowsey, 2000-2001, $4900.
D19HP24298 Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Nursing Workforce Diversity Grant: Careers Beyond the Bedside (CaBB), Project Director, 7/1/2012-12/30/2015, $642,533.