Coretta Jenerette, PhD, RN, CNE, FAAN

Associate Professor and Lead Faculty, PhD Division
Adult Health


The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
School of Nursing
Carrington Hall, CB #7460
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7460

Office: 426

Currently Accepting PhD Students

Coretta M. Jenerette, PhD, RN, CNE, earned a PhD and MSN in nursing from the University of South Carolina and her BSN from Clemson University. She completed a certificate in nursing education at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a certified nurse educator. She also completed post-doctoral fellowships at both Yale University and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her program of research is aimed at enhancing self-care and family management in vulnerable populations such as individuals with sickle cell disease. Specifically, she uses both qualitative and quantitative methods to identify vulnerability factors in order to intervene by enhancing self-care and family management resources with the goal of improved health outcomes.

  • 2003-2004   Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration-American Nurses Association Minority Fellow
  • 2006-2010   NIH Health Disparities Scholar
  • 2008          Virginia Stone, RN/ANF Scholar
  • 2009          Nursing Outlook Best Research Paper published in 2007-2008: Models of Inter-Institutional Collaboration to Build Research Capacity for Reducing Health Disparities
  • 2010-2011  Mentee, Summer Institute Program to Increase Diversity (SIPID)- Functional Genomics of Blood Disorders, National Heart, Lung, & Blood Institute (University of Texas at Dallas)
  • 2012-2015  NIH Early Career Reviewer Program
  • 2010, 2015: Faculty Award for Excellence in Doctoral Mentorship and Education Nominee: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing

Selected Publications

  • Matthie, N., Hamilton, J., Wells, D., and Jenerette, C. (in press). Perceptions of young adults with sickle cell disease concerning disease management and healthcare access. Journal of Advanced Nursing.
  • Matthie, N., & Jenerette, C. (in press). Sickle cell disease in adults: What staff nurses need to know. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing.


  • Jenerette, C. M., Pierre-Louis, B. J., Matthie, N., & Giaradeau, Y. (2015). Nurses’ attitudes toward patients with sickle cell disease: A worksite comparison. Pain Management Nursing, 16(3), 173-181doi:10.1016/j.pmn.2014.06.007
  • Bryant, A.L., Smith, S., Zimmer, C., Crandell, J., Jenerette, C., Bailey, D., Zimmerman, S., & Mayer, D.K. (2015). An exploratory path model of the relationships between positive and negative adaptation to cancer on quality of life among non-Hodgkin lymphoma survivors. Journal of Psychosocial Oncology, 33(3), 310-331. doi: 10.1080/07347332.2015.1020978
  • Matthie, N., Brewer, C. A., Moura, V., & Jenerette, C. M., (2015). Breathing exercises for inpatients with sickle cell disease. MEDSURG Nursing, 24, 35-38.
  • Matthie, N., Jenerette, C., & McMillan, S. (2015). Role of self-care in sickle cell disease. Pain Management Nursing, 16(3), 257-266. doi: 10.1016/j.pmn.2014.07.003.
  • Jenerette, C. M,  Brewer, C. A., Edwards, L. J, Mishel, M. H, & Gil, K. M. (2014). An intervention to decrease stigma in young adults with sickle cell disease. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 15(1), 324-330.


  • Jenerette, C. M., Brewer, C. A., & Ataga, K. I. (2014). Care seeking for pain in young adults with sickle cell disease. Pain Management Nursing, S1524-9042(12)00175-0. doi: 10.1016/j.pmn.2012.10.007.
  • Oermann, M. H., & Jenerette, C. M. (2013). Scientific nursing journals over 25 years: most studies continue to focus on adults and psychological variables, with a decline in theory-testing-based studies and an increase in qualitative studies. Evidenced-Based Nursing, 16(4), 117-118. 10.1136/eb-2012-101115
  • Jenerette, C., & Leak, A. (2012). The role of oncology nurses in the care of adults with sickle cell disease. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, 16(6), 633-635. doi: 10.1188/12.CJON.633-635; 10.1188/12.CJON.633-635


  • Jenerette, C., Brewer, C. A., Crandell, J., & Ataga, K. I. (2012). Preliminary validity and reliability of the sickle cell disease health-related stigma scale. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 33(6), 363-369. doi: 10.3109/01612840.2012.656823; 10.3109/01612840.2012.656823


  • Jenerette, C., Leak, A., Sandelowski, M. (2011). Life stories of older adults with sickle cell disease. ABNF Journal, 22(3), 58-63.


  • Jenerette, C., Brewer, C. A., & Leak, A. (2011). Self-care recommendations of middle-aged and older adults with sickle cell disease. Nursing Research and Practice, 2011(2011). doi:10.1155/2011/270594


  • Jenerette, C. & Brewer, C. (2011). Situation, background, assessment, recommendation (SBAR) may benefit individuals who frequent the emergency department: Adults with sickle cell disease. Journal of Emergency Nursing, 37(6), 559-561. doi:10.1016/j.jen.2011.02.012


  • Jenerette, C., & Brewer, C. (2010). Health-related stigma in young adults with sickle cell disease. Journal of the National Medical Association, 102, 1050-1055.


  • Jenerette, C., & Valrie, C. (2010). The influence of maternal behaviors during childhood on self-efficacy in individuals with sickle cell disease. Journal of Family Nursing. 16, 422-434.


  • Jenerette, C., & Dixon, J. (2010). Developing a short-form of the Simple Rathus Assertiveness Schedule using a sample of adults with sickle cell disease. Journal of Transcultural Nursing, 21, 314-324.



  • Jenerette, C., & Lauderdale, G. (2008). Successful aging with sickle cell disease: Using qualitative methods to inform theory. Journal of Theory Construction and Testing, 12, 16-24.


  • Jenerette, C., & Murdaugh, C. (2008).Testing the theory of self-care management for sickle cell disease. Research in Nursing & Health, 31, 355–369.


  • Jenerette, C., Funk, M., Ruff, C., Grey, M., Adderley-Kelly, B.,… McCorkle, R (2008). Models of inter-institutional collaboration to build research capacity for reducing health disparities. Nursing Outlook, 56, 16-24.


Jenerette (PI), 9/26/2014 –6/30/2016, R21 NR014907


Project Sickle CIA: Cultivating Informed Activated Adolescents with Sickle Cell

  • Using a dyadic approach of adolescents with sickle cell disease and their mothers, this exploratory study will test a 5 week web-based intervention to improve outcomes in both the adolescent and the mother.