Marianne Cockroft, PhD, RN

Associate Professor Emeritus

Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7460

Marianne Cockroft, PhD, MNEd, RN is a Clinical Associate Professor in the School of Nursing at UNC-Chapel Hill. A nursing educator for a range of educational contexts (i.e., University professor, community college instructor, hospital community educator), Dr. Cockroft’s public and community health nursing, disease prevention, and health and safety promotion work has served populations across the lifespan—from infants to senior citizens—and has mostly addressed high risk behaviors, chronic diseases in aging, and self-care. In her career she has demonstrated a high level of motivation to engage in assessing health needs for individuals and families and to serve special, and often overlooked, populations with unmet health care needs. Dr. Cockroft has experience in conducting community assessments and developing interventions to address community needs, such as her creation of a playgroup for parents and their toddlers as a child abuse prevention strategy.
Her portfolio of accomplishments also includes establishing a nurse-managed mobile health clinic serving individuals and families in Wake County, NC; a wellness center for Durham County, NC seniors; establishing partnerships with school health and occupational health clinical sites; and developing ways for public libraries to provide clinical teaching opportunities. Dr. Cockroft’s career in public health nursing has also revolved around forging connections and partnerships—creating and strengthening relationships between parents and their children, between patients and community resources, and between education and service partners. She is currently the Executive Committee Nursing Section Vice Chair of Education at the North Carolina Public Health Association.