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Marianne Cockroft, PhD, RN

Associate Professor
Public Health and Community Practice


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

Office: 5010

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.

2019 Margaret B. Dolan Award, NC Public Health Association
2019 100 Distinguished Public Health Nurses Award, NC Public Health Association
4/17/16 Tarheel of the Week.  The News & Observer
2013 PhD Award for Excellence. UNC-Greensboro School of Nursing. Sigma Theta Tau International,  Gamma Zeta chapter.

Refereed Papers/Articles

Cockroft, M., Laboy, J., Mullen, L. & Hubbell, S. (2020) In Press. Nurse-led mobile health clinics: An opportunity for student scholarship and faculty practice. Journal of Nursing Education

Cockroft, M. C., Bartlett, T. R., & Wallace, D. C. (2019). Sleep, nutrition, disordered eating, problematic tobacco and alcohol use, and exercise in college students with and without diabetes. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing & Mental Health Services, 57(12), 23–32.

Cockroft, M. & Oppewal, S. (2018). Beyond the front door: A complex home visit simulation. Nurse Educator. 43(2), 57-59.

McQueen, L., Cockroft, M., & Mullins, N. (2017). Imogene King’s theory of goal attainment and the millennial nurse: An important mentoring tool for nurse educators. Teaching & Learning in Nursing, 12(3), 223-225.

Cockroft, M. (2013). Self-care behaviors of college students with diabetes. (Doctoral dissertation). ProQuest LLC (UMI No. 3568837)

Cockroft, M. (2012). When the topic is sex: Facilitating parent-child communication in a faith community. Journal of Christian Nursing, 29(3):152-155.

Slaninka, S., Galbraith, A. M., Strzelecki, S., & Cockroft, M.   (1996). Collaborative research project: Effectiveness of birth preparation classes at a community hospital.  The Journal of Perinatal Education, 5(3), 33-40.

Cockroft, M.  (1993). The public library as a clinical setting.  Nurse Educator, 18(4), 3.


Refereed Presentations

Cockroft, M. (2019, September). Improving access to care and other benefits of an academic-community partnership. Podium presentation at the North Carolina Public Health Association Education Conference, Greensboro, NC.

Cockroft, M. (2019, June). Building community capacity through a nurse-managed mobile health clinic-An innovative educational opportunity. Podium presentation at the 2019 Association of Community Health Nurse Educators Annual Institute, Phoenix, AZ.

Felsman, I., Cockroft, M., Gilchrist, W., Biederman, D., Hartman, M. (2019, June). Creating a nursing school consortium: Working together to improve community partner relationships and enhance a culture of health. Podium presentation at the 2019 Association of Community Health Nurse Educators Annual Institute, Phoenix, AZ.

McQueen, L., Cockroft. M., & Mullins, N. (2018, May). Imogene King’s theory of goal attainment and the millennial nurse: An important mentoring tool for nurse educators. Poster presentation, Excellence in Teaching for Nurse Educators 2018, UNC-
CH, Chapel Hill, NC

Cockroft, M. & Oppewal, S. (2017, September). Using a low cost, high fidelity home visit simulation to strengthen public health nursing education. Poster session presented for Carolina Nursing Center for Lifelong Learning, Chapel Hill, NC.

Cockroft, M. (2016, October). A Nurse-directed mobile health project-Faith in action. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association, Denver, CO.

Co-Presenter, Cockroft, M. & Selinger, R. (2014, May). Self-care behaviors of college students with diabetes. Podium presentation at the meeting of the American College Health Association, San Antonio, TX.

Co-presenter, Oppewal, S. & Cockroft, M. (2012, October). Creating innovative educational strategies for undergraduate public health nursing students. Podium presentation at the meeting of the American Public Health Association, San Francisco, CA.

Presenter, Cockroft, M. (2012, February). Strategies to overcome methodological issues when planning family-adolescent research. Poster session presented at the meeting of the Southern Nurses Research Society, New Orleans, LA.

Presenter, Cockroft, M. (2010, December). Developing and implementing an innovative nurse home visit simulation: Connecting education and service partners. Podium presentation at the meeting of The North Carolina Association of Public Health Nurse Administrators, Greensboro, NC.

Presenter, Cockroft, M. (2009, June). Developing Clinical Relationships and Partnerships: the Outcomes and Opportunities. Podium presentation at the meeting of the Association of
Community Health Nursing Educators Annual Institute, Chicago, IL.

Co-presenter, Cockroft, M. & Wood, L. (2006, June). Risky business: Engaging youth leaders and
addressing high-risk teen behaviors. Podium presentation at the meeting of the Health Ministry Association, Durham, NC.



Cockroft, M. (2003, February). Chronic diseases in aging. Christ Church, Raleigh, NC.

Cockroft, M. (1994, March). Breast cancer awareness. Poster presentation at Women’s Forum,
Phoenixville Hospital, Phoenixville, PA.

Funded (Active)

  • Clinical Site Development Project: Nursing Mobile Clinic. $10,000. NC-AHEC, 2020-2021
  • God’s Work, Our Challenge. $5000. Catholic Diocese of Raleigh, 2020.

Training Grants

  • Expansion of Crisis Care in Cary, NC. $10,000. National Association of Free Clinics, 2019.
  • RN Community Faculty Fellow: Train-the-Trainer, Rural Clinical Site Development (PI-B, Nance-Floyd). $36,714. Area Health Education Center, 2018-2019.
  • Principle Investigator. Chronic Disease Self-Management Outreach Project. Christ the King Lutheran Church. December 2015-December 2016.
  • Principal Investigator.  A Wellness Center for Senior Citizens in Durham County. Area Health Education Center, 2007-2008.
  • Recipient, North Carolina Healthy Schools Mini-Grant. Promoting Teen Health and Safety.  NC PTA Health and Welfare Commission, 2006-2007. Matching Funds from Town of Cary.
  • Principal Investigator.  Continuation Grant.  School Health Experiences in Orange and Durham Counties. Area Health Education Centers, 2006-2007.
  • Principal Investigator.  School Health Experiences in Orange and Durham Counties.  Area Health Education Centers, 2005-2006.
  • Principal Investigator.  School Health Preceptor and Site Development for Undergraduate Nursing Students.  Area Health Education Centers, 2003-2004.
  • Principal Investigator: Foster, B., Co-Investigator: Cockroft, M. Occupational Health Clinical Site Development for Undergraduate Nursing Students. Area Health Education Centers, 2002-2003.