Skip to Main Content
Idaho State University home

Gina Clarkson, Ph.D., APRN, NNP-BC

Gina Clarkson

Associate Professor

School of Nursing
Idaho State University
921 S. 8th Ave Stop 8101
Pocatello, ID 83209-8101

Office: Beckley 313 – Pocatello Campus
Phone: 208-282-3829


  • BS in Psychology- University of Florida
  • BSN- Hawaii Pacific University
  • MSN- Vanderbilt University
  • Ph.D in Nursing Science- Vanderbilt University
Research Interests
  • Families of newborns
  • Bereavements
  • Pregnant mothers and newborns
  • Substance abuse
  • Families of infants, especially fathers of critically ill NICU infants


Dr. Gina Clarkson is an Associate Professor of Nursing at ISU SON in Pocatello. In addition, she is a neonatal nurse practitioner and a nurse scientist. Most of her research to date has involved parents of Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) infants. She has frequently utilized a variety of research methods including survey methodology, qualitative, quantitative, and mixed method design. She completed funded research in the area of NICU father involvement and has numerous publications and presentations on this topic.

Follow me on ResearchGate!

Featured Scholarship and Publications


Pritikin, Alyssa J., Tavernier, Susan S., & Clarkson, Gina (2021). Evaluation of parent exposure to abusive head trauma prevention education programs. Manuscript submitted for publication.

Walker, Heather R., Clarkson, Gina, Alston, Hailey, & Chan, Belinda (2021). All I can say is "Thank You": Narrative strands of Gratitude in the NICU Before- and During- COVID-19. Manuscript submitted for publication.

Clarkson, G., & Hearn, G. (2021). Former neonatal intensive care unit fathers’ involvement 4 years later: A qualitative study. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 60, 31–39.

Hearn, G., Clarkson, G., Day, M. (2020, Feb). The Role of the NICU in Father Involvement, Beliefs, and Confidence: A Follow-up Qualitative Study. Advances in Neonatal Care. 20 (1): 80-89. DOI: 10.1097/ANC.0000000000000665, PMID: 31567277.

Johnson, L.A., Dias, N., Clarkson, G., & Schreier, A.M. (2019, Dec). Social Media as a Recruitment Method to reach a diverse sample of bereaved parents. Appl Nurs Res. 50:151201. DOI: 10.1016/j.apnr.2019.151201.

Clarkson, G., Dietrich, M., McBride, B.A., Moore, E., & Gilmer, M.J. (2019).Cross-sectional Survey of factors associated with parental involvement in the neonatal intensive care unit. J Clin Nurs. Nov; 28(21-22):3977-3990. DOI: 10.1111/jocn.14981.

Clarkson, G. & Gilmer, M.J. (2019). Factors Affecting Time NICU Nurses Spend with Fathers: Results from a larger study. Advances in Neonatal Care. 2019 Oct; 19(5):E16-E25. DOI: 10.1097/ANC.0000000000000646.

Clarkson, G. (2018, Nov). Issues affecting rural mothers and preterm infants. RN Idaho. Vol 41 (3).


Clarkson, G., Alston, Hailey, Walker, Heather, & Chan, Belinda (September 2021). Comparing Narratives of Parents with Infants in NICU Before- and During- COVID: All I can say is Thank you. Poster at the National Association of Neonatal Nurses Virtual 37th Annual Conference.

Clarkson, G., & Hearn, G. (2020, April), Qualitative study of long-term fathering of former Newborn Intensive Care Unit infants. Poster published in the ONLINE conference proceedings of the Western Institute of Nursing, Portland, OR,

Clarkson, G. (2019, October) Clinical Leadership and the Nurse Practitioner: A Literature Review. Poster presented at the annual conference for the Nurse Leaders of Idaho, Leaders in Education and Practice, Boise, Idaho.

Jarrett, L. & Clarkson, G. (2019, February) The Role of Cognitive Function in Bereaved Adults. Presented by podium at the meeting of Southern Nursing Research Society 2019 Annual Conference, Orlando, Florida.

Clarkson, G. (2018, September) Issues affecting rural mothers, infants, and preterm infants. Presented by podium at the meeting of the Nurse Leaders of Idaho 2018 Leaders in Education and Practice (LEAP) Conference, Boise, Idaho.

Clarkson, G. & Gilmer, M.J. (2017, July) Factors affecting time nurses spend with fathers in the neonatal intensive care unit. Presented by podium at the meeting of the 28th International Nursing Research Congress, Dublin, Ireland.

Clarkson, G., Dietrich, M.S., McBride, B.A., Moore, E., & Gilmer, M.J. (2017, April) Factors influencing paternal involvement in the neonatal intensive care unit. Presented by podium at the meeting of the Western Institute of Nursing’s 50th Annual Research Conference, Denver, Colorado.


(Funded) Clarkson, G. (Principal), Hearn, G. (Co-Principal), "Follow up on Fathers in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit- 4 to 5 years later," Idaho State University, $12,771.00. (start: July 2018, end: July 2019) Reallocation and extension request granted (extension end date Feb 2021).

(Unfunded) Clarkson, G.(Principal), Tavernier, S. (Co-Principal), Hearn, G. (Co-Investigator), Robinson, R. (Co-Investigator), “Qualitative study to explore opioid use disorder during pregnancy”, submitted to HRSA in November 2019, requested funding of $565,100.00.

(Unfunded) Clarkson, G. “Fathers of Previously Hospitalized Infants and their Long-term Involvement, Confidence, and Role Beliefs”, Sigma Theta Tau in November 2016, requested funding of $10,000.

Kasiska Division of Health Sciences - Learn more about the Kasiska family legacy and impact