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Idaho State University

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

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Assistant Professor

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

Office: Beckley 313 – Pocatello Campus
Phone: 208-282-2102


  • 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


Dr. Gina Clarkson is an Assistant Professor at Idaho State University teaching in the Ph.D. program in the College of Nursing.  Dr. Clarkson’s primary research interest involves families of newborns, especially newborns in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.  Dr. Clarkson was previously a nurse in the United States Air Force. In addition to working as faculty in the College of Nursing, Dr. Clarkson practices as a neonatal nurse practitioner in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Dr. Clarkson currently holds the office of Treasurer for ISU School of Nursing’s Theta Upsilon chapter of the International Nursing Honor Society, Sigma Theta Tau. 

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Featured Scholarship and Publications


Study 1) Primary Investigator- Follow up Fathers in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, contact Co-Investigator- Dr. Gesine Hearn, Department Chair, Department of Sociology. Funded by: ISU Seed Grant

Study 2) Co- investigator- Use of Digital Bereavement Support Tools in the Early Bereavement Period: A Study of Functional and Structural Social Support with Co-Investigator Dr. Lee Ann Jarrett Johnson at East Carolina University. Data collection ongoing. Twitter user ID: PEDSGRIEFSTUDY and ADULTGRIEFSTUDY Email: and


Hearn, G., Clarkson, G. & Day, M. (2019). The role of the NICU in father involvement, beliefs, and confidence: A follow-up qualitative study. Advances in Neonatal Care. In press.

Clarkson, G. & Gilmer, M.J. (2019).  Factors affecting time NICU nurses spend with fathers: Results from a larger study. Advances in Neonatal Care. In Press.

Johnson, L.A., Dias, N., Clarkson, G., Schreier, A.M., (2019). Social Media as a Recruitment Method to Reach a Diverse Sample of Bereaved Parents.  Applied Nursing Research. In press.

Clarkson, G., Gilmer, M.J., Moore, E., Dietrich, M.S., McBride, B.A. (2019).  Cross-sectional survey study of factors associated with paternal involvement in the neonatal intensive care unit. Journal of Clinical Nursing.  In press.

Clarkson, G. (2016). Factors Influencing Paternal Involvement in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (Doctoral Dissertation). Vanderbilt University. Retrieved from


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

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


Clarkson, G., Dietrich, M., & Gilmer, M. (2015, February) NICU Nurse Attitudes and Beliefs about Father Involvement in Care. Poster presented at the annual conference for the Southern Nursing Research Society, Tampa, FL