Rahshida Atkins

Assistant Professor
Contact Information
Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden
530 Federal Street, Room 436
Camden, NJ 08102
(856) 225-6810
PhD: Rutgers University (Nursing Research)
MS: Rutgers University (Family Nurse Practitioner)
BS: Rutgers University (Nursing)
Selected Publications: 

Atkins, R. (2016). Coping with Depression in Single Black Mothers. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 37, 1-10.

Atkins, R. (2016). Outcomes of Depression in Black Single Mothers. Clinical Nursing Research, 1-20.

Atkins, R. (2015). Depression in Black single mothers: A test of a theoretical model. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 37, 6. 812-830.

Atkins, R (2014). Psychometric Review of Instruments Measuring Perceived Racism/Racial Discrimination: Review and Critique of Factor Analytic Techniques, International Journal of
Health Services, 44, (4).

Atkins, R. (2014). Validation of the Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale in Black Single Mothers. Journal of Nursing Measurement, 22, 511-524.

Atkins, R. (2010). Self-efficacy and the promotion of health for depressed single mothers.Journal of Mental Health in Family Medicine, 7(2), 155-168

National Provider Identification Number 1760686802
DEA Registrations MA1713735 exp.06/06/2019
NJ State APN License 26NJ00030900 05/31/2017
NJ State RN License 26NO11663300 05/31/2017
NJ Controlled Dangerous Substance P00242800 9/30/2016
Research Interest: 

Dr. Rahshida Atkins seeks to identify and prevent depression and effectively manage depressive symptoms by examining the relationship between depressive symptoms and physical activity in disadvantaged mothers. Dr. Atkins explores cultural and psychosocial factors contributing to depression in this vulnerable at-risk group of women and actively disseminates her findings across peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Atkins’ research seeks to promote mental and physical health in disadvantaged populations by facilitating the adoption and maintenance of healthy behaviors. Increasing participation in physical activity decreases the risk factors that lead to the developing chronic mental and physical health conditions such as depression and cardiovascular disease. A focus on the achievement of expected outcomes motivates individuals to adopt healthy behaviors. The achievement of community-preferred outcomes serves to promote both physical activity adoption and maintenance. Focus groups conducted with adult and youth urban community residents reveal that the achievement of their most preferred psycho-social (reduction in depressive symptoms, anger, stress, socialization, self-confidence), physiologic (losing weight, pain reduction, lowered blood pressure), and behavioral (eating healthy, decreasing sedentary behaviors) health-related goals encouraged continued participation in an urban physical activity dance program.