Rahshida L. Atkins

Assistant Professor
Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden
530 Federal Street
Room 449
Camden, NJ 08102
(856) 225-6810

PhD (Nursing Research): Rutgers University, 2013
MS (Family Nurse Practitioner): Rutgers University, 2001
BS (Nursing): Rutgers University, 1997
Mental health
Health disparities
Health equity
Behavioral health
Physical activity

Dr. Rahshida Atkins is an Assistant Professor at Rutgers School of Nursing-Camden, where she enthusiastically instructs students to become competent nursing professionals. Dr. Atkins obtained a BSN, MSN, and PhD in Nursing Research from the Rutgers College of Nursing in Newark. She completed a po...read more

Selected Publications 

Articles in Refereed Journals

Atkins, R., Deatrick, J. D., Bowman, C., Ansley, B., McCurry, I., Lipman, T. H. (In Press). University-Community Partnerships Using a Participatory Action Research Model to Evaluate the Impact of Dance for Health. Behavioral Sciences

Deatrick, J.,Klusartiz, H., Atkins, R., Bolick, A., Bowman, C., Schroeder, K., Lado, J., Lipman, T. (2018). Engaging with the Community to Promote Physical Activity in Urban Neighborhoods. American Journal of Health Promotion

Atkins, R., Gage, G., Kelly, T., Joseph, P. W., Johnson, S., Ojo, K., Williams, W. (2018). Exploring Expressions of Depression in Black Single Mothers. Issues in Mental Health Nursing

Atkins, R. (2017). Outcomes of Depression in Black Single Mothers. Clinical Nursing Research, 26 (4), 464-483.

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

Atkins, R. (2014). 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.

Funding - Internal 

09/2013-ongoing (Grant Amount: $500)
Theoretical Outcomes of Depression in Black Single Mothers research award., Rahshida Atkins, Agency: Sigma Theta Tau Alpha Tau Chapter, Role: Principle Investigator

2013 (Grant Amount: $1,000)
Civic Engagement Fellow Rutgers University—Camden Office of Civic Engagement, Rahshida Atkins, Agency: Rutgers University, Role: Principle Investigator

Honors and Distinctions 


2018 — Digital Teaching Fellowship May 2018 Rutgers

2014 to 2016 — University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing Post-Doctoral Fellowship for Vulnerable Women, Children, and Families

2013 — Civic Engagement Fellow, Rutgers University—Camden Office of Civic Engagement

Professional Awards and Honors

2016 — Honorable Mention: Poster Presentation Health Equity Week

2014 — Dr. Bobbie Jean Perdue Urban Spirit Award

2014 — Ruth L Kirschstein NRSA Postdoctoral Fellow

2013 — Sigma Theta Tau Rising Star Recognition

2013 — Golden Key International Honor Society

2013 — Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Faculty Preparation Certificate

2013 — Veronica Clark-Tasker EOF Alumni Research Award

2013 — Sigma Theta Tau Alpha Tau Chapter Excellence in Research Award

National Provider Identification Number 1760686802
DEA Registrations MA1713735
Basic Life Support AHA
ANCC Board Certified-Family NP 370863
NJ Controlled Dangerous Substance P00242800
NJ State RN License 26NO11663300
NJ State APN License 26NJ00030900