Marcy Cain Purnell, Ph.D., APN, FNP-C
Chair of Excellence and Director of Nursing Research 

Phone:  901-678-5922
Fax:  901-678-4906
E-mail:  mpurnell@memphis.edu
Office:  3004F Community Health Building
 Marcy C. Purnell


Marcy Cain Purnell joined the faculty in the Loewenberg College of Nursing in 2011. Her current research is focused in area of bioelectrodynamics through investigation of a device that generates an electromagnetic field via an aqueous solution and is applied to patients through a footbath/bath. She hopes to bring this device into medicine as a future adjunct therapy in chronic disease.

Dr. Purnell received her BSN in 1986 from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, College of Nursing and her MSN, FNP from the University of Memphis, Loewenberg College of Nursing in 2009. She is licensed in Tennessee and Mississippi as a Family Nurse Practitioner and retains privileges and is credentialed at Baptist Memphis Hospital, Baptist Desoto Hospital and St. Francis hospitals where she continues to provide acute patient care for Stern Cardiovascular Foundation. She was awarded her Ph.D. in Nursing in 2016 from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, College of Graduate Health Sciences for her dissertation titled, "Modulation of the Magnetic Behavior of Metal Aqueous Ions and the Bioelectrodynamic Effects on Cancerous and Noncancerous Cells." In 2014, she received the Southern Nursing Research Society/Council of Advancement for Nursing Science Dissertation Grant Award. She was also awarded the prestigious Hal and Alma Reagan Cancer Fellowship from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, College of Graduate Health Sciences for 2014-2015 and 2015-2016. In 2016, she attended the NINR sponsored Summer Genetics Institute and was asked to conduct a seminar at the National Human Genome Center in Washington D.C. titled, "Bioelectrodynamics: A New Patient Care Strategy for Nursing, Health and Wellness." She is published and presents her work regularly at local, regional, national and international conferences. She is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, Greater Memphis Association of Advanced Practice Nurses, Southern Nursing Research Society and Council of Advancement for Nursing Science. In 2014 she served as a board member for the Memphis Chapter of the Association of Clinical Research Professionals.

She is continuing in vitro and in vivo experiments with cancerous and noncancerous cells with focus in the areas of genomics and proteomics. In the Fall of 2016, Dr. Purnell will pilot her first clinical trial and hopes to offer new adjunct treatments for many chronic co-morbidities in the area of bioelectrodynamics through advancement of electroceutical therapies.