Anita Davis Boykins, DNSc, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC

Associate Professor/UMRF Ventures Professor

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About Anita Boykins

Dr. Anita Davis Boykins completed her Doctor of Nursing Science and Master of Science in Nursing degrees at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Her nursing career began after receiving an Associate of Science degree in nursing from Mississippi University for Women. Later, she received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from Lewis University.

Before coming to the Loewenberg College of Nursing (LCON) in 2018, she held faculty positions at The University of Southern Mississippi, University of Memphis, Virginia Commonwealth University, and University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

Most of Dr. Boykins’ experience has been directing and teaching in Family Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs. She has more than 25 years of experience in nursing education and as a nurse practitioner. She is board certified as a family nurse practitioner (FNP) and psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP).

Dr. Boykins experience as a nurse practitioner has been with diverse underserved populations in primary care and behavioral health settings and as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE). In her new role at LCON, she is teaching psychiatric and mental health nursing in the BSN program.

Dr. Boykins also has experience in nursing administration and has held leadership positions in clinical and academic nursing settings. She is passionate about nursing education and the nurse practitioner’s role in improving health outcomes for individuals with medical and psychiatric disorders.

Prior to coming to the LCON, Dr. Boykins received funding and served as Project Director for a HRSA Advanced Nursing Education program grant to provide education and training for dual certified FNP and PMHNP students and preceptors, through an academic-practice partnership, in rural, underserved settings. Publications and presentations have focused on nurse practitioner education and workforce development. Her scholarly interest is in the prevention of adverse health outcomes and provision of care for individuals with co-morbid psychiatric and medical problems in an integrated care delivery system.