School of Nursing and Health Studies

Katryna McCoy, Assistant Professor

Andrea Kovalesky

Katryna McCoy, PhD, FNP-C
Assistant Professor

Dr. Katryna McCoy received her Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Nursing Science degree from the University of Washington in June 2012.  Her research as a nurse scientist is centered on gerontology, self-care management, medication adherence and infectious diseases. Dr. McCoy currently serves as an Assistant Professor at the University of Washington Bothell.  Professionally, Dr. McCoy has taught courses in Nursing Research, Community Health, Health Assessment, and multiple courses focused on Social Justice in Healthcare.  In addition to her academic training, she is also an advanced registered nurse practitioner (ARNP), certified nationally as a Family Nurse Practitioner.


Dr. McCoy’s scholarship is focused on the factors that influence the management of HIV as a chronic health condition among older adults.   Dr. McCoy recently completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Emory University in Atlanta, GA where she investigated the experience of being an older, HIV-infected African American individual.  She has also examined the relationships between HIV-related stigma, health literacy, medication adherence and the clinical health outcomes of HIV-infected older adults.  Her current research uses a mixed-methods design to further investigate HIV self-management among older adults.


Emory University
Atlanta, GA
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellowship.  Research Project: Going on Living Despite HIV: The GOLDEN Study.
University of Washington
Seattle, WA
  • Ph.D., Philosophy.  Dissertation: Factors Associated with Antiretroviral Therapy Nonadherence in Older Adults with HIV.
  • Multidisciplinary Graduate Certificate in HIV/STIs.  Capstone Project: Risk Factors for Acquiring HIV Infections in Older Adults in King County, WA: A Case Study.

  • MN, Family Nurse Practitioner.  Thesis: Getting My Whole Self Back On Track: How African American Women Experience Breast Cancer.

Medical College of Georgia
Augusta, GA

  • BSN (Magna Cum Laude)






Courses Taught

  • Aging & Health
  • Issues in Cultural Health               
  • Health Disparities & Advanced Practice Nursing
  • Privilege, Oppression & Social Justice in Healthcare   
  • Direct Care Roles in Health Promotion      
  • Primary Care of Adolescents & Children
  • Advanced Health Assessment      
  • Nursing Health Assessment
  • Family Nurse Practitioner Clinical Practicum 
  • Community Health Nursing Clinical
  • Partnerships in Community Health
  • Nursing Research