School of Nursing and Health Studies

Shervin Churchill, Lecturer

Shervin Churchill

Shervin Churchill, PhD, MPH, AB

Dr. Churchill is a nursing scientist and epidemiologist, with a background in anthropology and expertise in biostatistics, study designs and quantitative health research.  She completed her doctoral studies at the University of Washington’s School of Nursing in nursing science.  She has worked with interdisciplinary research teams and students in nursing, public health, medicine, oral health, and palliative care, in academic, state and local public health, and children’s hospital settings.   Health research, teaching and mentoring students are passions of Dr. Churchill.


My research is focused on improving and maximizing the health of under-privileged populations, through epidemiologic and interventional studies, centered on prevention and education.  Specifically in special needs populations with developmental delay, I investigate issues related to the prevention of secondary conditions through parent education and promoting self-care based on nursing theories.   An example of my work is the study of sleep and activity patterns of children with developmental delay.  The history of the relationship between nursing and epidemiology is an academic interest of mine, as is cancer prevention and education.  


University of Washington
Seattle, WA
  • Ph.D., Nursing Science.  Dissertation:  Sleep and activity patterns of children with Down 
    syndrome in relation to sleep disordered breathing.
University of Miami
Coral Gables, FL
  • M.P.H., Epidemiology & Biostatistics.  Thesis:  Small-for-gestational-age births: the role 
    of cocaine
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI
  • A.B., Anthropology





Courses Taught


  • Critical Reading and Information Literacy in Nursing
  • Building Skills in Health - Climate Change and Human Health
  • Translational Research
  • Growth and Development Through the Life Span
  • Introduction to Research in Nursing
  • Nursing Inquiry to Support Evidence-Based Practice