Carolyn Harmon Still, PhD, RN, CNP, MSM, AGPCNP-BC, CCRP, FAAN

Associate Professor
Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing

Teaching Information

Teaching Interests

  • Cultural Aspect of Aging
  • Gerontology 
  • Primary Care of Adults/Geriatrics with Chronic Conditions
  • Leadership and Management in Advanced Nursing Practice

Research Information

Research Interests

  • Technology-based interventions to Support Self-Managing Chronic Diseases
  • Minority populations’ health disparities
  • Self-Management of Chronic Illness and Neuroprocessing
  • Diversity in clinical trials
  • Read about her current research

Research Projects

  • Principal Investigator. Self-Management and Resilience Trajectories in African American Adults with Hypertension. NIH/NINR: 1R21NR020489-01A1) (2022-2024)
  • Principal Investigator. OPtimizing Technology to Improve Medication Adherence and BP Control (OPTIMA-BP). NIH/NINR: 1R01NR019585-0A1 (2021-2026)
  • Co-Investigator. Cleveland Alzheimer's Disease Research Center. NIH/NIA: P30AG072959 (2021-2025)
  • Collaborator. Ohio Cardiovascular Health Collaborative (CARDI-OH) State of Ohio: 60059810 (2021-2022)
  • Co-Principal Investigator. “Reducing Stroke Risk in African-American Men.” NIH/NINR: 1R01NR018023-01A1. (2019-2024)
  • Pilot Project Principal Investigator. “A COmmunity and Tech-Based ApproaCh for Hypertension Self-MANagement (COACHMAN).”  NIH/ NIMHD: 5U54MD002265-13. (2019-2020)
  • Pilot Project Principal Investigator. “The Effects of Technology-based Intervention and Positive Psychological Training on Cognitive Processing and Blood Pressure Control in African Americans.” NIH/NINR: P30 NR015326-05S1. (2018-2019)
  • Co-Investigator. “Cleveland Alzheimer's Disease Research Center.” NIHI/NIA: 1P30AG062428-01    (2019-2021)
  • Co-Investigator. “Gift: Web Based Resourcefulness Training For Grandmother Caregivers.” NIH/NINR: 5R01NR015999-03. (2017-2020)
  • Site Co-Investigator. “The SPRINT Alzheimer's, Seniors and Kidney Study (SPRINT ASK).” NIH/NIA: 1R01AG055606-01. (2017-2019)
  • Co-Investigator and Project Director. “The Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial (SPRINT).”  NIH/ NIHLBI, NIDDK, NIA: 268200900049C-17-0-1. (2010-2020)

Completed Research Support

  • Site Principal Investigator. “SPRINT MIND the Kidneys, Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial (SPRINT).” NIH/NIDDK: 1R01DK092241-01A1. (2012-2016)
  • Co-Investigator. “SPRINT-Factors affecting Atherosclerosis Study (FAST).” (2011-2016)


Selected Publications 

  • Cao, C., Jain, N., Lu., Sajatovic, M., Still, C. H. (2022). Secondary Stroke Risk Reduction in Black Adults: A Systematic Review. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities.
  • Still, C. H., Margevicius, S. P., Wright, J. T., Jr, Ruksakulpiwat, S., & Moore, S. M. (2021). A pilot study evaluating the effects of a technology-based and positive psychological training intervention on blood pressure in African Americans with hypertension. Journal of Primary Care & Community Health, 12, 21501327211056186.*
  • Schorr, E. N., Gepner, A. D., Dolansky, M. A., Forman, D. E., Park, L. G., Petersen, K. S., Still, C. H., Wang, T. Y., & Wenger, N. K. on behalf of the American Heart Association Older Populations Committee of the Council on Clinical Cardiology and Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing; Council on Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology; and Council on Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health. (2021). Harnessing Mobile Health Technology for Secondary Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in Older Adults: A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association. Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, 0(0), HCQ.0000000000000103.*
  • Still, C. H., Burant, C., Moore, S., Einstadter, D., Killion, C., Modlin, C., Sundararajan, S., Thornton, J. D., Wright, J. T., Jr, & Sajatovic, M. (2021). The Targeted Management (TEAM) Intervention for Reducing Stroke Risk in African American Men: Rationale and Study Design of a Prospective Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare, 14, 513–522.
  • Glasser, S. P., Vitolins, M., Rocco, M. V., Still, C. H., Cofield, S. S., Haley, W. E., Goff, D., & SPRINT Research Group (2021). Is Medication Adherence Predictive of Cardiovascular Outcomes and Blood Pressure Control? The Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial (SPRINT). American Journal of Hypertension, hpab145. Advance online publication.*
  • Still, C. H., Moore, S. M., Sattar, A. Effects of the intensity of lifestyle exercise on changes in blood pressure after a cardiac event. (2020). Western Journal of Nursing Research. Online ahead of print.*
  • Still, C. H., Margevicius, S., Harwell, C., Huang, M. Martin, L., Dang, P. B., Wright, JT, Jr. (2020). A  COmmunity and Technology-Based ApproaCh for Hypertension Self-MANagement (COACHMAN) to improve blood pressure control in African Americans: Results from a pilot study. Patient Preference and Adherence, 14.

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Doctor of Philosophy
Nursing Science
Case Western Reserve University
Masters of Science in Management
Case Western Reserve University
Master of Science in Nursing
Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner
Florida A & M University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Florida A & M University