Shanina C. Knighton, PhD, RN, CIC

Adjunct Associate Professor
Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing
Veale Faculty Fellow
Veale Institute for Entrepreneurship

Teaching Information

Teaching Interests

  • Interprofessional Education
  • Quality and Safety
  • Entrepreneurship in Healthcare
  • BioDesign Innovation

Research Information

Research Interests

  • Infection prevention
  • Technology-based self-management interventions
  • Medical-device innovation for clinical settings
  • Gerontology
  • Quality improvement and patient safety
  • Implementation science

Research Projects

R01-PA-20-183, Application/Award ID 1R01AG078273-01
Role: Principal Investigator
Funder: National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health
Project Title: Clean Hands Accessible and Manageable for Patients (CHAMPs): A technology-based self-management intervention to improve patient hand hygiene and reduce hand contamination among older adults.

UL1 TR002548 - Pilot Award
Role: Principal Investigator
05/2020 – 04/2021*
(NCATS)/ NIH/NCATS Clinical Translational Science Collaborative of Cleveland, Funded by National Institutes of Health, from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences. The purpose of this grant is to explore the use of technology to enhance hand hygiene self-management of older adults.

KL2TR000440 (PI, Raed Dweik)
Role: Scholar
07/2019 – 04/2023*
(NCATS)/ NIH/NCATS Clinical Translational Science Collaborative of Cleveland, Funded by National Institutes of Health, from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences. The purpose of this grant is to designed to address the need to enhance the training of individuals interested in multidisciplinary clinical research and training them to lead and conduct multidisciplinary team-based patient-oriented research effectively.

CTSC Pilot Award (PI, Colin Drummond)
Role: Co-Principal Investigator
Virtual Assistant System to Enhance Patient Self Medication Outcomes. Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative. The purpose of this study to develop a new interactive virtual assistant to improve medication adherence, patient quality of life and outcomes. My role on the team is to help develop patient and nurse clinical needs for voice algorithms to detect medication use and potential adverse medication interactions Co-collaborators: C. Alfes, E. Zimmermann, S. Frank, M. Pekarek.

Awards and Honors

Faculty Innovator Award
Case Western Reserve University
Rising Star Alumni Award
National VA Quality Scholars
Nurse of the Year Community Service Award
National Black Nurses Association
Most Valuable Personnel
National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, National Institutes of Health
Young Alumni Award for Excellence
Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University
New Investigator Award, Promoting Health Across Lifespans
Midwest Nursing Research Society
National Institutes of Health National Institute on Aging Loan Repayment Program
40 under 40 Leader in Health Award
National Minority Quality Forum


Knighton SC. Ideal or real: A call to harness infection prevention education and resources through the lens of equity, inclusion and hygiene poverty. Am J Infect Control. 2022 Oct;50(10):1077-1078. doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2022.07.026. PMID: 36150793 

Knighton, SC, Bingham, J., Pope, D., Zabarksky, T., Donskey, C. Brief Report- Healthcare staff perceptions of gaps and education needs for patient-led preoperative hygiene using chlorhexidine gluconate skin cleansing products. Am J Infect Control. 2022 Sep 27:S0196-6553(22)00659-9. doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2022.08.031. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 36179909. 

Knighton, SC. Amplifying Infection Prevention Self-Management Among Patients and People in the Community. J of Emer Nursing, 2020 Nov; 46(6): 727-730

Knighton SC, Zabarsky TF, Donskey CJ. Four moments for healthcare facility visitor hand hygiene. Am J Infect Control. 2020 Aug 16;. doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2020.08.017. PubMed PMID: 32810567; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC7428741.

Knighton SC, Richmond M, Zabarsky T, Dolansky M, Rai H, Donskey CJ. Patients' capability, opportunity, motivation, and perception of inpatient hand hygiene. Am J Infect Control. 2020 Feb;48(2):157-161. doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2019.09.001. Epub 2019 Oct 29. PubMed PMID: 31672318; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6980874.


Doctor of Philosophy
Case Western Reserve University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Ohio University
Diploma, Nursing
Cleveland Clinic-Huron Road School of Nursing
Bachelor of Arts
Sports Medicine
Baldwin-Wallace University

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