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Associate Professor, Healthcare Administration

Faculty Photo for Regina Conway-Phillips

I teach in the undergraduate health systems management and undergraduate and graduate nursing programs at the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. In the Parkinson school, I teach Health Care in America and Healthcare Management Research. I have taught the online programs and developed an online course for the Health Care Administration program. I have also been director of both master's and DNP students' comprehensive exams and capstone projects, as well as reviewer for PhD dissertation projects. I maintain memberships in several professional nursing organizations, including AAACN, ANA, MNRS, and ABNF.

Research Interests

My research interests are in the areas of breast cancer screening, health disparities, cancer disparities, and spirituality. I specialize in Qualitative Research Methodologies and Mixed-Methods approach. My dissertation research focused on breast cancer screening behavior in African-American women utilizing the Salutogenic Framework. My most recent qualitative study utilized the grounded theory approach to study African-American women who have never or rarely participated in breast cancer screening to explore the reasons these individuals have not adopted breast cancer screening behaviors. 

  • Bachelor's degree, Chicago State University
  • Master's degree, Loyola University Chicago
  • PhD, Loyola University Chicago

Why is this area of study important at this point in time?

There is a huge disparity in health care access, quality, and outcomes in this country that needs to be addressed. These disparities have gone ignored for too long. Statistics for Black and Brown patients would not be tolerated if they were the statistics for Whites. Something would have been done about it by now.

What would you tell a student about why your field is exciting or important?

I tell my students that it is up to them to change what needs to be changed in the U.S. healthcare system. They will have the knowledge, the skills and the ability and drive to make the necessary changes.


  • Clinical Nurses' Perspectives on Discharge Practice Changes from Participating in a Translational Research Study. Bobay, KL; Conway-Phillips, R; Hughes, RG; Costa, L; Bahr, SJ; Siclovan, D; Nuccio, S; Weiss, M Journal of nursing management 2020
  • Qualitative evidence for Resilience, Stress, and Ethnicity (RiSE): A program to address race-based stress among Black women at risk for cardiovascular disease. Conway-Phillips, R; Dagadu, H; Motley, D; Shawahin, L; Janusek, LW; Klonowski, S; Saban, KL COMPLEMENTARY THERAPIES IN MEDICINE 2019 ;48
  • Making It All Work: Qualitative Descriptions of Hispanic Adults Managing Type 2 Diabetes With Limited Resources Thomas,A.; Ashcraft,A. S.; Owen,D. C.; Conway-Phillips,R. Global qualitative nursing research 2017 ;4:2333393617691860
  • Sisters Saving Lives: Instituting a Protocol to Address Breast Cancer Disparities Smith,M. A.; Conway-Phillips,R.; Francois-Blue,T. Clinical journal of oncology nursing 2016 ;20(4):427-432
  • Exploring Spirituality Among African American Women: Implications for Promoting Breast Health Behaviors Conway-Phillips,R.; Janusek,L. W. Holistic nursing practice 2016 ;30(6):322-329
  • Influence of sense of coherence, spirituality, social support and health perception on breast cancer screening motivation and behaviors in African American women. Conway-Phillips, R; Janusek, L The ABNF journal : official journal of the Association of Black Nursing Faculty in Higher Education, Inc 2014 ;25(3)
  • Spirituality in nursing practice Conway-Phillips,R. Narrative inquiry in bioethics 2014 ;4(3):E3-5