Faculty Profile for Dr. Theresa J Garcia

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Dr. Theresa J Garcia
Chair - Associate Professor — St. David's School of Nursing
SON 337
phone: (512) 716-2900

Biography Section

Biography and Education

Dr. Garcia has been an RN in Texas for over 30 years. Her clinical experience is primarily in the pediatric ICU and primary clinic setting and she has extensive experience in legal nurse consulting. She received her Bachelor of Science and PhD in Nursing from The University of Texas at Austin. Her research focus is on the prevention and treatment of type 2 diabetes and childhood obesity with special interest in Latino family-centered interventions. Her previous academic appointment was as Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi where she taught at the undergraduate and graduate level in face-to-face and fully online formats for eight years and served as the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program Coordinator in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences (CONHS). She joined Texas State in 2021 as an Associate Professor and is currently teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate level in St. David's School of Nursing.

Teaching Interests

Quality Improvement and Research Project Proposal and Implementation
Research Methods in Nursing and Health Sciences
Sociocultural/Diverse Aspects of Nursing

Research Interests

The prevention and management of obesity and type 2 diabetes in Hispanic families through family-centered, inter-generational interventions with special emphasis on the grandparent-grandchild relationship.

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Garcia, T. J., Baldwin, S. A., De La Rosa, D. C., Ajisafe, T., Vela, N., Cazares, B., & McIntyre, J. (2021). Latino grandparent opportunity to influence family health behaviors and childhood obesity: The “Healthy Us Grandparent Study” (HUGS). Families, Systems & Health, 39(3), 413–425. https://doi.org/10.1037/fsh0000634
  • Thornberry, A., Garcia, T. J., Peck, J., & Sefcik, E. (2021). Occupational health nurses’ self-efficacy in implementing smoking cessation interventions for workers: A manufacturing company quality improvement project. Workplace Health & Safety. https://doi.org/10.1177/21650799211022991
  • Thornberry, A., Garcia, T. J., Peck, J., & Sefcik, E. (2020). Occupational health nurses’ self-efficacy in smoking cessation interventions: An integrative review of the literature. Workplace Health & Safety, 20(10), 533–543. https://doi.org/10.1177/2165079920925106
  • Ajisafe, T., Garcia, T. J., & Fanchiang, H.-C. (2018). Musculoskeletal fitness measures are not created equal: An assessment of school children in Corpus Christi, Texas. Frontiers in Public Health, 6(142). https://doi.org/10.3389/fpubh.2018.00142
  • Garcia, T. J., Harrison, T. C., & Goodwin, J. S. (2015). Nursing home stakeholder views of resident involvement in medical care decisions. Qualitative Health Research, 26(5), 712–728. https://doi.org/10.1177/1049732315573206

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Recipient: 2023 Career & Leadership Development Institute, Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education. February 22, 2023 - Present
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Southern Nurses Research Society Leadership Academy, Southern Nurses Research Society. May 31, 2022 - March 1, 2023
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Co-Search 2021 First Place Award, Texas State University, Center for Collaboration, Communication and Creativity. September 2021
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Provost's "Why I Teach" Video Series, Featured Faculty, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. January 2019
  • Award / Honor : Outstanding Master's Mentor Award Finalist, College of Graduate Studies. May 2017

Selected Grants

  • Hughes, Monica Jamison (Principal), Garcia, Theresa J (Co-Principal), Tufano, Virginia Emma (Co-Principal). Enhancing Nursing Faculty Retention Through Competency-Based Education and Training, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, State, $197283. (Submitted: July 7, 2023, Funded: July 31, 2023 - July 31, 2025). Grant.
  • Park, Gloria Youngju (Principal), Garcia, Theresa J (Co-Principal). Effect of a Culturally Focused Parenting Program on Korean Parents and Children: A Randomized Controlled Trial, Texas State University, $15979. (Submitted: October 2022, Funded: January 2023 - Present). Grant.
  • Hunnicutt Hollenbaugh, Karen Michelle (Principal), Ikonomopoulos, James Peter (Co-Principal), Ricard, Richard (Supporting), Watson, Joshua C (Supporting), Garcia, Theresa J (Supporting). Expanding Integrated Behavioral Health Services: Texas Counselors and Healthcare Integration Program (Tex-CHIP), Health Resources and Services Administration, Federal, $1919026. (Submitted: January 2021, Funded: July 1, 2021 - June 30, 2025). Grant.
  • Ajisafe, Toyin D (Principal), Garcia, Theresa J (Co-Principal). Assessing and Addressing Plantar Sensation Deficits and Associated Impediments in Overweight and Obese Children, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, Private / Foundation / Corporate, $19330. (Submitted: 2017, Funded: 2018 - Present). Grant.
  • Garcia, Theresa J (Supporting), Ajisafe, Toyin D (Principal), Um, Dugan (Supporting), Zeng, Guang (Supporting). Addressing Cutaneous Sensation and Associated Movement Impediments in Children with Overweight and Obesity, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Institutional (Higher Ed), $20000. (Submitted: February 2017, Funded: August 2017 - August 2018). Grant.

Selected Service Activities

Search Committee for the Vice-President of the Round Rock Campus
February 2023-Present
Reviewer / Referee
Sigma Theta Tau Local Chapter
December 2022-Present
Graduate Program Evaluation
September 2022-Present
Southern Nurses Research Society Leadership Academy
May 31, 2022-Present
University Mentor
STEMinist Mentoring Program
March 9, 2022-Present