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Phone: 765-496-3702


502 N. University Street
West Lafayette, IN 47909

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Vicki Simpson

Associate Professor, School of Nursing

Areas of Expertise

  • Population Health
  • Public Health
  • Health Risk Assessment
  • Social Network Analysis
  • Community-Engaged research

HHS Signature Research Area(s)

  • Healthy Lifestyles and Vital Longevity
  • Sustainable Organizations and Thriving Communities

School of Nursing Research Area(s)

  • Health Promotion and Population Health


Dr. Simpson completed her undergraduate nursing degrees at Purdue University, her master’s degree with a focus on community health nursing at Indiana University in Indianapolis, and her doctorate in health promotion at Purdue University. Dr. Simpson’s research focuses on health promotion and disease prevention for vulnerable individuals, families, and communities. Her mixed-methods research supports development of innovative strategies which target community-level risk factors and determinants to improve health, quality of life, and well-being across the lifespan. She has received the College of Health and Human Sciences Undergraduate Teaching Award and has been inducted as a Fellow in the university’s Teaching Academy. She was also selected in 2020 as a Scholarship of Engagement Fellow by the Purdue University Office of Engagement.  She teaches graduate level courses in health policy and leadership development.


  • PhD, 2011, Purdue UniversityCHES
  • MS, Community Health Nursing, Indiana University, 1986
  • CHES

Current Courses

  • NUR 632 - Health Policy
  • NUR 673 - Health Policy Residency
  • NUR 690 - PhD Leadership Seminar

Selected Publications

  • Simpson,* V., Hass, Z., Panchal, J., & McGowan, B. (2021). Understanding the Development, Evaluation, and Sustainability of Community Health Networks Using Social Network Analysis: A Scoping Review. In press, American Journal of Health Promotion.
  • Jog, S., Kurt, S., Bennett, J., Mayer, K., Simpson, V., Skibiski, J., Takagi, E., Metin Karaaslan, M., Ozluk, B., & Riefsnider*, E. (2021). Nurses’ resilience in the face of coronavirus disease (COVID-19): An international view. Nursing and Health Sciences, Epub ahead of print.
  • Xu, D., & Simpson, V. L. (2021). Subjective Well-Being, Depression, and Delays in Care Among Older Adults: Dual-Eligible Versus Medicare-Only Beneficiaries. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 07334648211000920, Epub ahead of print
  • Simpson, V.,* Edwards, N., & Kovich, M. (2021). Conversations about wellness: A qualitative analysis of patient narratives post annual wellness visit. Geriatric Nursing, 42(3), 681-686.
  • Simpson*, V., Pedigo, L., & Hamdan Rodriguez, M. (2021). Healthy food access and low-income teens: A photovoice approach, Western Journal of Nursing Research, 43(6), 542-550.

Selected Honors/Awards

  • Corps of Engagement Award, Purdue University Office of Engagement; Fellow, Scholarship of Engagement, Purdue University Office of Engagement;Hulman Excellence in Health Science Research Award, Indiana Public Health Association; Excellence in Leadership, Delta Omicron Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing;Fellow, Teaching Academy - 2020
  • Fellow, Scholarship of Engagement, Purdue University Office of Engagement - 2020
  • Hulman Excellence in Health Science Research Award, Indiana Public Health Association - 2018
  • Excellence in Leadership, Delta Omicron Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing - 2018
  • Fellow, Teaching Academy - 2014

Selected Grants

  • Co-Investigator, Consortium for Opioids Response Engagement-East Central Indiana (CORE-ECI), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Melanie Cline (PI). Period: 9/1/2021 – 8/30/2024. Total: $999,929.
  • Co-Investigator, Project INFold. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Funding Period: 7/01/2021-9/30/2021. Total: $10,474,429 07/01/2021-06/30/2023.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Public Health Association; International Society for the Quality of Life Studies
  • Delta Omicron Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International