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Theresa Granger - USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. Los Angeles, CA, US

Theresa Granger Theresa Granger

Clinical Assistant Professor of Social Work Dept. of Nursing | USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work


Advanced practice nursing expert focused on homelessness, social determinants of health, and community-based involvement.




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Theresa Granger serves as clinical assistant professor in the Department of Nursing’s Family Nurse Practitioner program. Dr. Granger is a licensed, nationally certified family nurse practitioner with prescriptive authority who practices in the state of Washington.

Prior to joining USC, she was an adjunct faculty member at Maryville University, a visiting professor at Chamberlain College of Nursing, and an Assistant Professor at Seattle University College of Nursing. While at Seattle University, Dr. Granger was awarded a Community-Based Research fellowship through the Seattle University Youth Initiative. Dr. Granger also participated in the Leadership Education In Adolescent Health (LEAH) program through the University of Washington’s Division of Adolescent Medicine.

Dr. Granger has been a nurse and family nurse practitioner for more than 20 years. An expert in the area of adolescent high-risk behavior, she has focused clinical and research interests on the many aspects of adolescent growth and development, specifically the effects that family relationships have on positive and negative aspects of development. She also has extensive experience in the medical management of complex adolescent, adult and geriatric patients.

Dr. Granger is passionate about improving the lives of those who are homeless, uninsured or under insured, and has worked as a volunteer medical provider for a homeless youth clinic in Seattle, Washington. Currently, Dr. Granger works with local communities helping them set up no-cost medical clinics.

Granger received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from Washington State University. Her PhD in nursing research is from the University of Colorado College of Nursing.

Education (7)

University of Colorado, College of Nursing: PhD, Nursing Research 2011

Washington State University: MN/FNP, Nursing 1996

Washington State University: BSN, Nursing 1992

Oregon Health & Science University: Support Courses for PhD, Nursing Education

Seattle University: Faculty Fellowship, Community-Based Research 2014

University of Washington, Division of Adolescent Medicine: Certificate, Leadership Education in Adolescent Health (LEAH) 2014

Washington State University, Global Campus: Certification of Instructional Effectiveness, Excellence in Teaching Online 2013

Areas of Expertise (23)

Health Care for the Homeless Non-Profit Management Online Education Sexual & Reproductive Health Health Care Access Adolescent Health Curriculum Design Interprofessional Education and Care Nursing Science Community-based Health Care Clinical Teaching Adolescent growth and development Family Relationships Homelessness Community-Based Intervention Research Family Care Curriculum and Instruction Child Welfare Issues Health Care Across the Life Span Health Care Advocacy Health Care Policy Professional Development Training Rural Health

Industry Expertise (13)

Training and Development Public Policy Professional Training and Coaching Education/Learning Mental Health Care Health Care - Providers Health and Wellness Health Care - Facilities Health Care - Services Alternative Medicine Non-Profit/Charitable Program Development Research

Affiliations (8)

  • National Network for Youth
  • International Council of Nurses, Nurse Practitioner/Advanced Practice Network
  • National Health Care for the Homeless Council
  • California Association for Nurse Practitioners
  • Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine
  • American Association of Nurse Practitioners
  • National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties
  • Sigma Theta Tau


Grand Challenges (3)

Ensure healthy development for all youth

Each year, more than six million young people receive treatment for severe mental, emotional, or behavioral problems. Strong evidence shows us how to prevent many behavioral health problems before they emerge. By unleashing the power of prevention through widespread use of proven approaches, we can help all youth grow up to become healthy and productive adults (American Academy of Social Work & Social Welfare, 2018).

Close the health gap

More than 60 million Americans experience devastating one-two punches to their health—they have inadequate access to basic health care while also enduring the effects of discrimination, poverty, and dangerous environments that accelerate higher rates of illness. Innovative and evidence-based social strategies can improve health care and lead to broad gains in the health of our entire society (American Academy of Social Work & Social Welfare, 2018).

End homelessness

During the course of a year, nearly 1.5 million Americans will experience homelessness for at least one night. Periods of homelessness often have serious and lasting effects on personal development, health, and well-being. Our challenge is to expand proven approaches that have worked in communities across the country, develop new service innovations and technologies, and adopt policies that promote affordable housing and basic income security (American Academy of Social Work & Social Welfare, 2018).

Event Appearances (15)

PhD Convocation Speaker, College of Nursing

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Center Convocation  Aurora, Colorado


Mii and my relationships: The panel-Learning from others’ stories.

Group Panel Presentation  Northshore Baptist Church, Bothell Washington

Strategies for the advance practice nurse to facilitate staff involvement with research

Seattle Nursing Research Group  Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, Washington

A systematic review of housing-led interventions for homeless youth: Preliminary findings

West Coast Convening VIII  Seattle, WA


Using a patient panel of case studies to teach across the FNP curriculum

National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties 43rd Annual Conference  Washington, D.C.


The importance of Integrative Health in primary care: Western medicine will only take you so far!

American Academy of Nurse Practitioners 2017 National Conference  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


STDs: Confronting don't ask. Don't tell.

American Association of Nurse Practitioners 2016 National Conference  San Antonio, Texas


Best practices for evaluating student knowledge and performance

WSNA Nurse Educator CNE Event  Seattle, Washington

Nurse practitioner interdisciplinary education: An online exemplar

School of Social Work  University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California


Maintaining best practice: A community-based research project between Seattle University and the King County Juvenile Detention Center

Community-Engaged Scholarship Symposium  Seattle University, Seattle, Washington

Finding ways to reduce teen homelessness.

Sullivan Leadership Program  Seattle University, Seattle, Washington

The use of POGIL in first quarter nursing immersion courses: A pilot project

Lunchtime Scholar Series  Seattle University, Seattle, Washington

Exploring nursing as a career

Middle College High School  Seattle University, Seattle, Washington

What it’s like to teach undergraduate students at Seattle University

New Faculty Institute  Seattle University, Seattle, Washington

People, passion, purpose (P3): A learning odyssey

People Passion Purpose (P3) - Join the Conversation  Seattle Center, Seattle Washington



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Research Reports & Projects (4)

Exploring the effect of poor relationships on behavior during the adolescent transition to emerging adulthood


Doctoral dissertation

A nursing concept analysis of adolescent risk behavior

Doctoral comprehensive examination paper

Seattle’s P3 project: A qualitative secondary analysis of the voyager journey

Seattle Center Foundation

Secondary analysis of key themes and concepts from adolescent video blogs

Maintaining best practice

A community-based research project between Seattle University and the King County Juvenile Detention Center

This research project was the result of a collaborative partnership between the Seattle University Youth Initiative (SUYI) Community-Based Research (CBR) Fellows Program and the King County Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention, Juvenile Division. The purpose of this community-based research (CBR) project was to assist the Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention, Juvenile Division with the evaluation and revision of existing classification tools used in the juvenile detention facility so that the available tools used reflect best practices and community standards.

Research Grants (5)

Archibald Charitable Foundation Grant

Norman Archibald Charitable Foundation $6,000.00


Ryan’s House for Youth Teen and Young Adult Integrative Health Center

Maintaining best practice: A community-based research project between Seattle University and the King County Juvenile Detention Center

Seattle University Youth Initiative, Raikes Foundation $4,000.00

Community-Based Research Project

Core Summer Seminar: Justice in the Curriculum

Seattle University, Department of Theology $1,000.00

Teaching social justice principles in nursing: An active learning community assessment exercise

Curriculum Transformation Project: Undergraduate Nursing

Seattle University, Ignatian Colleagues Program $4,200.00

Created curricula for BSN program revision

Guided inquiry learning in nurse immersion courses: A pilot project

Nursing Faculty Initiatives Grant, Seattle, University $5,000.00

Studied the use of process oriented guided inquiry learning in master's level nurse immersion courses.

Partnerships (1)

Community-Based Participatory Collaboration: Medical Outreach

Gail Lavassar, Executive Director Readiness to Learn Foundation

The Readiness To Learn Foundation is a non-profit organization that works in partnership with schools, communities and families. Our goal is to help each child reach their potential regardless of their circumstances. The Readiness To Learn Foundation is your one stop shop when you need information, encouragement or support. We can help.

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Courses (2)

NURS 503 Theory: Clinical Management of Adult Patients

This course provides the nurse practitioner student with the necessary knowledge and experience to diagnose and manage individuals with common health problems, including acute episodic illness. Emphasis is placed on assisting adults to reach or maintain the highest level of health and functioning, with a focus on health promotion, health maintenance, and primary care management of common problems encountered by adult patients (3 credits).

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NURS 601 Clinical Practicum: Management of the Childbearing/Childrearing Family

This course provides advanced practice nursing students in the FNP track the clinical experience to apply the theoretical concepts studied in Theory: Clinical Management of the Childbearing/Childrearing course. The course focuses on systemic assessment of these families status incorporating health promotion, health maintenance and delivery of care strategies. In addition the clinical experience will foster skills in the planning and implementation of care for childrearing families with an altered health status. The clinical experience can take place in a variety of practice settings (3 credits).

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Articles & Publications (4)

Managing adolescents with type 2 diabetes mellitus The Journal for Nurse Practitioners


Over the past 3 decades, type 2 diabetes mellitus in adolescents, those between the ages of 12 and 18 years, has gone from unusual to increasingly common. The prevalence of type 2 diabetes in youth increased by 35% from 2001 to 2009 and has continued to rise. This rise in prevalence is attributed to the increase in pediatric and adolescent obesity. The aim of this article is to provide the nurse practitioner with the tools necessary to treat this unique population using a holistic approach. We address information regarding lifestyle and medical management, growth and development, and the social determinants of health.

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Teaching social justice principles in nursing: an active learning community assessment exercise Journal of Nursing Education


The commitment to social justice is an essential feature of professional nursing practice (American Association of Colleges of Nursing, 2008). Social justice involves critically evaluating major determinants of health, including an individual’s personal attributes, acquired health behaviors, health care accessibility, as well as social, economic, and cultural resources and environments (Reutter & Kushner, 2010).

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Exploring the effect of poor relationships on behavior during the adolescent transition to emerging adulthood University of Colorado Health Sciences Center


Reckless behaviors (minor theft, substance abuse, and unprotected intercourse) are common during adolescence. Once an adolescent proceeds down a life course characterized by these behaviors, changing direction can be difficult. it is not known which adolescents engaging in reckless behaviors are most at risk for progressing to deviant behaviors (assault, drug dealing, and violent crimes) during emerging adulthood.

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Cardiovascular risk in hispanic and non-hispanic preschoolers Nursing Research


Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death in the United States for both men and women among all racial and ethnic groups. Identifying risk factors early in life can facilitate use of preventive strategies to reduce risk and improve health status across the life span.

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