Journal of Clinical Nursing and Practice

Mary S. Koithan

Mary S. Koithan, PhD
Professor, Department Family and Community Medicine
The University of Arizona, United States


Mary S. Koithan, PhD, CNS-BC, FAAN is Associate Dean for Student and Community Engagement and Anne Furrow Professor at The University of Arizona, College of Nursing where she is also a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine and core faculty for the Native American Research Training Center. She has led the effort to make integrative care accessible, credible, and meaningful to patients and practitioners across varied populations. Dr. Koithan’s clinical scholarship is focused on interprofessional team-based care that is delivered via innovative practice models that improves access to care and health outcomes. Motivated by a deep and abiding concern for high-risk, vulnerable populations, she has developed community-based care delivery models for people with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other chronic illnesses, blending biomedical therapies with evidence-based integrative therapeutics. Community Cancer Connections and Cancer Navigation for Community Health Workers are current exemplars of her programs and have been used to improve health literacy, self-care management, and access to care in a variety of populations, including multiple Native American tribal communities in Arizona and Utah.

Research Interest

She has research interest in Research Methodologies (Qualitative and Quantitative), Theory development and testing, Individual and Family Response to Health and Illness.