University of Nebraska Medical Center

Sheri Rowland, PhD, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC

Associate Professor, UNMC College of Nursing


Dr. Rowland is an Associate Professor and advanced practice family nurse practitioner. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Union College in Lincoln, a Master of Science degree in nursing from the University of Nebraska Medical Center-Kearney Division, and a PhD in nursing from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Dr. Rowland has over 20 years of clinical practice in nursing, particularly with cardiovascular disease treatment and prevention. Dr. Rowland conducts health behavior research with focus on the intersection between health care providers with mHealth and health disparity populations.
  • 1992, BS, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • 1996, BSN, Union College
  • 2000, MSN, UNMC
  • 2017, PhD, UNMC
Research Interests
  • Physical activity behavior and cardiorespiratory fitness
  • Social and occupational influences on health behavior
  • Modifiable cardiovascular risk
  • mHealth interventions
Grant Support
  • 2019-2021 Title: Feasibility, Acceptability, and Preliminary Impact of an mHealth Cardiovascular Risk Self-management Intervention in the Rural Hispanic Adult Population, Award Amount: $50,000, Role: Rowland, S. (P.I.)
  • 2018-2019 Title: The Effectiveness of Interventions to Reduce Sedentary Behavior Among Older Adults, Award Amount: $5,000, Chase, J. (P.I.)
  • 2016-2017 Title: Feasibility and Impact of a Cardiorespiratory Fitness Intervention in an Occupational Health Setting, Award Amount: $43,258, Role: Rowland, S. (P.I.)
  • Yates, B. C., Rowland, S.A., Mancuso, K., Kupzyk, K. A., Norman, J. F., Shurmur, S., & Tesina, K. (2015). Reducing cardiovascular risk in spouses of cardiac patients: A randomized controlled trial. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 37(1), 85-102. https://doi.org/10.1177/0193945914551390
  • Eisenhauer, C.M., Hageman, P.A., Rowland, S.A., Becker, B.J., Barnason, S.A., & Pullen, C.H. (2016). Acceptability of mHealth technology for self-monitoring eating and activity among rural men. Public Health Nursing, 34(2), 138-146. https://doi.org/10.1111/phn.12297
  • Rowland, S.A., Schumacher, K.L., Leinen, D.D., Phillips, B.G, Schulz, P.S., & Yates, B.C. (2018). Couples’ experiences with healthy lifestyle behaviors after cardiac rehabilitation. Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention, 38(3), 170-174. https://doi.org/10.1097/HCR.0000000000000259
  • Yates, B.C., Vazquez Hernandez, M., Rowland, S.A., Leinen, D., Sampson, D., & Schumacher, K. (2018). A qualitative study of participants’ experiences in cardiac rehabilitation. Journal of Cardiac Rehabilitation and Prevention. https://doi.org/10.1097/HCR.0000000000000317
  • Rowland, S.A., Berg, K.E., Kupzyk, K.A., Pullen, C.H., Cohen, M.Z., Schulz, P.S., & Yates, B.C. (2018). Feasibility and effect of a peer modeling workplace physical activity intervention for women. Workplace Health & Safety, 66(9), 428-436. https://doi.org/10.1177/2165079917753690
  • Rowland, S.A., Cohen, M.Z., Pullen, C.H., Schulz, P.S., Berg, K.E., & Yates, B.C. (2018). Perceptions of a peer modeling workplace physical activity intervention for women. Workplace Health & Safety, 66(9), 437-443. https://doi.org/10.1177/2165079918782258
  • Rowland, S.A., Cohen, M.Z., Pullen, C.H., Schulz, P.S., Berg, K.E., Kupzyk, K.A., Pozehl, B.J., & Yates, B.C. (2019). Vicarious experience to affect physical activity in women: A randomized control trial. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 42(4), 286-292. https://doi.org/10.1177/0193945919856575
  • Chase, J. A. D., Otmanowski, J., Rowland, S., & Cooper, P. S. (2020). A systematic review and meta-analysis of interventions to reduce sedentary behavior among older adults. Translational Behavioral Medicine, 10(5), 1078-1085. https://doi.org/10.1093/tbm/ibz189
  • Ramos, A., Carvajal-Suarez, M., Trinidad, N., Quintero, S., Molina, D., & Rowland, S. (2020). “No somos máquinas” (We are not machines): Worker perspectives of safety culture in meatpacking plants in the Midwest. American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 64(2), 84-96. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajim.23206
  • Tassemeyer, D., Rowland, S., & Barnason, S. (2021). Building a Nursing Escape Room: An Innovative Active Learning Strategy. Nurse Educator. https://doi.org/10.1097/NNE.0000000000000987
  • Ramos, A., Carvajal-Suarez, M., Trinidad, N., Johnson-Beller, R., & Rowland, S. (2021). Health and well-being of Hispanic/Latino meatpacking workers in the Midwest: An application of the health belief model. Workplace Health & Safety. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F21650799211016907
  • Rowland, S., Ramos, A., Carvajal-Suarez, M., Trinidad, N., Johnson-Beller, R., Struwe, L., Quintero, S. & Pozehl, B. (2021). Musculoskeletal pain and cardiovascular risk in Hispanic/Latino meatpacking workers. Workplace Health & Safety.
  • 2020-Present Amercian Association of Occuapational Health Nurses, member.
  • 2020-2021 Nurse Practitioner Nebraska Wesleyan University Student Health.
  • 2020-2021 Nurse Practitioner Nebraska Medicine UNL and UNO Health Centers.
  • 2019-2021 Nurse Practitioner Lincoln Lancaster County Health Department STI Clinic.
  • 2017-present American Heart Association, member.
  • 2017-Present Amercian Nurses Association, member.
  • 2016-Present Society of Behavioral Medicine, member.
  • 2015-Present Sigma Theta Tau Gamma Pi-at Large Chapter, member.
  • 2013-Present Midwest Nursing Research Society, member.
  • 2012-Present Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association, member.
  • 2011-2019 Nurse Practitioner-Children’s Nebraska Employee Health.
  • 2006-2011 Nurse Practitioner-Cardiology Heart Consultants P.C..
  • 2003-2006 Nurse Practitioner-Cardiothoracic Surgery Alegent Health.
  • 2000-Present Nebraska Nurse Practitioner, member.
  • 2000-2003 Nurse Practitioner Student Health University of Nebraska-Kearney.
  • 2000-2001 Nurse Practitioner Dundy County Hospital.
  • 1996-2000 RN-Critical Care Good Samaritan Health System.
  • 2017 WELLCOM, Wellness Health Inspiration Award.
  • 2015 UNMC, Nellie House Craven for an Academic Nursing Career Scholarship.
  • 2015 Children's Nebraska, Florence Nightingale Award.
  • 2014 UNMC, Nellie House Craven for an Academic Nursing Career Scholarship.
  • 2014 Midwest Nursing Research Society, SAGE Best Paper Award