Trina Aguirre, PhD, RN

Associate Professor


University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC)
College of Nursing - West Nebraska Division
1601 East 27th St.
Scottsbluff, NE 69361

Phone: 308-632-0412



  • 2005, BSN, UNMC
  • 2010, PhD, UNMC


Dr. Aguirre is an Associate Professor/Nurse Researcher with the UNMC College of Nursing. She received her bachelor of science in nursing degree from the UNMC College of Nursing and her PhD in nursing degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.


Research Interests

  • Obesity in rural Hispanic and Native American populations
  • Bio-impediance analysis for measuring body composition
  • Overweight individuals (food addicted and non-food addicted) to determine best treatments for each group

Grant Support (Previous 5 years)

July 2017-June 2019
Assessment of and Treatment Applied to Food Addiction to Encourage Self-Management of Obesity in a Rural Healthy Behaviors Clinic, $75,000, Aguirre, T (P.I.)

March 2016-March 2017
Toward a Novel Informal Systems of Community Health Assessment Instrument: Using Network Science to Better Measure Social Determinants of Health for Food Related Conditions, $19,900, Aguirre, T (Co-P.I.)


Aguirre, T., Meier, N., Koehler, A., & Bowman, R. (2021). Highly processed food addiction: A concept analysis. Nursing Forum. DOI: 10.1111/nuf.12662

Jobman, J., Aguirre, T., Koehler, A., Struwe, L. & Wells, W. (2020). Role of community health fairs in providing health services, improving health of rural residents. Archives of Psychiatry and Mental Health, 2020 (4) 042-045. Doi: 10.29328/journal.apmh.1001017

Koehler, A., Aguirre, T., Schulte, E., Bowman, R. & Struwe, L., (2020). Secondary analysis of YFAS 2.0 symptom counts, impairment/distress, and food addiction severity in adults with overweight/obesity. Eating and Weight Disorders, doi: 10.1007/s40519-020-01077-1.

Aguirre, T., Bowman, R., Struwe, L., Koehler, A., Schulte, E., Holloway, J., LaTowsky, J., Stricker, M., Pierce, K., & Bloodgood, M. (2019). Impact of interventions used to treat addictive disorders on food addiction and depression in individuals with obesity. International Journal of Psychiatry Research, 2(4): 1-3.

Aguirre, T. M., Joshi, A., Koehler, A. E., Rodriguez, E. K., & Wilhelm, S. L. (2018). Impact of a computer-based breastfeeding education program on breastfeeding self-efficacy and duration in rural Hispanic women. Health and Primary Care, 2(4). doi:10.15761/hpc.1000144

Aguirre, T., Bowman, R., Kreman, R., Holloway, J., Latowsky, J., Stricker, M., Struwe, L., . . . Bloodgood, M. (2018). Pre-intervention characteristics in weight loss participants scoring positive and negative for food addiction. Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism, 1(1). doi:10.15761/cnm.1000103

View all publications »


Served as Consultant for the Nebraska State Student Nurses Association.

Community health nursing practice.

Community Action Partnership of Western Nebraska, Scottsbluff, NE. (2009-2019).


Received the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing Silver U-Performance Award.

Received the 2014 University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing Ada M. Lindsey Professional Service Award.

Received the 2017 Pennie Z. Davis Faculty Research Award.

Received the 2014 University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing Ada M. Lindsey Professional Service Award.