PhD, Rush University; MS, Hampton University; BS, Hampton Institute

Research Interests

HIV prevention and the sexual communication needs of African-American at-risk women, families, and adolescents; using mobile phone technology to deliver safer sex messages


Dr. Cornelius has more than 34 years of nursing experience and more than 20 years of experience teaching undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students. She has specific post-doctoral training and expertise in HIV teaching strategies and intervention research methods. Dr. Cornelius has held positions as visiting professor in the school of medicine and associate and assistant professor in schools of nursing. She is licensed to practice nursing in Virginia. Dr. Cornelius has taught research, synthesis capstone courses, introduction to nursing science, conceptual models of nursing, and advanced adult nursing didactic and clinical courses at other universities. She has served on thesis and dissertation committees and has published and presented at regional, national, and international conferences on her research interests. Dr. Cornelius joined Walden’s faculty in 2010 and teaches courses in research.