PhD, New York University; MS, Virginia Commonwealth University; BSN, University of Virginia

Research Interests

Women survivors of childhood abuse; unitary and participatory methods; holistic healing


Dr. Cowling has been a professor and academic administrator for more than 25 years and is a contributing faculty member at Walden, teaching graduate courses in nursing education. He is professor and director of the Ph.D. program in nursing at the University of North Carolina–Greensboro and editor of the Journal of Holistic Nursing. He has published and presented extensively through a variety of national and international venues. Dr. Cowling is certified as an advanced practice nurse in both mental health and holistic nursing. In 2008, Dr. Cowling was awarded a Department of Health and Human Services grant to support a Ph.D. program focused on health disparities and health promotion. He was named the 2008 Holistic Nurse of the Year by the American Holistic Nurses Association. Dr. Cowling is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.