College of Nursing
Charlene B. Smith received her PhD in Nursing at Southern University and A&M College of Baton Rouge Louisiana in December 2008. The area of concentration was Health Disparities. Her specialty is health issues for Black women, focusing on breast health in African American women. She is a member of the National Black Nurses Association and is a member of the Women's Health Committee. Dr. Smith is also a member of the National League for Nursing and Dillard University Professional Organization of Nurses. She holds a license from the Louisiana State Board of Registered Nurses since August 1978. She began teaching at the graduate level in 2012. Dr. Smith began as a part-time faculty member at Walden University in the College of Nursing Doctoral Program in 2021.
She has taught Nursing Theory, Nursing Research, and Final Student Project courses in other universities' graduate nursing programs. She has also served as Director of the Nursing Continuing Professional Development Program in the College of Nursing. Dr. Smith has worked as a researcher in various areas, including breast health in Black women and barriers for Black nursing students. She has served as the lead investigator in many of those projects. She has several publications and presentations on Black women's breast health, maternal mortality, and barriers affecting Black nursing students. Other publications have focused on mentoring nursing students.