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Nancy Downing, PhD, RN, CP-SANE, SANE-A

Nancy Downing, PhD, RN, CP-SANE, SANE-A

Associate Professor

College of Nursing
1359 TAMU
8447 Riverside Pkwy
Bryan, TX   77807-1359

Phone: 979-436-0157

Education and Training

Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Iowa, 2011 - 2012

Doctor of Philosophy, Nursing, University of Iowa, 2010

Masters Certificate in Molecular Genetics, National Institute of Health Summer Genetics Institute, 2008

Masters Certificate in Forensic Nursing, Beth-El College of Nursing, University of Colorado, 2007

Master of Science, Nursing, University of Iowa, 2007

Bachelor of Science, Nursing, University of Iowa, 1998

Teaching Interests

  • Pathology
  • Genetics
  • Forensic Nursing

Specialty Training/Board Certifications

  • Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner - Adult/Adolescent - IAFN/AACN

Research Interests

  • Improving health outcomes for persons impacted by interpersonal violence
  • Prevention of PTSD following sexual assault
  • Huntington disease

Select Publications

  • Drake, S. A., Koetting, C., Thimsen, K., Downing, N., Porta, C., Hardy, P., Valentine, J. L., & Finn, C. (2018). Forensic nursing state of the science: Research and practice gaps and opportunities. Journal of Forensic Nursing, 14(1), 3-10. PMID 29300235; doi: 10.1097/JFN.0000000000000181.
  • Hahn, E. A., Downing, N. R., Stout, J. C., Paulsen, J. S., Ready, B., Goodnight, S., Lai, J.-S., Miner, J. A., & Carlozzi, N. E. (2018). Understanding the need for assistance with survey completion in people with Huntington disease. Quality of Life Research 27(3), 801-810. PMID 29214414; doi: 10.1007/s11136-017-1747-6.
  • Lai, J.-S., Goodnight, S., Downing, N. R., Ready, R. E., Paulsen, J. S., Kratz, A. L., Stout, J. C., McCormack, M. K., Cella, D., Ross, C., Russell, J., & Carlozzi, N. E. (2018). Evaluating cognition in individuals with Huntington disease: Neuro-QoL cognitive functioning measures. Quality of Life Research, 27(3), 811-822. PMID 29222609; doi: 10.1007/s11136-017-1755-6.
  • Downing, N. R., Goodnight, S., **Chae, S., Perlmutter, J. S., McCormack, M., Hahn, E., Barton, S. K., & Carlozzi, N. E. (2018). Factors associated with end of life planning in Huntington disease. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, 35(3), 440-447. PMID 28655280; doi: 10.1177/1049909117708195.
  • Carlozzi, N. E., Hahn, E. A., Frank, S., Perlmutter, J. S., Downing, N. R., McCormack, M. K., Barton, S. K., Nance, M. A., & Schilling, S. G. (2017). A new measure for end of life planning, preparation, and preferences in Huntington disease: HDQLIFE End of Life Planning. Journal of Neurology, 265(1), 98-107. PMID 29143208; doi: 10.1007/s00415-017-8677-7.
  • Downing, N. R., Lourens, S., De Soriano, I., Long, J. D., & Paulsen, J. S. (2016). Phenotype characterization of HD intermediate alleles in PREDICT-HD. Journal of Huntington’s Disease, 5(4), 357-368. PMID 27983559.
  • Wallace, M. K., Downing, N. R., Lourens, S., Kim, J.-I., Mills, J. A., Long, J. D., & Paulsen, J. S. (in press). Is there an association of physical activity with brain volume, behavior, and day to day function? A cross sectional design in prodromal and early Huntington disease. PLoS Currents HD.
  • Kim, J. I., Long, J. D., Mills, J. A., Downing, N., Williams, J. K., Paulsen, J. S., ... & Miller, A. (2015). Performance of the 12-item WHODAS 2.0 in prodromal Huntington disease. European Journal of Human Genetics, 23(11), 1584-1587. PMID 25735480.
  • Carlozzi, N. E., Kratz, A. L., Downing, N. R., Goodnight, S., Miner, J. A., Migliore, N., & Paulsen, J. S. (2015). Validity of the 12-item World Health Organization Disability Assessment Schedule 2.0 (WHODAS 2.0) in individuals with Huntington disease. Quality of Life Research, 24(8), 1963-1971. PMID 25636661.
  • Downing, N. R., Kim, J. I., Williams, J. K., Long, J. D., Mills, J. A., & Paulsen, J. S. (2014). WHODAS 2.0 in prodromal Huntington disease: Measures of functioning in neuropsychiatric disease. European Journal of Human Genetics, 22(8), 958-963. PMID: 24327189.


  • Ira Shoulson Scholar, Huntington Study Group, 2015
  • DAISY Faculty Award, University of Iowa College of Nursing/DAISY Foundation, 2015
  • Outstanding Forensic Nurse, International Association of Forensic Nurses, 2013
  • Dissertation Award, Midwest Nursing Research Society Genetics Research Section, 2012

Other Recognitions

  • Appointed to the Texas Forensic Science Commission by Governor Greg Abbott, 2017; Re-appointed 2019
  • Director-At-Large, International Association of Forensic Nurses, 2017-2019
Last edited by: krhoades 09/18/2019

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