Assistant Professor, Emory University
Dr. Fayron Epps is a nurse with over 20 years of experience and is currently serving as an Assistant Professor at Emory University, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing. Her career goal as a nurse scholar is to promote quality of life for families affected by dementia through research, education and service. Dr. Epps has devoted her career as a nurse leader to reducing health disparities for underserved populations through innovative, culturally relevant programs for the African American community. She works closely with an interdisciplinary team to promote quality of life for African Americans living with dementia and their family caregivers/care partners through self-care and meaningful activities. She is particularly interested in exploring way religious activities and spiritual connectedness can promote meaningful engagement among persons with dementia. Dr. Epps is also the founder of Alter, the only nurse-led dementia-friendly initiative to support African American congregations. Dr. Epps oversees several faith-based research related projects and is an active member in several local, regional, and national organizations. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Southern Gerontological Society, the Alzheimer’s Association Georgia Chapter, and Meals on Wheels Atlanta.