Francine Sheppard, PhD, RN, CNE
Director of Undergraduate Programs
28 Schenck Parkway, Suite 307
Dr. Francine Hebert Sheppard is Director of Undergraduate Programs and an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing. Prior to coming to Western Carolina University, Dr. Sheppard was at the University of North Carolina Greensboro as research faculty. Dr. Sheppard received an Associate Degree in Nursing from Gardner-Webb University, a Bachelor of Science degree from Northwestern State University of LA, a Master’s in Nursing Education from Gardner-Webb University, and a PhD in Nursing from The University of North Carolina Greensboro.
Her clinical practice specialties are in mental health and geriatrics. Dr. Sheppard’s publications are in the research area of mental and physical health outcomes of older adults during life transitions, including retirement, loss, and relocation. These examinations include measurements of stress biomarkers, predicting and addressing health changes, and exploring implications for healthcare practice and policies for the aging. She has presented nationally and internationally. Dr. Sheppard teaches courses in nursing research, mental health, gerontology, women’s global health studies, professional concepts of nursing, and pedagogical approaches to nursing education.
Dr. Sheppard is currently a member of The Gerontological Society of America, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Eta Psi Chapter), American Psychiatric Nurses Society (National Council for Mental Health Advocacy Advisory Panel member), and Southern Nursing Research Society (Membership Committee, North Carolina Liaison). She currently resides in Kings Mountain, North Carolina.