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Lenora A. McWilliams, PhD, MS, RN

Associate Professor


  • PhD Texas Woman’s University, Houston 2016
  • MS (Nursing Administration), University of Massachusetts at Lowell 1990
  • BS Nursing, University of Massachusetts at Lowell 1984




Office Hours

By appointment

Clinical Interest

  • Health Promotion
  • Community and Mental Health
  • Simulation

Research Interest

  • Cooperative Learning
  • Inter-Professional Collaboration
  • Simulation

Professional Expertise

  • Community and Population Health and Wellness
  • Vaccine Confidence
  • Research

Professional Accolades

  • 2019 Excellence in Nursing, Nursing Education: Faculty, Silver Award, Good Samaritan Foundation
  • 2016 Texas Woman’s University Outstanding Graduate Student: Former Students Association
  • 2015 Outstanding PhD Student: Beta Beta Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau


  • McWilliams, L.A, Shani P., Dwyer C., Schrader, P.K., Joseph B., & McINtyre, T. (2022) Building COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence Among Nurses, and in Communities. American Association of Nursing and Center for Disease Control Grant, $70,000.
  • McWilliams, L.A. (2002). Promoting Vaccine Confidence. Gessner Family Scholars ($10,000).
  • Hu, M., McWilliams, L., Singh, R., Bui, D. (21019-2021). Pharmacokinetics study of antitumor B in healthy volunteers. National Institute of Health. R01 CA205633. (CON: $8,100).
  • McWilliams, L. (2021). The use of cooperative learning teams and role play to promote vaccine confidence in undergraduate nursing students. Phi Chi Chapter Sigma Theta Tau, $500.
  • McWilliams, L., Segu P. & Andrews, C. (2021). Sight and Hearing for Success. Cougars Initiative to Engage, $24, 300, (CON: $14,150).
  • McWilliams, L. (2109). Provost's 50 in 5 Research Award. University of Houston, $5,000. Funded.
  • McWilliams, L.A. (2016-2018). Comparisons of cooperative teams while using haptic intravenous simulator. University of Houston: New Faculty Research Grant. $6,000.


  • McWilliams, L., McIntyre, T. (2022). Benefits of cooperative teams and impact of team characteristics on performance during simulation. Podium at 33rd International Nursing Research Congress, Edinburg, Scotland.
  • Acquati, C., McCarty, D., Briscoe, D., Buck, D., Civallero, L., Hernandez, B., Johnson, C., Joseph, B., McWilliams, L., Schrader, P. (2022). Addressing social determinants of health through interprofessional education: The Housefold-Centered Care Program. Podium at Council on Social Work Education: 68th Annual Program Meeting, Anaheim, California.
  • McWilliams, L., Segu, P., Price D. (2021). Sight for Success: Learning and working together as an Interprofessional team to promote childhood vision. Online podium at Texas Public Health Association Virtual Annual Education Conference.
  • McWilliams, L. (2018). Comparison of cooperative teams while using haptic intravenous simulator. Poster at Nursing Education Research, Washington, D.C.
  • McWilliams, L.A. (2017). Cooperative Learning versus independent learning and the haptic intravenous simulator. Podium at 28th International Nursing Research Congress, Dublin, Ireland.
  • Freysteinson, W.M., Cesario, S., McWilliams, L.A., Nibert, A., Clutter, P., Du, J., Goff, M.N., Belay, H.A., Adams, J.D., & Nurse, R.P. (2016). An accent modification intervention for nursing and allied health students. Poster at 27th International Nursing Research Congress, Cape Town, South Africa.
  • McWilliams, L. (2015). Learning together while using an IV simulator. Podilum at 26th Internatioanl Nursing Research Congress, San Juan, Puerto Rico.
  • Ho, J., Belay, H.A., McWilliams, L. (2011). Lesson learned and pearls of wisdom: Utilizing high and medium fidelity simulation on transitioning graduate nurses from student to staff nure role, Symposium at 22nd International Nursing Research Congress, Cancun, Mexico.
  • McWilliams, L., Combe, L., Comia, E., & Vandenburg, K. (2011). Fostering the skills of the school nurse in a simulated environment. Poatsre at National Association of School Nurse 43rd Annual Conference, Washinton, D.C.