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Theresa Granger

Clinical Assistant Professor of Social Work Dept. of Nursing

Advanced practice nursing expert focused on homelessness, social determinants of health, and community-based involvement.

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Theresa Granger

Clinical Assistant Professor of Social Work Dept. of Nursing

Advanced practice nursing expert focused on homelessness, social determinants of health, and community-based involvement.

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Theresa Granger serves as clinical assistant professor in the Department of Nursing’s Family Nurse Practitioner program. Dr. Granger is a licensed, nationally certified family nurse practitioner with prescriptive authority who practices in the state of Washington. Prior to joining USC, she was an adjunct faculty member at Maryville University, a visiting professor at Chamberlain College of Nursing, and an Assistant Professor at Seattle University College of Nursing. While at Seattle University, Dr. Granger was awarded a Community-Based Research fellowship through the Seattle University Youth Initiative. Dr. Granger also participated in the Leadership Education In Adolescent Health (LEAH) program through the University of Washington’s Division of Adolescent Medicine. Dr. Granger has been a nurse and family nurse practitioner for more than 20 years. An expert in the area of adolescent high-risk behavior, she has focused clinical and research interests on the many aspects of adolescent growth and development, specifically the effects that family relationships have on positive and negative aspects of development. She also has extensive experience in the medical management of complex adolescent, adult and geriatric patients. Dr. Granger is passionate about improving the lives of those who are homeless, uninsured or under insured, and has worked as a volunteer medical provider for a homeless youth clinic in Seattle, Washington. Currently, Dr. Granger works with local communities helping them set up no-cost medical clinics. Granger received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from Washington State University. Her PhD in nursing research is from the University of Colorado College of Nursing.



University of Colorado, College of Nursing

PhD 2011

Washington State University

MN/FNP 1996

Washington State University

BSN 1992

Oregon Health & Science University: Support Courses for PhD
Seattle University

Faculty Fellowship 2014

University of Washington, Division of Adolescent Medicine

Certificate 2014

Washington State University, Global Campus

Certification of Instructional Effectiveness 2013

Area of Expertise

  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Rural Health
  • Professional Development Training
  • Health Care Policy
  • Health Care Advocacy
  • Health Care Across the Life Span
  • Child Welfare Issues
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Family Care
  • Community-Based Intervention Research
  • Homelessness
  • Family Relationships
  • Adolescent growth and development
  • Clinical Teaching
  • Community-based Health Care
  • Nursing Science
  • Interprofessional Education and Care
  • Curriculum Design
  • Adolescent Health
  • Health Care Access
  • Sexual & Reproductive Health
  • Online Education
  • Non-Profit Management
  • Health Care for the Homeless

Industry Experience

  • Training and Development
  • Public Policy
  • Professional Training and Coaching
  • Education/Learning
  • Mental Health Care
  • Health Care - Providers
  • Health and Wellness
  • Health Care - Facilities
  • Health Care - Services
  • Alternative Medicine
  • Non-Profit/Charitable
  • Program Development
  • Research
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Writing and Editing

Grand Challenges

Ensure healthy development for all youth

Each year, more than six million young people receive treatment for severe mental, emotional, or behavioral problems. Strong evidence shows us how to prevent many behavioral health problems before they emerge. By unleashing the power of prevention through widespread use of proven approaches, we can help all youth grow up to become healthy and productive adults (American Academy of Social Work & Social Welfare, 2018).

Close the health gap

More than 60 million Americans experience devastating one-two punches to their health—they have inadequate access to basic health care while also enduring the effects of discrimination, poverty, and dangerous environments that accelerate higher rates of illness. Innovative and evidence-based social strategies can improve health care and lead to broad gains in the health of our entire society (American Academy of Social Work & Social Welfare, 2018).

End homelessness

During the course of a year, nearly 1.5 million Americans will experience homelessness for at least one night. Periods of homelessness often have serious and lasting effects on personal development, health, and well-being. Our challenge is to expand proven approaches that have worked in communities across the country, develop new service innovations and technologies, and adopt policies that promote affordable housing and basic income security (American Academy of Social Work & Social Welfare, 2018).


  • National Network for Youth
  • International Council of Nurses, Nurse Practitioner/Advanced Practice Network
  • National Health Care for the Homeless Council
  • California Association for Nurse Practitioners
  • Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine
  • American Association of Nurse Practitioners
  • National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties
  • Sigma Theta Tau

Articles & Publications

Adolescent Peer and Parent Relationships Into Emerging Adulthood | Western Journal of Nursing Research
Theresa Granger, Paul Cook, Gianna Ramos
Threats to adolescent and young adult health and well-being come primarily from behavior and life choices. The purpose of this study was to understand the role that peer and parent relationships have on reckless and deviant behaviors during the transition from adolescence to emerging adulthood. Select Wave I and Wave III variables from the Add Health database were studied. Adolescent reckless behavior was significantly associated with emerging adult deviant behavior, Wald χ2(1, N = 4,615) = 105, p
A patient panel of case studies to teach across the FNP curriculum | Journal of Nursing Education
For our newly launched graduate online family nurse practitioner program (summer 2016), we developed an evolving patient panel of case studies. Our objective was to foster the continued development of clinical reasoning abilities needed to address the complex challenges involved in the delivery of evidence-based, holistic health care. We developed 28 case studies using patients of differing ages; ethnicities; social, family, and economic backgrounds; and medical problems ranging in complexity from simple and acute to complex, chronic conditions.

Managing adolescents with type 2 diabetes mellitus | The Journal for Nurse Practitioners
2017 Over the past 3 decades, type 2 diabetes mellitus in adolescents, those between the ages of 12 and 18 years, has gone from unusual to increasingly common. The prevalence of type 2 diabetes in youth increased by 35% from 2001 to 2009 and has continued to rise. This rise in prevalence is attributed to the increase in pediatric and adolescent obesity. The aim of this article is to provide the nurse practitioner with the tools necessary to treat this unique population using a holistic approach. We address information regarding lifestyle and medical management, growth and development, and the social determinants of health.

Teaching social justice principles in nursing: an active learning community assessment exercise | Journal of Nursing Education
2014 The commitment to social justice is an essential feature of professional nursing practice (American Association of Colleges of Nursing, 2008). Social justice involves critically evaluating major determinants of health, including an individual’s personal attributes, acquired health behaviors, health care accessibility, as well as social, economic, and cultural resources and environments (Reutter & Kushner, 2010).

Exploring the effect of poor relationships on behavior during the adolescent transition to emerging adulthood | University of Colorado Health Sciences Center
2011 Reckless behaviors (minor theft, substance abuse, and unprotected intercourse) are common during adolescence. Once an adolescent proceeds down a life course characterized by these behaviors, changing direction can be difficult. it is not known which adolescents engaging in reckless behaviors are most at risk for progressing to deviant behaviors (assault, drug dealing, and violent crimes) during emerging adulthood.

Cardiovascular risk in hispanic and non-hispanic preschoolers | Nursing Research
2006 Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death in the United States for both men and women among all racial and ethnic groups. Identifying risk factors early in life can facilitate use of preventive strategies to reduce risk and improve health status across the life span.

Research Focus

Exploring the effect of poor relationships on behavior during the adolescent transition to emerging adulthood

Doctoral dissertation

A nursing concept analysis of adolescent risk behavior
Seattle’s P3 project: A qualitative secondary analysis of the voyager journey
Seattle Center Foundation
Maintaining best practice
A community-based research project between Seattle University and the King County Juvenile Detention Center

Research Grants

Archibald Charitable Foundation Grant
Norman Archibald Charitable Foundation $6,000.00

Ryan’s House for Youth Teen and Young Adult Integrative Health Center

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Maintaining best practice: A community-based research project between Seattle University and the King County Juvenile Detention Center
Seattle University Youth Initiative, Raikes Foundation $4,000.00

Community-Based Research Project

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Core Summer Seminar: Justice in the Curriculum
Seattle University, Department of Theology $1,000.00

Teaching social justice principles in nursing: An active learning community assessment exercise

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Curriculum Transformation Project: Undergraduate Nursing
Seattle University, Ignatian Colleagues Program $4,200.00

Created curricula for BSN program revision

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Guided inquiry learning in nurse immersion courses: A pilot project
Nursing Faculty Initiatives Grant, Seattle, University $5,000.00

Studied the use of process oriented guided inquiry learning in master's level nurse immersion courses.

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Community-Based Participatory Collaboration: Medical Outreach
Gail Lavassar, Executive Director | Readiness to Learn Foundation

The Readiness To Learn Foundation is a non-profit organization that works in partnership with schools, communities and families. Our goal is to help each child reach their potential regardless of their circumstances. The Readiness To Learn Foundation is your one stop shop when you need information, encouragement or support. We can help.

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Circles of Wellness Clinic
Gail Lavassar | South Whidbey Community Clinic

We are a newly formed community and health outreach clinic that is part of the Readiness to Learn Foundation ( The Readiness To Learn Foundation (RTL) is a non-profit organization that works in partnership with schools, communities and families. Our clinic provides medical care and outreach health-related services to under-served and low-income individuals and families residing in South Whidbey Island. We are a FREE clinic and rely on community donations and volunteer providers to provide care. We will see anyone regardless of ability to pay.

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NURS 503 Theory: Clinical Management of Adult Patients

This course provides the nurse practitioner student with the necessary knowledge and experience to diagnose and manage individuals with common health problems, including acute episodic illness. Emphasis is placed on assisting adults to reach or maintain the highest level of health and functioning, with a focus on health promotion, health maintenance, and primary care management of common problems encountered by adult patients (3 credits).

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NURS 601 Clinical Practicum: Management of the Childbearing/Childrearing Family

This course provides advanced practice nursing students in the FNP track the clinical experience to apply the theoretical concepts studied in Theory: Clinical Management of the Childbearing/Childrearing course. The course focuses on systemic assessment of these families status incorporating health promotion, health maintenance and delivery of care strategies. In addition the clinical experience will foster skills in the planning and implementation of care for childrearing families with an altered health status. The clinical experience can take place in a variety of practice settings (3 credits).

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NURS 608: Clinical Practicum: Family Primary Care

This capstone course is the culmination of clinical knowledge for family nurse practitioner students in the care of individuals and families across the lifespan. Students will conduct comprehensive assessments, formulate differential diagnoses, develop and implement plans of care to manage acute and chronic health problems across the lifespan.

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