Dr. Aycock is an Associate Professor and PhD Program Director in the School of Nursing at Georgia State University.
This year, Dr. Aycock celebrates 25 years of nursing with a career focused on advancing and promoting nursing science through research, service and education. She has coordinated several pharmaceutical funded clinical trials and NIH-funded nursing studies. As a nurse scientist, she has advanced primary stroke prevention science by bringing awareness to the problem of stroke in young adult African Americans. Dr. Aycock has developed, tested and disseminated the innovative Stroke COunseling for Risk REduction (SCORRE) intervention which has shown promise in reducing stroke risk in this understudied, at-risk group. She has received National Institute of Nursing Research funding for this research and was one of 11 selected in the inaugural cohort of the Betty Irene Moore Fellowship Program for Nurse Leaders and Innovators. Additionally, her work has been published in top-tiered journals and presented at professional conferences and events. As a fellow in the American Heart Association she has championed increased programming on prevention topics, particularly for underrepresented groups and contributed to increases in membership and engagement. Dr. Aycock encourages and educates others to pursue research careers through her role as PhD program director and through authorship; six of her 30 published articles are topics to help novice researchers increase methodological rigor in research.
Dr. Aycock received her BSN from Prairie View A&M University, her MSN from Emory University and her PhD in Nursing from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.