Joanna Maxwell PhD, MS, RN, FTNSS

Phone: +410 (726) 8067
E-mail: Jmaxwell@Towson.Edu


Expertise Areas:

My research and scholarship interests focus on immigration health, child health, family, and community. I apply social determinants of health factors to my scholarship, practice, and teaching. I am an author and professional presenter on culture and health.

Research methodology: Primarily Qualitative study (ethnography); secondarily mixed methods. 

Clinical expertise: Child Health and Community Health.

University Education: To undergraduate and graduate students in nursing. In addition, I taught transcultural nursing as an elective and required course, as well as offsite service-learning courses.

Service Experience: Community Outreach services with action research evaluation model to economically vulnerable neighborhoods. In addition, I represented my district at the County Human Relations Commission Committee (on Human rights and Civil Rights). 

Leadership Experience: Past Director of my Univerity's Multicultural Institute for faculty and staff development. Held leadership roles in the regional and national TCNS.

Languages spoken, read/write*:

English,  Urdu,  Hindi

Select Publications:

2020.  Scholars' Corner article in the January 2020 issue of the Journal of Transcultural Nursing (JTCN) on "Caring for the Frail Elderly Refugees in United States". Publisher: SAGE

2018  Co-author of a new subject: Ayurveda: Relevance in Culture Care. Editors: Marilyn McFarland & Hiba Wehbe-Alamah. In the fourth edition of Madeline Leininger’s textbook on Transcultural Nursing: Concepts, theories, research & practice. Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education

2018   Authored Case Study: Health Care for the Poor and Underserved Populations in India. In a book titled, Global Applications for Culturally Competent Health Care: Guidelines for Practice (Marilyn Douglas, et al. Editors). Publisher: Springer.

May 2017   Scholars' Corner article in the May 2017 Issue of the Journal of Transcultural Nursing (JTCN) on "In service to others: The power of collaborative care in the community". Publisher: SAGE

2014   Published Textbook as Second edition (2014). Titled: Culture and Health: Concept and Practice. Publisher: Linus, Inc.

Present/Future Directions 

The post-pandemic period offers a huge potential to transform health care through Transcultural Nursing leadership, research, education, and practice. With the evermore presence of rapid application of technology that enables nurses and other healthcare professionals to reach people in need, transcultural nursing care is a globalized phenomenon. Yet, a critical area of focus is the failing health conditions in vulnerable populations. For example, social determinants of health factors impact economic and social development everywhere, especially during natural disasters or man-made crises that displace human populations resulting in global migrations. The cultural care theories and models inform and prepare nurses to provide care to diverse populations.

Updated 02/2023