Safiya George Dalmida, PhD, APRN-BC

Associate Professor
Director of Scholarly Affairs
Capstone College of Nursing
The University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487, USA


Dr. Dalmida is a board certified Nurse Practitioner, specialized in HIV/AIDS, immunology and oncology. She obtained her PhD from Emory University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Duke University. Her area of research focus is on spirituality and coping with stress and its relationship to mental and physical health among people living with HIV/AIDS and the role of religion and cognition among people at risk for HIV. Her chapter on Religion and HIV/AIDS, is featured in a new book published by Oxford Press entitled, Religion as a Social Determinant of Health.. Earlier, she is an currently an Assistant Professor at the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing and Adjunct Faculty at the Latin American and Caribbean Studies and African American Studies departments at Emory University. Dr. Dalmida, Currently, an Associate Professor and Director of Scholarly Affairs at the Capstone College of Nursing, The University of Alabama. She conducted a study entitled “Spirituality, Religion, Coping, and Health Among People with HIV/AIDS”, funded by the Templeton Foundation. The principal aim of the study was to examine the interconnections between religious coping, depression, perceived stress, CD4 count, social support, and health-related quality of life (HRQOL) in 292 HIV-positive outpatients and to test the idea that religious coping explains a significant amount of the variance in HRQOL. During her doctoral training, Dr. George Dalmida received NIH funding to test a model based on psychoneuroimmunology that included spiritual components and examined the interrelationships among the study variables and the contribution of existential well-being to the mental health and physical health composites of HRQOL beyond usual sources of variance. She also conducted a qualitative study of the lived spiritual experience of 20 women living with HIV/AIDS. She recently completed a study that examined the roles of prefrontal cortex function and religiosity in HIV-associated sexual risk behavior among Black adolescent girls.

Research Interest

Her research interests include: Spirituality/Religiosity, Meaning-making, Mental Health, Immunology, Health-related Quality of Life, Medication Adherence, Sexual Risk Behavior, Decision-making, Cognitive Function.

Scientific Activities


• 2013 Best Poster Award, “Dalmida, S.G. Cognition and Sexual Risk Behavior among African American Girls”. International Conference on Sexually Transmitted Diseases and AIDS, October 24-25, 2013, Orlando, FL.
• 2012 Carl Storm Underrepresented Minority (CSURM) Fellowship for the 2012 Neurobiology of Cognition Gordon Research Conference • 2011 We Are Emory 100 Community Builders Award
• • 2010 Atlanta Public Schools Career and Technical Education Business and Community Partner Award
• 2005-2006 Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award – Postdoctoral Fellow
• 1999 Nursing Faculty Award
• 1999 Magna Cum Laude Graduate
• 1997 Cum Laude Graduate


• 2013-2015 Leadership Succession Committee, Sigma Theta Tau, International (STTI) Honor Society for Nursing, Elected Member
• 2013-Present Board of Directors, Healthy Nation, LLC, Board Member
• 2013-Present Board of Directors, Healthy Nation Fund, Board Member
• 2012-2013 Board of Directors, Family Health Enterprise, Board Member
• 2012 BRAIN Program, Center for Behavioral Neuroscience, Mentor
• 2012-Present International AIDS Society (IAS), Member
• 2012-Present Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM), Member
• 2012-Present Society for Research on Adolescence (SRA), Member
• 2012-Present American Academy of Health Behavior (AAHB), Member
• 2012-2014 Advisory Board, Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA), Benjamin Banneker High School, Co-Chair
• 2011-2013 Region 7 Conference Planning Committee, STTI, Co-Chair
• 2011-2012 International Service Taskforce, STTI, United States Health Management Institute (USHMI), STTI, Alpha Epsilon Chapter, Chair, Board Member, Delegate
• 2011-Present Society for Neuroscience (SFN), Member
• 2011-Present Center for Mind, Brain, and Culture, Emory University, Affiliate • 2011-Present Virgin Islands Community Aids Resource & Education, Inc. (VICARE), Member/Donor
• 2010-2012 Research Committee, STTI Alpha Epsilon Chapter, Co-Chair
• 2008-Present Atlanta Clinical and Translational Science Institute, Member
• 2007-Present American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Member
• 2007-Present National League for Nursing (NLN), Member
• 2007-Present American Academy of Religion (AAR), Member
• 2007-Present Society for Spirituality, Theology and Health, Member
• 2007-Present Center for AIDS Research (CFAR), Emory University, Member
• 2002-Present American Nurses Association (ANA), Member
• 2002-Present Southern Nursing Research Society (SNRS), Member
• 2001-2002 Chapters Committee, ANAC, Member
• 2001-Present STTI, Member
• 2000-Present Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC), Member
• 1997-1999 National Foreign Language Honor Society, Member



1. Dalmida SG, Koenig HK, Holstad MM, Thomas TL. Religious and psychosocial covariates of health-related quality of life in people living with HIV/AIDS. HIV/AIDS Research and Treatment Open Journal. 2015; 1(1): 1-15. doi: 10.17140/HARTOJ-1-110
2. Delaney A, Dalmida SG, Gaydos L. When its not postpartum depression: Stress and mental health experiences and needs of new, first-time mothers. Issues in Mental Health Nursing. 2015; 36(6): 416-423.
3. Ejaz K, Shuaib W, Dalmida SG, et al. Evidence-Based practice: Best neuroimaging practice in non-traumatic headaches. Journal of Emergency Nursing. 2015. doi: 10.1016/j.jen.2014.09.010
4. Thomas TL, Yarandi HN, Dalmida SG, Frados A, Klienert K. Cross-Cultural Differences and Sexual Risk Behavior of Emerging Adults. Journal of Transcultural Nursing. 2015; 26(2): 64-72. doi: 10.1177/1043659614524791
5. Gaydos LM, Blake SC, Gazmararian JA, Woodruff W, Thompson WW, Dalmida SG. Revisiting Safe Sleep Recommendations for African-American Infants: Why Current Counseling is Insufficient. Maternal and Child Health Journal. 2014; 1-8. doi: 10.1007/s10995-014-1530-z
6. Dalmida SG. Neurocognitive correlates of HIV/STI-associated sexual decision-making in AA girls. Journal of AIDS Clinical Research. 2013; 4: 9. doi: 10.4172/2155-6113.S1.002
7. Dalmida SG. The growing HIV/AIDS epidemic in Americas paradise: Examining HIV risk. Journal of AIDS Clinical Research. 2013; 4: 9.
8. Dalmida SG, Koenig HG, Holstad MM, Wirani MM. The psychological well-being of people living with HIV/AIDS and the role of religious coping and social support. International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine. 2013; 46(1): 57-83.
9. Gazmararian J, Dalmida SG, Merino Y, Blake S, Thompson W, Gaydos L. What new mothers need to know: Perspectives from women and providers. Maternal and Child Health Journal.2013. doi: 10.1007/s10995-013-1308-8.
10. Dalmida SG, Holstad MM, DiIorio CK, Laderman G. The meaning and use of spirituality among African American women with HIV/AIDS. Western Journal of Nursing Research. 2012; 34(6): 736-764. doi: 10.1177/0193945912443740
11. Bail K, Foster J, Dalmida SG, et al. The impact of invisibility on the health of migrant farmworkers in the southeastern United States: A case study from Georgia. Nursing Research and Practice. 2012; 2012: 8. doi: 10.1155/2012/760418
12. Dalmida SG, Holstad MM, DiIorio CK, Laderman G. Spiritual well-being and health-related quality of life among African American women with HIV/AIDS. Applied Research in Quality of Life. 2010; 4: 1-19.
13. Dalmida SG, Robertson B, Carrion MM, et al. Spirituality, religiousness, psychosocial factors and maternal-infant outcomes in Latina mothers. Southern Online Journal of Nursing Research. 2010; 10(3): 1-19.
14. Din E, Kelly S, Burnley K, et al. Gateway to holistic healing. American Holistic Nurses Association Faculty/Student ENews. 2010; 2(3): 1-6.
15. Dalmida SG, Holstad MM, DiIorio CK, Laderman G. Spiritual well-being, depressive symptoms, and immune status among women living with HIV/AIDS. Women and Health. 2009; 49(2): 119-143. doi: 10.1080/03630240902915036.
16. Dalmida SG. Spirituality, mental health, and health-related quality of life among women with HIV/AIDS: Integrating spirituality into mental health care. Issues in Mental Health Nursing. 2006; 27: 185-198. doi: 10.1080/01612840500436958


1. Dalmida SG, Thurman S. Religion and the HIV/AIDS Epidemic. In: Idler E, ed. Religion as a social determinant of health. New York: Oxford University Press. 2014.
2. Dalmida SG, Lewis RL, Waldrop-Valverde D. Prevention counseling and other strategies in the HIV care setting. In: Metsch L, Goldstein M, eds. Encyclopedia of AIDS. New York: Springer Science.