Virginia Commonwealth University

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Featured Researcher

Research Expertise and Focus

  • Stress and depression in women across the lifespan, with a focus on the effects of psychobehavioral and mind-body interventions on biobehavioral health outcomes, including epigenetic, and health benefits

Professional Highlights


Membership and Leadership


  • Director of Awards, Board of Directors, Southern Nursing Research Society
  • Member, Grants Application Review Committee , Sigma Theta Tau International
  • Nursing Research Grants Reviewer, American Nurses Foundation
  • Member, North American Society for Psychosocial Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Member, Academy of Women’s Health
  • Member, Southern Nursing Research Society
  • Member,  International Association of Yoga Therapists
  • Member, Sigma Theta Tau International
  • Member, Virginia Council of Nurse Practitioners

Education and Training

  • Ph.D., University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.
  • M.S., Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Va.
  • B.S., Haverford College, Haverford, Pa.

Selected Publications

Starkweather, A., Lyon, D., Kinser, P., Heineman, A., Sturgill, J., Deng, X., Siangphoe, U., Elswick, R., Greenspan, J., & Dorsey, S. (2016). Comparison of low back pain recovery and persistence: A descriptive study of characteristics at pain onset. Biological Research for Nursing.1-10. doi: 10.1177/1099800416631819

Jallo, N., Elswick, R., Kinser, P, Price, S., Masho, S., Svikis, D. (2015). Prevalence and predictors of depressive symptoms in pregnant African American women. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 36(11):860-9. doi: 10.3109/01612840.2015.1048014 PMID: 26631857

Masho, S. Price, S., Kinser, P., Jallo, N. (2015). Racial disparities in the association between stress and preterm birth. Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice, 8(4): 79-91.

Kinser, P., Masho, S. (2015). “Yoga was my saving grace”: The experience of women who practice prenatal yoga. Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, 21(5): 319-26. PMID: 25648492

An, K., Jallo, N., Menzies, V., Kinser, P., Robins, J., Starkweather, A. (2015). Integrative review of co-occurring symptoms across etiologies of chronic liver disease and implications for symptom management research and practice. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 47(4): 310-7. DOI: 10.1111/jnu.12146. PMID: 26077958

Kinser, P., Masho, S. (2015). “I just start crying for no reason”: The experience of stress and depression in pregnant urban African American adolescents and their perception of yoga as a management strategy. Women’s Health Issues. 25(2): 142-8. DOI: 10.1016/j.whi.2014.11.007. PMCID: 4355303

Menzies, V., Jallo, N., Kinser, P., An, K., Robins, J., Driscoll, C., Starkweather, A., Bajaj, J., Lyon, D. (2015). Shared symptoms and putative biological mechanisms in chronic liver disease: Implications for biobehavioral research. Biological Research for Nursing, 17(2): 222-9. DOI: 10.1177/1099800414541541. PMID: 25037448

Kinser PA, Elswick RK, Kornstein S. Potential long-term effects of a mind-body intervention for women with major depressive disorder: Sustained mental health improvements with a pilot yoga intervention. Arch Psychiatr Nurs. 2014 Dec;28(6):377-383. PMCID: PMC4254446

Kinser PA,Lyon DE. A conceptual framework of stress vulnerability, depression, and health outcomes in women: Potential uses in research on complementary therapies for depression. Brain Behav. 2014 Sep;4(5):665-674. PMCID: PMC4107381

Kinser PA, Bourguignon C, Whaley D, Hauenstein E, Taylor AG. Feasibility, acceptability, and effects of gentle Hatha yoga for women with major depression: findings from a randomized controlled mixed-methods study. Arch Psychiatr Nurs. 2013 Jun;27(3):137-47. PMCID: PMC3664951

Kinser PA, Bourguignon C, Taylor AG, Steeves R. “A feeling of connectedness”: perspectives on a gentle yoga intervention for women with major depression. Issues Ment Health Nurs. 2013 Jun;34(6):402-11. PMCID: PMC3703865

Kinser PA, Lyon DE. Major depressive disorder and measures of cellular aging: an integrative review. Nurs Res Pract. 2013;2013:469070. PMCID: PMC3649747

Jallo N, Lyon DE, Kinser PA, Kelly DL, Menzies V, Jackson-Cook C. Recruiting for epigenetic research: facilitating the informed consent process. Nurs Res Pract. 2013;2013:935740. PMCID: PMC3690242

Kinser PA, Robins JL. Control group design: enhancing rigor in research of mind-body therapies for depression. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2013;2013:140467. PMCID: PMC3638639

Kinser PA, Goehler LE, Taylor AG. How might yoga help depression? A neurobiological perspective. Explore (NY). 2012 Mar-Apr;8(2):118-26. PMCID: PMC3293477