Dr. Garvin has over 30 years of clinical and academic nursing experience. During this time, she has worked as a nurse, nurse practitioner, nursing consultant, nurse researcher, and nursing faculty member. Some of her hospital experiences include working in oncology, medical-surgical, and critical care units and supervising. Seeing so many preventable conditions in the acute care settings, she turned to primary care. She is currently certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner by the American Nurses Certification Corporation.
She held teaching positions at the University of Florida, the University of North Georgia, and Augusta University, formerly the Medical College of Georgia, Georgia Health Sciences University, and Georgia Regents University, before joining the University of Saint Augustine for Health Sciences. She has extensive experience teaching across all levels of nursing education. Most recently, she enjoys teaching evidence-based practice courses and mentoring students through the process of evidence-based practice-change projects.
Dr. Garvin’s research is focused on reducing obesity, managing weight, and preventing the transfer of obesity from one generation to the next. She is a National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) Fellow with intensive research training during the Summer Genetics Institute at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and intensive interdisciplinary research training during Big Data in Symptoms Research Boot Camp sponsored by NINR in Bethesda, MD, and Mathematical Sciences in Obesity Research Intensive sponsored by the NIH, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases and the University of Alabama Office of Energetics in Birmingham, AL. She was a Pre-doctoral and a Postdoctoral Nursing Fellow of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Academic Affairs, and a Research Investigator with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, Charlie Norwood Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Augusta, GA. Findings from her research are published in a number of peer-reviewed journals and professional conference abstracts. Her writings also include Dissemination Research, a chapter in the book, Practice-Based Clinical Inquiry in Nursing: Looking Beyond Traditional Methods for PhD and DNP Research.
Dr. Garvin has a long record of membership and service to local, regional, national, and international nursing organizations. Some of these are the United Advanced Practice Registered Nurses of Georgia, Southern Nursing Research Society, National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties, International Society of Nurses in Genetics, and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.