Constance Smith Hendricks, PhD, RN, FAAN

Constance Smith Hendricks

Charles W. Barkley Endowed Professor
(334) 844-6749
csh0006@auburn.edu

Education
PhD, Boston College, 1992

Interests 
Community Health Promotion; Minority and Rural Health issues; Action Research; Mentorship to Advance Nursing Scholarship; Recruitment and Retention in Community-based Health Promotion Intervention Programs 

Teaching Areas
Community Health

Current Research
Promoting an optimal quality of life for the citizenry by fostering health promotion lifestyle choices across the lifespan 

Overview
Constance Smith Hendricks received her undergraduate degree in Nursing from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and a master’s degree from UAB with a focus in Community Health Nursing. She also has a graduate certificate in Gerontology from the University of Alabama. In 1992, she earn a PhD in clinical nursing research at Boston College where she was the first African American to complete the nursing doctoral degree at the institution. The focus of her research was determinants of health promotion behaviors among Alabama’s Black Belt adolescents. An outcome of her research was developing a midrange health promotion empowerment theoretical framework, the Hendricks Perceptual Health Promotion Determinants Model. The framework continues to be utilized by students and research. Numerous publications by Hendricks and others cite use of the model.

Hendricks joined the AU faculty initially in 1987 until 1996. She has held faculty positions at UAB and Tuskegee University , prior to coming to Auburn, and with the University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC (USC), Southern University and A & M College and at Hampton University. While at USC, she was awarded a 3 year NIH Minority Post Doctoral Research Fellowship at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. At Southern University, she Served as Chair of the Graduate Nursing Department, where she launched the state’s first PhD in Nursing and successfully navigated the completion of the first graduates. She served as Dean of the School of Nursing at Hampton University for three years, where she made a significant improvement in the graduates’ first-time licensure passage rate and tripled the faculty’s dissemination scholarship.

Most recently, Hendricks was selected to represent Nursing with a multidisciplinary team who traveled to Malawi Africa to explore collaborative research and outreach opportunities sponsored by the 100X Foundation and was featured in the inaugural edition of Who’s Who in Black Alabama and received the ‘Arkansas Traveler Ambassador of Goodwill’ recognition by the Arkansas Governor. In 2010, Hendricks was selected as one of two Auburn Full Professors to receive the Charles W. Barkley Endower Professorship. She was one of sixty UAB School of Nursing ‘Visionary Leaders’ and a ‘Legend in White’ by the Montgomery Black Nurses Association. She was selected as the 2007 UAB Distinguished Alumna for the School of Nursing. She was also selected as the 2007 Mary T. Boynton Distinguished Lecturer at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville College of Nursing. Among her honors and recognitions, Hendricks was the 2001 King/Chavez/Parks Visiting Professor Scholar-In-Residence at the University of Michigan School of Nursing. She was commissioned by Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. to develop a National Service Initiative (Z-HOPE™) and provide oversight and evaluation of the implementation. Over a 5 year implementation, the program has reached over 2 million persons with health promotion programming across the United States and in Ghana, West Africa. The Baton Rouge, Louisiana graduate chapter of Chi Eta Phi (Nursing) Sorority, Inc. named its first undergraduate scholarship in her honor, the Dr. Constance Smith Hendricks, RN Scholarship. As a commitment to health promotion nursing research, Hendricks established the Dr. Constance Smith Hendricks Endowed Health Promotion Scholarship at Hampton University to be awarded to a graduate nursing student conducting health promotion research.


2011 Selected to participate in a multidisciplinary Auburn University/100X Foundation Exploratory Trip to Malawi Africa.

2011 Featured in the inaugural Edition of Who’s Who in Black Alabama

2011 Awarded the Arkansas Traveler Ambassador of Goodwill by the Arkansas Governor.

2010 Selected as a Legend in Nursing by the Montgomery Black Nurses Association.

2010 Selected as one of the UAB School of Nursing’s 60 Visionary Leaders.

2010 Selected as a Charles W. Barkley Endowed Professor, Auburn University

2009 Selected as Outstanding Alumni, Concordia College-Selma, AL, July 11, 2009

2009 Featured on the cover of the 2008/2009 Edition of Black Ph.D/Ed.D. Magazine

2009 Selected as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.

2009 Selected as a Distinguished Diversity Researcher, Auburn University Research Initiative for the Study of Diversity and the Office of the Vice President for Research, May 18, 2009.

Hendricks returns to Auburn with numerous publications, instrumentation development, a mid-range health promotion empowerment model, successful completion of several post-doctoral fellowships and a track record of securing external funding to promote her program of research. 

Publications

McMillian, L. Hendricks, C., Gore, T. (2010). A volunteer citizen-servant pilot program using tailored messages to empower Alabamians to live healthier lives. Public Health Nursing, 27(6), 513-519.

Wilder, B., Schuessler, J., Hendricks, C., Grandjean, P. (2010). Implementing a physical activity program for underserved African American women. Journal of National Black Nurses Association.
21(2), 16-26

McCarty, E., Hendricks, C., Hendricks, D., McCarty, K. (2008). Ethical dimensions and filial caregiving. Online Journal of Health Ethics, 1(1), http://ethicsjournal.umc.edu/ojs2/index.php/ojhe/article/view/81/112 .

Smith-Hendricks, C. Gore, T. McMillan, L. (2008), Making a health promotion connection: Caring for Alabama’s volunteer citizen servants. In N.O. Tackie, T. M. Hargrove, R. Zabawa, & W. A. Hill (Eds.),
66th Annual Professional Agricultural Workers Conference Proceedings, Facing Global Crises: Local Solutions To Energy, Food and Persistent Poverty (pp.40-44), Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL
ISBN 1-891196-14-6.

Hendricks, C., Murdaugh, C. & Pender, N. (2006). The adolescent lifestyle profile: Development and psychometric characteristics. Journal of National Black Nurses Association, 17 (2), 1-5.

Hendricks, D. & Hendricks. C. (Summer, 2006). Here’s to your optimal whole family health. Black Ph.D./Ed.D. Edition 2 (1), 16, 18-19.

Hendricks, C. & Hendricks. D. (Winter/Spring, 2006). Here’s to your optimal whole health. Black Ph.D./Ed.D. Edition I (3), 28, 49.

Hendricks, D.L., Hendricks, C.S. (2005). The relationship of hope and self-efficacy to health promoting behaviors among student-athletes attending historically Black colleges and universities. The Journal of Multicultural Nursing and Health, 11(3), 23-34

Hendricks, C.S., Hendricks, D., Murdaugh, C., Tavakoli, A., Gibbons, M.E., Servonsky, E.J., Brock, T., Burton, P.D., Gilmore, K.J.. (2005). Psychometric testing of the Miller Hope Scale with rural Southern adolescents. The Journal of Multicultural Nursing and Health, 11(3), 41-50.

Hendricks, C.S., Cesario, S.K., Murdaugh, C., Gibbons, M.E., Bobadilla, R.V., Hendricks, D., Spencer-Morgan, B., Tavakoli, A. (2005). The influence of father absence on the self-esteem and self-reported sexual activity of rural southern adolescents. The ABNF (Association of Black Nursing Faculty) Journal, 16(6), 124-131.

Hendricks, C., Hendricks, D., Webb, S., Bonner-Davis, J., Spencer-Morgan, B. (2005). Fostering self efficacy as an ethical mandate in health promotion practice and research. Online Journal of Health Ethics, 1 (1), http://ethicsjournal.umc.edu/ojs/viewissue.php?id=2

Hendricks, C. (Fall, 2005). Here’s to your optimal whole health. Black Ph.D./Ed.D. Edition II, 30, 32, 39.

Davis, B., Hendricks, C.S., Riley-Eddins, E. (Eds.), (2005). Health disparities…Soupe du jour…! [Special Edition] The Journal Of Multicultural Nursing And Health. 11(3).5.

Cannon, S. Davis, B., Hendricks, C, Baker, S. Jenkins, K. (2005) [Review of the book, The darkest child]. The ABNF Journal 16(6), 136.

Hendricks, C. & David, V.W. (Summer, 2005) Success is measured by academic degrees. Black Ph.D./Ed.D. Edition I, 10.

Hendricks, C., Murdaugh, C., Hendricks, D. (2004). The Adolescent Hope Scale©. Copyrighted with the National Library of Congress.

Hendricks, C. Murdaugh, C., Hendricks, D. (2004) Refusal and Resistant Skills Questionnaire©. Copyrighted with the National Library of Congress.

Hendricks, C. S. (2002). Yesterday, today and forever: Stepping stones to becoming a 21st century leader. The ABNF (Association of Black Nursing Faculty) Journal, 13(4), 87-89.

Hendricks, C. & Davis, V. (Eds). (2004). The Stress Management Gazette. 1(1). Published by Hampton University.

Hendricks, C. S. (Spring, 2003). The NINR mentored research scientist career development award for minority investigators: Is it for you? The NBNA Summer Newsletter (National Black Nurses Association), 23-24.

Hendricks, C., Pender, N., Murdaugh, C., Hendricks, D. (2002). The Adolescent Health Promotion Lifestyle Profile©. Copyrighted with the National Library of Congress.

Hendricks, C. S. (2002). Addressing health disparities among vulnerable populations {Guest Editorial}. The ABNF (Association of Black Nursing Faculty) Journal, 13 (4), 71.

Hendricks, C., Hendricks, D., Black, S., Hopkins, J., Washington, B.J., McKenzie, T. (2001). A community health promotion partnership model: The South Carolina health connection. Journal of Cultural Diversity, 8(3), 69-78.

Hendricks, C.; Tavakoli, A; Hendricks, D.; Harter, N., Campbell, K.; L'Ecuyer, R.; Geddings, A.; Hackett, D.; Byrd, L.; Mathis, D. (2001). Self-esteem matters: Racial and gender differences among rural Southern adolescents. Journal of National Black Nurses Association, 12(2), 15-23.

Gibson, L. and Hendricks, C. (2001). Breast health and culture: Issues for nursing practice. The South Carolina Nurse. VIII (4), 18-19.

Young-Jones, C., Hendricks, C. & Messmore, C.(2001). Suicide: South Carolina’s school-aged youth at risk. The South Carolina Nurse. VIII (4), 8.

Hendricks, C.S., Murdaugh, C. & Tavakoli, A., Hendricks, D. (2000). Health promoting behaviors among rural southern early adolescents. The ABNF Journal. 11(5), 123-128.

Hendricks, C.S., Hoffman, H., Robertson-Laxton, Tavakoli, A. Mathis, D., Hackett, D., Byrd, L. (2000). Hope as a predictor of health promoting behavior among rural southern early adolescents. Journal of Multicultural Nursing and Health. 6 (3), 5-11.

Hendricks, C. S. (2000, July). Diversity in professional practice: Community partnerships {Guest editorial}. The South Carolina Nurse. VI I(3), 3.

Hendricks, C., Campbell, K.*. & Tavakoli, A. (1999). Gender differences in Southern rural adolescent self-esteem [Abstract]. Journal of Child and Family Nursing, 2(4), 294.
Hendricks, C.S. (1999). Fostering healthy communities @ hair care centers. The South Carolina Nurse. VI (2), 16.

Hendricks, C.S. (1999). Developing community partnerships to promote adolescent health. The South Carolina Nurse. VI (2), 17.

Hendricks, C. (1999, May). Summer safety. Greater Peace Missionary Baptist Church. Quarterly, I (III), 26.

Hendricks, C. S. (1999, April). Dimensions of professional practice: Nurses making a difference in the community. Guest editorial. The South Carolina Nurse. VI (2), 3.

Hendricks, C.S. (1998). Perceptual determinants of early adolescent health promoting behaviors: Model development. Journal of Theory Construction & Testing, 2 (1), 13-22.

Hendricks, C. (1998). Demystifying the clinical site mystery. The South Carolina Nurse. V (2), 18.

Hendricks, C. (1998). The influence of race and gender on health promoting behavior determinants of Southern at-risk adolescents. The ABNF (Association of Black Nursing Faculty ) Journal 9 (1), 4-10.

Hendricks, C. S. (1998, April). Changes in professional practice: Paradigm shifts in nursing education. {Guest editorial}. The South Carolina Nurse. V (2), 4.

Hendricks, C. (1997). Historical perspectives of nursing's struggle for scientific status. Journal of Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc. (JOCEPS), 44 (1), 31-35.

McCullough, E., Hendricks, C. & Martin, J. (1996). Promoting successful test taking for senior nursing students. The ABNF (Association of Black Nursing Faculty) Journal, 7(5), 136-137.

Hendricks, C. S. & McCarty, E. F. (1996). Caregiving: The renaissance of an ageless phenomenon. Journal of Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc.(JOCEPS), 42 (1), 5-10.

Hendricks, C. (1994). The relationship of learning orientations and health promotion behaviors among Alabama's black belt rural African American early adolescents. Journal of Chi Eta Phi Sorority (JOCEPS), 41(1), 11-19.

Hendricks, C. (1993). Perceptual determinants of health promoting behaviors among Alabama’s Black Belt early adolescents. In celebration of Black History Month: Colloquium Papers. Chestnut Hill. Boston College Press.

Hendricks, C. (1992). The Hendricks Perceptual Determinants Model©. Copyrighted with the National Library of Congress.

Hendricks, C. (1992). Choosing: An essential component of becoming. Journal of Chi Eta Phi Sorority (JOCEPS), 39 (1), 27-31.

Hendricks, C. (1992). From somebody to nobody to someone...A process of becoming. Boston College Graduate Nurses’ Association Newsletter, 3 (3), 4-5.

Hendricks, C. (1992). In recognition of the School of Nursing, The Graduate Exchange, 6 (14), 8.

Hendricks, C. (1991). From somebody to nobody to someone: A process of becoming. Boston College Nurses’ Association Newsletter 2, (3), 4-6.

Hendricks, C. (1990, July). Summer safety. Myrtle Love Notes, Myrtle Baptist Church, West Newton, MA.

Hendricks, C. (1990, October). A sunbeam Jesus. Myrtle Love Notes, Myrtle Baptist Church, West Newton, MA.

Hendricks, C. (1985). Sisterhood is indeed global. Journal of the Glowing Lamp, 32, 115-116.