Caralise W. Hunt, PhD, RN

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Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Associate Professor 
(334) 844-6763


PhD, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2011
MSN, Troy State University, 1996
BSN, Auburn University, 1991

Diabetes self-management, Technology and diabetes self-management

Teaching Areas
Adult Health Nursing, Fundamentals, Health Assessment, Evidence-based practice

Research Interests
Diabetes self-management, Technology and diabetes self-management

Dr. Caralise Hunt has over twenty years of nursing experience including medical-surgical and maternal-child nursing. Dr. Hunt joined the Auburn University faculty in 2000 as a clinical associate. She became a full-time nursing instructor for Auburn in 2005 and began an appointment as Assistant Clinical Professor in 2007. After completing a doctorate in 2011, she entered a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor. Dr. Hunt teaches primarily in the junior level nursing courses including fundamentals, health assessment, and adult health nursing. Dr. Hunt is a certified medical-surgical nurse by the Academy of Medical Surgical Nurses. Her primary area of research is self-management of type 2 diabetes mellitus.

Dr. Hunt serves on the research committee and as chair of the curriculum committee in the school of nursing. She also serves on university committees including faculty research, library, and curriculum committee. Dr. Hunt is the Director of the RN to BSN program which is set to launch in 2017.  She is a professional member of the American Diabetes Association, member of the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses and President of the Theta Delta chapter of Sigma Theta Tau.

Recent Publications

Pope, W. S., Hunt, C., & Ellison, K. (2016). Animal assisted therapy for elderly residents of a skilled nursing facility. Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, 6(9), 56-62. doi: 10.5430/jnep.v6n9p56

Hunt, C. W., Curtis, A., & Gore, T. (2015).Using Simulation to Promote Professional Development of Clinical Instructors. Journal of Nursing Education, 54z98), 468-471.

Hunt, C. W. (2015). Technology and diabetes self-management: An integrative review. World Journal of Diabetes, 6(2), 225-233. Available online:

Grant, J. S., Hunt, C. W., & Steadman, L. (2014). Common caregiver issues and nursing interventions after a stroke. Stroke, 45.  Available online at

Hunt, C. W., Sanderson, B. K., & Ellison, K. J. (2014). Support for Diabetes Using Technology: A Pilot Study to Improve Self-management. Medsurg Nursing, 23(4), 231-237.                                                                                                   

Hunt, C. W., Grant, J. S., Palmer, J. J., & Steadman, L. (2014). Facilitators of diabetes self-management among rural individuals. Home Healthcare Nurse, 32, 154-166.

Recent Presentations

“Diabetes Self-management Education Attrition.” American Association of Diabetes Educators Annual Conference. Hunt, C. W. & Kavookjian, J. Poster presentation. August 2016. San Diego, California.

"Decreasing Pain…One Song at a Time." Alabama State Nurses Association Annual Meeting. K. Cardinal, M. E. Lott, P. McGuirk, H. Strickland (students) C. Hunt & M. Peterson (faculty advisors). April 12, 2016. Montgomery, Alabama.

“Preparing Clinical Instructors through Simulation.” National League for Nursing Annual Conference. Hunt, C. W., Gore, T., & Curtis, A. Oral presentation. September, 2015. Las Vegas, Nevada. 

“Fostering Positive Attitudes in Nursing Students towards Working with Elders.” Sigma Theta Tau Region 8 Conference. Ellison, K. J., Hunt, C. W., & Pope, S. Poster presentation. October, 2014. Murfreesboro, Tennessee. 

“Support for Diabetes Self-Management Using Apple iPad Technology.” Academy of Medical Surgical Nurses Annual Convention. Hunt, C. W., Sanderson, B., & Ellison, K. J. Oral presentation. September, 2014. Orlando, Florida.

“Animal Assisted Therapy versus Human Interaction in the Improvement of Social Outcomes in Older Adults with Dementia.”  Animals and Humans Together: Integration in Society. International Society for Anthrozoology Annual Conference. Pope, W., Hunt, C. W., & Ellison, K. Oral presentation. July 2014. Vienna, Austria.

"Technology and Diabetes Self-management.” Auburn University Research Week. Hadley Battles, Undergraduate Honors College Student & Hunt, C. Poster presentation.  April, 2014, Auburn, Alabama.