Bonnie Sanderson, PhD, RN

Research Coordinator
St. Francis Hospital Endowed Professorship

(334) 844-6756

PhD - Health Promotion and Education, University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), School of Public Health, Department of Health Behavior; MSN- UAB School of Nursing; MA – Exercise Physiology, UAB School of Education; BSN – University of Central Florida School of Nursing; AA and RN- Central Washington Deaconess School of Nursing, Wenatchee, Wa.

Transitional Care and Cardiovascular Disease; Preventive and Rehabilitative Cardiology; Inter-professional Education and Practice

Teaching Areas
Evidence-based Practice; Leadership

Outcome research in preventive cardiology and cardiac rehabilitation with a specific interest in behavior change interventions, such as the promotion of physical activity in high risk populations and obesity prevention.

Associate Editor of the Journal of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention (JCRP); Professional Associations: American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR); American Nurses Association (ANA); Sigma Theta Tau International, Theta Delta Chapter; Southern Nursing Research Society (SNRS), American College of Cardiology, Cardiac Care Associate (ACC-CCA); American Heart Association (AHA); Preventive Cardiology Nursing Association (PCNA).

Bonnie Sanderson joined the Auburn University School of Nursing in August, 2009 and was promoted to Professor with tenure in 2013. She serves as Research/Scholarship Coordinator for AUSON and teaches evidence-based practice in the graduate nursing program. Dr. Sanderson has over 25 years of clinical, academic, and research experience in preventive and rehabilitative cardiology and has authored numerous peer-reviewed publications in the field. She served as President of the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (2011) and a frequent invited speaker at national and international meetings. .

Recent Publications (2009-2013)

Hunt C W, Curtis A, Sanderson, B. A program to provide resources and support for clinical associates. The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing 2013:44 (6); 269-273. DOI: 10.3928/00220124-20130402-27

Grace SL, Warburton DER, Stone JA, Sanderson B, Oldridge N, Jones J, Wong N, Buckley JP. (2013) International charter on cardiovascular prevention and rehabilitation: A call to action. J Cardiopulm Rehabil Prev. 2013:33; 128-131. DOI: 10.1097/HCR.Ob013e31828284ec82

Sanderson BK, Carter M, Schuessler, JB. Writing for publication: faculty development initiative using social learning theory. Nurse Educator. 2012:37(5);206-210.

Gore T, Williams A, Sanderson B. Recipe For Health: Impacting diabetes in African Americans through faith-based education. Journal for Christian Nursing. 2012:29(1);49-53.

Savage P, Sanderson B, Brown T, Berra K, Ades P. Clinical research in cardiac rehabilitation and secondary prevention: looking back and moving forward. J Cardiopulm Rehabil Prev. 2011;31:1-6.

Listerman J, Bittner V, Sanderson B, Brown TM, Cardiac rehabilitation outcomes: impact of comorbidities and age. J Cardiopulm Rehabil Prev. 2011;31.

Hamm L, Sanderson BK, Ades PA, Berra K, Kaminsky LA, Roitman JL, Williams M. AACVPR Writing team for AACVPR Position Statement: Core competencies for cardiac rehabilitation/secondary prevention professionals, 2010 update. J Cardiopulmonary Rehabil 2011;31:2-10.

Aijaz G, Brown TM, Sanderson BK, Bitter V. Exercise as a treatment for the risk of cardiovascular disease. Curr Treat Options Cardiovasc Med. 2010 Aug;12(4):329-341.

Sanderson BK, Shewchuck RM, Bittner V. Cardiac rehabilitation and women: what keeps them away? J Cardiopulm Rehabil Prev. 2010; 30:12-20.

Sanderson BK, Thompson J, Brown TM, Bittner V. Assessing patient recall of discharge instructions for acute myocardial infarction. Journal of Healthcare Quality. 2009;31(6):25-34.

Manier S, Sanderson B, Bittner V. Comparison of Baseline Characteristics and Outcomes in Younger and Older Patients Completing Cardiac Rehabilitation. J Cardiopulm Rehabil Prev. 2009; 29(4):220-229.

Cornell CE, Littleton MA, Greene PG, Pulley L, Brownstein JN, Sanderson BK, Stalker VG, Matson-Koffman DM, Struemplet B, Raczynksi JM. A community health advisor program to reduce cardiovascular risk among rural African-American women. Health Educ Res. 2009 Aug;24(4):622-33.

Brown TM, Sanderson BK, Bittner V. Drugs are not enough: a call for intensive therapeutic lifestyle change. J Cardiometab syndr. 2009;4:20-25.

Recent Invited Presentations (2011-2013)


Sanderson B. Lifestyle interventions as a core component of care in cardiac rehabilitation. British Association of Cardiac Rehabilitation, Edinburgh, Scotland, 10/5/2012

Sanderson B. Women, heart disease, and cardiac rehabilitation. San Jose, Costa Rico, 9/27/2012

Sanderson B. Motivation for and Barriers to Enrolling in Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Programs (Webinar) 6th Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Workshop. 17th Angioplasty Summit-TCTAP, Seoul, Korea, April 27 th 2012.

Sanderson B. Current Trends in Cardiac Rehabilitation: USA Canadian Association of Cardiac Rehabilitation (CACR) Annual Conference . Vancouver, BC. 10/21/11

Sanderson B. Aerobic Exercise Intensity Prescription in Cardiac Rehabilitation: the Clinical Side of the Coin. EuroPRevent 2011: The Europeon Meeting Place for Science in Preventive Cardiology. Geneva, Switzerland. 4/15/2011.


Sanderson B, Hamm L,. Best Practice: Core Components and Core Competencies in Cardiac Rehabilitation. AACVPR Pre-Workshop Meeting, 9/5/2012.

Sanderson B. Exercise is Medicine Panel: Nursing Perspective. ACSM Annual Meeting and 3rd World Congress on Exercise is Medicine®. San Francisco, CA. 5/29/ 2012.
Sanderson B. Outcome Measurement and Monitoring: Taking your Data to the Next Level. Tri-State Society for Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Annual Symposium. Princeton, New Jersey, 6/14/2012