Theresa A. Thomas Professor of Nursing
Professor of Public Health Sciences
Chair, Department of Family, Community & Mental Health Systems
Coordinator of the Public Health Nursing Leadership program
2012 RWJF Executive Nurse Fellow
Dr. Kulbok earned her master's degree in community health nursing and her undergraduate degree from Boston College and her doctoral degree in nursing science from Boston University. She completed post-doctoral training in psychiatric epidemiology at Washington University. She was appointed as a Fellow in UVA’s new Center for Health Policy in 2012.
Dr. Kulbok was the PI of an inter-professional, cross-institution, three-year grant funded by the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth: Partnering with Rural Youth and Parents to Design and Test a Substance Use Prevention Program (2009-2012). This project used innovative methods including Photovoice and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to assess a rural community. Her research team completed three qualitative studies of protective factors in tobacco-free adolescents in urban and rural regions of Virginia. She has had pre- and post-doctoral fellowships and R-15 funding focused on secondary data analysis of adult and adolescent health behavior including substance use. In addition, she developed the Multidimensional Health Behavior Inventory (MHBI) for use with young adults.
Dr. Kulbok’s clinical focus is on public health nursing leadership and emerging roles for advanced public health nurses. She is particularly interested in community participatory health promotion and adolescent health promotion and risk reduction.
Dr. Kulbok coordinates and teaches in the public health nursing leadership (PHNL) specialty track of the MSN program. She was co-director of the Nursing Leadership in Rural Health Care, advanced education nursing (AEN) training grant (2009-2012) and formerly co-directed an AEN grant in Leadership in Public Health Nursing and Health Systems Management (2003-2006). These training grants led the UVA School of Nursing in the provision of quality, distance education for nurses living in rural areas of the South. Her teaching focus is in PHN leadership, rural health, health promotion and health behavior research, and nursing knowledge development related to nursing science and public health nursing.
Mendez, R., Kulbok, P., Lawson, S., Matos, A. (2013). Development of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico National Protocol for the Management of Victims of Sexual Violence: Adults/Adolescents. Journal of Forensic Nursing, 9(2), 120-126. doi: 10.1097/JFN.0b013e31827a1e30.
Alexander, G.K., Innes, K.E., Bourguignon, C., Bovbjerg, V.E., Kulbok, P., & Taylor, A.G. (2012). Patterns of yoga practice and physical activity following a yoga intervention for adults with or at risk for type 2 diabetes. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 9(1), 53-61.
Noonan, D., & Kulbok, P.A. (2012). Beliefs and norms associated with smoking tobacco using a waterpipe among college students. Journal of Addictions Nursing, 23(2), 123-128.
Yeagley, E.K., Kulbok, P.A., O’Laughlen, M.C., Ingersoll, K.S., Rovnyak, V.G., & Rana, S. (2012). The feasibility and acceptability of a motivational interviewing intervention for HIV-infected youth in an urban outpatient clinic: A pilot study. Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, 23(4), 366-370.
Kulbok, P.A., Thatcher, E., Park, E., Meszaros, P.S. (2012). Evolving public health nursing roles: Focus on community participatory health promotion and prevention. OJIN: The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing, 17(2), 1.
Kulbok, P.A., & Ervin, N.E. (2012). Nursing science and public health: Contributions to the discipline of nursing. Nursing Science Quarterly, 25(1), 37-43. doi:10.1177/0894318411429034.
Wall-Hass, C.L., Kulbok, P.A., Kirchgessner, J., & Rovnyak, V. (2012). Shared medical appointments: Facilitating care for children with asthma and their caregivers. The Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 26(1), 37-44. doi:10.1016/j.pedhc.2010.06.007.
Kulbok, P., Glick, D, Greiner, D, & Mitchell, E. (2012). International experiences in nursing education: A review of the literature. International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship, 9(1), 1-21. doi:10.1515/1548923X.2365.
DeGuzman, P.B., & Kulbok, P.A. (2012). Changing health outcomes of vulnerable populations through nursing's influence on neighborhood built environment: A framework for nursing research. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 44(4), 34-348. doi:10.1111/j.1547-5069.2012.01470.x.
Kelly, N., Glick, D., Kulbok, P., Clayton, L., Rovnyak, V. (2012). Health status of migrant farmworkers in the Shenandoah Valley. Journal of Community Health Nursing, 29(4), 214-224. doi:10.1080/07370016.2012.724288.
Noonan, D., Kulbok, P., & Yan, G. (2011). Intention to smoke tobacco using a waterpipe among students in a southeastern U.S. college. Public Health Nursing, 28(6), 494-502.
Alexander, G. K., Innes, K. E., Brown, C. J., Kulbok, P., Bourguignon, C., Bovbjerg, V. E., & Taylor, A. G. (2010). "I could move mountains:" Adults with or at risk for type 2 diabetes reflect on their experiences with yoga practice. The Diabetes Educator, 36(6), 965-975.
Kulbok, P., Meszaros, P., Botchwey, N, Hinton, I., Bovbjerg, V., Rhee, H., Anderson, N., & Noonan, D. (2010). Mother-daughter communication: a protective factor for not smoking. The Journal of Addictions Nursing, 21,(2-3), 69-78.
Noonan,D.,Kulbok,P. A. (2009). New tobacco trends: waterpipe (hookah) smoking and implications for healthcare providers. Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, 21(5), 258-260.
Kulbok,P. A.,Rhee,H.,Botchwey,N.,Hinton,I.,Bovbjerg,V.,Anderson,N. L. R. (2008). Factors influencing adolescents' decision not to smoke. Public Health Nursing, 25(6), 505-515.
Levin,P. F.,Cary,A. H.,Kulbok,P.,Leffers,J.,Molle,M.,Polivka,B. J. (2008). Graduate education for advanced practice public health nursing: at the crossroads. Public Health Nursing, 25(2), 176-193.
Alexander, G. K., Taylor, A. G., Innes, K. E., Kulbok, P., & Selfe, T. K. (2008). Contextualizing the effects of yoga therapy on diabetes management: a review of the social determinants of physical activity. Family & Community Health, 31(3), 228-239.
Greiner,D. S.,Glick,D. F.,Kulbok,P. A.,Mitchell,E. M. (2008). Rural health nursing research review: global perspectives. Annual Review of Nursing Research, 26, 261-294.
Loury,S.,Kulbok,P. (2007). Correlates of alcohol and tobacco use among Mexican immigrants in rural North Carolina. Family & community health, 30(3), 247-256.
Kulbok,P. A.,Reed,J. (2006). PHN competencies. Public health nursing, 23(2), 97-98.
Spear,H. J.,Kulbok,P. (2004). Autonomy and adolescence: a concept analysis. Public Health Nursing, 21(2), 144-152.
Kulbok,P. A.,Cox,C. L. (2002). Dimensions of adolescent health behavior. Journal of Adolescent Health, 31(5), 394-400.
Carter,K. F.,Kulbok,P. A. (2002). Motivation for health behaviours: a systematic review of the nursing literature. Journal of advanced nursing, 40(3), 316-330.
Glick,D. F.,Kulbok,P. A. (2001). Program revision: a dynamic outcome of evaluation. Quality management in health care, 10(1), 37.
Spear,H. J.,Kulbok,P. A. (2001). Adolescent health behaviors and related factors: a review. Public Health Nursing, 18(2), 82-93.
Kulbok,P. A.,Utz,S. W. (1999). Managing care: knowledge and educational strategies for professional development. Family & community health, 22(3), 1-11.
Kulbok,P. A.,Carter,K. F.,Baldwin,J. H.,Gilmartin,M. J.,Kirkwood,B. (1999). The Multidimensional Health Behavior Inventory. Journal of Nursing Measurement, 7(2), 177-195.
Laffrey,S. C.,Kulbok,P. A. (1999). An integrative model for holistic community health nursing. Journal of Holistic Nursing, 17(1), 88-103.
Kulbok,P. A.,Prescott,K. E. (1999). What's New: Unpublished Abstracts: Determinants of adolescent health risk behavior. Journal of child and family nursing, 2(5), 377.
Kulbok,P. A.,Gates,M. F.,Vicenzi,A. E.,Schultz,P. R. (1999). Focus on community: directions for nursing knowledge development. Journal of advanced nursing, 29(5), 1188-1196.
Utz,S. W.,Kulbok,P. A. (1999). Foreword. Family & community health, 22(3), viii.
Kulbok,P. A.,Baldwin,J. H.,Cox,C. L.,Duffy,R. (1997). Advancing discourse on health promotion: beyond mainstream thinking. Advances in Nursing Science, 20(1), 12-20.
Glick,D. F.,Hale,P. J.,Kulbok,P. A.,Shettig,J. (1996). Community development theory: planning a community nursing center. Journal of Nursing Administration, 26(7), 44-50.
Carter,K. F.,Kulbok,P. A. (1995). Evaluation of the interaction model of client health behavior through the first decade of research. Advances in Nursing Science, 18(1), 62-73.
Kulbok,P. A.,Baldwin,J. H. (1992). From preventive health behavior to health promotion: advancing a positive construct of health. Advances in Nursing Science, 14(4), 50-64.
Fox,P.,Kulbok,P. (1989). Preparing tomorrow's leaders in home health care. The Nursing Spectrum Illinois Edition, 2(9), 18.
Kulbok,P. P.,Earls,F. J.,Montgomery,A. C. (1988). Life style and patterns of health and social behavior in high-risk adolescents. Advances in Nursing Science, 11(1), 22-35.
Robins,L. N.,Kulbok,P. A. (1988). Epidemiological studies in suicide. Psychiatric Annals, 18(11), 619-627.
Stiffman,A. R.,Earls,F.,Robins,L. N.,Jung,K. G.,Kulbok,P. (1987). Adolescent sexual activity and pregnancy: socioenvironmental problems, physical health, and mental health. Journal Of Youth And Adolescence, 16(5), 497-509.
Robins,L. N.,Kulbok,P. A. (1986). Methodological strategies in suicide. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 487, 1-15.
Kulbok,P. P. (1985). Social resources, health resources, and preventive health behavior: patterns and predictions. Public Health Nursing, 2(2), 67-81.
Kulbok,P. P. (1982). Role diversity of nursing administrators: an obstacle to effective leadership?. Nursing & Healthcare, 3, 199-203.
Reed, J., Bender, K., Benedict, B., Bridge, E., Connelly, K., Couig, M., Greiner, P., Kelly, G., Kub, J., Kulbok, P.,Schalup, K. (2007). Public health nursing: Scope and standards of practice. Silver Spring, MD: American Nurses Association
Kulbok, P. A., & Botchwey, N. D. (2012). Public health nursing: Population-centered health care in the community. In M. Stanhope & J. Lancaster (Eds.), Promoting healthy communities using multi-level participatory strategies (8th ed.) (pp. 373-395). Maryland Heights, MO: Mosby Elsevier.
Kulbok, P. A. (2012). Standard 8: Education. In A. Sullivan & K. White (Eds.), The essential guide to nursing practice: Applying ANA’s scope and standards of practice and education (pp. ). Silver Spring, MD: American Nurses Association.
Kulbok,P. A.,Laffrey,S. C.,Chitthathairatt,S. (2009). Integrating multilevel approaches to promote community health.. In Stanhope,M., Lancaster,J. (Ed.), Public Health Nursing: Population-centered health care in the community (pp. ). St. Louis, MO: Mosby, Inc.
Kulbok,P. A.,Vogt,V. (2007). Advocacy vignette. In Clark,M. J. (Ed.), Community Health Nursing: Advocacy for Population Health (pp. ). Upper Saddle River, N.J: Pearson Prentice Hall
Utz,S.,Kulbok,P. A. (2007). Professional Nursing Roles. In Creasia,J., Parker,B. (Ed.), Conceptual Foundations: The Bridge to Professional Nursing Practice (pp. ). St. Louis, MO: Mosby, Inc.
Utz, S. W. & Kulbok, P. (2007). Professional nursing roles: Focus on case management. In J. Creasia & B. Parker (Eds.), Conceptual foundations: The bridge to professional nursing practice (pp. ). St. Louis, MO: Mosby/Elsevier
Kulbok,P. A.,Laffrey,S. C.,Goeppinger,J. (2004). Integrating Multilevel Interventions for Community Health Promotion. In Stanhope,M., Lancaster,J. (Ed.), Community and Public Health Nursing (pp. ). St. Louis, MO: Mosby
Kulbok,P. A.,Carter,K.,Baldwin,J.,Gilmartin,M.,Kirkwood,B. (2003). The multidimensional health behavior inventory. In Strickland,O., DiLorio,C. (Ed.), Measurement of Nursing Outcomes: Focus on Patient/Client Outcomes (pp. ). New York: Springer Publishers
Glick,D.,Kulbok,P. A. (2002). Revising Programs. In Ervin,N. (Ed.), Advanced Practice in Community Health Nursing: Population-Focused Care (pp. ). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall
Utz,S.,& Kulbok,P. A. (2001). Case management: The nursing role. In Creasia,J., Parker,B. (Ed.), Conceptual Foundations" The Bridge to Professional Nursing Practice (pp. ). St. Louis, MO: Mosby Year Book, Inc.
Kulbok,P. A.,Laffrey,S. C.,Goeppinger,J. (2000). Community Health Promotion: An Integrative Model for Practice. In Stanhope,M., Lancaster,J. (Ed.), Community Health Nursing: Process and Practice for Promoting Health (pp. ). St Louis, MO: Mosby
Utz,S.,& Kulbok,P. A. (1999). Managing care through advanced nursing practice(1st). In Lancaster,J., Lancaster,W. (Ed.), Concepts of advanced nursing practice: The nurse as a change agent (pp. ). St. Louis, MO: Mosby Year Book, Inc.
Kulbok,P. A.,Laffrey,S. C.,Goeppinger,J. (1996). Community Health Promotion: A Multilevel Framework for Practice.. In Stanhope,M., Lancaster,J. (Ed.), Community Health Nursing: Process and Practice for Promoting Health (pp. ). St Louis, MO: Mosby