Clinical Associate Professor
Ph.D., Cultural Anthropology, University of Kansas
MSN, University of Missouri-Kansas City
BSN, Avila College
Elaine Williams Domian is a family nurse practitioner dedicated to providing healthcare and health education to minorities and underserved populations, as well as preparing the next generation of nurses. She currently teaches full-time at the KU School of Nursing and volunteers as a family nurse practitioner at a local safety-net clinic while also providing care internationally in developing countries. With a four-year National Research Service Award, Domian conducted a qualitative, ethnographic study identifying the relationship between cultural factors and positive birth outcomes, which served as the foundation for her doctoral dissertation.
Domian's research foci and interests are in qualitative research with vulnerable populations, specifically understanding the cultural impact on health and health interventions and outcomes for ethnically diverse women and children. Past research includes National Institutes of Health for dissertation research "Contextual Factors and Meaningful Pregnancies: An Ethnographic Study of Pregnant Hispanic Females and Their Families in Northern New Mexico." She also was a co-investigator on an NINR funded research study on "Promoting and Supporting Breast-feeding in Adolescents." In 2007, Domian completed a post-doctoral fellowship with the Juniper Gardens Children's Project at the University of Kansas, where she conducted and continues to be involved in qualitative research with at-risk mothers for child abuse and neglect.
Domian began her career at Kansas City General Hospital, now Truman Medical Center then returned to school to obtain a master's in nursing to work as a nurse practitioner. During that time, she was selected to be a member of a health care team in the Navajo Nation. She moved to northern New Mexico and worked with the Indian Health Service to set up a Home Health Agency for 13 Pueblos. She worked for the State of New Mexico (Health and Environment) to help reduce teen pregnancy through school-based teen clinics, and wrote and directed public health policy on women's health and infant/child car seat mandatory usage along with testifying before the state legislature.
After five years in northern New Mexico, she returned to Kansas City and pursued a PhD in Cultural Anthropology to understand how values and beliefs impact health behaviors, quality of health, and access to culturally competent health care. Previously, Domian worked as a nurse practitioner at the Kansas City Health Department and Cabot Westside Clinic, a facility that serves primarily Spanish speaking individuals. While at Cabot, she helped write the grant for a maternal health clinic, implemented the program, and provided care to pregnant women.
Elaine Williams Domian, Ph.D., APRN, FNP-BC
Clinical Associate Professor