Amber Welborn PhD, RN

Dr. Welborn is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nursing. She received her PhD at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2020 where she received the Doctoral Research Award for Excellence in Research through Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society. Her Master’s degree in Nursing Education was earned at East Carolina University in 2007 and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing also from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2001. Prior to joining the team at Appalachian State University, Dr. Welborn taught in the undergraduate nursing program at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Forsyth Technical Community College. Her clinical background includes maternal/child nursing care in both inpatient and community care settings including neonatal intensive care, birthing suites, mother/baby, general pediatrics, and school health services. Her research includes both quantitative and qualitative work, with a focus on discourse analysis surrounding stigma of mothers who uses substances in pregnancy. Collaborative work with a team in Public Health Education at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro uses community embedded research to connect mothers who uses substances with perinatal support and resources over the continuum of their childbearing years. She has published in several peer-reviewed journals and presented research at regional, national, and international conferences. Dr. Welborn is a member of Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society. She also volunteers her time as a Board member for the North Carolina/South Carolina Perinatal Association and as a reviewer for peer-reviewed journals such as Journal of Neonatal Nursing and Nursing Forum. She resides in Davie county, North Carolina with her husband, two daughters, and two St. Bernard’s.