Faculty Profile for Dr. Shirley Smith

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Dr. Shirley Smith
Assistant Professor — St. David's School of Nursing
SON 337B
phone: (512) 716-2900

Biography Section

Biography and Education

Shirley Levenson, Ph.D., APRN, FNP-BC, earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in 1984 and a Master of Science in Nursing (FNP) from Houston Baptist University in 2002. She completed her Ph.D. at Texas Woman’s University-Houston in 2010, focusing on self-efficacy among Latino adults. Dr. Levenson is fluent in Spanish and has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards.

While pursuing her academic degrees, Dr. Levenson owned several home health agencies spanning most of central Texas, the Harris County area, and the Phoenix area in Arizona. She administered the fiduciary and budgetary responsibility for ten million dollars and more than 300 employees. Additionally, she also owned and operated several Nurse Practitioner run clinics serving medically underserved populations in Harris County Texas. During her tenure, she oversaw more than 500,000 patient visits and managed a budget of five million dollars and 50 employees.

Dr. Levenson has been the preceptor for many nurse practitioner and medical students, including international students and those from other areas of the United States. She has traveled internationally to present her research and develop an understanding of the practice of NPs in another culture. In 2011, Dr. Levenson addressed students graduating from the NP program at Rotterdam University. Dr. Levenson has been acknowledged in Dutch and international journals for her preceptor work with international NP students. Her research entitled “The Effect of a Promotora-Guided Educational Intervention and Partner Presence in Improving Condom Self-Efficacy Amongst Partnered Latino Adults” has been of interest to national and international communities, with presentations in the Netherlands, Austria, Maryland and Texas.

Dr. Levenson was recruited to Texas State in 2013 to finalize development of the Family Nurse Practitioner Program and serve as the first director. She is involved in teaching and writing the curriculum for the online MSN-FNP program and practices as an FNP in the Satellite Student Health Clinic located in the Nursing building on the Round Rock campus.

Dr. Levenson completed a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Post Masters Certificate at the University of Cincinnati. She is practicing at the Veteran's Memorial Medical Center in Temple, Texas.

Teaching Interests


Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Levenson, S. (2016, April 15). Reviewers. Barkley & Associates.
  • Levenson, S. (2007). Effects of Promotora-Guided Educational Interventions.
  • Levenson, S. (2007). Effects of Promotora-Guided Educational Interventions.

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Recipient: Cultural Bias, American Association of Nurse Practitioners. June 12, 2019 - June 13, 2019
  • Award / Honor Nominee: 2019 Nurse of the Year, School of Nursing. May 9, 2019
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Favorite Professor, Alpha Chi National College Honor Society. December 1, 2014

Selected Grants

  • Smith, Shirley Ann (Co-Principal), Belcik, Kimberly Dawn (Co-Principal). ICorps Entrepreneurship Program-JLyle Medical Clinic, Texas State University, $3000. (Submitted: December 2019, Funded: August 8, 2020). Grant.
  • Levenson, Shirley (Principal). Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship, FNP program, Co-PI, United States Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Federal. (Submitted: January 1, 2014). Grant.

Selected Service Activities

Chair, PMHNP Graduate Council, Texas State University St. David's School of Nursing
September 1, 2018-Present
University Budget Committee, Texas State University
August 2017-Present
Navigating the Future of Health Care
March 2017-Present
University Graduate Council
January 2013-Present
Curriculum Committee, Texas State University St. David's School of Nursing
January 1, 2013-Present