Latia Hickerson



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BSHED '07 |  Houston, TX

Assistant Professor
University of Texas Medical Branch



Dr. Latia Hickerson is a distinguished alumna of the class of 2007. While at UF, Dr. Hickerson served as a senator for the College of Health and Human Performance, president of the University Gospel Choir and was inducted into Florida Blue Key and UF Savant.

Following her undergraduate studies, Dr. Hickerson's thirst for knowledge led her to Columbia University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She pursued dual Master's degrees in Public Health and Nursing, later earning her PhD in research and becoming a certified nurse educator. During her doctoral training, she was selected to represent the inaugural cohort of the Robert Wood Johnson Future of Nursing Scholars Program, a national program designed to cultivate nursing leaders. Dr. Hickerson's research coalesces around the multifaceted biobehavioral factors influencing women’s health disparities. She is not merely an academic; but also a practicing Women's Health Nurse Practitioner with a special focus on providing care to pregnant and parenting teenagers. Dr. Hickerson is the coordinator of the BAMBI Advocacy Student Scholars program, an initiative that trains nursing students in women’s health advocacy, while offering labor support for justice-involved birthers.

In her unwavering commitment to patient-centered care, Dr. Hickerson founded an integrative gynecology and functional medicine clinic. This unique establishment fuses traditional and holistic options, maximizing outcomes. Her philosophy is rooted in empowering patients through education, lifestyle changes, and accountability. Her pioneering approach is setting new standards for women’s healthcare.

Dr. Latia Michelle Hickerson's life and career epitomize dedication to healthcare excellence, innovation in patient care, and a profound commitment to nursing education. Dr. Hickerson's journey from a Gator alumna to a trailblazing healthcare professional makes her an exemplary candidate for recognition.