Sheila R. Grigsby, PhD, RN, MPH
Assistant Professor
University of Missouri St. Louis College of Nursing

Dr. Sheila R. Grigsby serves as a nurse educator, researcher, patient advocate, community activist as well as a catalyst to mobilize faith communities compassionately concerning the issue of STI/HIV/AIDS and other related health disparities since 1997.

Since 2011, Dr. Grigsby has worked as Assistant Professor at the University of Missouri--St. Louis College of Nursing where she teaches primarily Community Health Nursing in the undergraduate nursing program. Through her community-focus, she has been influential in the creation of University and Community Partnerships within the College of Nursing which have led to seven (7) practicum experiences for senior nursing students with community-based agencies within the St. Louis Metropolitan area.

Currently, Dr. Grigsby serves as the Primary Investigator for the University of Missouri—St. Louis, first Patient Centered Outcome Research (PCOR) funded project entitled “Community Collaboration Toward Reducing Health Disparities in St. Louis Area Youth (CC-Youth)”. This $250,000 project focuses on building community-led coalitions to listen to the voices of adults and adolescents in the community. Through this forum constituents voice their lived experiences, concerns and possible solutions for addressing the health care needs of populations within the St. Louis Metropolitan area. Through the duration of this project, possible solutions for a community-comparative research project will be developed for future funding.

In addition, Dr. Grigsby is the Founder and Board Chair of Faith Communities United (2002), an organization whose mission is to mobilize the faith community to respond to HIV/AIDS and related issues. This group provides education, testing and training to clergy and lay leaders in the faith community. Through this work with congregations she has been able to design innovative grassroots programs to address health disparities within faith institutions.

Dr. Grigsby received both her undergraduate (1995) and graduate degrees (2005) from Saint Louis University Schools of Nursing and Public Health. She completed her PhD from the University of Missouri, Kansas City School of Nursing May 2017. Her dissertation project entitled, “Visualizing Opportunities and Inspiring Choices that Embody Success (V.O.I.C.E.S.)” will lead to the development of a faith-based sexual health communication intervention for African-American mothers to develop communication skills to engage in sexual health conversations with their daughters.

A native of Mounds, Illinois, she is the youngest of two children to her parents Richard and the late Ola Grigsby. Dr. Grigsby is currently single and residing in University City, Missouri.