Dr. Fayron Epps is an Assistant Professor, tenure track, and joined the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing in August 2019. She has 20 years of nursing experience. Dr. Epps completed her doctoral degree in Nursing from Southern University and A&M College. She has a Master’s of Science degree in Nursing (Health Care Systems Management) from Loyola University New Orleans and a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Tuskegee University. In 2015, she completed her postdoctoral fellowship with the National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence. She is a 2018-2019 Tideswell Emerging Leaders in Aging Scholar. Dr. Epps is an active member of numerous professional organizations, including the Gerontological Society of America and the Southern Gerontological Society. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Southern Gerontological Society, Alzheimer's Association Georgia Chapter, and Meals on Wheels Atlanta. Dr. Epps also leads an interdisciplinary collaborative, Faith Village Connections, that works with African American churches and provides them with the tools and skills needed to support congregations and communities in relation to dementia and other chronic illnesses. Her career goal as a nurse scholar is to promote health across the life span and increase the quality of life for family caregivers and persons living with dementia through nursing research, education, and service.

Areas of Expertise

Caregiver Well-Being

Health Disparities

Neurocognitive Disease/Alzheimers

Vulnerable Populations

Gerontology and Elder Health


Epps, F., Wiley, Z., Tuenis, L., Johnson, T., Patzer, R., Ofotokun, I., & Franks, N. (2021).  A framework for mobilizing health care to respond to the community within the COVID-19 pandemic. Preventing Chronic Disease,18:200572. doi.org:10.5888/pcd18.200572

Epps, F., Brewster, G., Phillips, J., Nash, R., Shah, R.C., & Hepburn, K. (2021, online). Using a warm hand-off approach to enroll African American caregivers in a multi-site clinical trial: The Handshake Protocol. Journal of Applied Gerontology. doi.org:10.1177/0733464821992920

Epps, F., Foster, K., Alexander, K., Brewster, G., Chester M., Thornton, J., & Aycock, D. (2021, online). Perceptions and attitudes toward dementia in predominantly African American congregants. Journal of Applied Gerontology. doi.org/10.1177/0733464820987350

Epps, F., Alexander, K., Brewster, G., Parker, L., Chester, M., Tomlinson, A., Adkins, A., Zingg, S., Thornton, J. (2020, online). Promoting Dementia Awareness in African American Faith Communities. Public Health Nursing. doi.org/10.1111/phn.12759

Epps, F., Choe, J., Alexander, K., & Brewster, G. (2020, online). Designing Worship Services to Support African American Persons Living with Dementia. Journal of Religion and Health. doi: 10.1007/s10943-020-00993-x

Epps, F., Heidbreder, V., Alexander, K., Tomlinson, A., Freeman, V., & Williams, N. (2020, online). A dementia-friendly church: How can the African American church support families affected by dementia. Dementia: The International Journal of Social Research and Practice. doi:10.1177/1471301219900416

Epps, F., & Williams, I.C. (2020). The importance of religiosity to the well-being of African American older adults living with dementia. Journal of Applied Gerontology. doi: 10.1177/0733464818820773

Epps, F., Brewster, G., Alexander, K., Choe, J., Heidbreder, V., & Hepburn, K. (2019). Dementia-friendly faith village worship services to support African American families: Research protocol. Research in Nursing and Health, 42(3), 189-197. doi:10.1002/nur.21940





WATC TV Ch 57 Atlanta Live - The Alter Program Extended Promo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhh2ughQfQI

Interview w/Dr. Epps about the Alter Program - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/dementia-in-black-and-white/id1557049608?i=1000527627252

Other Public Links

Faith Village Research Lab Website: https://scholarblogs.emory.edu/epps-faithvillage/home/

Alter Webpage: https://alterdementia.com/


Dr. Epps enjoys mentoring students in gerontology, research methods, and professional development.


Dr. Epps' program of research involves evidence-based practices for promoting quality of life for African American adults living with dementia and their family caregivers/care partners. Dr. Epps is currently working on a project with faith communities to develop dementia-friendly faith villages to support African American families living with dementia.


2021 Award Recipient: 2021 Southern Gerontological Society Applied Gerontologist

2020 Award Recipient: Loan Repayment Program Award for Clinical Research through the National Institute on Aging (NIA).