Kristy Kiel Martyn

Kristy Kiel Martyn

Professor, tenured | Independence Chair


Dr. Martyn is a Professor, tenured, and she received her PhD in Nursing Science at University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida in 1998. She is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in 2013, a member of the inaugural American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Health Policy Advisory Council, and a member of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) Research Committee. Dr. Martyn is an editorial board member for Qualitative Health Research, Global Qualitative Nursing Research, Journal of Pediatric Health Care, and Journal of School of Nursing. She was a board member of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) in 2013-2015. Dr. Martyn is co-leading research focused on patient-centered outcomes (PCOR) with young adults with Autism with Dr. Susan Brasher, and with individuals with Sex Chromosome Aneuploidy with Dr. Sharron Close.

Areas of Expertise

Child And Adolescent Health


Bernard, N., & Martyn, K.K. (2018). Start together, stay together: Nurse residencies of the future. Nursing Administration Quarterly, 42, 318-323.

Jennings, B.M., Yeager, K.A., Feistritzer, N.R., Gullatte, M.M., & Martyn, K.K. (in press). Enacting high reliability principles while caring for patients with Ebola Virus Disease. American Journal of Infection Control.

Munro, M. L., Fava, N. M., Banerjee, T., Darling-Fisher, C. S., Pardee, M., Villarruel, A. M., & Martyn, K.K. (2017). Youth-centered sexual risk reduction provider-based interventions. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 31, 302-313.

Martyn, K.K., Munro, M.L., Darling-Fisher, C.S., Ronis, D.L., Villarruel, A.M., Pardee, M., Faleer, H.E., & Fava, N.M. (2013).  Patient-centered communication and health assessment with youth.  Nursing Research, 62, 383-393.6.

Martyn, K.K., Martin, J., Gutknecht, S., & Faleer, H.E. (2013).  The pediatric nurse practitioner workforce: Meeting the health care needs of children.  Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 27(5), 400-405. JPHC Leah Harrison Excellence in Clinical Writing Award winning paper.

Martyn, K.K., Darling-Fisher, C.S., Pardee, M., Ronis, D.L., Felicetti, I.L., & Saftner, M.A. (2012). Improving sexual risk communication with adolescents using event history calendars. Journal of School Nursing, 28(2), 108-115.  2013 JOSN/Sage Scholarly Writing Award winning paper.

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Dr. Martyn is committed to outstanding inclusive precision education at all levels of nursing education. Since 1981 Dr. Martyn has been actively involved in education in nursing and other disciplines, including social work, psychology, and education. She has taught nursing education at all levels, including doctoral qualitative research methods and data analysis, master’s advanced nursing theory and health behavior, family and pediatric nurse practitioner clinical, health assessment, and research seminars. She engages doctoral students, post-doctoral fellows, and other faculty and students in her scholarly work with most of her publications co-authored with them. Dr. Martyn received the University of Michigan School of Nursing Mae Edna Doyle Teacher of the Year Award in 2001. Dr. Martyn is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) who has more than 35 years of experience in primary health care and in research with adolescents from diverse populations. She started her nursing career in pediatric nursing at Egleston Children’s Hospital in Atlanta and realized then that she wanted to help children and families to help themselves to be healthy. She went to the University of Florida for her Masters degree in Pediatric Nursing and became certified as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. She provided healthcare and taught nursing students in a middle school in Gainesville, Florida. During her time there she became a strong advocate for school nursing and pediatric health care. She has taught, conducted research and provided health care with a focus on prevention in a variety community-based clinical settings, including nurse managed centers, child development centers and summer camps. As PNP and FNP faculty and education program lead at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Albany State University in Albany Georgia, The University of Michigan, and now as the Emory University School of Nursing Associate Dean for Education. She also has a strong interest in nursing workforce and strategies for meeting workforce needs. She has collaborated with Nursing, Medicine and Industrial Engineering on studies and policy development focused on child health care workforce, most recently on strategic modeling related to the PNP workforce.


Dr. Martyn has extensive experience in patient-centered outcomes research, qualitative, event history calendar, intervention and mixed methods research with diverse patient populations, primarily adolescents and young adults. She is co-leading research focused on patient-centered outcomes (PCOR) with young adults with Autism with Dr. Susan Brasher, and with individuals with Sex Chromosome Aneuploidy with Dr. Sharron Close. She is a collaborating on the ANF Serious Communicable Diseases Unit Care Team and the Ebola Virus Disease study led by Dr. Bonnie Jennings and Dr. Kate Yeager.

Dr. Martyn and co-authors have received writing awards including, the 2014 Journal of Pediatric Health Care (JPHC) Leah Harrison Excellence in Clinical Writing Award for “The Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Workforce: Meeting the Health Care Needs of Children” and the 2013 Journal of School Nursing (JOSN)/Sage Scholarly Writing Award for the article, “Improving Sexual Risk Communication with Adolescents Using Event History Calendars.”


Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN)

Distinguished Graduate, Educator, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL

Fellow Woodruff Leadership Academy (WLA), Emory University, Atlanta, GA

Dorothy M. Smith Nursing Leadership Award for Excellence in Research

Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society, Alpha Theta Chapter