Dr. Denise Robinson, Ph.D., R.N., F.N.P

Dean and Regents Professor, College of Health Professions

Dr. Denise Robinson is the founding dean of NKU’s College of Health Professions and a Regents Professor of nursing. Under her guidance, the college began offering a fully online Doctor of Nursing Practice.

Robinson has held a variety of positions at NKU, including serving as director of the Master of Science in Nursing program. She continues to serve as medical director for the Nursing Advocacy Center for the Underserved, which provides outreach healthcare services and advocates for social conditions that promote health. 

She served as editor of eight textbooks in advanced nursing practice and is principle investigator for a $700,000 Advanced Education Nursing grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration Bureau of Health Professions. Other community projects under her guidance within the college include a lead screening and abatement project sponsored by the George A. Renaker Foundation and Pathways to Nursing, which gives junior and senior high school students an up-close view of nursing

Robinson received a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Nursing from the University of South Carolina. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin and her Family Nurse Practitioner from the University of Kentucky.


Office: HC 206C
Phone: (859) 572-5347
Email: robinson@nku.edu