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Jane Nelson Bolin

Jane Nelson Bolin,PhD, JD, BSN

Regents Professor Emerita

Senior Professor


School of Nursing


health policy, cancer, chronic diseases, rural health, health disparities, health ethics, cancer prevention, cancer detection, rural health disparities, health care complicance, health law
Jane Nelson Bolin

About Jane Nelson Bolin

Jane Nelson Bolin, BSN, JD, PhD, is the associate dean for research at the Texas A&M School of Nursing and a professor at the Texas A&M School of Public Health. Dr. Bolin is an attorney, and she teaches health law and ethics and human resource management for graduate students. She also serves as deputy director of the Texas A&M Southwest Rural Health Research Center (SRHRC). Dr. Bolin's research focus is diabetes and chronic diseases, cancer prevention and screening, rural health disparities and health law, regulation and ethics.

Dr. Bolin has led several projects, research and interventions for rural and underserved populations nationally and within Texas. She is currently principal investigator (PI) for SRHRC, which received a four year $2.8 million grant as one of seven cooperative research center agreements funded nationally by the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration to research critical health issues facing rural populations. She is also co-PI on a recently funded HRSA grant to assist vulnerable rural hospitals as well as co-PI on two Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas grants focusing on colorectal, breast and cervical cancer screening, education and outreach in rural and underserved regions of Texas.

Dr. Bolin is also the co-developer of the Diabetes Education Kiosk (Diosk), a low-literacy, touch screen computer module designed to encourage healthy behavior changes and self-management of health. She served as PI and co-PI on several Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) grants studying cancer screenings for uninsured and low-income Texans and a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Research Center grant to examine diabetes self-management.

Dr. Bolin received her Bachelor of Science in nursing from Oregon Health Sciences University (1978), Doctor of Jurisprudence from University of Oregon in 1982 and a doctorate in health services research from Pennsylvania State University in 2002.