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PhD, Boston College (1999)
MSN, Russel Sage Collge (1984)
B. ED (N), University of Botswana (1982)
Midwifery Diploma, National Health Institute, Botswana (1972)
RN Diploma, National Health Institute, Botswana (1971)

Recent Courses

Evidence-Based Practice In Nursing
Integration Seminar III
Nursing Care Of The Evolving Family
Nursing Care Of The Older Adult

Teaching Specializations/Interests

Medical-Surgical Nursing.
Health Promotion Across the Life Span.
Nursing Theories.
Research methodologies.

Research Interests

Women's Health: Screening for Cancer of the Cervix
Health Promotion and Illness Prevention.
Cultural Diversity in Health Care.
Qualitative research methodologies.

Grants/Sponsored Research

Faculty Scholarship Grant: $2, 600.00: Adelphi University - 2010
- Sponsored Research: "The Effect of Written Educational Material on Knowledge Acquisition and Actual Pap Smear Screening In Botswana Women."

Book Chapters

McFarland, DM (2010). Aging in Botswana. In Wykle, ML and Gueldner, SH (Eds.). Aging Well: gerontological Education for Nurses and other Health Professionals. (pp. 519-522). Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett Learning.

Refereed Articles

McFarland, D. M. (2013), Associations of Demographic Variables and the Health Belief Model Constructs with Pap Smear Screening among Urban Women in Botswana. International Journal of Women's Health, 5, 709 - 716.

McFarland, DM (2010), A journey through Pick's disease. International Nursing Review, 57, 142-144.

McFarland, DM (2009), Beliefs about the causes of cervical cancer in Botswana: Implications for nursing. International Nursing Review, 56, 426-432.

McFarland, DM (2008), A tribute to the Mother's Union. The Anglican Church of the Holy Cross News Letter, 4, 3.

McFarland, DM (2003), Cervical Cancer and Pap smear screening in Botswana: Knowledge and perceptions. International Nursing Review, 50(3), 167-175.

Invited Presentation/Lecture

Ditsapelo M. McFarland (2013, July). Cervical Cancer and Pap Smear Screening: Raising awareness. Village Tribal Grounds, Tonota Village, Botswana.

Ditsapelo M. McFarland (2012, July). "Common Cancers in Botswana: What Women Need to Know About Cancer of the Cervix. and Pap smear Screening. Anglican Church Mother's Union, Gaborone, Botswana.

Ditsapelo M. McFarland (2009, April). Cancer of the Cervix: Raising Cancer of the Cervix Awareness among Primary School Teachers. Rauwe Primary School, Tonota Village, Botswana.

Conference Presentations/Papers

Ditsapelo M. McFarland (2013). Item Generation and Content Validation of the Cervical Cancer Belief Scale (CCBS) - A Poster Presentation. In Eastern Nursing Research Society Conference (pp. Poster). Renaiscence Boston Water Front Hotel, Boston, MA.

McFarland, DM (2010). Screening for cancer of the cervix by women in Botswana: A poster presentation. In International Congress On Women's Health Issues (ICOWHI) (pp. Poster Presentation). The Inn at penn: A Hilton Hotel, Philadelphia, PA.

Dissertation Chaired

Jemina Mookeng - Co-Supervisor of: (2004). “Barriers Toward Cervical Cancer Screening Program Implementation within the Private Health Care Sector in Soshanguve: MA Public Health Thesis. University of South Africa (UNISA).

Honors and Accomplishments

2012: Nomination for an Excellence in Teaching Award, Adelphi University.
2012: Named “Professional of the year” by the “Strathmore Who is Who Worldwide.” (Featured on Google).
2011: Awarded a plaque of recognition by the “Strathmore Who is Who Worldwide” for having exemplified leadership and achievement in my profession.

Professional Activities

April 2013: Reviewer: Student posters on the Adelphi University Research Day.

•April 2012: Reviewer: Student posters on the Adelphi University Research Day.

April 2013: External Examiner: Master of Arts Thesis: “Patients’ and Nurses’ Knowledge and Understanding of Laparascopic Surgery in Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa." University of South Africa (UNISA).

February, 2013: External Examiner: Doctoral Dissertation: “Promoting the Implementation of Collaborative Tuberculosis and Human immunodeficiency Virus Activities in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.” University of South Africa (UNISA).

January 2013: Committee Member: DoctoralDissertation:“Reconceptualizing Mothering: Women from Mexico Mothering transnationally,” Adelphi University.

May 14, 2012: Co-evaluator: Doctoral Dissertation. “The Culture of Night Nursing,” Adelphi University.
May 12, 2011: Co-evaluator: “The process of mothering an obese child:” A Doctoral Dissertation.Adelphi University

2004: Co-Supervisor: MA Public Health Thesis: “Barriers Toward Cervical Cancer Screening Program Implementation within the Private Health Care Sector in Soshanguve, University of South Africa (UNISA), 2004.

Community and Corporate Leadership

Tonota (Botswana)Development Support Group for community empowerment (co-founder)

-Anglican Church Mother’s Union member.
-Cancer Association: Botswana.

Licenses & Certifications

New York - RN Licensure
Massachusetts -RN Licensure
Vermont - RN Licensure
Botswana Nursing Council _ RN and Midwifery Licensure