Academic About

Joyce Bredesen

Dr. Bredesen is a tenured Associate Professor of Nursing at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, Minnesota. She teaches undergraduate and graduate public health nursing theory and clinicals in the pre-licensure and degree completion programs. Recognizing her leadership abilities within the community, Joyce was nominated by her peers and received the Faculty Excellence Award in 2008. She was nominated for Excellence in Teaching during the 2008-2009 and 2011-2012 academic years. Joyce has received the President’s Circle of Engagement award during the 2009-2010, 2010-2011, 2011-2012, academic years for the development of clinical experiences within the community setting as well as the Civic Engagement Award in 2011. Joyce earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from the Minnesota State University Consortium through Minnesota State University, Mankato. Focusing on health experiences of the homeless and the implications on clinical practice within the community setting, Joyce was the recipient of the Becky Taylor Fellowship Award for her doctorate work as well as a Becky Taylor Dissemination Award to present her work at the University of Cambridge, England. Along with another colleague, she received a Community-Based Research Grant to do a PhotoVoice research project with youth in a lower socio-economic community. Her research interest includes PhotoVoice, working with vulnerable populations, and has done research projects involving women’s health care access in Senegal and India. Joyce has done presentations internationally on her work with Photovoice. In the summer of 2013 Joyce was accepted for the Edmund Safra Visiting Faculty program at the Struthers Parkinson’s Institute and did a PhotoVoice study with a colleague on care partners of people who have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. She presented at the World Congress on Parkinson’s disease in October 2013. Dr. Bredesen continues to work with PhotoVoice and is currently doing research with Parkinson’s support groups throughout Minnesota incorporating PhotoVoice as an intervention to enhance discussions and creative coping strategies.