Hess, Mary Annette

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Assistant Professor

NB 436
1720 2nd Ave. S.
Birmingham, AL 35294-1210

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PhD University of Alabama at Birmingham
MSN Troy State University
BSN Auburn University at Montgomery
RN St. Vincent's Hospital School of Nursing Biography
Dr. Hess has been in nursing for over 23 years, specifically medical-surgical nursing and in the academic setting for over 19 years. She is an Assistant Professor at the University Of Alabama School Of Nursing in Birmingham. Currently, she teaches in courses across the pre-licensure and graduate levels. These courses include Accelerated Masters Nursing Program (AMNP) Maternal Child Health Nursing and Practicum (NUR 507 / 508L), Population Health in Advanced Practice (NUR 735), Advanced Family Nursing I (NFH 621Q), Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum (NFH 685Q), and Advanced Management of Diabetes I (NMD 621Q). Dr. Hess’s research focuses on the prevention and management of pre-diabetes, diabetes, dyslipidemia, obesity, and improving diabetes outcomes via diabetes education. Also, she is widely published and involved in several grants. She is an active investigator in the UAB Department of Preventive Medicine ENCOURAGE-1 and ENCOURAGE-2 (iAdapt) studies. Her expertise in working with health professionals and laypersons, diabetes, and health outcomes has been instrumental in the success of the ENCOURAGE studies. Her most recent grant is a HRSA grant of the Doctor of Nursing Practice Advanced Management of Diabetes program. Also, she has extensive teaching expertise of both nurses and patients where she has concentrated on the promotion of Diabetes self-management skills. Dr. Hess maintains a Family Nurse Practitioner clinical practice in the area of prevention and management of pre-diabetes, dyslipidemia, and obesity related conditions with Dr. Jamy Ard at the UAB EatRight clinics. Dr. Hess herself has had Type 1 Diabetes for the past 39 years and has utilized the insulin pump for 23 years in the management of this disease. The years she has spent in dealing with Diabetes Mellitus as a chronic disease has awarded Dr. Hess with a high level of empathy for her patients. These experiences have impressed her with the need to develop culturally specific interventions for Diabetes self-management among vulnerable populations. She has 3 yellow Labrador retrievers (Lucky, Jake & Hunter) and 1 cat (Tabby).

Research/Clinical Interest
Health promotion, disease prevention, family health nursing and diabetes management. Doctoral research focus "Staff Nurses Knowledge of Diabetes and Diabetes Management following a lecture-based and computer-based educational intervention."


  • Eta Sigma Gamma National Professional Health Honorary Society - Member
  • Sigma Theta Tau National Honor Society for Nursing – Member
  • American Association of Diabetes Educators - Member