Dr. Elizabeth Marlow, School of Nursing and Health Professions, University of San Francisco

Elizabeth Marlow, PHD, C-FNP

Adjunct Professor

Part-Time Faculty


Dr. Marlow has been adjunct faculty in USF's School of Nursing and Health Professions since 2013. She received her Masters of Science in Nursing from Yale University in 1996 and her PhD in Nursing from UCSF in 2008. In 2010, she completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the UCLA School of Nursing, and her research is grounded in community-based participatory research (CBPR). In 2009 she co-founded and nurtured The Gamble Institute, a CBPR non-profit with a mission to serve formerly incarcerated adults and their families. In 2015, community members assumed leadership of The Gamble Institute, a primary goal of CBPR work. The Gamble Institute's flagship program, Street Scholars Peer Mentoring, is now the model program for all California Community Colleges serving formerly incarcerated students. Members of Street Scholars and The Gamble Institute Leadership Team guest lecture every year in USF's MPH program. Intellectually, Dr. Marlow leans towards Hans-Georg Gadamer, Michel Foucault, Paolo Freire, and bell hooks.

Dr. Marlow is also a nurse practitioner at the San Francisco County Jail. In this role she provides medical services and works to integrate the principles of CBPR, such as power-sharing and co-learning, in the care she provides to the men and women incarcerated there. Her clinical interests include addiction medicine, care of transgendered adults, and chronic disease management.


  • Post Doctoral Fellow, University of California, Los Angeles, School of Nursing
  • PhD, University of California, San Francisco
  • MSN, FNP, Yale University School of Nursing
  • BA, Art History, Boston University

Awards & Distinctions

  • 2009 – Distinguished Dissertation Award in Nursing, University of California, San Francisco School of Nursing
  • 2007 – Runner-Up, Best Student Poster Award, Western Institute of Nursing Research Service Award
  • 2005-2008 – Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award
  • 2002 – National Health Care for the Homeless Council's Clinicians' Network
  • 1995 – American Medical Student Association Health Promotion/Disease Prevention Grant Recipient
  • 1994-96 – Scholarship Recipient, National Health Service Corps

Selected Publications

  • Nyamathi, A.; Marlow, E.; Zhang, S.; Hall, E.; Farabee, D.; Marfisee, M.; IUrnlilifard, F.; Faucette, M.; Leake, B.; (2012). Correlates of serious violent crime for recently released parolees with victims of homelessness. Violence and Victims, Vol. 27, No.5:793-810.
  • Nyamathi, A.; Marlow, E.; Branson, C.; Marfisee, M.; Nandy, K. (2012). Hepatitis A/8 vaccine completion among homeless adults with history of incarceration. Journal of Forensic Nursing. Article first published online: 6 JAN 2012 DOI: IO.l111/j.1939-3938.2011.01123.x
  • Marlow E, Nyamathi A, Grajeda WT, Bailey N, Weber A, and Younger J. (2012). Nonviolent Communication Training and Empathy in Male Parolees. Journal of Correctional Health Care, 2011 Nov 17. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 22095007
  • Nyamathi A, Leake B, Albmnn C, Zhang S, Hall E, Farabee D, Marlow E, Marfisee M, Khalilifard F, and Faucette M.(2011) Correlates of depressive symptoms among homeless men on parole. LI-sues in Mental Health Nursing. Vol. 32, No. 8:501-11. PMID: 21767252
  • Wertz, M.C.; Nosek, M.; McNiesh, S.; and Marlow, E. (2011). The composite first person narrative: Texture, structure, and meaning in writing phenomenological descriptions. International Journal of Qualitative Studies of Health and Well-Being, 2011 Apr 12;6(2). doi: 10.3402/qhw.v6i2.5882. PMID: 21499448
  • Marlow. E., White, M.C., Chesla, C. (2010). Barriers and facilitators: Parolees' perceptions of community health care access. Journal of Correctional Health Care, Vol. 16, No. 1: 1-10
  • Hudson, AL.; Nyamathi, A.; Bhattacharya, D.; Madow, E.; Shoptaw, S.; Marfisee, M.; and Leake, B. (2009). Impact of prison status on HIV-related risk behaviors. AIDS and Behavior 2009 May 20. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Marlow, E.; Chesla C. A. (2009). Prison experiences and the reintegration of male parolees. Advances in Nursing Science, Vol. 32, No. 2: El 7-E29..
  • Marlow, E., White, M.C., Tulsky, J.P., Estes, M., and Menendez, E. (2008). Recidivism in HIV infected incarcerated adults: Influence of the lack of a high school education. Journal of Urban Health, Vol. 85, No. 4: 585-595.
  • Marlow, E., Melkus, G., and Bosma, A. (1997). STOP Diabetes! An Educational Model for Native American adolescents in the prevention of diabetes. The Diabetes Educator, Vol. 24, No. 4.

Additional Information

Professional Memberships

  • 2008-11 – Legislative Reviewer, CANP Health Policy & Practice Issues Committee
  • 2000-04 – Co-Chair, Alameda County Sharps Coalition Co-founder, Co-Chair
  • 1999-04 – Educator, San Francisco Bay Area Association of Diabetes

Service to Professional Publications

  • 2009-now – Reviewer for The Journal of Correctional Health Care
  • 2009-now – Reviewer for Public Health Nursing
  • 2006-now – Reviewer for Research and Theo1yfor Nursing Practice: An International Journal

Public Service

  • 2010-now – Arsola's House, Inc., Oakland, CA-Member, Board of Directors
  • 2009-now – The Gamble Institute, Oakland, CA - Executive Director & Co-Founder
  • 1998-2001 – Volunteer, Stories from Mom Project, San Francisco County Jail
  • 2000-02 – Mentor to Inmate at Northern California Women's Facility, Stockton, CA
  • 1993-96 – Volunteer, Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen, New Haven, CT
  • 1991-93 – Big Sister Volunteer, Big Sister Association, Boston, MA