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

Elizabeth Marlow, PHD, C-FNP

Assistant 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

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

Honors & Awards

2009 – Distinguished Dissertation Award in Nursing, University of California, San Franisco 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


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.