Taryn Y. Eastland, Ph.D, RN

Associate Dean, Graduate Studies

Taryn Eastland


Taryn Y. Eastland is an associate professor in the College of Nursing. Her teaching and research focus on health promotion, health disparities and evidence based nursing practice.

Research Overview

Eastland’s primary research aims to reduce prostate cancer disparity in African American men by engaging women in promoting prostate cancer screening for their significant males. Her work has been published internationally. She collaborates with a team of PNW nursing faculty on projects that focus on nursing workforce diversity and health disparities. Their research has been presented nationally.

When I started my journey to become a licensed practical nurse I never imagined that I would end up in academia as Dr. Eastland… by the grace of God I am what I am!

Select Publications

Rogers, J., & Eastland, T. (2021). Understanding the most commonly billed diagnoses in primary care: Gastroesophageal reflux disease. The Nurse practitioner, 46(4), 50–55. https://doi.org/10.1097/01.NPR.0000737196.69218.b6

Eastland, T.Y., Morrow, M.R., & Davis, J.H. (2018). The effectiveness of institutional strategies to recruit and retain minority nurses: A systematic review protocol. JBI Library of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports, 1490-1494. doi: 10.11124/JBISRIR-2017-003546

Eastland, T.Y. (2017). A survey of the knowledge of African American women about prostate cancer screening. Journal of Cancer Education, doi 10.1007/s13187-017-1220-9

Previous Roles

Prior to becoming faculty at PNW, Eastland worked as a nurse practitioner in an underserved area and completed a post-doctorate fellowship in health disparities in underserved populations.

Taryn Eastland


(219) 989-2117


Office Location:

Hammond, NILS 225


  • Ph.D. – Nursing Science, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • M.S.N. – Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner, Purdue University Calumet
  • B.S.N. – Nursing, Purdue University Calumet

Areas of Expertise

  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Health Promotion
  • Health Disparities
  • Evidence Based Practice
  • Systematic Review Methodology

Credentials, Accreditations & Awards

  • Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program
  • Association of College and University Educator Fellow
  • Fellow Certified JoAnna Briggs Institute Systematic Review Trainer

Curriculum Vitae