Carole R. Myers PhD, RN is an Associate Professor in the College of Nursing and with a joint appointment in the Department of Public Health at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.  She coordinates interdisciplinary graduate health policy courses and a graduate certificate in health policy.  Dr. Myers conducts research that centers on policymaking and health services with an emphasis on access to care, TennCare, public health programs, and advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs).

Dr. Myers is a strong advocate for access to high-quality, cost-effective care.  She is a  an American Advocacy Institute Fellow (2012) and was awarded the TN-PAC Advocacy Award (2012), American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) Nurse Practitioner Advocate State Award for Excellence (2011), and the Louise Browning Political Nurse Award from the Tennessee Nurses Association (2010).

Dr. Myers frequently writes and speaks to professional (e.g., Tennessee Nurses Association) and various community groups (e.g., League of Women Voters) about the Affordable Care Act and other aspects of national health reform.  She recently has been leading discussions on the transformation of health care and the role of APRNs and grassroots advocacy.  Most recently Dr. Myers served as co-chair of the Tennessee Scope of Practice legislative task force.