Mary Nelson Robertson, MA, CHES, is the Project Coordinator for MSU Extension’s PReventing Opioid Misuse In the SouthEast (PROMISE) Initiative. In this role she designs, conducts, and analyzes formative research, including focus groups and web-based surveys, to better understand rural Mississippians’ perceptions and openness to prescription opioid misuse prevention. The Initiative reaches rural Mississippians who are members of the sandwich generation, individuals who are currently caring for their parents and their children. The PROMISE Initiative plans to implement a social marketing campaign for prescription opioid misuse prevention in Mississippi in collaboration with the MS Department of Mental Health’s Stand Up Mississippi campaign.
Mary Nelson’s research interests include eating competence, fruit and vegetable intake, and body mass index among undergraduate college students, and rural Mississippians’ perceptions of prescription opioids and prescription opioid misuse prevention. She aspires to work in an academic setting that allows her to balance teaching, research, and working with community members to improve the health and well-being communities. Mary Nelson earned a Master of Art in Health Studies with an emphasis in health education and promotion from the University of Alabama (UA) in Tuscaloosa, Alabama; she also is CHES-credentialed. She is currently a second-year doctoral student in the Department of Human Development and Family Science at Mississippi State University (MSU). Mary Nelson expects to graduate with a Doctor of Philosophy in Human Development and Family Science in December of 2020. This summer, Mary Nelson attended the Digital Strategies for Health Communication week-long course at Tufts University.