University of Portland

Toyin Olukotun

School of Nursing & Health Innovations, Assistant Professor

Toyin Olukotun



Buckley Center 301

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Toyin Olukotun, PhD, RN, joined the School of Nursing and Health Innovations as an Assistant Professor in October of 2020. She received both her B.S. and PhD in Nursing from the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee. Upon graduation from her doctoral program, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship in health disparities and health service research at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Her program of research focuses on advancing health equity in African Americans and immigrant populations using both qualitative and quantitative research methods.


PhD, Nursing Science, University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee

Bachelor of Science, Nursing, University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee


Claire McKinley-Yoder (PI) & Oluwatoyin Olukotun (co-PI). Standardized Education for Ethical International Learning Experiences. Funded by Dundon-Berchtold Ethics in Curriculum Fellowship, Total award: $10,000.

Oluwatoyin Olukotun. Navigating Complex Realities: Barriers to Healthcare, Law Enforcement and Mental Health Concerns of Undocumented African Immigrant Women in the United States. Dissertation Study. 2018.

Professional Affiliations

  • 2021- Present              Western Institute of Nursing
  • 2021- Present              National League of Nursing
  • 2021 - Present             Sigma Theta Thau - Omicron Upsilon Chapter
  • 2018 - Present             Midwest Nursing Research Society
  • 2017 - 2019                  Transcultural Nursing Society
  • 2013 - 2021                  Sigma Theta Thau - Eta Nu Chapter

Awards & Recognition

  • 2020 - Dundon-Berchtold Ethics in Curriculum Fellowship
  • 2020 - Best Research Poster Award, Medical College of Wisconsin, Department of Medicine Research Retreat
  • 2020 - 13th Academic & Health Policy Conference on Correctional Health Scholarship
  • 2018 - UW-Milwaukee College of Nursing MNRS Research Poster Award
  • 2013-2015 - Dr. Harriet Werley Fellowship
  • 2013 - Inducted into Sigma Theta Thau Nursing Honor Society
  • 2012-2013 - U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Maternal Child Health Pipeline Training Fellow
  • 2012 - Kenosha/Racine Nurses Association Scholarship
  • 2012 - Racine Chapter Black Nurses Association Scholarship
  • 2011 - Wisconsin League of Nursing Scholarship

Recent Publications

Publications in Peer-Reviewed Journals

  • Olukotun, O., Akinboboye, O., Williams, J. S., Ozieh, M., & Egede, L. E. (2021). Influences of Demographic, Social Determinants, Clinical, Knowledge, and Self-Care Factors on Quality of Life in Adults With Type 2 Diabetes: Black-White Differences. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, 1-12.
  • Olukotun, O., Mkandawire, E., Antilla, J., Alfaifa, F., Weitzel, J., Scheer, V., Olukotun, M., & Mkandawire-Valhmu, L. (2021). An Analysis of Reflections on Researcher Positionality. Qualitative Report26(5).
  • Adebayo, C. T., Parcell, E. S., Mkandawire-Valhmu, L., & Olukotun, O. (2021). African American Women’s maternal healthcare experiences: a Critical Race Theory perspective. Health Communication, 1-12.
  • Hawkins, M. M., Schmitt, M. E., Adebayo, C. T., Weitzel, J., Olukotun, O., Christensen, A. M., & Mkandawire-Valhmu, L. (2021). Promoting the health of refugee women: a scoping literature review incorporating the social ecological model. International journal for equity in health20(1), 1-10.
  • Williams, J. S., Lu, K., Akinboboye, O., Olukotun, O., Zhou, Z., Nagavally, S., & Egede, L. E. (2020). Trends in Obesity and Medical Expenditure among Women with Diabetes, 2008-2016: Differences by Race/Ethnicity. Ethnicity & disease, 30(4), 621-628.
  • Olukotun, O., & Mkandawire-Valhmu, L. (2020). Lessons learned from the recruitment of undocumented African immigrant women for a qualitative study. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 19, 1609406920904575.
  • Olukotun, O., Gondwe, K., & Mkandawire-Valhmu, L. (2019). The Mental Health Implications of Living in the Shadows: The Lived Experience and Coping Strategies of Undocumented African Migrant Women. Behavioral Sciences9(12), 127.
  • Adebayo, C. T., Walker, K., Hawkins, M., Olukotun, O., Shaw, L., Parcell, E. M., Dressel, A, Luft, H., and Mkandawire-Valhmu, L. (2019). “Race and Blackness: A Thematic Review of Communication Challenges Confronting the Black Community within the United States Healthcare System.” Journal of Transcultural Nursing. In press.
  • Olukotun, O., Kako, P., Dressel, A., & Mkandawire-Valhmu, L (2019). A Qualitative Exploration of the Experiences of Undocumented African Immigrant Women in the Health Care Delivery System. Nursing Outlook. In press.
  • Mkandawire‐Valhmu, L., Weitzel, J., Dressel, A., Neiman, T., Hafez, S., Olukotun, O., Kreuziger, S., Scheer, V., Washington, R., Hess, A., & Morgan, S. (2019). Enhancing cultural safety among undergraduate nursing students through watching documentaries. Nursing inquiry26(1), e12270.
  • Olukotun, O., Mkandawire-Valhmu, L., Kako, P. (2019). Navigating complex realities: Barriers to healthcare access for undocumented African immigrant women in the United States. Healthcare for Women International.
  • Ellis, J. L., Kovach, C. R., Fendrich, M., Olukotun, O., Baldwin, V. K., Ke, W., & Nichols, B. (2019). Factors Related to Medication Self-Management in African American Older Women. Research in gerontological nursing, 12(2), 71-79.
  • Mkandawire-Valhmu, L., Lathen, L., Baisch., M. J., Cotton, Q., Dressel, A., Antilla, J., Olukotun, O., Washington, R., Jordan, L., and Hess, A. (2018). Enhancing Healthier Birth Outcomes by Creating Supportive Spaces for Pregnant African American Women Living in Milwaukee. Maternal and child health journal, 1-8.
  • Olukotun, O., Mkandawire-Valhmu, L., Kreuziger, S. B., Dressel, A., Wesp, L., Sima, C., Scheer, V. Weitzel, J., Washington, R., Hess, A. & Kako, P. (2017). Preparing culturally safe student nurses: An analysis of undergraduate cultural diversity course reflections. Journal of Professional Nursing.
  • Seal, N., & Olukotun, O. (2015). Perceptions of Using Smartphone Technology for Dietary Assessment among Low-Income African-American Mothers. Journal of Mobile Technology in Medicine4(2), 12-20.
  • Olukotun, O., & Seal, N. (2015). A systematic review of dietary assessment tools for children aged 11 years and younger. ICAN: Infant, Child, & Adolescent Nutrition7(3), 139-147.