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Deborah Himes

Associate Professor

426 KMBL


I was born in Utah. I grew up with two younger sisters and a brother in California (both Northern and Southern) and graduated from High School in Connecticut. I returned to Utah to study Nursing at BYU where I met and married my husband Trent. After working some time as an RN on medical-surgical units, I completed a Master of Science degree at the University of Utah in the Adult Nurse Practitioner program. I worked for many years providing primary care for women as a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner (APRN-BC). I began teaching at Brigham Young University full-time in 2005. I completed a PhD in nursing at the University of Utah in 2014. My husband and I have four children and one granddaughter.

Research Interests

My research focus involves clinical and family implications of the practice of Precision Medicine. Precision medicine is healthcare designed to optimize efficiency or therapeutic benefit to groups of patients by using genetic or molecular profiling. Clinical and family implications include the communication and utilization of personalized health information, based on genetic predisposition, among patients and their family members, friends and primary care providers.

Teaching Interests

I am excited to help prepare the next generation of nurses to care for patients with their minds, hands, and hearts. I teach in the second and third semesters; I also teach genetics to students in the undergraduate RN and graduate nurse practitioner program.


  • Ph.D, Nursing , Genomics, University of Utah (2014)
  • Master of Science in Nursing, Adult Nurse Practitioner , Adult Nurse Practitioner, University of Utah (1996)
  • Bachelor of Science, Nursing , Brigham Young University (1991)

Licenses and Certifications

  • American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), Adult Nurse Practitioner Board Certification (1996 - 2028)
  • State of Utah Department opf Commerce - Division of Occupational & Professional Licensing, Registered Nurse Under Interstate Compact (1992 - 2025)
  • State of Utah Department of Commerce - Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing, Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) (1997 - 2024)

Honors and Awards

  • Mary Ellen Edmunds Fellowship, Brigham Young College of Nursing (2022 - 2024)
  • Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nursing Faculty , Daisy Foundation & BYU College of Nursing (2022 - 2022)
  • Content Expert in Advanced Genetic Nursing – national appointment, chosen by competitive application , American Nurse Credentialing Center (ANCC) (2014 - 2014)
  • Summer Genetics Institute - Fellowship, National Institute of Nursing Research (2012 - 2012)


  • Inter-Society Coordinating Committee for Practitioner Education in Genomics (ISCC-PEG) (2021 - Present)
  • Nurse Portfolio Credentialing Commission (NPCC) (2021 - Present)
  • International Society of Nursing in Genetics (2010 - Present)
  • Western Institute of Nursing (2009 - Present)
  • American Association of Colleges of Nursing (2005 - Present)
  • American Nurses' Association (2005 - Present)
  • National League for Nursing (2005 - Present)
  • Phi Kappa Phi (1996 - Present)

Professional Citizenship

  • Board Member, Nurses Portfolio Credentialing Commission (NPCC) (2021 - Present)
  • Board Member, Inter Society Coordinating Committee for Practitioner Education in Genomics (ISCC-PEG) (2021 - Present)
  • Board Member, Society for Simulation in Healthcare (2020 - Present)
  • Officer, Phi Kappa Phi - BYU Chapter (2020 - Present)
  • Committee/Council Chair, International Society of Nurses in Genetics (2020 - Present)
  • Committee/Council Member, International Society of Nursing in Genetics (2016 - Present)
  • Member, Western Institute of Nursing (2009 - Present)
  • Member, American Association of Colleges of Nursing (2005 - Present)
  • Member, American Nurses' Association (2005 - Present)
  • Member, National League for Nursing (2005 - Present)
  • Member, Phi Kappa Phi (1996 - Present)
  • Officer (specify in Other), Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society - BYU Chapter (2019 - 2020)

Courses Taught


Deborah O Himes Aubri Root Amanda Gammon Karlen E Luthy Deborah O Himes M. F. Clayton G. W. Donaldson L. Ellington S. S. Buys A. Y. Kinney Barbara Anne Heise Vickie Van Johnsen Deborah O Himes Debra K Wing


Deborah O Himes Jennifer R Dungan Sarah Dewell Linda Ward Sarah Gwendolyn Harmon Davis Ruth Lucas
Sarah Dewell Deborah O Himes Ruth F Lucas Sarah H Davis Linda D Ward
Trina K Walker Anne L Ersig Sarah L Dewell Deborah O Himes Rebecca A Kronk
Abigail J. K. Lee Sarah H Harmon Deborah O Himes
Alyssa N Wendel Melia C Baeten Sarah H Davis Deborah O Himes
Melia C Baeten Alyssa N Wendel Sarah H Davis Deborah O Himes
Sarah H. Davis Deborah O. Himes Jane H Lassetter Neil Edward Peterson
Deborah Himes