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Sharon J. MacKinnon, Ph.D., RN, FNP

Associate Scholar

Sharon Joy MacKinnon has over 25 years of experience on the front lines of health care serving predominantly low-income patients in urban and rural settings in the South, first as a nurse, and then as a family nurse practitioner. Dr. MacKinnon completed her doctoral work in health services research at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, directed by Dr. James Studnicki, now CLI’s vice president of data analytics with whom she completed several abortion research publications. Her current research focuses on how nurses and other health care providers might implement a transformative heuristic to facilitate reliable decision making. Dr. MacKinnon enjoys spending time with her husband and their beloved adopted son.

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  • Questions and Answers on Late-Term Abortion | May 16, 2022

    First published: February 2019 Last updated: May 16, 2022   To view this fact sheet as a PDF, see: Fact Sheet: Questions and Answers on Late-Term Abortion   What is a Late-Term Abortion?   “Late-term” abortion is an imprecise term, but under any “formal” definition offered or as accepted by the public at large late-term […]

  •  Q&A with the Scholars: From Nursing to Abortion Research | August 18, 2017

    After 25+ years serving on the front lines of health care as a Nurse and then as a Family Nurse Practitioner, Dr. Sharon J. MacKinnon completed her doctoral work in Health Services Research at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Dr. MacKinnon recently joined the Charlotte Lozier Institute as an Associate Scholar, and in […]