Tolulope Oyesanya

Tolulope Oyesanya

Associate Professor in the School of Nursing

External Address: 
307 Trent Dr., Room 2029, Durham, NC 27710


Tolu Oyesanya, PhD, RN, joined Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON) August 1, 2018, and is a member of the Healthcare in Adult Populations Division. Dr. Oyesanya is an Associate Professor at DUSON and the Associate Program Director for the Duke National Clinicians Scholars Program (NCSP). Dr. Oyesanya’s research program centers on care of patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI) in acute and post-acute treatment settings, as well as support of their family caregivers. Her current research focuses on transitional care needs of patients with TBI, with an emphasis on improving post-discharge self- and family-management of care. Her long-term research goals are to: 1) improve self- and family-management of care for persons with TBI and their family caregivers and 2) decrease readmissions for persons with TBI.

Dr. Oyesanya earned her BSN, MSN, and PhD in Nursing from University of Wisconsin-Madison. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Brain Injury Research at Shepherd Center in Atlanta, GA. Her research has been supported by federally- and internally funded awards. Dr. Oyesanya is actively involved in several professional organizations, including serving as Chair of the Mentoring Task Force of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine and as a member of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses and the International Brain Injury Association.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin - Madison 2016

Selected Grants

Latent Resilience and Burnout Profiles among Nurses awarded by Sigma Theta Tau International (Principal Investigator). 2021 to 2023

Enhancing the Transition from Hospital to Home for Patients with Traumatic Brain Injury and Families awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2020 to 2023

Trends and Predictors of Poor Discharge Outcomes following Impatient Rehabilitation for Adults with Traumatic Brain Injury awarded by University of Texas Medical Branch (Principal Investigator). 2019 to 2020

Rink, Lesley C., et al. “The Association between Well-being Behaviors and Resilience in Health Care Workers.West J Nurs Res, vol. 44, no. 8, Aug. 2022, pp. 743–54. Pubmed, doi:10.1177/01939459211017515. Full Text Open Access Copy

Byom, Lindsey, et al. “Predictors of cognitive gains during inpatient rehabilitation for older adults with traumatic brain injury.Pm R, Mar. 2022. Pubmed, doi:10.1002/pmrj.12795. Full Text

Oyesanya, Tolu O., et al. “Age- and sex-specific predictors of inpatient rehabilitation facility discharge destination for adult patients with traumatic brain injury.Brain Inj, vol. 35, no. 12–13, Nov. 2021, pp. 1529–41. Pubmed, doi:10.1080/02699052.2021.1972453. Full Text

Oyesanya, Tolu O., et al. “Technology and TBI: Perspectives of persons with TBI and their family caregivers on technology solutions to address health, wellness, and safety concerns.Assistive Technology : The Official Journal of Resna, vol. 33, no. 4, July 2021, pp. 190–200. Epmc, doi:10.1080/10400435.2019.1612798. Full Text

Oyesanya, Tolu O., et al. “Inpatient rehabilitation facility discharge destination among younger adults with traumatic brain injury: differences by race and ethnicity.Brain Inj, vol. 35, no. 6, May 2021, pp. 661–74. Pubmed, doi:10.1080/02699052.2021.1895317. Full Text

Oyesanya, Tolu O., et al. “Health, wellness, and safety concerns of persons with moderate-to-severe traumatic brain injury and their family caregivers: a qualitative content analysis.Disability and Rehabilitation, vol. 43, no. 5, Mar. 2021, pp. 685–95. Epmc, doi:10.1080/09638288.2019.1638456. Full Text

Graves, Whitney C., et al. “Pre- and in-hospital mortality for moderate-to-severe traumatic brain injuries: an analysis of the National Trauma Data Bank (2008-2014).Brain Injury, vol. 35, no. 3, Feb. 2021, pp. 265–74. Epmc, doi:10.1080/02699052.2021.1873419. Full Text

Oyesanya, Tolu O., et al. “Transitions of care interventions to improve quality of life among patients hospitalized with acute conditions: a systematic literature review.Health Qual Life Outcomes, vol. 19, no. 1, Jan. 2021, p. 36. Pubmed, doi:10.1186/s12955-021-01672-5. Full Text Open Access Copy


Oyesanya, Tolu, and Barbara Bowers. “'I'm trying to be the safety net': Family protection of patients with TBI during the hospital stay.” Brain Injury, vol. 31, no. 6–7, TAYLOR & FRANCIS INC, 2017, pp. 724–724.

Oyesanya, Tolu, et al. “Family protection of emotional and physical safety of patients with TBI during hospitalization.” Brain Injury, vol. 30, no. 5–6, TAYLOR & FRANCIS INC, 2016, pp. 521–22.

Oyesanya, Tolu, and Lyn Tursktra. “Nurses' perceptions of caring for patients with TBI.” Brain Injury, vol. 30, no. 5–6, TAYLOR & FRANCIS INC, 2016, pp. 523–523.

Oyesanya, Tolu, et al. “The experience of family caregivers of older adults with TBI during hospitalization.” Brain Injury, vol. 30, no. 5–6, TAYLOR & FRANCIS INC, 2016, pp. 523–523.

Oyesanya, Tolu, et al. “Traumatic brain injury and women: A review of the literature on depression and hope.” Brain Injury, vol. 28, no. 5–6, INFORMA HEALTHCARE, 2014, pp. 549–549.