• Certified Correctional Health Professional, Con Nursing, National Commission on Correctional Health Care
  • Clinical Director , College Of Nursing
  • Certified Nurse Educator, National League for Nursing
  • Executive Director of Nurse Practitioner Education, College Of Nursing
  • Assistant Professor (Clinical), College Of Nursing

Research Summary

I am interested in research involving adolescent health. My particular specialty is adolescents within the juvenile correction system. My research has focused within the juvenile correction system on the following: • Health Literacy • The prevalence of Chlamydia and Gonorrhea • The prevalence of high-risk sexual behaviors.


  • Certified Nurse Educator, Teaching, National League of Nurses
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice, Nursing, University of Utah
  • Masters of Nursing , Nursing, Brigham Young University
  • Bachelors Of Science in Nursing, Nursing, Indiana University
  • Certified Correctional Health Professional, Correctional Health Care, National Commission for Correctional Health Care



Jennifer Clifton, DNP, FNP-BC, CNE, CCHP. Dr. Clifton is a Family Nurse Practitioner who has been serving as faculty for the College of Nursing (CON) since 2005. Her current role incorporates patient care as lead clinician for the Juvenile Justice Service (JJS) team and clinical management as Clinical Director of the CON/JJS team which run eight clinics in the Salt Lake City area. Dr. Clifton is also the CON Executive Director of Nurse Practitioner Education. In the Executive Director role, Dr Clifton develops strategies to improve the quality and delivery of nurse practitioner education.

Dr. Clifton has 28 years nursing experience. She earned her BSN at Indiana University in 1989. As a Registered Nurse, she worked in a variety of clinical settings including medical/surgical nursing, intensive and cardiac care units and home care. Dr. Clifton earned her MSN/FNP at Brigham Young University in 1998. She completed her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from the University of Utah in May of 2010. In November, 2010, Dr. Clifton became a Certified Nurse Educator (CNE), the first at the University Of Utah College Of Nursing. Dr. Clifton became a Certified Correctional Health Professional (CCHP) in 2016. This certification, sponsored by the National Commission on Correctional Health, designates expertise in the field of correctional healthcare.  Prior to working for the University, Dr. Clifton worked as a nurse practitioner at the Utah State Hospital where she was actively involved in expanding medical care to include health promotion and disease prevention.

 In 2014, Dr. Clifton was recognized by Indiana University as a "Top 100 Alumni Legacy Leader".  She was awarded the 2015 Emerging Nurse Leader Award by the Organization of Nurse Leaders. She completed a yearlong fellowship as a Duke-Johnson & Johnson Nurse Leader Fellow  in May 2016. In 2017, Dr. Clifton was a recipient of the Faculty Recognition Award from the University of Utah Career Services and Professional Development Center.

Career Highlights

In 2015 and 2016, Dr. Clifton spearheaded efforts to obtain funding for screening of Chlamydia ad Gonorrhea in the Juvenile Justice Services (JJS) setting. These efforts twice resulted in an $80,000 allocation to JJS for this purpose. In 2017, on-going funding was awarded to this project by the Utah State Legislature as part of the annual state budget.