• Clinical Director , College Of Nursing
  • Certified Nurse Educator, National League for Nursing
  • Director of Primary Care, Faculty Practice, College Of Nursing
  • Associate 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 working as faculty for the University of Utah College of Nursing (CON) since 2005. Over this time span, Dr. Clifton’s role has incorporated patient care (2005-present), on-line graduate instruction (2006-2017), and clinical and practice management (2012-present). Dr. Clifton serves as a primary care provider in the Juvenile Justice Service (JJS) clinics and at the Summit County/ People’s Health Clinic. Dr. Clifton serves as the Director of Primary Care in Faculty Practice.

Dr. Clifton has 31 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 earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from the University of Utah in May of 2010. In 2010, Dr. Clifton became a Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) and in 2016, she earned her Certified Correctional Health Care Professional (CCHP), a certification sponsored by the National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC). She speaks nationally on a variety of topics on juvenile correctional health care and currently serves on the NCCHC Juvenile Health Committee, NCCHC Accreditation and Standards Committee and on the NCCHC Board of Directors. Dr. Clifton is the co-chair of the Utah Trafficking in Persons (UTIP) Juvenile Subcommittee, a member of the UTIP Executive Board and a member of Utah Nurse Practitioners Legislative Committee.

Dr. Clifton completed the Duke-Johnson & Johnson Nurse Leader fellowship in 2016. Dr. Clifton is very proud that in 2018, the CON/JJS collaboration was awarded the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Exemplary Academic-Practice Partnership Award. In 2019, Dr. Clifton was awarded the Sigma Theta Tau International Gamma Rho Chapter Excellence in Clinical Practice Award and the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) 2019 Certified Nurse Award in the Family Nurse Practitioner category.

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.  

In 2018, Dr. Clifton became the first liaison of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners to the National Commission on Correctional Health (NCCHC) Board of Directors. She is also a member of the NCCHC JuvenileHealth Committee.