Gennifer Holt

Position Title
Graduate Student in Nursing Science and Healthcare Leadership with D.E. in Feminist Theory and Research



Gennifer Holt is a 2nd year PhD student in the Nursing Science and Health Care Leadership program on the Sacramento campus at UC Davis, and is the first Feminist Theory and Research DE student representing this program! She is currently working as a Registered Nurse at UC Davis Medical Center caring for critically ill patients. Her background in nursing encompasses adult and pediatric intensive care and flight nursing. She also enjoys teaching and was motivated to earn a PhD due to her love of education. Gennifer is the first person in her family to attend a University and to graduate with a college degree. She earned both her MS and BS in Nursing at California State University, Sacramento. However, she started out her tenure as a college student taking classes at various community colleges and earned an Associate’s degree in Nursing from San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton.

Gennifer recently accepted a position as a student ambassador for the Women’s Health, Gender and Empowerment (WHGE) Center of Expertise (COE), part of the UC Global Health Institute. The goal of this program is to promote justice and equity to reduce gender and health disparities globally. Gennifer’s research is focused on adolescent girls who are depressed and inflict self-harm. She is interested in understanding the experiences related to their emotional distress and silencing that they may be experiencing as a result of the biomedical model. Gennifer wants to explore the health narratives, stories, and languages of this marginalized population and hopefully give a voice to the experiences of these girls.