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Janice B. Griffin Agazio, Ph.D., CRNP, RN, Director of the D.N.P. and Ph.D. Programs
Dr. Janice Griffin Agazio earned her BSN at the Medical University of South Carolina and MSN, Post Master’s Certificate as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and Ph.D. at Catholic. During her 22-year military career she worked as a nurse for Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., and the Kimbrough Army Community Hospital in Fort Meade, Maryland. Her research activities include investigations of military mothers, army nursing practice in operations other than war, and health promotion in active duty women. Other research interests include chronic illness and psychosocial reactions in pediatrics, military family issues, and parenting. She has published extensively and is also a prolific reviewer.

Petra Goodman, PhD, WHNP-BC, Associate Professor, Director of Research
Dr. Goodman received her BSN from Boston University and her MSN and PhD from the University of South Carolina. Throughout her twenty-five years of military service as an Army Nurse Corps officer, she served with honor and distinction in a myriad of research, teaching, clinical, and leadership positions. Her last assignment in the military was as the Chief of the Nursing Research Service at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, During her service, she also deployed and served as the Deputy Director, Deployed Combat Casualty Research Team, Baghdad, Iraq and as the Multinational Corps-Iraq Human Protection Assurance Officer where she was responsible for oversight of all aspects of medical and non-medical research primarily focusing on improving healthcare delivery to over 200,000 deployed military, collation, and contract personnel. Dr. Goodman has a tremendous joy for teaching. She is teaching in both the PhD and DNP programs in the research methods and design, statistics, evidence-based practice, and health care issue courses. Dr. Goodman’s research interests are deployment health, military nursing practice, and pain management of neuropathic pain in military service members experiencing pain from combat-related injuries. She is currently conducting a study examining self-concept as a cognitive vulnerability to PTSD in deployed nursing.

Elizabeth Hawkins-Walsh, Ph.D., R.N., APRN, CPNP, PMHS (Clinical Associate Professor, Assistant Dean for M.S.N. Programs
Dr. Elizabeth Hawkins-Walsh has been recognized for her leadership roles with key national pediatric nurse practitioner organizations for the past 20 years. She has served as Director of the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program at CUA since 1989. Her current research interests focus on the development of curricular guidelines and outcomes for graduates of dual acute and primary care PNP programs. She has published extensively and most recently upon the expanding role of the pediatric nurse practitioner in primary mental health care. Prior to coming to Catholic, she worked as a pediatric nurse practitioner, in psychiatric nursing and as a family liaison and research associate at Georgetown University’s Department of Pediatrics/Neonatology.

Dr. Hawkins-Walsh has a B.S.N. from Georgetown University and an M.S.N. in Maternal/Infant Nursing, a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Post-Master’s Certificate, a Ph.D. and a Family Nurse Practitioner Post-Master’s Certificate, all from The Catholic University of America. She recently was among the first group of APRNs in the country to become certified as a pediatric primary care mental health specialist.

Mary A. Paterson, Ph.D., R.N., Professor and Coordinator for Assessment and Evaluation
Dr. Paterson earned her B.S.N. at Catholic, her M.S.N. in Nursing Administration at Georgetown University, and her Ph.D., Health Services and Policy Analysis at the University of California at Berkeley. In addition to her teaching and nursing experience, she has worked in the community and public health field as an investigator and consultant for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the State of Nevada and other entities. She has published extensively in journals, books and other publications and testified about the reconstruction of health care in Iraq Reconstruction for the United States Senate’s Democratic Policy Committee in July 2006. Dr. Paterson’s research interests include community involvement in health, primary health care services and household participation in health care financing for the elderly.

Becky Robert, Ph.D., P.N.P-B.C, F.N.P-B.C (Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner), Adjunct Assistant Professor
Nationally certified as a pediatric nurse practitioner, Dr. Robert obtained her B.S.N. from Valparaiso University, her M.S. from the University of Minnesota, a post-master’s FNP from the University of California at San Diego, a Ph.D. in International Public Health from the Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University and a post-masters PNP certificate from The Catholic University of America. Long associated with outreach to underserved communities in the U.S. and Latin America, Dr. Robert has directed clinic and health programs in Guatemala and currently practices in a community clinic serving immigrants in the U.S. She was a consultant for the World Health Organization in developing training courses for infant and young child feeding. Dr. Robert’s research interests center around childhood nutrition, both under and over nutrition, and the use of mixed methods (quantitative and qualitative) to develop and evaluate intervention programs.

Janet S. Selway, DNSc, CRNP, Assistant Professor, Adult and Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
Dr. Selway holds a B.S.N. from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland as well as an M.S.N. and a post-masters certificate from the University of Maryland School of Nursing. She received her Doctor of Nursing Science degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, where she also completed a business of nursing certificate. Both an adult and pediatric nurse practitioner, Dr. Selway has held a number of primary care positions in both clinics and schools. Further, she has held clinical appointments at Johns Hopkins Hospital and the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems, Shock Trauma Center. Presently, Dr. Selway is the principal investigator on a grant that provides interdisciplinary on-line education in geriatric health care.

George Zangaro, Ph.D., RN
Dr. George Zangaro is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the School of Nursing. He earned his B.S.N. at Columbia Union College, an M.S.N. at the University of Maryland and a Ph.D. in Nursing Science at the University of Maryland. He was previously the Director of Nursing Research at The Catholic University of America. In 2007, Dr. Zangaro retired from the Navy after 25 years of service. He has significant experience in clinical, program and personnel management, research, and educational aspects of nursing. Dr. Zangaro’s major career focus has been on the development of the nursing workforce to specifically address the areas of recruitment, retention, and educational development of nurses. He has served as a principal investigator, associate investigator and consultant on several funded research studies in these areas. Dr. Zangaro has publications documenting the results of his research and has conducted several meta-analyses on nurses’ job satisfaction and psychometric properties of job satisfaction instruments.

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