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Jill Dombrowski, Ph.D., R.N., Clinical Assistant Professor
Dr. Jill Dombrowski holds a B.S.N. from Georgetown University and an M.S.N. and Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America, as well as an M.S. from American University in Health/Fitness Management. She teaches advanced health promotion on the M.S.N. level and coordinates interdepartmental campus-wide wellness activities. In the DC community, Dr. Dombrowski is active in the promotion of workplace wellness. Her research interests include physical activity in working mothers, self-efficacy, and time-management.

Petra Goodman, Ph.D., WHNP-BC, Associate Professor, Director of Research
Dr. Goodman received her B.S.N. from Boston University and her M.S.N. and Ph.D. 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 Ph.D. and D.N.P. 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.

Melissa Hladek M.S., R.N., FNP-BC (Family Nurse Practitioner), Clinical Assistant Professor
Professor Hladek directs the Family Nurse Practitioner Program and is actively engaged in clinical practice and teaching. She provides comprehensive primary care to clients of all ages in an inner-city safety net clinic. She has particular expertise in HIV/AIDS and teaches at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. She has received funding to increase the use of technology and simulations in nursing programs. She received her B.S.N. and M.S.N./FNP from Columbia University and has a bachelor's degree in Neuroscience from Scripps College. Prior to coming to Catholic University, Professor Hladek worked in New York City and in California.

Patricia McMullen, Ph.D., J.D., CNS, CRNP, FAANP (Women's Health Nurse Practitioner), Professor and Dean
Dr. McMullen returned to the School of Nursing as Dean in Spring 2010. Previously she served as Associate Provost of Academic Administration from 2008 to 2010 and as School of Nursing Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from 2003 to 2008.

She earned her B.S.N. and M.S.N. at the University of Maryland and her Ph.D. at Catholic. She also has a law degree from the University of Baltimore. In addition to her work at the University, she is also an OB/GYN Nurse Practitioner in Annapolis, Maryland. She has engaged in numerous research projects on legal issues in health care, youth violence, women’s health and work-related injuries throughout the years. Dr. McMullen has also published extensively in books and nursing journals and has presented her findings at various nursing organization meetings around the country. She is a fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and the Maryland State Bar Association.

Janet Merritt, Ph.D., R.N., CNS-BC (Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing), Clinical Assistant Professor
Dr. Merritt has taught at Catholic since 2006. She has a Diploma in Nursing from Louise Suydam McClintock School of Nursing at St. Margaret’s Hospital, a B.S. in Psychology from Geneva College, a Master of Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing from The Catholic University of America and a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing from George Mason University. She is a Board-Certified Clinical Nurse Specialist in Virginia as well as a Certified Wellness Recovery Action Planning Facilitator. Her research interests include recovery-focused mental health care, wellness recovery action planning for adolescents and program evaluation research. She has published work on community-based nursing practice and nursing education. Dr. Merritt is a member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association and the National League of Nursing.

Marissa Mize, D.N.P., M.S.N., C.C.R.N., CPNP-PC, AC, Adjunct Assistant Professor
Dr. Mize received her M.S.N. and PNP Post Master’s Certificate from The Catholic University of America and her D.N.P. from the University of Virginia. She is one of the first PNPs in the country to be certified in both acute and primary care pediatrics and she also holds certifications in critical care nursing. Dr. Mize has worked as a pediatric nurse practitioner in critical care at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and Shady Grove Adventist Hospital. Further, she has held positions as a clinical nurse specialist at the Children’s National Medical Center. She is actively involved as a senior nurse practitioner with Por Cristo, a medical health care group that travels to Quito, Ecuador annually to care for children with congenital heart disease.

Barbara Moran, Ph.D., MS, M.P.H., CNM, RNC, FACCE, Assistant Professor
Dr. Moran has worked as a Certified Nurse Midwife, a Perinatal Education Coordinator, a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, an OB/GYN CNS and a Public Health Nurse over the course of her career. She has taught at Catholic since 2005. She has served the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses in various official capacities and is a reviewer for the Online Journal of Nursing and the Journal of Japan Academy of Midwifery. Her research interests focus on violence again women, particularly pregnant women, a topic on which she has presented many times. Dr. Moran studied at the Frontier School of Nurse Midwifery and earned a B.S.N. at Villanova University, an M.P.H. and M.S. at the University of Hawaii, and a Ph.D. at the University of Virginia.

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.

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.

Rebecca Robert, Ph.D., CPNP (Pediatric 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.

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