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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.

Nalini Jairath, Ph.D., R.N.
Over her 24 years as a nurse, Dr. Jairath has held positions in academic, research and clinical settings. Her areas of research and clinical expertise are in cardiovascular risk reduction, specifically the role of nursing interventions to reduce risk factors such as sedentary behavior and dyslipidemia. She is also a national expert on the responsible conduct of research and served on a panel that reported to the Department of Health and Human Services. She earned her BSN at McMaster University, an MScN at the University of Toronto and a Ph.D. at the University of Toronto.

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.

Sr. Mary Elizabeth O'Brien, Ph.D., R.N, FAAN, AHN
Dr. O’Brien earned her BA at Benedictine College, an M.S.W. at Howard University, a Ph.D. in Sociology at The Catholic University, a CPE at the National Institutes of Health and an M.T.S. in Theology at the Washington Theological Union. She is the author of many books, including Parish Nursing: Healthcare Ministry Within the Church and A Nurses’ Handbook of Spiritual Care: Standing on Holy Ground. Dr. O’Brien also is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Christian Nursing.

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.

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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