Dr. Erica Hooper Arana, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing and Health Professions, University of San Francisco

Erica Hooper

Adjunct Professor

Part-Time Faculty


Erica Hooper, DNP, RN, PHN, CNS, CNL has nursing experience working in the areas of geriatrics, pediatrics, primary care, public health, leadership, program development, and education. She has a BSN and DNP in Health Care Systems Leadership from the University of San Francisco. She also has an MSN in Advanced Community Health and International Nursing with a minor in Education from the University of California San Francisco. She has been teaching nursing at the University of San Francisco since 2005. At USF she serves as faculty lead for the Joint Venture Health Initiative, which is a clinical option designed to prepare nursing masters’ students for nursing roles in primary care. She is a Caritas Coach® and has a passion for alternative healing practices as well as promoting the health and wellness of vulnerable populations. She has an expertise working with juvenile justice system-involved youth.

Research Areas

  • Juvenile justice system-involved youth
  • Public health nursing
  • Primary care training for interdisciplinary health professions students
  • Alternative medicine


  • Faculty Lead, Puebla Healthcare Immersion
  • Faculty Lead, SONHP Joint Venture Health Initiative
  • Chair, FASONHP Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee
  • Faculty Advisor, Black Nursing Students Association
  • Vice-Chair, Alameda County Juvenile Justice Delinquency and Prevention Commission


  • DNP-University of San Francisco
  • MSN-University of California, San Francisco
  • BSN-University of San Francisco

Awards & Distinctions

  • Grant, Juvenile-Justice Youth Performing Arts Events-Kenneth Rainin Foundation ($10k), 2018
  • Grant, Juvenile-Justice Youth Leadership Camp-East Bay Community Foundation ($1k), 2018

  • University of San Francisco School of Nursing Dean’s Medal, 2002
  • University of San Francisco School of Nursing Mother Mary Baptist Russell Award, 2002
  • University of San Francisco Spirit of Saint Francis Award, 2002
  • University of San Francisco SKILL Team Award for Nursing Students’ Association, 2002
  • University of San Francisco Archbishop Oscar Romero Society Award, 2002
  • Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges Award, 2001
  • University of San Francisco SKILL Team Award for ASUSF Senate, 2000
  • University of San Francisco SKILL Team Award for Nursing Student Council, 2000

Selected Publications

  • Clinical Training Innovation for Prelicensure Graduate Nursing Students to Expand Roles in Primary Care, 2019

  • Lessons Learned from a Multidisciplinary Collaborative Supporting Juvenile Reentry, 2019

  • The Role and Impact of Public Health Nurses in Meeting the Health Needs of Youth in the Juvenile Justice System — Chapter in book titled Social Equity in a Time of Change: A Critical 21st Century Social Movement by Dr. Richard Greggory Johnson III, 2017

Additional Information


  • Public Health Nurse
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Health Coach Trainer
  • Certified HeartMath Trainer
  • Certified Massage Practitioner


  • Cura Personalis for the Juvenile Justice Population: Transforming Hopelessness through Caring; presented at USF Alumni Dons Talks, 2019
  • The Role and Impact of Public Health Nurses in Meeting the Health Needs of Youth in the Juvenile Justice System; presented at Contra Costa County Public Health Nurse All-Staff Meeting, 2017
  • Addressing the Health Needs of Incarcerated Youth; presented at USF Social Equity Conference, 2016
  • Juvenile Incarceration: Hope versus Despair; presented at Bay Area Black Nurses Association Flo Stroud Conference, 2016
  • Juvenile Incarceration; presented at USF Committee on Children and Youth Symposium, 2015

Professional Memberships

  • Sigma Theta Taut International Nursing Honor Society, Beta Gamma Chapter
  • National Black Nurses Association
  • Bay Area Black Nurses Association

Previous USF Student Memberships

  • Tri Gamma Nursing Sorority
  • Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity
  • National Student Nurses' Association
  • Alpha Sigma Nu Jesuit Honor Society