Full-Time Faculty

Amanda Aaronson

Assistant Professor
(415) 422-2018

Amanda Burke-Aaronson teaches in the Bachelor’s and Master’s in nursing programs. Her focus is women’s health, obstetric and neonatal nursing. Her professional experience is as a mother-baby nurse (postpartum and well-baby) as well as a newborn intensive care nurse. She is a volunteer birth doula – a non-medical labor and birth support person – as well. She has a side focus on advocating for, and striving to bring appropriate gender-affirming healthcare for transgender people, especially in our...

Margaret Baker

Dean; Professor, School of Nursing and Health Professions
(415) 422-2334

Dean Margaret Wooding Baker is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and the Gerontological Society of America. Her clinical experience ranges from critical care to ambulatory care to home health. She has been an administrator in settings ranging from home health care company start-ups to academic administration in schools of nursing, including Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Washington School of Nursing. Her policy experience runs from her work as a senior health...


PhD, University of Washington, MSN, Otterbein College, Ohio, BSN, Russell Sage College, NY

Carlee Balzaretti, DNP, FNP-BC, CNL

Assistant Professor
(415) 422-8327

Carlee Balzaretti, DNP, FNP-BC, CNL is an assistant professor teaching the Applied Assessment & Nursing Fundamentals course to undergraduate students and the final semester internship course to graduate students. Prior to this appointment, she taught across the undergraduate nursing curriculum in the Veteran Affairs Nursing Academic Partnership program at the Sacramento campus. Dr. Balzaretti is currently the vice chair of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee and serves as the...


DNP, University of San Francisco, MPH, University of San Francisco, Family Nurse Practitioner, Doctor of Nursing Practice, University of San Francisco, MSN, University of San Francisco, BSN, Samuel Merritt College/ Saint Mary's College

Angela Banks

Full Professor
(415) 422-6393

Dr. Angela D. Banks, RN, PhD is a Professor and former Chair of the Undergraduate Nursing Department at the University of San Francisco in the School of Nursing and Health Professions. She teaches Pharmacology, Pathophysiology and Pharmacokinetics to undergraduate nursing students. She has been a registered nurse for more than 30 years, and during the last 20 years she worked in the cardiovascular intensive care unit and the emergency room. She received a Bachelors’ Degree from the University...


BSN, University of Illinois, Chicago, MSN, University of California, Los Angeles, PhD, University of California, San Francisco


Cardiovascular Critical Care, Trauma, Emergency Room, Medical-Surgical Nursing

William Bosl

Associate Professor

Dr. William (Bill) Bosl, associate professor of health informatics and clinical psychology focuses his primary research on clinical neurophysiology and neurodiagnostics. In 2018 Professor Bosl was appointed Visiting Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. Professor Bosl is leading a series of projects to discover patterns in infant EEG signals that can serve as biomarkers for autism and other neurodevelopmental pathology in collaboration with Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH...


PhD, Behavioral Neuroscience, Boston University School of Medicine, PhD, Geophysics, Stanford University, MA, Mathematics, University of Pittsburgh, MS, Atmospheric Physics, University of Michigan, BS, Chemistry, Miami University

Richard Callahan

Professor; Director, Health Services Administration Concentration, Master of Public Administration; Co-Director of the Health Policy Leadership Concentration, Sacramento
(916) 803-7022

Dr. Callahan is a Professor at the University of San Francisco, with a joint appointment from the USF School of Management and the USF School of Nursing and Health Professions. Callahan is Co-Director of the USF Master of Public Health Program in Sacramento and the Director of the Health Services Administration concentration in the Master of Public Administration in the School of Management. His health and human services consulting contracts have been in the states of California, Washington,...


Doctorate in Public Administration (DPA), University of Southern California, LA, CA. Dissertation: The Politics of Structural Choice: Cooperation in Political Environments, Master of Public Administration (MPA), USC, Los Angeles, California., Tenri University, Nara Prefecture, Japan., Bachelor of Arts (BA), Honors in Government, Georgetown University, Wash., D.C.


Leadership Practices, Strategic Planning

Elena Capella EdD, MSN/MPA, RN, CNL, CPHQ, LNCC

Associate Professor; DNP for Registered Nurses
(831) 334-1177

Elena Capella is an experienced educator who teaches leadership, health care quality, and regulatory compliance. Dr. Capella enjoys working with health care professionals who are completing their graduate degrees in nursing. Her doctoral research focuses on the leadership challenges faced by physicians transitioning from independent clinicians to health care system administrators and how these leaders support the improvement of clinical services. Dr. Capella has worked as a consultant on health...


Ed.D., University of San Francisco

Laura Chyu

Assistant Professor, Master of Public Health (MPH)
(415) 422-4746

Dr. Chyu is an assistant professor in the MPH program, and her research interests lie in women's health and wellbeing over the course of a lifetime. As a health demographer, she focuses on how social contexts and exposures are embodied physiologically and translate to health disparities in the greater population. Her research examines the interplay of biological and social processes at different life stages to better understand how chronic stress impacts health and aging trajectories. Dr. Chyu...


Postdoctoral Fellowship, Northwestern University, Cells to Society Center on Social Disparities and Health at the Institute for Policy Research, Ph.D., Public Health, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, M.A., Anthropological Sciences, Stanford University, B.A., Human Biology, Stanford University


Women's health, Health and aging over the life course, Social demography, Stress biomarkers, Health equity, Public health ethics

June Madsen Clausen

Senior Associate Dean, School of Nursing and Health Professions
(415) 422-2174

Dr. June Madsen Clausen is professor and senior associate dean for the School of Nursing and Health Professions. Previously, she also served as program director for the Clinical Psychology PsyD program. She is a licensed psychologist with a clinical practice in which she provides evaluation, consultation, and treatment for children and adults who have experienced trauma. Dr. Clausen's Teaching Philosophy, in her own words: I believe that bringing real world experience into the classroom is...


PhD, Clinical Psychology, Joint Doctoral Program, University of California, San Diego and San Diego State University, BA, Psychology with Honors, University of California, Los Angeles, Clinical Internship at the University of California, San Francisco, Two-year National Institute of Mental Health Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Clinical Services Research, Graduate of the WASC Senior College and University Commission Assessment Leadership Academy

Cathy Coleman DNP, RN, MSN, CNL, CPHQ

Associate Professor
(415) 823-3441

Dr. Cathy Coleman’s professional career and her passion for nursing and education includes decades of experience across multiple clinical settings and organizations as a nurse, consultant, and volunteer. Most of her career focused on oncology; she specialized in comprehensive breast center development and quality/performance improvement, spending years as a consultant for clients that include a medical device startup. After ten years with a CMS-funded Quality Improvement Organization in San...


DNP, Nursing, Healthcare Systems Leadership, University of San Francisco, Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), University of San Francisco, Diploma, Nursing, Thomas Jefferson School of Nursing