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

(415) 422-6393

Angela D. Banks, RN, PhD is a Full Professor and former Chair of the Undergraduate Nursing Department 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 prior to entering academia she worked in the cardiovascular intensive care unit and the emergency department. Her program of research focuses on women's health, health disparities, and...


UC San Francisco, PhD in Philosophy of Nursing, 2005, UC Los Angeles, MN in Nursing, 1984, University of Illinois, Chicago, BSN, 1980


Cardiovascular Disease, Pharmacology and Pharmacokinetics, Pathophysiology

William Bosl


Dr. Bosl was a scientific software developer at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and completed his (first) PhD in computational geophysics at Stanford. In 2005 he moved to the Computational Health Informatics Program in Boston. It was a joint program between Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and MIT. There he began research in neuroscience and biomedical informatics. In 2013 he joined USF as the founding director of a new master’s program in Health Informatics, where he...


Boston University, PhD in Behavioral Neuroscience, 2016, Stanford University, PhD in Geophysics, 1999, MA, Mathematics, University of Pittsburgh, MS, Atmospheric Physics, University of Michigan, BS, Chemistry, Miami University


Clinical Neurophysiology and Neuroscience, Autism and Epilepsy, Machine Learning, EEG and Signal Analysis, Nonlinear Dynamics

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

Victoria Chaudhary

Assistant Professor
(415) 722-4030

Dr. Chaudhary obtained a Doctor in Nursing Practice degree from USF. She currently teaches Evidence-Based Inquiry and Informatics in the BSN department during the fall and spring semesters and graduate level courses in the summer. She focuses on didactic and clinical preparation of pre- and post- licensure nursing students. Dr. Chaudhary is also a Nurse Practitioner with experience in integrative primary care.


California State University, Long Beach, BSN, 2008, University of San Francisco, MSN, 2015, University of San Francisco, DNP, 2017


Preventative Health, Primary Care, Evidence Based Practice

Laura Chyu

Assistant Professor
(415) 422-4746

As a health demographer, Dr. Chyu studies how social factors and chronic stressors are embodied physiologically and shape women’s health over the life course. Her research examines the dynamic interplay of biological and social processes to better understand how chronic stress impacts health and aging trajectories. She is also interested in the effects of positive and adverse childhood experiences on physical and mental health later in life.


Northwestern University, Cells to Society Center on Social Disparities and Health at the Institute for Policy Research, Postdoctoral Fellowship, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, PhD in Public Health, Stanford University, MA in Anthropological Sciences, Stanford University, BA in Human Biology


Women's health , Biodemography, Chronic and toxic stress

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