Full-Time Faculty

Marie-Claude Couture

Associate Professor; Department Vice Chair
(415) 422-4075

Dr. Couture is an epidemiologist and an Assistant Professor at the School of Nursing and Health Professions (SONHP). She has been teaching epidemiology, data analysis and research methods in several SONHP programs, including the Master of Public Health (MPH), the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and the Executive Leader Doctor of Nursing Practice (EL-DNP) programs. Dr. Couture has been involved in research for more than ten years where she has built solid academic background in epidemiology and...


PhD in Public Health-epidemiology, Université de Montréal, Montreal, Canada, MSc – Masters in Biochemistry – molecular biology, McGill University, Montreal, Canada, BSc – Bachelor in Microbiology, Université Laval Quebec, Canada


Epidemiology, Data analysis, Quantitative Research Methods, Survey Design

Kimberleigh Cox

Associate Professor
(415) 320-8520

Dr. Cox is a dually board-certified adult nurse practitioner and adult psychiatric nurse practitioner, and certified public health nurse. Her specialty interests and NP work are in psychiatric mental health, addiction medicine, behavioral and community health of vulnerable populations, advocacy, and psychiatric consultation. She brings her clinical experience, interests, and enthusiasm for community and mental health to her teaching, service, clinical work, and volunteerism. Her focus is on...


USF, DNP, Family Nurse Practitioner Program, 2010, University of California, San Francisco, MSN, Adult and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Program, 1998, Brown University, Providence, RI, BA in Psychology, 1990


Behavioral Health-Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, Public Health, Community Health Nursing of Vulnerable Populations, Cognitive-Behavioral Modalities & Motivational Approaches, Psychiatric and Substance Use Disorders Management

Alexa Curtis PhD, MPH, FNP-BC

Professor; Assistant Dean — Graduate Nursing
(415) 422-4073

Alexa C. Curtis received her PhD in nursing from the University of California, San Francisco in the Department of Community Health Systems. She is a practicing family nurse practitioner at a Federally Qualified Rural Health Center in Northern California. Her area of interest includes improving access to under-served populations through advance practice nursing services, particularly for rural youth and other vulnerable populations in rural communities.


PhD, Nursing, Community Health Systems, University of California, San Francisco, MPH, University of San Francisco, MS, Nursing, Family Health Clinical Specialist, University of San Diego, BS, Nursing, University of Pennsylvania

Mary Lou De Natale

(415) 422-2022

Dr. De Natale has expertise in nursing and community outreach with teaching in both Community and Mental Health.. For the past twenty-six years, she has been involved in the Bachelors, Masters, and DNP Programs (committee member of DNP projects). The overall theme of her work and personal mission revolves around support and care for individuals and/or family while building professional purpose, practice, and furthering community partnerships. Her presentations have covered topics such as...


BSN, University of San Francisco, MSN, San Jose State University, EdD, University of San Francisco, Post-Doctoral Academic Program of Study- Social and Behavioral Health-Health Policy


Community and Mental Health Nursing, Maternal-Child Nursing and Pediatric

Mary Katherine Donnelly DNP, MPH, CNL, FNAP, ACNP-BC, ANP- BC

Assistant Professor; Chair, Graduate Nursing

Dr. Mary Donnelly, DNP, MPH, FNAP, ACNP-BC, ANP-BC is an Assistant Professor in the Master's Entry MSN and the Chair of the Graduate Nursing Department at the School of Nursing and Health Professions. Her current research interests include Application of Voice Thread Technology in Graduate Education, and the teaching of genetics/genomics in Nursing curriculum. Her core interests in nursing instruction and communication methods are indispensable when it comes to creating well-rounded care...


2011, Doctor of Nursing Practice, Chatham University, Pittsburgh, PA, 1983, Masters in Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, 1982, Master of Science in Nursing, SUNY at Buffalo Graduate School, Buffalo, NY, 1975, Certificate ANP, University of Rochester School of Nursing, Rochester, NY, 1971, Bachelor of Science, Villanova University, School of Nursing, Villanova, PA

Dorothy (Dory) Escobar

Assistant Professor; APEX Coordinator

Dory Magasis Escobar, PhD has worked in community organizing, coalition building, and grassroots leadership development for decades in Northern California and Central America.  She was Director of Healthy Communities and Community Building at a regional health system for 13 years; where she also oversaw the organization’s Community Benefit planning and reporting. Prior to that time, Dory worked for 11 years in Central America in community mental health, community-based rehabilitation, community...


PhD Public Health - Community Health Promotion, Walden University, M.A. Clinical Psychology - Manual Luis Escamilla University, El Salvador, B.A. Psychology - Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA


Community engagement, Community organizing & coalition building, Community psychology, Social determinants of health, Participatory strategic planning & evaluation, Non-profit hospital Community Benefit

Brent (Rick) Ferm PhD

(415) 422-4071

Clinical Emphasis - Psychodynamically, psychoanalytically oriented adult individual psychotherapy; sub-specialization in adult development, and psychological testing and therapy with mid-life and older adults.


PhD, Northwestern University, BS, Psychology, University of California at Berkeley

Dellanira Garcia

Associate Professor
(415) 422-4072

Dr. Dellanira Garcia, a licensed clinical psychologist, obtained her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Washington. She was awarded a National Research Service Award (F31) from the National Institutes of Mental Health to examine social capital and mental illness among women of Mexican descent. Dr. Garcia's research focuses on socio-cultural contextual factors impacting ethnic minority mental health and sexual risk behaviors, with an emphasis in Latino populations. Her community-...


PhD, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, MA, Psychology, Boston University, BA, Psychology, University of California at Davis


Mental health and health disparities among BIPOC communities, Latinx Mental Health, Community based research methods, Social determinants of health, Women's sexual risk and health

Erin Grinshteyn

Associate Professor
(415) 422-6692

Dr. Grinshteyn is an assistant professor in the School of Nursing and Health Professions, where she teaches a variety of courses in the MPH program. Her primary research interest relates to fear of crime and fear of violent victimization, and the association of fear with a variety of health outcomes. She is particularly interested in population-based health disparities associated with fear of violence and specifically examines these topics among older adults. Erin also does work examining...


PhD in Health Services, Fielding School of Public Health, UCLA, MS in Health Policy and Management, Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard University , BA in Sociology, Brandeis University