Full-Time Faculty


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...

Education:

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

Marie-Claude Couture

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

Dr. Couture has more than fifteen years of experience leading public health studies in local and international settings, including Haiti, Cambodia, Ghana, Thailand, and the Ivory Coast. She built a solid academic background in epidemiology and public health with research interests in substance use, infectious diseases, gender-based violence, sexual and reproductive health, and social determinants of health in diverse, vulnerable populations. Dr. Couture has been principal investigator, co-...

Education:

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

Expertise:

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...

Education:

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

Expertise:

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

Assistant Dean, Graduate Nursing and Professor
(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 and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner at a substance use disorder facility in rural Northern California. Her area of interest includes improving access to under-served populations through advanced practice nursing services, particularly for rural youth and other vulnerable populations in rural communities.

Education:

PhD, Nursing, Community Health Systems, University of California, San Francisco, PMHNP Post-doctoral Certificate, University of San Francisco , MPH, University of San Francisco, MS, Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner, University of San Diego, BS, Nursing, University of Pennsylvania

Mary Lou De Natale

Professor
(415) 422-2022

Mary Lou De Natale has expertise in community mental health and telehealth case management with the underserved in the community and their partners / families. For the past twenty nine years, she has been involved in the bachelors, masters, and DNP programs (committee member of doctoral dissertations in the School of Education and School of Nursing and Health Professions - DNP projects). Her professional and personal mission, clinical practice, and research revolve around health care advocacy...

Education:

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

Expertise:

Community and mental health nursing, Maternal-child nursing and pediatric

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...

Education:

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

Expertise:

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

Professor
(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.

Education:

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

Alice Fiddian-Green

Assistant Professor

Alice Fiddian-Green (she, her, hers) is Assistant Professor in the MPH program in the School of Nursing and Health Professions. Alice specializes in the application and analysis of digital and visual participatory research methods to examine social, structural, and racial inequities as they pertain to reproductive health and justice. Alice was certified as a Digital Storytelling facilitator in 2015. Since then, she has co-facilitated and worked on digital storytelling projects in a range of...

Education:

UMass Amherst, PhD in Public Health, 2019, UMass Amherst, MPH in Health Promotion and Policy, 2013

Expertise:

Digital storytelling, Visual and digital participatory research methods, Qualitative data collection and analysis, Arts-based research methods

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-...

Education:

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

Expertise:

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

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