Full-Time Faculty


Juli Maxworthy DNP, PhD(c), MSN, MBA, RN, CNL, CPHQ, CPPS, CHSE, FNAP, FSSH

Associate Professor

Dr. Juli Maxworthy is an academic, innovator and collaborator. During her over 30 years in healthcare, she spent almost 20 years in various roles in critical care in a busy open heart and trauma unit. During that time, Dr. Maxworthy became heavily involved in the shared governance activities within her organization. After realizing that she needed more education to prepare her to take on the challenges of her current and potential future roles she went back to school and completed two Masters...

Education:

Texas Woman's University, PhD(c), 2022, University of San Francisco, DNP, 2008, Holy Names University, MBA, 2006, Holy Names University, MSN, 2004, California State University, Hayward, BSN, 1984, Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator (CHSE), Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL), Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS), Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ), Fellow, Society for Simulation in Healthcare (FSSH), Fellow, National Academies of Practice (NAP)

Expertise:

Healthcare Simulation, Leadership, Psychological Safety

Kelly McDermott

Assistant Professor; Co-Director of the Health Policy Leadership Concentration, Sacramento

Dr. McDermott is an Assistant Professor in the Population Health Sciences Department. She received a BA in Religious Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University, an MA in Health Policy and Bioethics from George Washington University and a PhD in Health Services Research from University of Washington. Dr. McDermott also completed postdoctoral training in Integrative Medicine Research at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, University of California, San Francisco. Dr. McDermott has worked...

Education:

Postdoctoral Fellowship, Integrative Medicine Research, University of California, San Francisco, CA, Doctor of Philosophy, Health Services Research, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, Master of Arts in Philosophy and Social Policy Emphasis in Health Policy and Bioethics, George Washington University, Washington, DC, Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies, minor Philosophy, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

Expertise:

Research Methods, Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease,, Integrative Medicine, Mindfulness-Based Interventions, Digital Health Tools and Interventions

Dhara Meghani

Associate Professor
(415) 422-4246

Dr. Meghani is a core faculty member, licensed psychologist, and program director in the School of Nursing and Health Professions Clinical Psychology PsyD program. Her research concerns the promotion of infant and perinatal mental health and family relationships through the design and implementation of inclusive, culturally attuned, evidence-based interventions aimed to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression in the transition to parenthood. Dr. Meghani is the founder of Parentline, a free...

Education:

UCSF/ZSFG Clinical Psychology Training Program, Clinical Internship and Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2009-2011, University of Massachusetts Amherst, PhD in Clinical Psychology, 2010, University of Massachusetts Amherst, MS in Clinical Psychology, 2007, UC Berkeley, BA in Psychology (Anthropology minor), 2003

Expertise:

Child, adolescent, and family psychology , Psychodynamic, brief/strategic, and solutions-focused therapy, South Asian diaspora acculturation and mental health , Program development and community partnerships

Michelle Montagno

Associate Professor
(415) 422-4074

Dr. Michelle Montagno an associate professor for the PsyD program in the School of Nursing and Health Professions. As a licensed psychologist, she also practices in San Francisco. A long-time social justice advocate, Dr. Montagno worked in nonprofit and government sectors prior to pursuing a career in clinical psychology. Her areas of clinical and research interest include clinical training, cross-cultural therapy, white racial identity development, and supervision.

Education:

Psy.D., Clinical Psychology The Wright Institute, Berkeley, CA, June 2010, M.A., Clinical Psychology The Wright Institute,Berkeley, CA, September 2007 , B.A., Political Science and Women’s Studies Ohio State University, Columbus, OH Cum Laude, June 1999 , Wilderness Leadership Certificate Program National Outdoor Leadership School, Kenya August 2001

Susan Mortell DNP, RN, CNL

Assistant Professor
(415) 640-4251

For the past 30 years, Dr. Mortell has worked in varied nursing settings, which include medical-surgical nursing, community health, oncology, and psychiatry; currently, she serves as an assistant professor and the current director of the Online RN-MSN program at USF. Her courses include: Ethics and Health Care Policy, Community Health Nursing, Transitions to Graduate Education and Scholarly Writing, Assessment Across the Lifespan, Advanced Pathophysiology and Pharmacology, Informatics, and the...

Education:

University of San Francisco, Doctor of Nursing Practice, 2014, California State University, Masters in Nursing Education, 2009, Cabrillo College, Associate Degree in Nursing, 1989

Expertise:

Psychosocial Nursing, Organizational Culture, The Impact of Political and Socio-Economic Forces on Population Health, Oncology

Marcianna Nosek

Associate Professor
(415) 422-2019

Dr. Nosek's education includes an ADN/RN from Cabrillo Community College; BA from CSUMB; MPH in Maternal/Child and International Health from UC Berkeley; MS and Certified Nurse Midwife from UCSF; and Ph.D. in Nursing from UCSF. She worked as a registered nurse in labor and delivery for 17 years and started teaching at USF in 2007. Since starting at USF, she has taught in multiple programs including the BSN, DNP, MSN, and MPH. As a tenured, Associate Professor, she currently teaches in the MSN...

Education:

PhD, Nursing, University of California, San Francisco, MS, Certified Nurse Midwife & Women's Health Nurse Practitioner, University of California, San Francisco, MPH, Specialty Area of Maternal/Child Health, Minor in International Health, University of California, Berkeley, BA, Integrated Studies, International Health, California State University, Monterey Bay, ASN, Registered Nurse, Cabrillo College

Ryan O'Malley

Assistant Professor
(714) 221-6209

For more than eight years, Professor O’Malley had the privilege to work in multiple areas of critical care, including on the intensive care unit, the cardiac care unit, and the cardiac surgery unit. He has worked in community hospitals and large teaching facilities, and his certifications include critical care nursing (CCRN), cardiac medicine (CMC), and clinical nurse leader (CNL). Professor O’Malley also works as a nationally certified adult nurse practitioner, and currently specializes in...

Education:

Los Angeles Valley College, AA in Spanish 2009, California State University, Fullerton BSN with a minor in Spanish 2011, California State University, Long Beach, MSN NP 2015, University of Alabama, DNP, 2020

Expertise:

Ambulatory medicine, Critical Care medicine, Internal medicine

Chukwuka Okekenta

Professor

Dr. Chuka Okekenta (he/him/his), otherwise called Dr. O by his students, is a registered nurse with a terminal degree from Chamberlain University. He has functioned in a variety of clinical and academic settings including intensive care units, dialysis, stepdown, home health, quality improvement, and colleges. Some of his notable works include design and implementation of healthcare quality improvement processes. His hobbies and interests cover sports and jokes/comedy. Basketball and football...

Education:

Chamberlain University, DNP, 2017

Expertise:

Critical Care, Quality Improvement, Healthcare Simulation

Yvette Ozer

Assistant Professor, Director of Clinical Training

Dr. Malamud obtained a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the APA-accredited Clinical Psychology doctoral program at Alliant International University, California School of Professional Psychology, in San Francisco. Dr. Malamud is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in California, with training and experience in school psychology and neuropsychology, with an emphasis on providing culturally sensitive assessment and psychotherapy services to diverse, underserved clients. During her postdoctoral...

Education:

Alliant International University, California School of Professional Psychology, PhD in Clinical Psychology, 2015, California State University East Bay, MS in Clinical Child/School Psychology, 2009, California State University East Bay, BA in Liberal Studies & Psychology, 2006, University of California Berkeley Extension, Certificate in Alcohol and Drug Abuse Studies, 2003

Expertise:

Neuropsychological assessment, Statistics and psychometrics, Clinical child psychology

Susan Prion EdD, RN, CNE, CHSE

Professor; Associate Dean — Nursing
(415) 422-6936

Susan Prion, EdD, RN, CNE, CHSE is the associate dean of and a professor in the nursing department. She holds baccalaureate degrees in biology and chemistry from Muskingum College and a BS in nursing from Case Western Reserve University. She has a master’s degree in nursing from the University of California San Francisco and an MEd in instructional technology from San Jose State University. Professor Prion also holds a doctorate in curriculum and instruction. She is actively engaged in research...

Education:

BS, Muskingum College, New Concord, Ohio, BS Nursing, Case Wester Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, MS Nursing, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, California, MEd, Instructional Technology, San Jose State University, San Jose, California, EdD Curriculum and Instruction, University of San Francisco, San Francisco, California

Expertise:

Simulation, Instructional technology, Multimedia

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