Full-Time Faculty


Dhara Meghani

Associate Professor
(415) 422-4246

Dr. Meghani is a licensed psychologist teaching in the School of Nursing and Health Professions Clinical Psychology PsyD program, and she currently serves as the faculty advisor for its peer mentoring program. Her research concerns the promotion of both infant and perinatal mental health and family relationships through the design and implementation of accessible, evidence-based interventions aimed to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression during the transition to parenthood.  Dr. Meghani is...

Education:

Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of Massachusetts Amherst, M.S., Clinical Psychology, University of Massachusetts Amherst, B.A., Psychology (Anthropology minor), University of California Berkeley

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; Director, RN-MSN Online Program
(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, Informatics, and the MSN Internship. She has also taught practicum courses for BSN and RN-MSN...

Education:

DNP, University of San Francisco, MSN, California State University, ADN, Cabrillo College

Expertise:

Clinical and Theory Instructor (BSN and MSN programs), Psychiatry, Community Health, Medical Surgical nursing, Oncology, Home infusion, Healthcare organizational leadership

Andrew Nguyen

Assistant Professor; Director, Master of Science in Health Informatics

Professor Andrew Nguyen is the Program Director of the Master of Science in Health Informatics (MSHI) program at USF. His current research is focused on the application of semantic computing and web technologies to healthcare in an effort to break down data silos, provide true interoperability, and help computers effectively process healthcare data. He is also interested in the integration and analysis of physiological sensor data to quickly and accurately detect changes in a patient's clinical...

Education:

PhD, Biological and Medical Informatics, University of California, San Francisco, CA, BS, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California, San Diego, CA

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

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:

University of Alabama, DNP, 2020, Cal State Long Beach, MSN, 2015, Cal State Fullerton, BSN, 2011, Cal State Fullerton, minor in Spanish, 2011, LA Valley College, AA in Spanish, 2008

Expertise:

Critical Care nursing, Cardiac medicine, Advanced practice nursing, Adult ambulatory medicine, Pain management

Robert (Bob) Patterson DNP, MSN, RN

Assistant Professor

Education:

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), University of San Francisco, Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), San Francisco State University, Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), California State University

Susan Prion

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

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

Christina Purpora

Associate Professor
(415) 422-2021

Christina Purpora has been an associate professor in the School of Nursing and Health Professions since 2011. Her primary areas of teaching are applied assessment and nursing fundamentals in the traditional undergraduate nursing program, and her professional experience includes 30 years of hospital nursing. Her clinical expertise is in medical-surgical and critical care nursing of the adult and older adult. Dr. Purpora’s program of research focuses on antecedents, consequences, and mitigation...

Education:

Ph.D., Nursing, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), MS, Nursing (nursing education focus), University of Hartford, West Hartford, Connecticut, BS, Nursing, Regis University, Denver, Colorado , AS, Nursing, Ventura College, Ventura, California , Diploma, Practical Nursing, Thompson School for Practical Nurses, Brattleboro, Vermont

Expertise:

Nursing, Care of the adult and older adult

Trinette Radasa DNP, ACNS-BC, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC

Assistant Professor; DNP-PMHNP and DNP-FNP Program Director; NP Program Director; Full-Time Faculty

Dr. Radasa graduated from New Mexico State University with a BSN in 1999 and an MSN in 2002. Her MSN track was as a Medical-Surgical Clinical Nurse Specialist. Between 2011 and 2016 she attended University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), where she received first her Post Master's Certificate in the FNP, then a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree and a second Post-Masters Certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Dr. Radasa has taught in the BSN & MSN programs at New...

Education:

Post-Masters Certificate Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, New Mexico State University, 2016, Doctorate Nursing Practice, University of Texas at El Paso, 2015, Post-Masters Certificate Family Nurse Practitioner, University of Texas at El Paso, 2011, PhD Nursing (ABD), University of New Mexico, 2010, Master of Science Nursing, New Mexico State University, 2002, Bachelor of Science Nursing, New Mexico State University, 1999

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