Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Program PHD

A Focus on Clinical Research

Yale’s Doctoral of Philosophy Program is Nursing is rated among the top 5 programs in the U.S. The Program is designed to prepare nurse scientists who conduct cutting edge research that links theory and clinical practice. Graduates are prepared for research and faculty positions in academic, clinical, and other settings where research skills are needed. Students have the opportunity to study with nationally and internationally-recognized faculty to address the most pressing health problems. YSN provides excellent pre- and post-doctoral opportunities, many of which are NIH-funded. Currently, we have NIH training programs in Multidisciplinary Behavioral Research in Type 1 Diabetes and Self and Family Management of Chronic Illnesses. 

phd program studiesFields of Study

Fields of study include chronic conditions (e.g., diabetes, obesity cardiovascular disease, cancer, HIV/AIDS, sleep disorders); symptoms; self- and family management; maternal and child health; policy and politics of health care; global health; health equity and care of vulnerable populations; acute and critical care;; end-of-life and palliative care; and school- and community-based interventions.

More Information About the Program

The PhD program is administered by the Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. For more information about the program, or to receive admissions information, please contact the Office of Admissions at the Graduate School of Arts and; 203-432-2771.

To request more information from YSN about the program please complete this form or contact:

Robin Whittemore
Professor and Director of PhD Program

Several information sessions are scheduled for the fall semesters, including virtual and in person meetings. Please check the website for more information on these opportunities.

The application deadline is January 2.

Meet the Program Leader


Wei-ti Chen, RN, CNM, DNSc, Assistant Professor
Jane Dixon, PhD, Professor
Marjorie Funk, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN, Professor
Margaret Grey, DrPH, PhD, RN, FAAN, Annie Goodrich Professor
Holly Powell Kennedy, PhD, CNM, FACNM, FAAN, Executive Deputy Dean and Helen Varney Professor of Midwifery
M. Tish Knobf, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor, Chair of the Division of Acute Care & Health Systems
Mark Lazenby, PhD, APRN, FAPOS, Assistant Professor 
Ruth McCorkle, PhD, RN, FAAN, Florence S. Wald Professor of Nursing
Nancy S. Redeker, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN, Professor
Nancy Reynolds, PhD, RN, C-NP, FAAN, Professor
Lois Sadler, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor
Allison Shorten, PhD, RN, RM, FACM, Associate Professor
Jacqueline Taylor, PhD, PNP-BC, RN, FAAN, Associate Professor
Robin Whittemore, PhD, RN, FAAN, Associate Professor
Julie Womack, CNM, APRN, PhD, Assistant Professor  

Meet Program Leader

Robin Whittemore PhD, APRN, FAAN

Professor of Nursing and PhD Program Director (Full bio.)