World Renowned Faculty

Our faculty have shaped the world’s view of nursing, integrating evidence-based care into practice in order to meet our social mandate of better health for all people.  Yale faculty work closely with PhD students, mentoring students to develop innovative and rigorous dissertations. Read more about YSN Scientists and Their Work

Meet the PhD Director

David Vlahov, Ph.D., R.N.

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

Dr. Vlahov is Associate Dean for Research and Professor, Yale School of Nursing and Professor of Epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health. His primary area of focus has been on urban health. His studies in Baltimore, Harlem and the Bronx, which have served as a platform for subsequent individual-, community-level and policy level intervention studies. This work has contributed new knowledge to promote health equity. Dr. Vlahov was the founding President of the International Society for Urban Health. He has been a Visiting Professor at the Medical School in Belo Horizonte, Brazil and served an expert consultant to the WHO’s Urban Health Center in Kobe, Japan.  He is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Urban Health, has edited three books on urban health, and  has published over 654 scholarly papers He served on the New York City Board of Health, and is a member of the National Academy of Medicine currently serving of the Institute’s Board of Global Health.

Faculty Listing

Joanne DeSanto Iennaco, PhD, PMHNP-BC, APRN, Associate Professor of Nursing and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Specialty Coordinator


Jane Dixon, PhD, Professor

Margaret Grey, DrPH, RN, FAAN, Annie Goodrich Professor

Joan Kearney PhD, PMHCNS, APRN-BC, Professor

Holly Powell Kennedy, PhD, CNM, FACNM, FAAN, Helen Varney Professor of Midwifery

M. Tish Knobf, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor, Chair of the Division of Acute Care & Health Systems

Ann Kurth, PhD, CNM, MPH, FAAN, Dean & Linda Lorimer Professor of Nursing

Mark Lazenby, PhD, APRN, FAAN, Associate Professor

Soohyun Nam, PhD, APRN, ANP-BC Associate Professor

Carmen Portillo, PhD, RN, FAAN, Executive Deputy Dean & Professor

Nancy S. Redeker, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN, Professor

Lois Sadler, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor

David Vlahov, PhD, RN, FAAN, Associate Dean for Research

Robin Whittemore, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor

Julie Womack, CNM, APRN, PhD, Associate Professor