Deborah Fahs, DNP, APRN, MSN, FNP-C, RN

Deborah Fahs

Associate Professor of Nursing

Yale School of Nursing - Room 20504

phone: 203-737-5425
fax: 203-737-4480


Deborah Fahs is an Associate Professor, DNP, MSN, FNP B-C in the Graduate Entry Program in Nursing.   She teaches in the areas of Medical-Surgical Nursing and the Interprofessional Longitudinal Clinical Experience and has served on the curriculum design committee at the Yale School of Medicine when interprofessional education (IPE) was in its infancy stages. She has been a key player in designing, implementing and evaluating curricula for the program and serves as a section leader and clinical coach.  She has 5 publications, numerous national and international presentations related to IPE and is a peer reviewer for the Journal of Interprofessional Care.  

She received her nursing diploma from Johnston-Wills School of Nursing in Richmond, Virginia; her BSN from University of Virginia, Charlottesville Virginia; her Masters in Nursing Education from SCSU; her post master’s Family Nurse Practitioner degree from Pace University in Westchester, NY and her DNP from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan.           

Fahs was awarded the “Nightingale Award” for nursing excellence, the “Daisy Award” for excellence in nursing education, the “Inspiring Yale” award for her work as faculty and for her pioneering efforts in the development of IPE at Yale, the National Organization for Nurse Practitioner Faculty “Gold Preceptor” award presented annually to one faculty member demonstrating the advancement of quality nurse practitioner education through leadership, education and mentorship. She was also honored with the Dorothy Sexton award for excellence in student mentoring. She works with the Yale School of Medicine on “Power Day” an initiative to level hierarchies and recognize power disparities and is a judge for the Yale School of Nursing Creative Writing awards. She serves on the board of governance of the Delta Mu Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International. 

Research Interests/Clinical Practice

Research Interests

Professor Fahs’ major area of research focuses on interprofessional education (IPE) and secondarily on admission and academic success metrics as well as assessment of prerequisite coursework for accelerated programs.

Clinical Practice

Fahs has served in varying clinical practices over her forty years in nursing both as a RN and FNP. She worked 8 years in family medicine, 8 years in internal medicine and currently serves on joint appointment in student medicine at the Yale University Health Center.

Selected Publications/Presentations


Roberts, A., Anghoff, N.R., Brissette, D., Dupree, D., Fahs, D., Honan, L., Korbey, S., Roessler, E., Schwartz, M., Shabanova, V., Tetrault, J., Wu, B., Colson, E., & Encandela, J. (2020).  Burnout among beginning first-year students from three health professional training programs. Medical Science Educator.

Doyle, Elizabeth A., Fahs, D.B., Honan, L. (2020). Admission Academic Metrics and Later Success in an Accelerated Master’s Entry Program.  Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, 10(1), 33-42.

Fahs, D.B. Hypertensive Black Men’s Perceptions of a Nurse Protocol for Medication Self-Administration.  In Bauce, K & Fitzpatrick, J.J. (Eds). 2019. Nursing Research Critiques: A Model for Excellence. pp. 233-47.  New York: Springer Publishing Company. 

Fahs, D.B. Nursing Assessment: Renal and Urinary Tract Function.  In Honan, L. (Eds). Focus on Adult Health Medical Surgical Nursing. (2019). New York: Wolters Kluwer/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Fahs, D.B. Nursing Assessment: Digestive, Gastrointestinal, and Metabolic Function. In Honan, L. (Eds). Focus on Adult Health Medical Surgical Nursing. (2019). New York: Wolters Kluwer/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Bauce, K., Fahs, D.B., Batten, J. & Whittemore, R. (2018). Videoconferencing for management of heart failure: An integrative review. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 44(4), 45-52. doi: 10.3928/00989134-20180207-01 *Feature Article 

Talwalkar, J.S., Fahs, D.B., Kayingo, G. Wong, R. & Pellico, Jeon, S. & Honan, L.H. Readiness for interprofessional learning among medical, nursing and physician associate students at an American university. International Journal of Medical Education, April 16, 2016, 185-89. Doi: 10.5116/ijme.570d.7bd8

Fahs, D.B, Honan, L., Gonzalez-Colaso, R., & Colson, E. R. (2017). Interprofessional education development: not for the faint of heart. Advances in Medical Education and Practice, 8,329-336. doi: 10.2147/AMEP.S133426.eCollection.

Wong, R.L., Fahs, D.B., Talwalkar, J.S., Colson, E.R., Desai, M.M., Kayingo, G., Balanda, M., Luczak, A.G. & Rosenthal, M.S. (2016). A longitudinal study of health professional students’ attitudes towards interprofessional education at an American university. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 2(2), 191-200.

Pellico, L.H., Funk, M., Maynard, M., Fahs, D.B., Clark, J. T., Yadin, D.  (September 2015), Nurses’ Perspectives on Clinical Alarms. American Journal of Critical Care, 24(5), e72-e80. Doi:

Honan, L., Fahs, D.B., Talwalkar, J., & Kayingo, G. (February, 2015). Interprofessional learning: Perceptions of first year health students. Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, 5(6), 39-49. Doi: 10.5430/jnep.v5n6p39

Penprase, B., Fahs, D.B. & Pellico, L.H. . (2014). What factors led to disclosure of bulimic women? Journal of Nursing Education and Practice. 56(4), 218-226.  DOI: 10.5430/jnep.v4n2p218

Fahs, D.B., Tusaie, K., Krause, R. (2016, submitted). Integrative Management of Disordered Eating.  In Fitzpatrick, J.J. & Tusaie, K.(Eds). Advanced Practice Psycho-Mental Health Nursing: Integrating Psychotherapy, Pharmacology, and Complementary/Alternative Approaches.  New York: Springer Publishing Company.

Fahs, D.B. & Guthrie, B. (2011).  Disordered Eating. In Fitzpatrick, J.J. & Kazer, M.W. (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Nursing Research. ISBN 9780826107503.  New York: Springer Publishing Company. Available from…


Brissette, D., Ginsberg, E., Encandela, J.A., Kennnedy, C., Gonzalez-Colaso, R., Roessler, L., Colson. E.R., Fahs, D.B., Honan, L., Wu, B., O’Neill-Wilhelm, P., Goldenberg, M. & Marshall, A. (October 26, 2018). Evaluation of an Interprofessional Longitudinal Clinical Experience: What We Learned Along the Way.  Physician Assistant Education Association, Anaheim, CA.

Roberts, A.E., Korbey, S.M., Dupee, D.K., Angoff, N.R., Brissette, D., Fahs, D.B. Honan, L., O’Neill-Wilhelm, P., Roessler, E., Shabanova, V., Tetrault, J.M., Wu, B.J. & Colson, E.R. (June 2018) Prevalence of and Factors Associated with Burnout Among First Year Medical, Advance Practice Registered Nurses and Physician Associate Students at Yale.Yale School of Medicine, Medical Education Day, New Haven, CT. 

Honan, L., Fahs, D., Colson, E., Encandela, J., Sherrick, G., Wu, B., O’Neill-Wilhelm, P., Brissette, D., Roessler, E., Marshall, A., Gonzalez-Colaso, R., Chidsey, T., Ginsberg, E., & Schwartz, M. (October 4, 2017). Collaborating Across Borders IV (CAB) in the premier Canada-United States joint conference focused on interprofessional education and collaborative practice.  Abstract title for presentation: High Fidelity Simulation in Interprofessional Education: A How-to Approach to Creating, Sustaining and Testing Learning.

Colson, E., Honan, L. Fahs, D., Schwartz, M., Wu, B., Gonzalez-Colaso, R., Brissette, D., Roessler, E, Chidsey, T. & Larkin, S. (October, 3, 2017).  Collaborating Across Borders IV (CAB) in the premier Canada-United States joint conference focused on interprofessional education and collaborative practice. Abstract title for workshop: So You Want to Start an Interprofessional Program in the Clinical Setting.

Gonzalez-Colaso, R., Colson, E., Brissette, D., Roessler, E., Honan, L., Fahs, D., Marshall, A., O’Neill-Wilhelm & Wu, Ba. (October 2, 2017).  Collaborating Across Borders IV (CAB) in the premier Canada-United States joint conference focused on interprofessional education and collaborative practice.Abstract title for interactive workshop: Exploring Hopes and Fears in Inteprofessional Teamwork: A Technique to Facilitate Intergroup Dialogue. 

Gonzalez-Colaso, R., Colson, E., Encandela, J., Brissette, D., Roessler, E., Honan, L. & Fahs, D. (October 2, 2017). Collaborating Across Borders IV (CAB) in the premier Canada-United States joint conference focused on interprofessional education and collaborative practice.Abstract title for interactive poster presentation: Fail Fast and Move On: Quality Improvement and Interprofessional Teamwork Within Large Interprofessional Education Programs. 

Encandela, J., Brissette, D., Fahs, D., Gonzalez-Colasso, R., Honan, L., Kennedy, C., Martinez, P., & Colson, E. (2016). Assessing teamwork in interprofessional clinical education, Ottawa Conference on Medical Education Evaluation. Perth, Australia, March, 2016. (Abstract).

Fahs, D., Colson, E., Gonzalez-Colaso, R. (May 2016). Introduction to Interprofessional Education. Chinese Visiting Delegates, Yale University, New Haven Connecticut.

Colson, E., Hahn, J. & Fahs, D.F. (April 2016). Improving Patient Care through Interprofessional Collaboration, Gustin Foundation, Hospital for Special Care and the Hospital of Central Connecticut, Central Connecticut State University, Connecticut.

Fahs, D.F. & Brissette, D. (March 2016).  Interprofessional Learning Among Health Professional Students at Yale University, Inspiring Yale, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut.

Colson, E., Kennedy, C., Brissette, D., Fahs, D., Gonzalez-Coaso, R., Honan, L., Martinez, P., Encandela, J.A. (June 2015). Piloting an interprofessional longitudinal clinical experience for first year students. Medical Education Day, Yale University, New Haven Connecticut

Encandela, J.A., Kennedy, C., Brissette, D., Fahs, D., Gonzalez-Colas, R., Honan, L., Martinez, P., & Colson, E. (April, 2015). Lessons Learned in the Process of Developing and Implementing an Interprofessional Clinical Pilot Program. Northeast Group on Educational Affairs-Association of American Medical Colleges Affairs-Association of American Medical Colleges, University of Massachusetts.

Fahs, D.F. & Pellico, H. (March, 2015). Video discussion of interprofessional education. Yale University School of Nursing Doctor of Nursing Practice Curriculum, Orange CT.