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

Deborah Fahs

Assistant Professor of Nursing

Yale School of Nursing - Room 20504

phone: 203-737-5425
fax: 203-737-4480



Deborah Fahs is an Assistant Professor, DNP, FNP in the Graduate Entry Program in Nursing.   She teaches in the areas of advanced health assessment and interprofessional  longitudinal education. Fahs has served on the curriculum design committee at the Yale School of Medicine when IPE was in its infancy stages and since that time, has been a key player in designing, implementing and evaluating three pilot projects among the Yale School of Medicine, Yale Physician Associate Program and Yale School of Nursing. She has developed didactic and clinical curricula for students from all three professional schools and has served as a student coach.  She is currently a section leader for interprofessional longitudinal clinical experience (ILCE) and currently has 3 publications related to IPE.                

Fahs was awarded the Nightingale Award for nursing excellence, the Daisy Award for excellence in nursing education and most recently, the Inspiring Yale Award for her work as faculty and clinical educator in the School of Nursing and for her pioneering efforts in the development of IPE at Yale. She works with the Yale School of Medicine in “Power Day” an initiative to level hierarchies and recognize power disparities and their impact on health care providers and patients. 

Research Interests/Clinical Practice

Research Interests

Professor Fahs’ major area of research focuses on interprofessional education (IPE) and secondarily on eating disorders with a particular emphasis on Bulimia Nervosa. 

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


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

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. (2016, submitted). Nursing Assessment: Renal and Urinary Tract Function.  In Honan, L.  (Eds). Focus On Adult Health Medical Surgical Nursing. Wolters Kluwer/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Fahs, D.B. (2016 submitted). Nursing Assessment: Digestive, Gastrointestinal, and Metabolic Function. In Honan, L. (Eds). Focus On Adult Health Medical Surgical Nursing. Wolters Kluwer/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

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…


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.