Dena Hassouneh, Ph.D., R.N., A.N.P., P.M.H.N.P., F.A.A.N.

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Oregon Health & Science University
School of Nursing Portland Campus
3455 SW US Veterans Road, SN-6S
Portland, Ore. 97239
Phone: 503 494-2714
Fax: 503 494-3878

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My work focuses on two lines of inquiry: 1) mental health in women from marginalized populations and 2) diversity in health professions education.  The common thread for these lines of inquiry is an emphasis on disparities in access to health care and health professions education, systems of oppression, and culture.


Nursing 614 Philosophy of Science in Nursing

Nursing 625 Mixed Methods and Qualitative Description

Nursing 607H International Seminar

Nursing 657 Synthesis of the Literature

Current Service Activities

  • Chair, Appointment, Promotion, and Tenure Committee
  • Peer Reviewer Advances in Nursing Science
  • Peer Reviewer Research in Nursing and Health
  • Peer Reviewer Journal of Nursing Education
  • Peer Reviewer Violence Against Women

Selected Awards & Honors

2013 Outstanding Researcher Diversity and Inclusion Award
2013 OHSU Student Council Faculty Recognition Award
2013 E. Lorraine Baugh Visiting Faculty Award
2012 Best Research Poster Finalist Western Institute of Nursing
2011 Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing
2011 Macy Scholar Award
2011 Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award
2011 Faculty Senate Collaboration Award
2010 Faculty Marshal
2005-2010 National Institutes of Health, Health Disparities Student Loan Repayment Award
2006 Oregon Health & Science University ROSE Award for Outstanding Mentoring

Current Research

10/11-6/15 - H133G110083. National Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation Research. "Promoting Adoption and Implementation of the Healing Pathways Program to Reduce Depressive Symptoms in WPD."

Community-based Participatory Research Development Project in collaboration with members of the Oregon disability community.

Oregon Health & Science University; Portland, Oregon.

Principal Investigator

9/11-9/15 - Macy's Faculty Scholar Award. National grounded theory study of faculty of color in health professions education.

Selected Publications

Mood, L., Hassouneh, D. & McNeff, E. (2015). A Conceptual Model to Promote the Retention of Women with Physical Disabilities in Research. Public Health Nursing (epub ahead of print DOI: 10.1111/phn.12192).

Hassouneh, D., Lutz, K., Beckett, A., Junkins, E., & Horton, L. (2014). The experiences of under-represented minority Faculty in schools of medicine. Medical Education Online,

Hassouneh, D. & Nguyen, T., Chen, Z. & McNeff, E. (2013). Healing Pathways. A program for women with physical disabilities and depression. Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Practice. Article ID 649875, 15 pages. doi:10.1155/2013/649875. Available at:

Hassouneh, D. & Lutz, K. (2013). Faculty of color having influence in schools of nursing. Nursing Outlook, 61, 153-163.

Lutz, K., Hassouneh, D., Akeroyd, J. & Beckett, A. (2013). Balancing survival and resistance: experiences of faculty of color in predominantly Euro-American schools of nursing. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, 6(2), 127-146

Hassouneh, D., Akeroyd, J., Lutz, K. & Beckett, A. (2012). Exclusion and control: patterns aimed at limiting the influence of faculty of color. Journal of Nursing Education, 51, 314-325.

Hassouneh, D., Alcala-Moss, A. & McNeff, E. (2011). Practical strategies for full inclusion of individuals with disabilities in community-based participatory intervention research. Research in Nursing and Health, 34(3), 2653-265.

Hassouneh, D. & Kulwicki, A. (2009). Family privacy as protection: a qualitative pilot study of depression in Arab-American Muslim women. Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion, 20 (p.195-216).

Hassouneh, D., Hanson, G., Perrin, N., McNeff, E. (2008). Abuse and health in men and women with SCI/D. Journal of Rehabilitation, 74(3), 3-9

Hassouneh, D. & Glass, N. (2008). The Influence of gender-role stereotyping on female same sex intimate partner violence. Violence Against Women-An International and Interdisciplinary Journal, 14(3),310-325

Hassouneh, D., Kulwicki, A. (2007). Mental health, discrimination, and trauma in Arab Muslim women living in the U.S.: A pilot study. Mental Health, Religion, & Culture, 10(3), 257-262.

Hassouneh, D. (2006). Anti-racist Pedagogy: Challenges faced by faculty of color in predominantly white schools of nursing. Journal of Nursing Education, 45(7), 255-262.

Hassouneh-Phillips, D., McNeff, E. (2005). “I thought I was less worthy”: Low Sexual and Body Esteem and Increased Vulnerability to Intimate Partner Abuse in Women with Physical Disabilities. Disability and Sexuality, 23(4), 227-240.

Hassouneh-Phillips, D. (2005). Understanding Abuse of Women with Physical Disabilities: An Overview of the Abuse Pathways Model. Advances in Nursing Science, 28(1), 70-80.

Hassouneh-Phillips, D., McNeff, E Powers, L., & Curry, M. (2005) Invalidation: a central process underlying maltreatment of women with disabilities. Women and Health, 41(1), 33-50.

Hassouneh-Phillips, D., McNeff, E. (2004). Defining and understanding care-related violence against women with spinal cord injury. Spinal Cord Injury Nursing, 21(2), 75-81.

Hassouneh-Phillips, D. (2003). Strength and vulnerability: spirituality in abused American Muslim Women’s lives. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 24(6), 681-694.

Hassouneh-Phillips, D., & Beckett, A. (2003). An education in racism. Journal of Nursing Education, 42(6), 258-265.

Hassouneh-Phillips, D., & Curry, M. (2002). Abuse of women with disabilities: State of the Science. Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin, 45(2), 96-104.

Hassouneh-Phillips, D. (2001). American Muslim women’s experiences of leaving abusive relationships. Health Care for Women International, 22(4), 415-432.

Hassouneh-Phillips, D. (2001). Polygamy and wife abuse: A qualitative study of Muslim women in America. Health Care for Women International, 22, 735-748.

Hassouneh- Phillips, D. (2001). “Marriage is half of faith and the rest if fear Allah”: Marriage and spousal abuse among American Muslims. Violence Against Women – An International and Interdisciplinary Journal, 7 (8), 927-946.

Curry, M., Hassouneh-Phillips, D., Johnston-Silverberg, A. (2001). Abuse of women with disabilities: An ecological model and review. Violence Against Women – An International and Interdisciplinary Journal, 7(1), 60-79.