Rana Halabi Najjar, Ph.D., R.N., C.P.N.P.
My research focus is on obesity, weight bias, and disordered eating. Currently, I am working on examining the effectiveness and feasibility of an obesity sensitivity training intervention among nurses and other healthcare providers. The purpose of this intervention is to increase awareness of weight bias , enhance the health care provider-client interaction, and maximize opportunity for adoption of healthy behaviors.
I am also currently working on nursing education/simulation research. Prior research included developing and testing psychometric properties of tools used in undergraduate nursing Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) and Objective Structured Clinical Assessments (OSCAs). Currently, we are examining the perceptions and experiences of students with OSCE/As.
Ph.D., University of California - Los Angeles
M.S.N., University of Texas Health Science center Houston
B.S.N., American University of Beirut
Chronic Illness I
Population- Based Care
Research/Inquiry2016: OHSU Innovations Grant, Co-Investigator: Legal Simulation
2015: Betty Gray Rural Health Development Fund, PI: Perceptions and Experiences of Nursing Students with Objective Structured Clinical Examinations
2013 –2016: Health Resources and Services Administration, Faculty Coordinator;Advancing Health Equity through Student Empowerment &Professional Success (HealthE STEPS), Nursing Workforce Diversity Grant
2015: Nursing students' perceptions and experiences of OSCEs
2014-Present: Psychometric Properties of OSCE/As evaluative tool
2009-Present: Weight-based stigma, psychological distress, and binge eating behavior in low-income adolescents
OHSU Student Conduct & Grievance Committee
OCNE Curriculum Committe
Member, Beta Psi, Sigma Theta Tau
Member, Transcultural Nursing Society
Member, National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
Member, Western Institute of Nursing
Noone, J., Wros, P., Najjar, R., Cortez, D., &Magdaleno, L. (In press). Advancing health equity through student empowerment &professional success: A state-wide approach. Journal of Nursing Education.
Najjar, R. H., Docherty, A. Miehl, N. (2016). Psychometric properties of an objective structured clinical assessment tool.Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 12(3), 88–95 doi:10.1016/j.ecns.2016.01.003
Najjar, R.H., Lyman, B., Miehl, N. (2015). Nursing students' experiences with High-Fidelity Simulation. International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship, 12 (1) 1548-923X. doi:10.1515/ijnes-2015-0010