Rana Halabi Najjar, Ph.D., R.N., C.P.N.P.

Rana Najjar

My area of research focuses on nursing education and assessment of student performance in simulation, specifically Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs). Currently, we are developing and examining psychometric properties of various tools used in the OSCEs. In addition, we have designed a detailed plan for scaffolding and spiraling learning which aligns with the outcomes and competencies with several OCNE courses.

My prior area of research stemmed from my clinical background in various pediatric settings where I cared for vulnerable populations from different ethnic backgrounds. That work inspired me to examine childhood obesity from the psychological and socio-cultural familial factors that influence health behaviors in adolescents. Evidence has linked weight-based stigma to psychological distress, as well as eating disorders such as binge eating. Therefore, interventions need to be developed in order to help individuals adopt better coping strategies dealing with weight-based stigma. I am committed to elucidating the factors causing and exacerbating obesity in our youth as well as developing innovative, multidisciplinary strategies to help arrest the rising rates of obesity.


Ph.D., University of California - Los Angeles
M.S.N., University of Texas Health Science center Houston
B.S.N., American University of Beirut


N210A/B: Foundations of Nursing: Health Promotion
N211: Foundations of Nursing in Chronic Illness I
N410: Population- Based Care


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


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


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