Headshot photo of Dena Hassouneh, Ph.D., RN, FAAN

Dena Hassouneh, Ph.D., RN, FAAN

  • Professor, School of Nursing


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 inequities in access to health care and health professions education.

Areas of interest

  • Societal and Cultural Inflences on Mental Health
  • Family Violence
  • Trauma and Caregiving
  • Systems of Oppression and Health Professions Education
  • Community Based Participatory Research
  • Health Equity

Honors and awards

  • 2006 Oregon Health & Science University ROSE Award for Outstanding Mentoring
  • 2005-2010 National Institutes of Health, Health Disparities Student Loan Repayment Award
  • 2010 Faculty Marshal
  • 2011 Faculty Senate Collaboration Award
  • 2011 Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award
  • 2011 Macy Scholar Award
  • 2011 Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing
  • 2012 Best Research Poster Finalist Western Institute of Nursing
  • 2013 E. Lorraine Baugh Visiting Faculty Award
  • 2013 OHSU Student Council Faculty Recognition Award
  • 2013 Outstanding Researcher Diversity and Inclusion Award
  • 2017 Faculty Senate Research Award Finalist
  • 2017 OHSU Student Council Flame Award Nominee
  • 2018 OHSU Library Oral History Project
  • 2019 OHSU School of Nursing Outstanding Diversity and Inclusion Champion Award
  • 2021 DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing Faculty


Selected publications

  • Hassouneh, D. (2018). Faculty of color in the health professions: stories of survival and success. Hanover, NH: Dartmouth Press (full length book).Purchase this book- see Amazon.com link at bottom of page


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