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

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    Portland Campus

    • 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 disparities in access to health care and health professions education, systems of oppression, and culture.

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


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 link at bottom of page


  • "Marriage is half of faith and the rest is fear Allah" Violence Against Women August 2001
  • "Anti-racist pedagogy" The Journal of nursing education July 2006
  • "Practical strategies for promoting full inclusion of individuals with disabilities in community-based participatory intervention research" Research in Nursing and Health June 2011
  • "Understanding care-related abuse and neglect in the lives of women with SCI." SCI nursing : a publication of the American Association of Spinal Cord Injury Nurses  2004
  • "Unconscious racist bias" The Journal of nursing education April 2013
  • "Understanding abuse of women with physical disabilities" Advances in Nursing Science January 2005
  • "Exclusion and control" The Journal of nursing education June 2012
  • ""I thought I was less worthy"" Sexuality and Disability December 2005
  • "A Conceptual Model to Promote the Retention of Women with Physical Disabilities in Research" Public Health Nursing July 1 2015
  • "Mental health, discrimination, and trauma in Arab Muslim women living in the US" Mental Health, Religion and Culture May 2007
  • "American Muslim women's experiences of leaving abusive relationships" Health Care for Woman International June 2001
  • "Balancing survival and resistance" Journal of Diversity in Higher Education June 2013
  • "Reframing the diversity question" The Journal of nursing education July 2008
  • "Abuse of women with disabilities" Violence Against Women January 2001
  • "The influence of gender role stereotyping on women's experiences of female same-sex intimate partner violence" Violence Against Women March 2008
  • "Invalidation" Women and Health  2005
  • "Abuse of women with disabilities" Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin  2002
  • "Polygamy and wife abuse" Health Care for Woman International December 2001
  • "Strength and vulnerability" Issues in Mental Health Nursing September 2003
  • "An education in racism" The Journal of nursing education June 2003
  • "The experiences of underrepresented minority faculty in schools of medicine" Medical Education Online  2014
  • "Having influence" Nursing Outlook May 2013
  • "Abuse and health in individuals with spinal cord injury and dysfunction" Journal of Rehabilitation July 2008
  • "Anti-Muslim Racism and Women's Health" Journal of Women's Health May 1 2017
  • "Integrative Review of the Literature on Hispanics and Hospice" American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine March 1 2018
  • "Family privacy as protection"  January 1 2009
  • "Health Care Providers’ Perspectives on Barriers and Facilitators to Cervical Cancer Screening in Vietnamese American Women" Journal of Transcultural Nursing September 1 2018
  • "Does racial bias affect NCI-funded PIS' willingness to mentor prospective graduate students?" Journal of Cancer Research September 1 2018
  • "Culture and systems of oppression in abused women's lives." JOGNN - Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing January 1 1998
  • "Healing pathways" Rehabilitation Research and Practice January 1 2013

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