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Morgan A. Torris-Hedlund, Ph.D., R.N. (he/him)


I am a nurse educator with experience teaching undergraduate and graduate students. My clinical background includes emergency, critical care, wilderness medicine, and disaster response.

I have been actively involved in disaster response for more than ten years as a member of Hawaii’s Disaster Medical Assistance Team and have served as a disaster subject matter expert with the United States Army. I am a Fellow of the American Academy of Wilderness Medicine; and am certified in emergency nursing, public health, and as a healthcare disaster professional. My research focuses on community-based disaster risk perception, Indigenous communities, and care in austere environments. 

Education and training

    • Ph.D., 2019, University of Hawaii
    • M.S., 2011, University of Hawaii
    • M.P.A., 2009, University of Hawaii
    • B.S.N., 2006, University of Hawaii
    • B.A., 2006, University of Hawaii
    • B.A., 2006, University of Oregon
  • Fellowship

    • Fellow of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine
  • Certifications

    • Certified Emergency Nurse
    • Public Health Nurse Advanced - Board Certified
    • National Healthcare Disaster Professional - Board Certified

Memberships and associations:

  • Emergency Nurses Association
  • American Association of Critical Care Nurses
  • Wilderness Medical Society
  • Army Nurse Corps Association

Areas of interest

  • Community / Public Health Nursing
  • Disaster Preparedness and Response
  • Austere / Wilderness Medicine
  • Indigenous Methodologies
  • Native and Indigenous Communities

Honors and awards

  • Nurse Educator of the Year - Graduate Entry Program, 2016, University of Hawaii School of Nursing
  • Nominated for Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Teaching, 2017, University of Hawaii School of Nursing


Selected publications

  • Torris-Hedlund, Morgan Aiwohi; Dillard, Adrienne; Marshall, Sarah Momilani; and Kekauoha, Puni (2022) "Assessing Community Needs and Feedback: Using Photovoice to Gather Community Perspective," Journal of Indigenous Research: Vol. 10: Iss. 2022, Article 8. Available at: https://digitalcommons.usu.edu/kicjir/vol10/iss2022/8
  • Laustsen, G., & Torris-Hedlund, M. A. (2022). Environmental health and families. In Robinson, M., Coehlo, D.P., & Smith, P. (7th ed.). Family health care nursing: Theory, practice, and research (pp. 169-194). Philadelphia, PA: F.A. Davis.
  • King, H.C., Torris-Hedlund, M. A. (2020). Section V disaster nursing. In E. Bridges & M. McNeill, with TriService Nursing Research Program. Battlefield and disaster nursing pocket guide (2nd ed., pp. 345-393). Jones and Bartlett Publishers.
  • Torris-Hedlund, M. A. (2019). Examining the use of photovoice to explore disaster risk perception among Native Hawaiians living on O'ahu: A feasibility study. Hawai'i journal of health & social welfare, 78(9), 287-292.


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