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

  • Monmouth Campus

    • Assistant Professor School of Nursing
    • Assistant Professor School of Nursing

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.


  • B.S.N., American University of Beirut, Beirut Lebanon 1995
  • M.S.N., University of Texas Health Science Center Houston, Houston Texas United States 2004
  • P.N.P., University of Texas Health Science Center Houston, Houston Texas United States 2004
  • Ph.D., University of California - Los Angeles, Los Angeles California United States 2011

Honors and awards

  • Memorial Herman Healthcare System Star Award, 2004
  • Watanbae Scholarship Award, 2008 & 2009
  • UCLA Health Sytem Auxillary Award, 2009
  • Leahy Scholarship Award, 2009 & 2010
  • Delores Jones Scholarship Award, 2010
  • Nurse Leaders Scholarship Award, 2011
  • OHSU School Of Nursing Faculty Diversity & Inclusion Award, 2018

Memberships and associations

  • Sigma Theta Tau International
  • Obesity Society
  • National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
  • Western Institute of Nursing


  • Docherty, A., Najjar, R., Combs, S, Woolley, Stoyles, S. (In Press). Postpartum depression screening in the first year: A cross-sectional provider analysis in Oregon. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners

  • Docherty, A., Warkentin, P., Borgen, J., Garthe, K., Fischer, K.L., & Najjar, R.H. (2018) Enhancing student engagement: Innovative strategies for intentional learning. Journal of Professional Nursing, 34, 470-474.

  • Najjar, R.H, Jacob, E., & Evangelista, L. (2018).  Eating behaviors, weight bias, and psychological functioning in multi-ethnic low-income adolescents.  Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 38, 81-87. doi:10.1016/j.pedn.2017.11.008

  • Noone, J., Wros, P., Najjar, R., Cortez, D., & Magdaleno, L. (2016).  Advancing health equity through student empowerment & professional success:  A state-wide approach.  Journal of Nursing Education, 55, 316-322. doi:10.3928/01484834-20160516-03  

  • Najjar, R. H., Docherty, A., & Miehl, N. (2016). Psychometric properties of an objective structured clinical assessment tool. Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 12, 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, 1548-923X. doi: 10.1515/ijnes-2015-0010

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