January Scholar 2011

OHSU School of Nursing January Scholar

Dena Hassouneh, ANP, PMHNP, PhD, APRN-BCDena Hassouneh
As long as I can remember I have been interested in the impact of systems of oppression on everyday life. This interest has influenced my research and teaching as well as my personal life. My research has focused primarily on mental health in women from marginalized populations, including women with physical disabilities. My initial interest in women with disabilities arose when I was a doctoral student and minored in cultural studies. To my surprise, I observed that while cultural studies and other related bodies of critical literature generally offered sharp and insightful critique of the social construction of gender, race, ethnicity, and sexual orientation, it was largely silent on the topic of disability. This omission interested me, and I began conducting research with women with physical disabilities as a post-doctoral fellow. Over time, this research has become the central focus of my work, and I have been fortunate to be involved in developing and sustaining the Healing Pathways Academic-Disability Community Partnership, based on the principles of Independent Living Philosophy. This partnership has been sustained across two community-based participatory research studies resulting in the successful development of a novel mental health treatment program for depression in women with physical disabilities.