Vulnerable Populations Faculty Experts


Patricia Kathryn Amado

Asst. Professor of Clinical

p.amado@miami.edu

(305) 284-2520
Profile: Dr. Patricia K. Amado, received her undergraduate nursing degree from DeSales University (BSN), her master’s degree in nursing education MS(Ed), from Florida Atlantic University and her PhD from Barry University. She is currently enrolled in a FNP program to enhance her clinical expertise. Areas of teaching include...

Patricia Larrieu Briones

Asst. Professor of Clinical

pbriones@miami.edu

(305) 284-6723
Dr. Patricia Larrieu Briones is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner with over 15 years of practice experience in primary care and varying specialty areas.  Her Hispanic heritage is central to her communication and practice. Not only has Dr. Briones grown up in a culturally diverse environment, but she has also educated providers...

Rosina Cianelli

Assoc. Professor

rcianelli@miami.edu

(305) 284-2147
Associate professor at the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies. Dr. Cianelli completed a PhD in nursing at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She also studied at Pontifica Universidad Catolica de Chile, earning a BSN in nurse midwifery and later serving as a professor in the Escuela de Enfermeria. Dr. Cianelli completed...

John Clochesy

Professor

john.clochesy@miami.edu

Dr. Clochesy’s nursing education and research experience spans 40 years with experiences in Wisconsin, Arizona, California, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida.  He has served as a visiting professor in Taiwan, Wales, and in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.  He has more than 100 publications including award winning...

Giovanna Cecilia De Oliveira

Asst. Professor of Clinical

g.deoliveira@umiami.edu

Dr. De Oliveira holds a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing and a Master’s degree in Nursing from Wayne State University (Michigan) and a PhD in Nursing from the University of Miami. She completed her dissertation work titled “Social Determinants of Depression among Hispanic Women”, in order to analyze intra- and...

Joseph P De Santis

Assoc. Professor

jdesantis@miami.edu

(305) 284-5039
An assistant professor at the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies. His clinical specialties include pediatric nursing and HIV/AIDS nursing. Dr. De Santis conducts research on HIV and HIV risk in vulnerable populations. He is president of the Metro-Miami Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC) and serves as a clinical...

Diego A Deleon

Senior Lecturer

ddeleon@miami.edu

(305) 284-2590
Diego Deleon, MD is a lecturer at the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies. Dr. Deleon completed a MD in general medicine at the Universidad Central del Este, School of Medical Sciences San Pedro de Macoris. He teaches basic sciences, including human anatomy, systemic human physiology, pathophysiology, and pharmacology. Dr....

Ashley L. Falcon

Asst. Professor of Clinical

afalcon1@miami.edu

(305) 284-6026
Ashley Falcon recently joined the University of Miami’s School of Nursing and Health Studies as Assistant Professor of Clinical where she will teach courses for the public health undergraduate program. As background, Dr. Falcon interned with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Hispanic-Serving Health Professions Schools,...

Cynthia L Foronda

Assoc. Professor of Clinical

c.foronda@miami.edu

Cynthia Foronda, RN, PhD, CNE, CHSE, ANEF is an Associate Professor of Clinical at the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies. She completed a BS in Nursing at Virginia Commonwealth University, a MS in Nursing at Cardinal Stritch University, and a PhD in Nursing at Marquette University.  Dr. Foronda is a pediatric...

Karina Gattamorta

Research Assoc. Professor

k.alvarez1@umiami.edu

(305) 284-1572
Karina Gattamorta is a Research Associate Professor at the School of Nursing and Health Studies at the University of Miami. She earned her PhD in Educational Research, Measurement, and Evaluation in 2009 from The School of Education at UM and an EdS in School Psychology in 2005 from Florida International University. In her current role, she...

Shayne Doran Hauglum

Asst. Professor of Clinical

s.hauglum@umiami.edu

(305) 284-4113
Shayne has the privilege of completing his PhD at the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Sciences where he was awarded the March of Dimes “Nurse of the Year”: Student Nurse/Graduate Category, 2013. Shayne’s professional career as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) started in 2000 following...

Mary A. Hooshmand

Asst. Professor of Clinical

mhooshmand@miami.edu

(305) 284-1655
Dr. Mary Hooshmand is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies with a secondary appointment as Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the Miller School of Medicine. She previously served as the Regional Nursing Director for Children’s Medical Services (CMS) Southeast Florida...

Laly J Joseph

Asst. Professor of Clinical

ljj10@miami.edu

(305) 284-3816
Laly Joseph was a Clinical Assistant Professor and the RN-to-BSN program coordinator at Fairleigh Dickinson University Henry P. Becton School of Nursing and Allied Health for the past 12 years. She was a practicing veterinarian before making her career change to the nursing field. Dr. Joseph earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of...

Yui Matsuda

Asst. Professor

yxm301@miami.edu

(305) 284-1056
Yui Matsuda is an Assistant Professor at the University of Miami School of Nursing & Health Studies. Dr. Matsuda completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a PhD in Nursing and Master of Public Health (MPH), and graduated from Liberty...

Brian E McCabe, Ph.D.

Research Assoc. Professor

bmccabe@miami.edu

(305) 284-1530
Brian McCabe, PhD, is a Research Associate Professor in the School of Nursing and Health Studies at the University of Miami. He earned his PhD in Counseling Psychology at the University of Miami. He completed his Doctoral Psychology Internship at the VA Ann Arbor HealthCare System/University of Michigan, and holds master’s degrees in...

Evan Malcolm McEwing

Lecturer

emcewing@miami.edu

(305) 284-1932
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Adrian Mesa

Lecturer

a.mesa8@umiami.edu

Adrian L. Mesa is a Lecturer at the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies.  He is board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as both a Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.  In 2001, Adrian enlisted himself in the Army. He believes that the military gave...

Victoria Mitrani, Ph.D.

Professor

vmitrani@miami.edu

(305) 284-9139
Victoria Behar Mitrani, PhD, is Professor and Associate Dean for Research at the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies. She completed a BA (1980) and a PhD (1986) in psychology at the University of Miami. Dr. Mitrani is a licensed psychologist with clinical specialization in family therapy. Her...

Anne E. Norris

Professor
Associate Dean for the Ph.D. Program

aen16@miami.edu

(305) 284-4271
Anne E. Norris, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN is a Professor, and Associate Dean for the Ph.D. Program of the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies (SONHS).  Dr. Norris earned her Ph.D. in nursing and psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1988 with specialization in psychiatric/mental health nursing...

Brenda Owusu

Asst. Professor of Clinical

b.owusu@miami.edu

(305) 284-2573
Brenda Owusu began her nursing career in Naples, Florida where she worked as a nurse in the medical surgical and the cardiac telemetry units of Naples Community Hospital, later moving into the position of charge nurse at Moorings Park, Inc. and palliative care nurse at Hospice of Naples. She subsequently functioned as a charge nurse in the...

Linda M. Parker

Research Asst. Professor

lparker@miami.edu

(305) 775-7321
Dr.Parker is a research assistant professor at the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies. She has completed a DSc and MS in nutrition at Harvard University. She is a licensed dietitian/nutritionist who specializes in nutrition during HIV disease, and dietetics, nutrition, and women’s health. Dr. Parker researches...

Andrew Porter

Asst. Professor of Clinical

a.porter@miami.edu

(305) 284-3666
Andrew Porter PhD is an Assistant Professor of Clinical at the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies. His current research involves looking at how health promotion and harm reduction messages in college classrooms are disseminated through peer groups and intimate partners. In 2009, Andrew won the Harold F. Martin Outstanding...

Regine Placide Reaves

Lecturer

rxp655@miami.edu

(305) 284-3703
Régine Placide is a Lecturer at the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies. Ms. Placide has 14 years of nursing experience.  She received her BSN from Florida State University and completed her MS in Nursing Education from Florida Atlantic University.  Ms. Placide also holds a Master of Public Health...

Deborah A Salani

Associate Professor of Clinical

dsalani@miami.edu

(305) 284-6487
Dr. Deborah Salani is an Assistant Professor of Clinical at the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies.  Dr. Salani has been practicing as a pediatric nurse for greater than 25 years. She practiced as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Hematology/Oncology and Pediatric Critical Care for approximately 10 years. She also...

Kenya F Snowden

Asst. Professor of Clinical

ksnowden@miami.edu

(305) 284-4135
Kenya Snowden currently teaches role transition and adult health as a Lecturer at the University of Miami school of nursing and health Studies. Snowden is also currently a member of the Emergency Nurses Association as she has had substantial experience in emergency care ranging from the University of Miami Hospital, Jackson South Community...

Beatriz Valdes

Asst. Professor of Clinical

b.valdes2@miami.edu

(305) 284-6702
Dr. Valdes conducts research on STI, HIV and HIV risk in middle aged Hispanic men who have sex with men.  Her clinical specialties include all levels of Medical/ Surgical nursing, Critical Care Nursing, and Health Assessment.  Dr. Valdes is a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator (CHSE) and teaches simulation across the...

Denise Christina Vidot

Asst. Professor

dvidot@miami.edu

(305) 284-5740
Dr. Denise C. Vidot is an Assistant Professor at the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies. Dr. Vidot is a trained Epidemiologist with analytical, design, and implementation experience in substance use and cardiometabolic disease risk research fields. She has designed epidemiological investigations and has over 7 years of...

Natalia Andrea Villegas Rodriguez

Associate Professor of Clinical

nvillegasr@miami.edu

(305) 284-9069
Dr. Villegas is a bilingual nurse that holds Bachelor’s degree in Nursing and a Master’s degree in Nursing from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. She completed a PhD in Nursing at the University of Miami. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship at El Centro, Center of Excellence for Health Disparities...

Carole L Wilkinson

Asst. Professor of Clinical

croseau@miami.edu

(305) 284-4756
An assistant professor of clinical, Carol Wilkinson completed her Doctorate degree in Nursing Practice (DNP) at the UM School of Nursing and Health Studies, she earned a Masters degree in Nursing (MS) and a Bachelor in the Science of Nursing (BSN) from Adelphi University in Garden City, New York. Dr. Wilkinson’s primary teaching areas...