New Faculty 2020-2021

The Rory Meyers College of Nursing, a nationally ranked nursing program, is a leading international center for the education of professional nurses and for significant initiatives in theory development, research, and clinical practice. Meyers offers a stimulating and welcoming faculty environment with the rich resources of the university as a backdrop. Faculty play a significant role in shaping the professional development of the next generation of nursing leaders, the NYU Nursing baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral students.

Assistant Professors

Jasmine Travers

Jasmine Travers

Jasmine Travers is Assistant Professor of Nursing. She received her Ph.D. at Columbia University School of Nursing, an MHS at Yale University, an MSN in Adult-Gerontological Health at Stony Brook University, and a BSN at Adelphi University.

Travers’ career is dedicated to designing and conducting research to improve health outcomes and reduce health disparities in vulnerable older adult groups, using both quantitative and qualitative approaches. Her current work focuses on mitigating disparities in appropriate access and use of in-home and facility-based long-term care for older adults. As a health services researcher, she has leveraged many datasets to investigate these issues including the Health and Retirement Study, Minimum Data Set, and Nursing Home Compare. Currently, she is the principle investigator of a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation four-year Career Development Award through the Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program. Travers has published widely on the topics of aging, long-term care, health disparities, workforce diversity, and infections, and has presented her work at multiple regional and national health services research, gerontological, nursing, and public health conferences.

Prior to joining NYU, Travers completed a postdoctoral fellowship with the National Clinician Scholars Program at Yale University and a T32-funded postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing NewCourtland Center for Transitions and Health.

Yaguang Zheng

Yaguang Zheng

Yaguang Zheng is Assistant Professor of Nursing. She earned her Ph.D. at the University of Pittsburgh. She also received a Nursing Informatics Certificate during her postdoctoral training.

Her research focuses on cardiometabolic risk reduction by leveraging mobile health, electronic health records, and data science techniques. She has explored behavioral phenotypes through the use of wireless devices in clinical trials and real-world settings as well as their impacts on cardiometabolic disease prevention and management. Zheng’s initial work focused on lifestyle behavior changes through mobile health, and more specifically, the use of mobile health for self-monitoring and its impact on weight loss outcomes. Zheng has also applied Machine Learning algorithms to analyze data from a large real-world sample, which has yielded varied patterns of use of wireless devices over the course of a year; these findings are helping to target subgroups of individuals who need long-term engagement in using mobile health devices. More recently, Zheng has worked on electronic health record data including mobile health data from wearable devices (i.e., continuous glucose monitors); these findings will provide real-world evidence for the application of continuous glucose monitors in clinical practice.

Prior to joining NYU, Zheng was a postdoctoral scholar supported by NIH grant T32 NR008857 Technology: Research in Chronic and Critical Illness at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing.

Associate Professors

Dena Schulman-Green

Dena Schulman-Green

Dena Schulman-Green is Associate Professor of Nursing. She received a B.A. in Psychology and Religion from Boston University, an M.A. and Ed.M. in Counseling Psychology from Columbia University, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Gerontology from University of Massachusetts Boston. She also completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Breast Cancer and Palliative Care at Yale School of Nursing through a U.S. Army Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program Training Grant.

Her program of research focuses on the timely integration of palliative care into patient and family management of chronic illness. She designed Managing Cancer Care as an intervention to help women with breast cancer and their family caregivers to manage cancer collaboratively with clinicians. Schulman-Green is well known for her role in developing the Self- and Family Management Framework to guide research on patient and family management of chronic illness. Other research interests include addressing health disparities in palliative care, use of telehealth in palliative care, and tailoring research methods for vulnerable populations. She consults on qualitative and mixed methods research studies nationally and her work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the American Cancer Society, the National Palliative Care Research Center, and the Palliative Care Research Cooperative, among others.

Prior to joining NYU Meyers, Dr. Schulman-Green was at Yale School of Nursing for 18 years, where she conducted research and taught and advised in the PhD and DNP programs. She was also faculty for Yale School of Medicine’s Palliative Medicine Fellowship and Interprofessional Palliative Care Education programs. She was instrumental in developing palliative care research and providing qualitative and mixed methods research support university wide.

Full-Time Continuing Contract Faculty

Kelseanne Breder

Kelseanne Breder

Kelseanne Breder is Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing. She completed her Ph.D., Bachelor’s, and Master’s at Columbia University and holds two previous Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Florida. She also completed Master’s coursework at Yale Law School, where she co-published a review of reproductive rights in Central and South America during the 2016 Zika virus outbreak.  

Breder’s research interests include LGBT health, reproductive rights advocacy, mental health, social determinants of health, social support, empathy and learning, art and alternative therapies, and user-focused informatics interventions. Her doctoral work in informatics and health disparities was completed with the help of a grant from the National Institute of Health. Breder co-founded Humans in Harmony, a non-profit music program designed to enhance empathetic exchanges between health professional students and their patients through songwriting. 

Prior to joining NYU, Breder served as adjunct professor at Columbia University and Pace University. As a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, she has doctored a range of patient populations, from private practice clients to clients who formerly or currently experience homelessness in New York City. She has also led and participated in numerous community arts groups, including Digital Shakespeare Company, Columbia University’s Broadway Haven Players, and a prison-based theater program.

Richard Dorritie

Richard Dorritie

Richard Dorritie is Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing.  He received a Ph.D. in Nursing from Columbia University, a B.S. in Nursing from Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing, and an AAS in Nursing from Borough of Manhattan Community College.

His research interest is the intersection of poverty and racism with the quality and safety of surgical care. Dorritie’s professional activities are focused on developing and advancing nurses as leaders as a member of the New York State Nurses on Boards Coalition, as well as serving in the local chapter of the AORN as a board member.

Prior to joining NYU, Dorritie was an associate professor at Helene Fuld College of Nursing, and completed a teaching fellowship at Columbia’s Center for Teaching and Learning. He maintains board certification in both emergency and operating room nursing.

Mikki Meadows-Oliver

Mikki Meadows-Oliver

Mikki Meadows-Oliver is Clinical Professor of Nursing. She received her Ph.D. in Nursing from the University of Connecticut, dual Masters degrees in Nursing and Public Health from Yale University and a Bachelor’s from Barnard College, Columbia University.

Meadows-Oliver is a certified pediatric nurse practitioner with over 25 years in the nursing profession. In addition to her clinical work with underserved families in the United States, she has done clinical work in Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, and Cape Town South Africa. She was a 2019-2020 Environmental Health Nurse Fellow of the Alliance of Nurses for a Healthy Environment, focusing on environmental health equity/justice and addressing the disproportionate impact of environmental exposures on vulnerable groups. Meadows-Oliver is a past President of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners and is the column editor for the Practice Guidelines Department of the Journal of Pediatric Health Care. She has presented at national and international conferences and is the author of nearly 60 publications.

Prior to joining NYU, Meadows-Oliver was a faculty member at Yale University, Quinnipiac University and the University of Connecticut. She has held clinical positions at Yale-New Haven Hospital and The Hospital of St. Rafael in New Haven. Her current clinical practice is Choate Rosemary Hall. She is a veteran of the United States Army Reserve.

Eda Ozkara San

Eda Ozkara San

Eda Ozkara San is Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing. She holds a Ph.D. in Nursing Science from City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center, an MBA in Healthcare Administration from Bahcesehir University, and a BSN from Koc University, both  in Istanbul-Turkey.

Ozkara San is a nationally certified healthcare simulation educator from the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) with a clinical background in medical surgical and emergency room nursing. Her scholarship mainly focuses on the use of evidence-based educational strategies, particularly simulated patient (SP) simulation technique to promote cultural competence in nursing education. In her career, she has helped develop simulation-based activities in both academic and hospital settings and has designed, implemented, evaluated, and taught various simulation courses at the undergraduate level. As an active member of the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL), the SSH, and Transcultural Nursing Society, she has presented on innovative simulation techniques to promote culturally congruent nursing care and practice and pre-briefing and debriefing strategies in simulation education at variety of national, regional, and local conferences.

Prior to joining the faculty at NYU Meyers, Ozkara San was a clinical associate professor for simulation facilitation at Pace University, College of Health Professions, Lienhard School of Nursing in NYC campus. She was inducted as a fellow in the New York Academy of Medicine in 2019, received the President’s Award for Excellence in Leadership Award in 2018 from Pace University, College of Health Professions, Preceptor Award for the Nursing Education Program in 2017 from the Master’s and Post-Master’s Advanced Certificate Programs of NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing, and Distinguished Clinical Nursing Faculty Award in 2015 from the Undergraduate Nursing Student Organization of NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing in recognition of dedication to teaching excellence.