New Faculty 2021-2022

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.

Full-Time Continuing Contract Faculty

Stacia Birdsall

Stacia Birdsall

Stacia Birdsall is Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing. She received a Ph.D. in Nursing from NYU, an MPH in Population and Family Health from Columbia University, an MSN from Yale University, and an A.B. in Anthropology from Princeton University.   

Her research interests lie at the intersection of medical anthropology, social epidemiology, and women’s health. Her dissertation examined the relationship between maternal allostatic load and infant birth weight among Hispanic women in the U.S. A certified nurse midwife, she has provided care for women for over 15 years, including at Bellevue Hospital and in her current practice at the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center.

Prior to her current appointment, Birdsall taught as an adjunct instructor in the undergraduate and graduate programs at NYU Meyers. She was also previously a clinical instructor for students from Yale, Columbia, and NYU, and worked as a Midwife Trainer in Kabul, Afghanistan. She was a Princeton-in-Asia Fellow with Save the Children in Nepal, a National Health Service Corps Scholar in New Haven, and a Jonas-Blaustein Scholar at NYU. 

Sharon O'Neill

Sharon O'Neill

Sharon O'Neill is Clinical Associate Professor of Nursing. She received a DNP from the Catholic University of America, a J.D. from the University of Baltimore, an MSN from the University of Pennsylvania in the nursing of children, a BSN from Notre Dame of Maryland University, and a diploma in Nursing from the Maryland General Hospital School of Nursing. She completed postgraduate education at the California State University Long Beach as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and post-graduate education as a family nurse practitioner and pediatric nurse practitioner at Johns Hopkins University.

O'Neill's clinical work includes developing an adolescent transition clinic for patients with sickle cell anemia from pediatrics to adult hematology at the Johns Hopkins hospital, overseeing the mergers of medical and mental health services at University Health Services at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She plays an active role with the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty on the annual conference planning committee and two special interest groups exploring health policy and social determinants of health. As a member of the Health Policy and Practice Committee of the California Association of Nurse Practitioners, she played an active role in the passage of the full practice nurse practitioner legislation signed into law in October 2020.

Prior to joining NYU, O’Neill was a clinical associate professor, director of the MSN-FNP program, and Vice-Chair of the Department of Nursing at the University of Southern California Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. She established the first department of nursing in a school of social work and oversaw the development of a hybrid MSN-FNP program.