Forensic nurse and leader dedicated to enhancing diversity in nursing to join NYU

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Angela Amar, PhD, RN, FAAN

NYU President Andrew Hamilton and Interim Provost Gigi Dopico today announced the appointment of Angela Amar, PhD, RN, FAAN, as the dean of the NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing. She begins her new role on August 1, 2023.

An accomplished leader, advanced practice psychiatric nurse, and researcher studying sexual and dating violence, Dean Amar joins NYU from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) School of Nursing, where she has been dean and a tenured professor since 2018.

President Hamilton said, “Angela Amar comes to NYU’s Rory Meyers College of Nursing with an outstanding reputation as a researcher, a nursing educator, and an advocate for the profession. She particularly impressed us with her distinguished record of leadership, not only at UNLV but also at Emory and Boston College, and especially her focus on advancing diversity and inclusion in the profession, her concentration on student success, and her attention to faculty development. We were struck, too, by how strategically she was able to transform her vision, ambitions, and goals for UNLV’s School of Nursing into reality, with improvements in research funding, publications, student success, and faculty hiring.” 

Prior to her tenure as dean of the UNLV School of Nursing, Dean Amar joined the faculty of Emory University’s Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing in 2012, where she served as an assistant and then associate dean between 2013 and 2017. She developed forensic nursing programs for Emory, Boston College, and Georgetown, establishing an educational model on forensic nursing for nursing schools nationwide. Dean Amar’s scholarship on sexual and partner violence focuses on improving care and support for survivors of violence and trauma when they enter the health care system. 

She is a widely published author. Her books, articles, and book chapters include A Practical Guide to Forensic Nursing (2015, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing; with Sekula); “Gender Violence Prevention in Middle School Male Athletics Programs” (2020, JAMA Pediatrics, with Laughon); “Bullying Prevention: a Summary of the Report of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine” (2016, with others); “Administrators’ perceptions of college campus protocols, response, and student prevention efforts for sexual assault” (2014, Violence and Victims; with others); and “Gender Differences in Attitudes and Beliefs Associated With Bystander Behavior and Sexual Assault” (2014, Journal of Forensic Nursing; with others). She is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including receiving the 2022 Nursing Leader Award from the Asian American Group and Las Vegas India Chamber of Commerce; being selected for the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Wharton Executive Leadership program; and receiving the 2017 Lillian Sholtis Brunner Award for Innovative Practice in Nursing, Alumni Award, from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Nursing. She is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, a Distinguished Fellow with the International Association of Forensic Nurses, and a Fellow in the National League for Nursing’s Academy of Nursing Education. 

Dean Amar earned her BSN (1987) and MN (1992) from the Louisiana State University Medical Center’s School of Nursing and her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania (2003). She is licensed as an RN in several states, is a board-certified advanced forensic nurse, and is certified as an adult psychiatric and mental health advanced practice nurse.

President Hamilton and Interim Provost Dopico added, “We want to thank all the members of the Search Committee, which was so ably led by Audrey Lyndon, the Vernice D. Ferguson Professor in Health Equity and Assistant Dean for Clinical Research at the Rory Meyers College of Nursing. And we could not let the opportunity pass to express our gratitude, respect, and appreciation for the wonderful Eileen Sullivan-Marx. A superb dean, a valued colleague and admired University citizen, a true leader within the University and the field of nursing—NYU has been very fortunate to have her as dean. We are confident that the school Eileen has done so much to advance will be in excellent hands with Angela Amar.”

About NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing (@NYUNursing)

NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing is a global leader in nursing and health. Founded in 1932, the College offers BS, MS, DNP, and PhD degree programs providing the educational foundation to prepare the next generation of nursing leaders and researchers. NYU Meyers has several programs that are highly ranked by U.S. News & World Report and is among the top 10 nursing schools receiving NIH funding, thanks to its research mission and commitment to innovative approaches to healthcare worldwide.

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