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Kathleen Dwyer, PhD, RN

Kathleen Dwyer, PhD, RN

Population Health and Health Systems Science, Chair
Freede Endowed Chair in Nursing Science

Karina Shreffler, PhD

Karina Shreffler, PhD

Child and Family Health Sciences, Chair


Cyndy Ellis-Purgason, Chair

Susan Dresser PhD, APRN-CNS, CCRN, FCNS

Susan Dresser, PhD, APRN-CNS, CCRN, FCNS

MSN CNS Program Director
Assistant Professor
Regents’ Professorship

Oklahoma City: CNB 316 

(405) 271-1491 ext.49159


  • University of North Carolina- Bachelor of Science Nursing 
  • Duke University- Master of Science in Nursing 
  • University of Kansas- PhD Nursing Research 

Board Certification(s): 

  • American Association of Critical Care Nurses  

Clinical/Research Interests:

  • Nursing Workforce and Work Environment
  • Patient Safety and Quality
  • Advanced Practice Nursing
  • Scope of Practice
  • Recognition of Patient Deterioration
  • Clinical Judgment
  • Symptom Science
  • Self-Management of Chronic Conditions
  • Heart Failure 

Select Honors & Accomplishments:

  • Fellow -Clinical Nurse Specialist Institute 
  • Brenda Lyon Leadership Award- NACNS 
  • Outstanding CNS Educator Award- NACNS