FDU Appoints New Dean for Becton School of Nursing and Allied Health

August 2022 — Fairleigh Dickinson University has appointed Annie Rohan, PhD, RN, FAANP, FAAN, as dean of the Henry P. Becton School of Nursing and Allied Health, effective September 1, 2022.

Annie Rohan, PhD, RN, FAANP, FAAN

Annie Rohan, PhD, RN, FAANP, FAAN

“Dr. Rohan brings to FDU the unique lens of an expert clinician, an accomplished STEM researcher and educator, and a nationally prominent healthcare leader,” said Michael J. Avaltroni, University Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. “I am confident that she will be a productive and successful leader at FDU. Please join me in welcoming her to the University.”

Originally from Queens, N.Y., Dr. Rohan is a dual-certified Nurse Practitioner whose academic achievements rest on the foundation of a 25-year clinical career caring for critically and chronically ill infants and children and the highest-risk families. She earned her Ph.D. from Columbia University and began her faculty career at SUNY Stony Brook, where she served in roles as Director of Pediatric Research and Director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice program. While at SUNY Stony Brook, Dr. Rohan received national recognition and numerous grants to support her research and educational projects. Her career achievements in clinical care were recognized by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (inducted as Fellow) and by the March of Dimes (Advanced Practice Nurse of the Year Award). She continues as a co-investigator of a successful, NIH-funded educational program pairing healthcare students and providers with biomedical engineering students to enhance educational outcomes, now in its second cycle of funding. 

Dr. Rohan was recruited from SUNY Stony Brook to SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University to be the Founding Director of its College of Nursing Doctor of Nursing Practice program. While at SUNY Downstate, she additionally served in roles as Associate Dean and Graduate Department Chair. As part of her academic programming, she has been awarded more than $6 million in federal grant funding to address the shortage of primary care providers in medically underserved regions. Her program achievements were recently recognized by the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (Outstanding Scholar/Researcher Award) and by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (Faculty Excellence in Didactic Teaching Award). In 2020, for career achievement in teaching, research and clinical scholarship, she was inducted as Fellow into the American Academy of Nursing. 

Dr. Rohan has vast administrative experience and healthcare knowledge including an extensive background in interprofessional and interdisciplinary education. She is also a well-published author and associate editor of the highly regarded journal, MCN: The American Journal of Maternal-Child Nursing. Dr. Rohan will continue to engage faculty and students in opportunities through her ongoing service on the American Academy of Nursing’s Expert Panel for Environmental and Public Health, as co-chair of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioner’s Pediatric Special Interest Group, as an on-site evaluator for the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, and as a member, in perpetuity, of the March of Dimes National Nurse Advisory Council. 


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