Patricia Fazzone, DNSc, MPH, RN

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    Patricia Fazzone

Dean, Honors College

East Carolina University

Greenville, NC

Patricia Fazzone, RN, DNSc, MPH, is Professor and Department Chair of Family Health & Community Health Nursing at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Nursing. Dr. Fazzone has more than 20 years experience in health care including health service and academic administration, university education; direct clinical care, research, and consultation. Complementing her clinical expertise in acute and chronic illness in adults and youth, Dr. Fazzone has extensive experience assisting vulnerable populations with co-occurring disorders in managing their illnesses more effectively. Additionally, Dr. Fazzone has worked closely with communities, federal, state and local agencies; health care organizations, professional groups, and the media to build more effective partnerships and health-related collaborative initiatives. She has served on expert panels for the U.S. Department of Justice, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). In 1996-97, Dr. Fazzone served as Co-Chair for the National Consensus Panel on Substance Abuse and Domestic Violence for SAMHSA that yielded Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) 25, the seminal work on the topic. Additionally, she was part of the expert group for SAMHSA's Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) that produced Changing the Conversation: A National Plan to Improve Substance Abuse Treatment.

Dr. Fazzone received her Doctorate in Nursing Science from Rush University, Chicago. She holds an MSN and an MPH from New York's Columbia University, Schools of Nursing, and Public Health, respectively. Dr. Fazzone received her BSN from SUNY at Stony Brook, and her BA in English from CUNY at Richmond College. She was awarded an NIH post-doctoral fellowship in Psychiatry, with an emphasis in Psychiatric Epidemiology, which she completed at Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis. Dr. Fazzone joined SIUE after serving as Deputy Director, National Program Office, for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Diabetes Initiative at Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis. Dr. Fazzone is a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and recognized for her psychodrama and sociodrama work with adolescents and children. Much of Dr. Fazzone's research focuses on complex human ecological systems issues related to health care delivery, and their potential impact on client care and outcomes. Healthy Children Healthy Communities (HC2) is Dr. Fazzone's current collaborative project with the Children's Museum in Edwardsville, IL. The project promotes healthy and caring choices and behaviors through value and evidence-based directed play activities at the Children's Museum for children 5-12. HC2 activities reinforce and interface with school-based curricula and special programs, including peace and conflict resolution programming.