Dr. Joanna Pierazzo is currently the Interim Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Nursing Programs. She joined McMaster University in 1999. As an Assistant Professor, she has been immersed in several leadership and educational roles in the School of Nursing. Currently, she is completing a three-year term as Chair of Curriculum for the BScN program. In this role, she has provided Curriculum Leadership across the BScN Consortium for the Basic, Accelerated and RPN-BScN programs.
Dr. Pierazzo completed her BScN, MScN and Acute Care NP in the School of Nursing at Western. She also completed her BEd, followed by a PhD in the Faculty of Education at Western. Her doctoral studies specialized in Educational Psychology and Curriculum.
She brings a wealth of educational and leadership experience to our nursing program. She has provided leadership in clinical nursing education, including the scholarship of Simulation-based Learning. Her clinical expertise is in the field of Clinical Neurosciences, with previous clinical appointments as an Advanced Practice Nurse in Regional Neurosurgery Programs. As a educator, she is involved in both Undergraduate and Graduate courses in the School of Nursing. Her research interests include elements of educational psychology within the context of nursing education, including learner engagement, affect (learner anxiety) and self-efficacy. Content areas of focus include simulation-based learning, professional practice, clinical reasoning, and cognitive appraisal of affect.