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Dr. Joanna Pierazzo is named interim Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Nursing

Jun 1, 2018

Joanna Pierazzo

Dr. Joanna  Pierazzo has been appointed interim Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Nursing Programs at McMaster University as of July 1, 2018 for one year.   

Pierazzo joined the university in 1999. As an Assistant Professor, Pierazzo 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, Pierazzo has provided Curriculum Leadership across the BScN Consortium for the Basic, Accelerated and RPN-BScN programs. 

Pierazzo completed her BScN, MScN and Acute Care NP in the School of Nursing at Western University. 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. 

Pierazzo brings a wealth of educational and leadership experience to the 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 an educator, Pierazzo is involved in both Undergraduate and Graduate courses in the School of Nursing. Pierazzo’s 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.

Pierazzo takes over from Dr. Pamela Baxter, who served in this role for three years.

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