EdD, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN, ANEF
Professor and Assistant Dean of Academic Integration and Evaluation of Community Programs, Doctoral Nursing Department
Fellow of the Academy of Nursing Education, Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing
Doctor of Nursing Practice Department
Health Systems and Sciences Research
267.359.5582 / 215.965.2967 P
Three Parkway, Room 707, MS 1044, 1601-16645 Cherry Street
Dr. Waite is a tenured Professor, Doctoral Nursing Department and has a secondary appointment as a Professor in the Health Systems and Science Research Department at Drexel University, College of Nursing and Health Professions and Assistant Dean of Academic Integration and Evaluation of Community Programs at the Stephen and Sandra Sheller Eleventh Street Family Health Services of Drexel University. Roberta has been a nurse for the past 28 years holding clinical, academic, research, and administrative roles. Her scholarship and research centers on behavioral health concerns specifically adult ADHD, psychological trauma, and depression and their effects on health outcomes as well as promoting systemic prevention/early intervention efforts. Dr. Waite’s educational research focuses on leadership development of students in the health professions while concurrently fostering critical consciousness using a social justice lens.
She holds degrees from Widener University (BSN and EdD in higher education administration-leadership) and the University of Pennsylvania (MSN, adult psychiatric mental health nursing) including completing a 2 year post-doctoral research fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania, Center for Heath Disparities focusing on Vulnerable Women, Children, and Families. Dr. Waite is a Macy Faculty Scholar and a fellow in both the American Academy of Nursing and the Academy of Nursing Education. She is a member of numerous professional organizations, editorial boards, has served as a Director on many Boards. Currently, she serves as a Board of Director for both corporate Trinity Health (a leading national multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in 22 states with 93 hospitals, and 120 continuing care locations including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities) and the American Professional Society of ADHD and Related Disorders’. Furthermore, she serves on the DHHS’s Office of Women’s Health ACEs and Weight Expert Panel, a Director of the Continuing Medical Education Institute, Physicians Postgraduate Press, Inc, and serves on the Mental Health Technical Expert Panel, Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement.
Specialization:Psychiatric mental health nursing.
Research Interests:Behavioral health, toxic stress and psychological trauma, and leadership development.
Academic Distinctions:Fellow in both the American Academy of Nursing and the Academy of Nursing Education.
Professional Society:American Professional Society of ADHD and Related Disorders, American Academy of Nursing, National League for Nursing, Association of Black Nursing Faculty, American Nurses Association, National Black Nurses Association, and American Psychiatric Nurses Association.