Associate Professor and Assistant Dean of Academic Integration and Evaluation of Community Programs,
Division of Graduate Nursing
Doctor of Nursing Practice Department
Bellet Building, Rm. 527
Roberta Waite, EdD, APRN, CNS-BC, FAAN is a tenured Associate Professor and serves as the Assistant Dean of Academic Integration and Evaluation of Community Programs. She is a graduate of Widener University (BSN) and the University of Pennsylvania (MSN). She also earned a Doctorate in Higher Education Administration-Leadership from Widener University and completed a 2-year post doctoral research fellowship (T32) at the Center for Health Disparities Research at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Waite is also a Macy's Faculty Scholar, The Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation.
Her clinical scholarly work focuses on help-seeking behaviors and treatment engagement with particular interest in depression, adult ADHD, and trauma and adversity among ethnic minority populations. Her research trajectory focuses on understanding these experiences, their affects on health behaviors, and responses in adult populations. She continues to explore behavioral research outcomes that promote early identification and recovery for individuals and families so that services and resources are provided to manage, mitigate, and avoid adverse health outcomes. Motivating and sustaining health behavior changes in minority populations and applying these findings to the practice settings is critical. Dr. Waite’s educational research focuses on leadership development of minority nursing students.
She has served on the Foundation Board of Directors for the International Society for Psychiatric Mental Health Nurses and Mental Health America of Southeastern PA. Dr. Waite currently serves on the Board of Directors for Southeastern Area Pennsylvania Black Nurses Association; National Attention Deficit Disorder Association; and the Black Women’s Health Alliance. She is also on the editorial board for Perspectives in Psychiatric Care, Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, Nursing Education Today, and Nursing Education Perspectives.