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Helen L. Teng


Assistant Clinical Professor

Undergraduate Nursing
Accelerated Career Entry BSN Department

Helen L. Teng is an assistant clinical professor for the College of Nursing and Health Professions at Drexel University and the course chair for Population Health Concepts. She has also taught Relationship Based Care and Pharmacology I within the undergraduate nursing curriculum. Teng earned a BA in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley. She received her bachelor’s in nursing in 2004 and master’s in nursing in 2007 from the University of Pennsylvania. Teng completed a PhD at the University of Pennsylvania in 2019. For her doctoral dissertation, Teng explored the lived experience of recently immigrated low-income aging Chinese men and their engagement with the U.S. healthcare system.

Professional Society

American Public Health Association
American Nurses Association

Selected Publications

Sowicz, T. J., Sefcik, J., Teng, H., Irani, E., Kelly, T., & Bradway, C. (2019). The use of closing questions in qualitative research: Results of a web-based survey. Nursing Research, 68(6), E8-E12. doi:10.1097/NNR.00000000000380.

Okatch, H., Sowicz, T. J., Teng, H., Ramogola_ Masire, D., & Buttenheim, A. (2018). Achieving public and global health competencies: A teaching case study of Botswana’s cervical cancer screening program. Public Health Nursing, 35(3), 238-245. doi: 10.1111/phn.12389.

Okatch, H, Sowicz, T. J., Teng, H., Pilling, L., Harmon, M., Brewer, C., & Buttenheim, A. (2016). Nursing students as epidemiologists: a simulation approach. Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 12, 51-61. doi:10.1016/j.ecns.2015.12.001.

Ham, O. K., Kang, Y., Teng, H., Lee, Y., & Im, E. O. (2015). Consistency and accuracy of multiple pain scales measured in cancer patients from multiple ethnic groups. Cancer Nursing, 38, 305-311. doi:10.1097/NCC.0000000000000179.

Im, E. O., Teng, H., Lee, Y., Kang, Y., Ham, O. K., Chee, E., & Chee., W. (2014). Physical activity and sleep related symptoms in four major racial/ethnic groups of midlife women. Family & Community Health, 37, 307-316. doi: 10.1097/FCH.0000000000000041.

Research Interests

Asian immigrant health, health disparities, nursing education.


Community health, social determinants of health, health disparities

2019 University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA, Doctor of Philosophy (Nursing)

2007 University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA, Master of Science in Nursing (Family Nurse Practitioner)

2004 University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

2001 University of California, Berkeley Berkeley, CA, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology