Roberta Waite is a tenured professor in Doctoral nursing and Associate Dean of Community-Centered Health & Wellness and Academic Integration. Waite also serves as the Executive Director of the Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services of Drexel University, operated in partnership with Family Practice and Counseling Network. Waite created the Macy Undergraduate Leadership Fellows Program, an interdisciplinary program for students in the College of Nursing and Health Professions and the School of Public Health, focusing on leadership development while concurrently fostering critical consciousness using a social justice lens. Waite’s scholarship and research centers on behavioral health, structural influencers of health and racial justice.
Waite serves as a board director for both corporate Trinity Health (a leading, national, multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery system 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. She recently served as an expert for Governor Wolfe’s Think Tank to develop guidelines and benchmarks for a Trauma Informed Commonwealth of PA. She is currently on the leadership team of Healing-Empowerment-Advocacy-Learning-Prevention-Action Trauma-Informed Pennsylvania co-chairing the Racial and Communal Trauma Prevention Action Team and serves on the Advisory Group for COACH (Collaborative Opportunities to Advance Community Health), a cross-sector collaborative that brings together health systems and community-based organizations to address community health needs in Greater Philadelphia.
- Inducted, Nu Eta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International – Honor Society of Nursing
- Inducted, Gamma Chi Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi – Honor Society in Education
- Macy Faculty Scholar
- Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing
- Fellow in the Academy of Nursing Education
- AACN Fellow, Elevating Leaders in Academic Nursing
National Black Nurses Association
American Psychiatric Nurses Association
American Professional Society of ADHD and Related Disorders
American Academy of Nursing
National League for Nursing
American Nurses Association
Waite, R. Buchanan, T., & Leahy, M. (2020). Assessing ADHD symptoms among young adults in university with the ASRS v1.1: Examining the Impact on Social Anxiety and Self-Efficacy. International Journal of Disability Development and Education. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/1034912X.2020.1825643
Nardi, D., Waite, R. Nowak, M, Hatcher, B., Stacciarini, J. & Hines-Martin, V. (2020). Achieving health equity through eradicating structural racism in the U.S: A call to action for nursing leadership. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 52(6), 696-704. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jnu.12602
Waite, R. & Nardi, D. (2021). Understanding racism as a historical trauma that remains today: Implications for the nursing profession. Creative Nursing, 27(1), 19-24.
Waite, R. & Hassouneh, D. (In Press, Nov 2020). Enhancing structural competence to promote mental health equity. Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apnu.2020.09.013
Waite, R., & Nardi, D. (In Press, Dec 2020). Effects of COVID-19 on the mental health of black and brown racialized populations in the U.S. Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7580671/pdf/main.pdf
Waite. (Primary Investigator) (2019). Independence Blue Cross. Leveraging capacity building with organizations to enhance outreach with health information and promote health equity among men of color.
Waite, R. (Primary Investigator) (2019). Center for Healthcare Strategies. Advancing the Action of Trauma Informed Care Through Anti-Racist Practices and Collective Healing.
Waite, R. (Primary Investigator) (2018). Independence Blue Cross. Creative Arts Therapies Programming for Youth and Adult Patient Populations Affected by Childhood Trauma, Neglect and Abuse.
Gerrity, P., Waite, R. (Primary Investigator) (2018). Independence Blue Cross. The Role of Creative Arts Therapies in Addressing Trauma Across the Life Span.
Waite, R. (Primary Investigator) (2011-2013). The Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation. Macy Faculty Scholar. Investing in the Future of Health Care: Preparing Diverse, Innovative, Competent Nurse Leaders.
Gerrity, P., Waite, R. (Co-Primary Investigator) (2009-2010). Barra Foundation. Integrative care For traumatic life experiences.
Editorial review board membership:
- Perspectives in Psychiatric Care
- International Journal of Research in Nursing
- Austin Journal of Nursing & Health
- Nursing Education Today
Waite’s scholarship and research focuses on behavioral health, structural influencers of health and racial justice. Waite’s educational research focuses on leadership development of students in the health professions while concurrently fostering critical consciousness using a social justice lens.
Psychiatric mental health nursing