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Roberta Waite

Roberta Waite


Associate Dean of Community-Centered Health and Wellness and Academic Integration; Director, Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services and Professor


Academy of Nurse Educator Fellows, Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing

Graduate Nursing
Nursing PhD
Advanced Practice Nursing
Health Systems and Sciences Research

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Roberta Waite, EdD 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 is associate dean of Community-Centered Health & Wellness and Academic Integration. Waite also serves as the director of the Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services of Drexel University, operated in partnership with Family Practice and Counseling Network. She has been a nurse for 30 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. 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. 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 and editorial boards and has served as a director on many boards. Currently, she serves on Boards of Directors 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.


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 Nurse Educator Fellows

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