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Roberta Waite

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Roberta Waite


Professor, Associate Dean for Community-Centered Health & Wellness and Academic Integration, Executive Director, Stephen & Sandra Sheller 11th St. Family Health Services
Graduate Nursing
Nursing PhD
Advanced Practice Nursing

Roberta Waite, a tenured professor indoctoral nursing with a secondary appointment as a professor in Health Systems and Science Research is the 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 determinants 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 also serves as an expert for both Governor Wolfe’s Think Tank to develop guidelines and benchmarks for a Trauma Informed Commonwealth of PA and on the mental health technical expert panel for the Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement.

Academic Distinctions

  • 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

Faculty Fellowships

  • Macy Faculty Scholar
  • Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing
  • Fellow in the Academy of Nursing Education
  • AACN Fellow, Elevating Leaders in Academic Nursing 

Professional Society

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

Selected Publications

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.

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.

Waite, R. & Nardi, D. (2020, Accepted). Understanding racism as a historical trauma that remains today: Implications for the nursing profession. Creative Nursing.

Waite, R. & Hassouneh, D. (Accepted, Dec 2020). Enhancing structural competence to promote mental health equity. Archives of Psychiatric Nursing

Waite, R., & Nardi, D. (Accept, Dec 2020). Effects of COVID-19 on the mental health of black and brown racialized populations in the U.S. Archives of Psychiatric Nursing

Grant participation:

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

Research Interests

Waite’s scholarship and research focuses on behavioral health, structural determinants 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

Waite completed a two-year postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania, Center for Heath Disparities focusing on Vulnerable Women, Children and Families. She earned an EdD in higher education administration-leadership from Widener University, MSN in Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania and a BSN from Widener University.