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PhD, Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Science
MPhil, Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Science
MS, Columbia University School of Nursing
BS, Columbia University School of Nursing
AAS, Bergen Community College
Post Doctoral Research Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing Center for Health Disparities Research

Recent Courses

Capstone Project
Health Policy For Advanced Practice Nursing
Health Policy Leadership

Teaching Specializations/Interests

Diversity and Cultural Competencies
Health Policy Leadership
Critical Care/Emergency Care Nursing, Emergency Preparedness and Disasters, Vulnerable Populations, Sociocultural Aspects of Health, Health Disparities and Social Inequaltities,

Research Interests

Diversity, Vulnerable Populations, Ethics, Chronic Illness, Social Inequalities, Emergency/Disaster Preparedness

Grants/Sponsored Research

TITLE OF PROJECT: Moral Orientation Across Four Levels of Undergraduate Nursing Students Relationship to Culture and Religiosity. Adelphi IRB #091111 Principle Investigator; Co-Investigators, Dr. Ann Peirce and Dr. Jane White. Supported by Dean’s Research Fund – Adelphi University School of Nursing - 2012

TITLE OF PROJECT: Cultural and Contextual Models of Heart Failure Self Care. Adelphi IRB #050709 2009

Dean’s Research Award– Adelphi University School of Nursing 2009 $300.00
Faculty Development Award 2010 - $1,650.00

Book Chapters

Valas, J. (2013). Ethical considerations in the care and research of vulnerable adults. In Pierce, A. and Smith, J. (Eds.). Ethical and Legal Issues for Doctoral Nursing Students. Lancaster, PA: DESTech Publishing.

Refereed Articles

Valas, J,. Forbes, M.A,,& White, J. (2013), An innovative master's education program to prepare graduates for the practice setting. Journal for Nurses in Staff Development.

Valas, J (2008), Review of PSTD: Therapeutic Intervenitons Post-Katrina, in Critical Care Nursing Clinics North American 2008;20(1):73-78. Nursing Insight (Supp) Prehospital and Disaster Medicine, 23.

Valas, J., Gebbie, M., Irizarry, L., Levy, M. Andress, C., Tufaro, V. (2008), Framing Emergency and Disaster Training Needs Post Hurricane Katrina: A Roundtable Discussion,. International Journal of Public Policy, 5/6, 366-377.

Conference Presentations/Papers

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Andress, K. and Valas, J. (2013). Meeting medical needs of the public during a disaster: Collaborative shelter planning. In World Congress on Disaster and Emergency Medicine. World Association of Disaster and Emergency Medicine. Manchester, United Kingdom.

Valas, J. (2012). Vulnerable Populations and Ethical Decision-Making: Strategies for the Nurse Practitioner. In Nurse Practitioner Association of New York. Annual Conference. Saratoga, NY.

Donohue-Porter, P. Dr. Patricia Eckardt, P. Forbes, M.O., Shaw, H., Sun, Y., Valas, White, J. (2011). Research in Undergraduate Nursing: Designing and Sustaining Innovative Experiences. Undergraduate Research As Transformative Practice: Developing Leaders and Solutions for a Better Society. In 13th National Conference. Ogden, Utah.

Valas, J. (2010). Preparing a Culturally Competent and Diverse Nursing Workforce: An Innovative Approach Through The Prism of Disasters. In U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 2011 Integrated Training Summit. Grapevine, TX.

Valas, J. (2010). Integration and Collaboration: Developing Nursing Leadership in Disaster Management. In U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Integrated Public Health Preparedness and Response Training Summit. Nashville, TN.

Valas, J (2009). Vulnerable Populations: A Social Ecological Approach to Research of Chronic Illness in Disaster Management - Poster presentation. In 16th World Congress on Disaster & Emergency Medicine. Victoria, BC, Canada.

Valas, J (2009). A Critical Medical Anthropology Approach to Research in Disaster Management of Vulnerable Populations with Chronic Illness - Poster presentation. In The USDHHS 2009 Integrated Public Health Preparedness and Response Training Summit. Dallas, Texas.

Valas, J (2008). A Multilevel Approach to Research on Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Management to Address the Needs of Vulnerable Populations. In 2008 NDMS Training Summit, Nashville. Nashville, Tennessee.

Other Scholarly/Artistic Work

Gebbie, K., Alvarez, W. and Valas, J., Guide to Contracting for Public Health Emergency Exercises. National Center for Disaster Preparedness, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, Research and development supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for Public Health Cooperative Agreement U90/CCU224241-01-2, August 2006.

Gebbie, K.M. and Valas, J. Public Health Emergency Exercise Toolkit: Planning, Designing, Conducting, and Evaluating Local Public Health Emergencies. Research and development supported through Association of Teachers of Preventive Medicine/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Cooperative Agreement #TS-1245, June 2006.

Journal Reviewer:
Pre-hospital & Disaster Medicine Nursing Insight
American Journal of Nursing

Honors and Accomplishments

Visiting Scholar - University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing Center for Health Disparities Research

Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nursing, Alpha Zeta Chapter-Columbia University School of Nursing

Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education –Kappa Chapter Columbia University Teachers College

Professional Activities

American Anthropological Association
Society for Medical Anthropology
American Nurses Association New Jersey State Nurses Association
Eastern Nursing Research Society
World Association of Disaster Emergency Medicine (WADEM)

Community and Corporate Leadership

Supervisory Nurse Specialist/Nurse Practitioner - GS 13 - U.S. Department Of Health and Humans Services, National Medical Defense System (NDMS), New Jersey 1 Disaster Medical Assistant Team (NJ1DMAT) – status deployable. Responded to Gulf Coast Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005

Department of Homeland Security (Founding Member) – March 1, 2003

Emergency Management Director Borough of Park Ridge, NJ

Citizens Emergency Response Team CERT Team - Park Ridge, NJ

Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) - Bergen County, NJ

EMT- B NJ Department of Health and Senior Services, Triboro Ambulance Corps, Park Ridge, NJ

New Jersey Local Boards of Health Association - Founding Member, Executive Board Trustee, Past President (1996-2000). Collaboration and interaction with local, state and national public health leadership for development and implementation of local, state, and national public health policy

National Association of Local Boards of Health – Education and Training Committee; past committees - Legislative, Bioterrorism and Practice Standards

Exploring Accreditation - Voluntary National Accreditation for State & Local Health Departments American Public Health Association, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, National Association of City & County Health Officials, National Association of Local Boards of Health - member Standards Development Workgroup

Healthy People 2010 Work Group Member – Public Health Infrastructure