Professor of Nursing, College of the Canyons

I have been a full-time tenured professor in the College of the Canyons Associate Degree in Nursing program since 2003 and a part time professor of nursing at Charles Drew University since 2021.  In 2021 I completed my PhD from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Nursing. My dissertation was a quantitative research study titled: Color-Blind Racial Attitudes in Nursing Students and Nursing Faculty. I have also taught in the nursing programs at UCLA, California State University Channel Islands, California State University Northridge, Los Angeles Pierce College, as well as serving as a teaching assistant/apprentice at UCLA during my PhD program. 

Previous nursing experience includes being a telemetry medical surgical nurse at Cedars Sinai Medical Center.  I have also worked per diem at various hospitals throughout Los Angeles County.  For two years prior to my career as a nurse I taught high school biology and was also a substitute teacher for K-12.  I have a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from UCLA, a BSN from Creighton University and an MSN from California State University Los Angeles.  Much of my free time is spent pursuing race unity activities. Persian is my second language that I learned from my mother’s side of the family who are Iranian. My children, in college, are proud, active members of the Navajo Nation located in northeastern Arizona. I currently live with my daughter in Inglewood, California.

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