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Debra Wise Matthews, PhD, RN

Debra Wise Matthews, PhD, RN

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

College of Nursing
1359 TAMU
8447 Riverside Pkwy
Bryan, TX   77807-1359

Phone: 979-436-0131
Fax: 979-436-0098

Education and Training

Doctor of Philosophy, Nursing, Washington State University

Master of Science, Nursing Education, The University of Texas at Tyler

Bachelor of Science, Nursing, The University of Texas at Tyler

Previous Leadership Positions

  • Site Director for the College of Nursing, The University of Texas at Tyler, Extension Campus, Palestine, Texas
  • Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education, College of Nursing, Seattle University, Seattle, Washington

Research Interests

  • Family care and Family Presence in the Critical Care Environment
  • Health Equity Issues
  • Education of a Diverse Nursing Workforce
  • Pedagogical Methods and Innovative Technologies in Nursing Education

Teaching Interests

  • Evidence Based Practice
  • Nursing Leadership
  • Ethics
  • Health Policy
  • Care of Vulnerable Populations

Select Publications

  • Shannon-Dorcy, K., Matthews, D. W., & Mather, K. (2015). From student to practicing oncology nurse: A novel collaboration to create a transition to practice program in ambulatory cancer care. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing.
  • Matthews, D. W., Kantrowitz-Gordon, I., Barbosa-Leiker, C., Fitzgerald, C., Corbett, C. (In Process). A Psychometric Analysis of Instruments Used to Measure Nursing Students’ Perceptions of Family Presence During Resuscitation.
  • Stauffer, D. W. (2014). The Effect of the Practice Environment on the Implementation of Family Presence in Adult Critical Care, Doctoral Dissertation, Washington State University.
  • Hirsch, A., Palazzo, S., Salvatierra, G., Clark, T., Leeder, L., Stauffer, D., & Benner, P. (2013). Creating a Transformative Curriculum Based on Ignatian Pedagogy. The Impact of Catholic Education in America: Past, Present and Future. Conference Proceedings, Portland, OR, June, 2013. Available at
  • Kantrowitz-Gordon, I., Bennet, D., Stauffer, D., Champ-Gibson, E., Fitzgerald, C., Corbett, C. (2012). Facilitated Family Presence at Resuscitation: Effectiveness of a Nursing Student Toolkit. Nurse Education Today. Retrieved from
Last edited by: oswald 04/30/2019

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