School of Nursing (323) 343-4700


Marlohn Balas
Professor of Nursing; M.A., Loma Linda University
Contact: (323) 343-4711
E-mail: mbalas@calstatela.edu

Professor Balas’ expertise includes: case management, home health, physical assessment issues and trends in health care, and geriatric and adult health care issues and treatment.


Thomas W. Barkley, Jr.
Associate Professor of Nursing; D.S.N., University of Alabama at Birmingham
Contact: (323) 343-4825
E-mail: tbarkle@calstatela.edu

Dr. Barkley is an expert on acute and critical care nursing, and nursing administration and education. He was a primary editor of Practice Guidelines for Acute Care Nurse Practitioner that was named “2002 American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year.” He is serving as coordinator of the University’s Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program.


Loretta Birckhead
Professor of Nursing; Ed.D., Boston University
Contact: (323) 343-4705
E-mail: lbirck@calstatela.edu

Dr. Birckhead’s areas of research include the awareness process in psychotherapy for trauma survivors; awareness as a curative factor in group psychotherapy; and development of a measurement tool to assess self/other awareness in group psychotherapy. She is also expert on adult psychiatric and mental health nursing. Dr. Birckhead is the author of Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing: The Therapeutic Use of Self.


Randy Marione Caine
Professor of Nursing; Ed.D., Pepperdine University
Contact: (323) 343-4738
E-mail: rcaine@calstatela.edu

Dr. Caine is nationally certified as an adult nurse practitioner, a medical surgical clinical nurse specialist, and in critical care. Her research and publication interests center on caring relationships in the work setting and with patients and families. Recently, her research has focused on end-of-life treatment decisions. She has edited three textbooks on nursing care planning, and has published numerous articles. She currently serves on the editorial boards of Clinical Nurse Specialist and Critical Care Nurse.


Evelyn Ruiz Calvillo
Professor of Nursing; D.N.Sc., UCLA
Contact: (323) 343-4707
E-mail: ecalvil@calstatela.edu

Dr. Calvillo’s research focus and areas of interest have been regarding health care, diabetes, pain, and health beliefs of Mexican Americans. She has served as a consultant on culturally competent health care to health care agencies and to other universities seeking federal funding. Additionally, she has taught or presented these concepts at various organizations, classroom settings, colloquia, seminars, and conferences. She is a founding member of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses (Orange County Chapter), is active in recruitment of ethnically diverse faculty into health professions, and acts as a mentor to Hispanic nursing students. Since March 2000, she has worked with the Dean of Undergraduate Studies at Cal State L.A. on a project funded by the Department of Education to address retention of Hispanic and low-income students.

Fluent in: Spanish.


Susan Elliott
Professor of Nursing; Ph.D., University of San Diego
Contact: (323) 343-4715
E-mail: susan.elliott@calstatela.edu

Dr. Elliott has presented at global health conferences and provided health care in multiple countries. She is an expert on international health, family and women’s health, sexual violence, and missionary nursing.


Darlene Finocchiaro
Lecturer in Nursing; M.S., Cal State L.A.
Contact: (323) 343-5663
E-mail: dfinocc@calstatela.edu

Finocchiaro is the co-author of Rehabilitation Nursing Practice (1998, McGraw Hill), and past secretary/treasurer of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses. Her expertise is in medical-surgical nursing, especially rehabilitation. She is also involved with spirituality and developed “N480,” a course on the spiritual aspects of nursing practice. She received the 2002 Educator Role Award from the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses.



Marilyn Friedman
Professor of Nursing; Ph.D., USC
Contact: (323) 343-4712
E-mail: mfriedm@calstatela.edu

Dr. Friedman’s areas of expertise are family nursing, family ethics, and nursing research. She is the author of the most widely used text in family nursing, Family Nursing: Theory, Research and Practice, first, second, third and fourth editions, and has made national and international presentations in areas addressing issues in family nursing and family and home health research. She was recipient of Cal State L.A.’s Outstanding Professor Award for 1991-92. She served as director of a federally-funded pediatric nurse practitioner program.


Cynthia B. Hughes
Professor of Nursing; Ed.D., Columbia University
Contact: (323) 343-4716
E-mail: chughes2@calstatela.edu

Dr. Hughes is a nationally certified practicing pediatric nurse practitioner specializing in general ambulatory pediatrics. She has completed research and published most recently in the area of caregivers of HIV infected children and caregivers who are grandmothers who take care of HIV infected children. Through her work on campus with family nurse practitioners, Dr. Hughes has developed an interest in and participated in international health experiences with students. Dr. Hughes has also been involved in engaging distance learning students in the learning process through using various methods of technology in the classroom.


Lorie Judson
Assistant Professor of Nursing; Ph.D., University of San Diego
Contact: (323) 343-4719
E-mail: ljudson@calstatela.edu

Dr. Judson is an expert in pediatric nursing and children with chronic and acute illness. She is coordinator of the University’s Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program. Her manuscripts have been published in Nursing Administration Quarterly and Journal of Family Nursing. In 2005, she served with the U.S. Army Nurse Corps in Germany to care for soldiers injured in Afghanistan or Iraq.



Kim Miller
Retired, Professor of Nursing (FERP); Ph.D., USC
Contact: (323) 343-4709 or -4715
E-mail: kmiller@calstatela.edu

Dr. Miller’s area of expertise is gerontology. She is currently involved in a research grant studying caregivers of patients with Alzheimer’s Disease among the Korean community, and menopause study from a multicultural perspective.

Fluent in: Korean.


Karen Nielsen-Menicucci
Assistant Professor of Nursing; Ph.D., University of San Diego
Contact: (323) 343-4194
E-mail: knielse2@calstatela.edu

Karen Nielsen-Menicucci’s areas of expertise include public health, field worker safety, immunization, pediatrics, prostate cancer decision-making, health promotion and illness prevention, and bioterrorism.


Rania Sabty-Daily
Assistant Professor of Nursing-Health Science; Ph.D., UCLA
Contact: (323)343-5867
E-mail: rsabtyd@calstatela.edu

Dr. Sabty-Daly is an expert in the fields of environmental health, occupational health and industrial hygiene. She is a registered environmental health specialist. Her current research project involves the characterization and control of environmental hazards to which children are exposed to in a low-income public housing community in Los Angeles. She has worked on a number of projects as an industrial hygiene consultant, including a study of workplace health and safety conditions in Maquiladoras, located along the U.S.-Mexican border. She has also provided consulting services in occupational health for court cases, and served as industrial hygiene and safety specialist in private industry.

Fluent in: French, Arabic, Spanish.


Mary Anne Schultz
Assistant Professor of Nursing; Ph.D., UCLA
Contact: (323) 343-4710
E-mail: mschult2@calstatela.edu

Dr. Schultz has more than 30 years of teaching, consulting and hospital bedside practice in adult acute-care. She is an expert on clinical economics. She has authored many articles in peer-reviewed journals, including “The Association of Hospital Financial Characteristics to Mortality and other Adverse Outcomes,” in Nursing Administration Quarterly, and a book chapter, “Microeconomics and Cost Accounting in the Hospital Firm,” in Dunne-Taylor’s Financial Management for the Nurse Manager.


Barbara Peterson Sinclair
Emerita Professor of Nursing; M.N., Emory University
Contact: (323) 343-4718
E-mail: bsincla@calstatela.edu

A noted expert in women’s health, healthcare delivery systems and health/well-being for seniors, Professor Sinclair presents on numerous topics and is particularly interested in menopause, advanced practice nurses, HIV/AIDS in women and children, family planning options, sexually-transmitted diseases and healthcare needs of middle-aged and older individuals. She is listed in Who’s Who of American Women and is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. She also serves as editor-in-chief of LIFELINES, a consultant for a variety of healthcare agencies, a member of the California Senior Legislature, a member of the Los Angeles County Commission on Aging, and functions as an expert witness for various plaintiff and defense attorneys. She is the current coordinator of Health Science at the University.


Rhea P. Williams
Emerita Professor of Nursing; M.N. (Nursing), Ph.D. (Education), UCLA
Contact: (323) 343-4717
E-mail: rwillia@calstatela.edu

Dr. Williams teaches maternal-infant nursing and family nursing. She is particularly interested in issues related to parenting, especially the transition to parenthood. With colleague Dr. Kim Miller, she has conducting research to determine women’s perceptions and ability to cope with menopause from a multicultural perspective. She is also interested in the career development of nurses and exploring issues for students entering nursing programs. Her interest also covers encouraging students and nurses from diverse backgrounds to further their education in nursing. She has published articles in the journal Quality Nursing and textbook chapters in the areas of family and culture.


Paula K. Vuckovich
Assistant Professor of Nursing; Ph.D., University of San Diego
Contact: (323) 343-4195
E-mail: pvuckov@calstatela.edu

Vuckovich is an expert on psychiatric nursing, family therapy, stress and crisis management, and involuntary treatment of mentally ill. She is a frequent guest speaker at community groups on the topic of dealing with family depression and suicide. She has published articles on psychiatric advance directives and ethics relating to involuntary psychiatric treatment.


Beatrice Crofts Yorker
Dean of the College of Health and Human Services; J.D., Georgia State University
Contact: (323) 343-4739
E-mail: byorker@calstatela.edu

Dr. Yorker is an expert on violence prevention and child abuse, including Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy and forensic, gerontological and psychiatric nursing. She consults internationally regarding her research on serial murder by healthcare providers. Her research has also been cited by the New York Times as well as published in the Journal of Nursing Law. Yorker is licensed as a registered nurse in California, and is a clinical nurse specialist in child and adolescent psychiatric nursing.