Stony Brook University selects Dr. Patricia Bruckenthal as dean of nursing

Patricia Bruckenthal, PhD, was named the dean of Stony Brook (N.Y.) University School of Nursing. 

"I am happy to welcome Dr. Bruckenthal to the role of dean in the School of Nursing. As a nationally recognized clinician and academic leader, I am delighted that she has decided to continue her long career at Stony Brook Medicine in this critical leadership role," Hal Paz, MD, executive vice president for health sciences at Stony Brook University and CEO of Stony Brook University Medicine, said in a Dec. 19 press release. 

Dr. Bruckenthal has a long career at Stony Brook, working as a registered nurse before becoming a clinical instructor in the Department of Neurology in 1989 and later as a clinical assistant professor in the School of Nursing in 1993, where she held a variety of roles over the years. 

She was chair of the department of graduate studies in advanced practice nursing in 2010 and was promoted to associate dean for research and innovation and professor in the school of nursing in 2016. She also served as interim dean before being promoted to her current role.  

Dr. Bruckenthal has also sat on several advisory committees, including the Pain Action Alliance to Implement a National Strategy, the Department of Defense and Veterans Administration Army Pain Task Force and the Leadership Advisory Council of the States Pain and Policy Advisory Council. 

She earned her PhD in nursing at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and completed her post-doctoral training at the Applied Behavioral Medicine Institute at Stony Brook University's department of psychiatry and behavioral health. She is also a fellow at the American Academy of Nursing and an advanced diplomat in the American Academy of Integrative Pain Management. 

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