NEWS RELEASE: Head of New Doctoral Program at Pace Nursing School Chosen as Fellow of New York Academy of Medicine

Nursing professor Joanne Singleton, PhD, chair of graduate studies and director of the recently-developed doctor of nursing practice (DNP) program at Pace University’s College of Health Professions, will be inducted as a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM). (Left: Singleton).

Joanne Singleton recognized for contributions to urban health

NEW YORK, NY, November 3, 2011 – Nursing professor Joanne Singleton, PhD, chair of graduate studies and director of the recently-developed doctor of nursing practice (DNP) program at Pace University’s College of Health Professions, will be inducted as a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM), one of the nation’s oldest medical academies.

Singleton will join an elite group of approximately 3,000 fellows, including doctors, nurses and health care administrators, who are rigorously selected for a combination of certification in a health care specialty, scholarship, and active involvement in professional and community change. The Academy, founded in 1847, is an effective advocate in public health reform and a major center for health education.

“Joanne significantly contributes to urban health through her own work and the extension of her work through that of her students,” said Harriet R. Feldman, PhD, RN, FAAN, the former dean of Pace’s nursing school who now is the University’s Interim Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs. “Her teaching and mentoring have helped prepare well over a thousand family nurse practitioners through Pace’s master’s degree program, and now she is bringing her gifts to students in a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program that she played a significant role in developing.” Feldman added that Singleton’s “expertise in primary health care, cultural competence and evidence-based practice” are particularly outstanding.


Contributions to Teaching


Nearly 10 years ago, Singleton led Pace faculty members in revising Pace’s Family Nurse Practitioner curriculum to use an evidence-based practice (EBP) framework. The curriculum includes innovative practice assignments to help students learn all aspects of EBP and a “Put Prevention into Practice” assignment she developed that each student completes in clinical rotations.

Recently, Singleton was one of the faculty members who led development of Pace’s Doctor of Nursing Practice curriculum including the key contemporary health-care concepts of EBP, cultural competence, and primary  care and developed an innovative EBP project strategy for the capstone. She also strengthened mentoring partnerships with clinical agencies like Mt. Sinai, Montefiore, HHC-Elmhurst Hospital Center, the Visiting Nurse Services of New York and Northern Westchester Hospital.

Enhancing nurses’ competence with patients from varying cultures is particularly important at Pace, where more than 50 percent of DNP students come from diverse backgrounds. Singleton has enhanced faculty and student development in this area, and has begun to achieve another of her aims, increasing diversity among the graduate clinical faculty by hiring outstanding graduates of Pace’s DNP program.

Involvement in Professional Organizations

Singleton has been an active member of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) since 1994. In addition to her participation on the NONPF research committee, she participated in work on interdisciplinary education and practice that lead to an international presentation and publication. She also served on the Expert Advisory Panel to the National State Boards of Nursing on National Guidelines for Pharmacology Curriculum for Family Nurse Practitioner.

Contributions to research and publications

Singleton has distinguished herself with numerous peer reviewed publications. For instance, she led a faculty team in a systematic review of first line smoking cessation interventions which lead to interdisciplinary research on the role of gender and ethnicity in these activities.

Other awards, honors, and activities

Singleton has been a registered nurse for over 30 years. In 1994, she completed her post-doctoral nurse practitioner education in family practice and extended her practice to the preparation of nurse practitioners. Before joining Pace in 1996, she developed and directed the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Program at SUNY-Downstate, where she remains an Associate Professor and voluntary primary care provider in the School of Medicine’s Department of Family Practice. Singleton previously worked in clinical supervision and nurse recruitment and retention at The Mt. Sinai Medical Center, Montefiore Medical Center, and Beth Abraham Hospital, and as a staff nurse at The Hospital of Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

During her career at SUNY Brooklyn, Singleton was recognized for outstanding teaching at the State University of New York with the Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence. Last year she was again recognized for teaching excellence with Pace’s first Dean’s Outstanding Teaching Award. This year she received the Pace University Lienhard School of Nursing Dean’s Outstanding Research/Scholarship Award.

Singleton is an active member of Sigma Theta Tau international. She was inducted as a Fellow into the National Academies of Practice in 2001, and actively participates to inform health policy. Since 2006, at Mt. Sinai she has been a consultant, curriculum committee member, and reviewer for the PhD, and Career Development awards of the Institute for Translational Research, Education & Experimental Therapeutics.

Community service

Singleton provides consultation and presentations on health related topics to New York City Public Schools. She led an anaphylaxis awareness program at P.S. 8 in Brooklyn, assembling a volunteer interdisciplinary team of health professionals to train all teachers and staff in recognition and response, including Epi-pen administration, and developed and ran drills which included the local FDNY as first responders.

“Joanne blazes new paths in scholarship directed at the elimination of health disparities and the expansion of cultural competence, and she is truly motivated by societal benefit rather than personal gain,” said Gerrie Colombraro, RN, PhD, interim dean of the College of Health Professions at Pace. “Her commitment to evidenced-based practice, cultural competence, and primary healthcare is reflected in her leadership activities. Her experience and expertise in interdisciplinary practice and new models of care delivery will allow her to continue to make significant contributions to addressing the health challenges of urban populations.”

Singleton will be inducted into the Academy at a dinner honoring new fellows and members on Wednesday, November 9 beginning at 5:00pm at The New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street, New York, NY 10029.

About Fellowship in the New York Academy of Medicine

Election to Fellowship in the Academy is limited to those who embody the highest levels of achievement and reflects a rigorous nomination and review process. Criteria for Fellowship include certification by a specialty board, active involvement in medical or professional organizations and active participation in the health-related affairs of the community unrelated to income-producing work. Other considerations include outstanding contributions in medical services, health or science policy, teaching programs in a hospital, medical school, or other academic institution, research and/or publication of scholarly articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

About Pace University

For 105 years, Pace University has educated thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health Professions, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems.

About the Pace College of Health Professions

The College of Health Professions was established in 2010 in an effort to integrate the broad range of health science majors at Pace University. The College is made up of the Lienhard School of Nursing and the Pace University-Lenox Hill Hospital Physician Assistant Studies Program. The College’s vision is innovative leadership in education, practice, and scholarship for the health professions, and its mission is to educate and challenge students for the health professions to be innovators and leaders who will
positively impact global health care.


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7 thoughts on “NEWS RELEASE: Head of New Doctoral Program at Pace Nursing School Chosen as Fellow of New York Academy of Medicine”

  1. The words spoken here by Dr. Singleton’s colleagues are an exceptional depiction of this extraordinary person. Dr. Singleton has influenced and mentored many students with her warmth, integrity and leadership. Her dynamic personality, drive and energy make her an exemplar for the recent IOM report entitled the Future of Nursing. Dr. Singleton practices the Science of Nursing to her fullest level of her training and education. She continuously goes beyond the call of duty and never stops asking how to contribute and how to design things better. She is a thoughtful and reflective practitioner and her teaching style brings the best of every student to the surface. Congratulations Dr. Singleton on this well deserved accomplishment you are truly an inspiration.

  2. Dr. Singleton – congratulations’ and thank you for your tireless commitment to the academic preparation and career development of your nursing scholars. It is not an exaggeration to say you are truly amazing; as not only the chair of graduate studies, but as a professor, mentor, and genuine human being completely invested in our success and well-being. Your recognition is well deserved.

  3. Dr.Singleton has displayed leadership in its highest form and now is being honored for all her dedication and hard work. She is respected, honored and esteemed by many including myself. I have enjoyed having Dr. Singleton as my teacher/mentor in the DNP program at PACE.
    Kodoos to you Dr. Singleton!

  4. Congratulations!!! Dr. Singleton
    The DNP cohort 3 (students) is very proud of you. Well deserved!!!

  5. Congratulations to a warm,tireless,humble teacher–Dr Singleton. As an FNP’03 grad i still remember you like it was yesterday. Your energy is radiating and shines positively on your students and to humanity at large. Well deserved!

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