Patricia Brennan, PhD, RN, MS, DFNAP

Patricia Brennan

Patricia Brennan, PhD, RN, MS, DFNAP

Position: Associate Professor
Samuel Merritt University
School of Nursing

Research Biography

Dr. Brennan is an Associate Professor at Samuel Merritt University in Oakland, California where she has recently been appointed as the Paul C. Samson Clinical Professorial Chair.

Dr. Brennan holds an appointment as a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Adelaide in Australia and a is a core faculty member of the University of California, San Francisco Centre for Evidence-Based Patient and Family Care. She received her bachelor’s degrees from Emory University (psychology, 1981) and (nursing, 1983), and both her master’s degree (critical care/trauma/education, 1993) and PhD in nursing (health policy, 2008) from the University of California, San Francisco. Her research interests include health policy issues related to access to care, particularly involving acuity-based models of care delivery, including, but not limited to, organ allocation and the application of genetic and genomic technologies in clinical practice.

In addition, Dr. Brennan is currently assessing the outcomes of simulation and immersive learning through inter-professional education, particularly related to genomic education. She was appointed as an NIH Faculty Champion in Genetics and Genomics, the goal of which is to provide leadership in curriculum integration of genetics and genomics. She serves as a member of the editorial board of the NIH Genetics/Genomics Competency Center (G2C2) and on the Sutter Health Personalized Medicine Initiative Task Force. Dr. Brennan has been recognized in her role as an educator locally being awarded the Faculty of the Year Award at Samuel Merritt University and nationally as an AACN Novice Faculty Award nominee. She is a Daisy Faculty Award Recipient recognizing her exceptional impact on nursing education.

Prior to entering academic education Dr. Brennan spent over 20 years as a clinical specialist, outreach director, and clinical manager for the UCSF Transplant Division, where she had administrative responsibilities for clinical care and inter-professional research endeavors. Dr. Brennan has been recognized as a Distinguished Practitioner and Fellow in the National Academies of Practice and recently served as an Inaugural Fellow in AACN’s Faculty Policy Intensive.

Selected Recent Publications and National and International Presentations

Brennan, P. (2014). The Health Insurance Marketplace: What Faculty and Students Need to Know for 2015 - American Association of Colleges of Nursing webinar

Matsuda E. & Brennan, P. (2014). The effectiveness of continuous subcutaneous insulin pumps with continuous glucose monitoring in outpatient adolescents with type 1 diabetes: A systematic review. Joanna Briggs Institute Library of Systematic Reviews (in press)

Brennan, P., Jenkins, J., & Rodriquez de Bittner, M. (2014). Gaining a One Health Understanding through Genetics and Genomics: the NIH G2C2 Resource. Alexandria, Virginia, April 2014. (Invited speaker)

Brennan, P. (2014). The Affordable Care Act: A Toolkit for Educators. AACN Master’s Education: Essential to the Future of Health Care. Scottsdale, Arizona, March 2014. (Invited speaker)

Brennan, P. & Landau, V. (2013). Visualizing the Curriculum Mapping Process of Genetic and Genomic Content to Impact Learning Outcomes in Healthcare Education. Podium Presentation: Annual International Society of Nurses in Genetics. Bethesda, Maryland. October, 2013.

Brennan, P. (2013). Access to Liver Transplantation: Race, Gender and Geographic Disparities. Podium Presentation. Sigma Theta Tau International’s 24th International Nursing Research Congress. Prague, Czech Republic. July 22, 2013.

Brennan, P. (2013). Initiatives in Developing Inter-professional Education. Session Moderator. Sigma Theta Tau International’s 24th International Nursing Research Congress. Prague, Czech Republic. July 26, 2013.

Simmons, B., Brennan, P, Walton, M. & Hoffman, E. (2013). Creating the Virtual Classroom. Webinar Presentation on-line for Educause, February 12, 2013, (approximately 100 attendees)


2011 Samuel Merritt University Faculty Incentive Award $10,000
2009 Samuel Merritt University Innovative Teaching Grant $1,600
2005-2008 Betty Irene Moore Doctoral Fellowship, UCSF $180,000
2008 Graduate Student Research Award, UCSF $2,000
2008 Century Club Doctoral Award, UCSF $1,000


2014-2017 Paul C. Samson Clinical Professorial Chair
2013 AACN Health Policy Fellow
2012 National Academies of Practice Distinguished Practitioner and Fellow
2012-current University Government Relations Collaborative Appointee, American Academy of Colleges of Nursing
2011-current Editorial Board, Genetics and Genomics Competency Center, National Genome Research Institute, National Institutes of Health
2009-2010 NIH Faculty Champion in Genetics/Genomics 2009-2010
1986 Stanford University Post-Graduate Fellowship: Cardiovascular Specialist: Heart and Lung Transplantation
1983 Emory University Post-Graduate Fellowship in International Health (Dublin, Ireland)



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