Susan Forsyth

Assistant Professor PhD, RN

Programs and Courses Taught

Entry Level Master of Science in Nursing

N540: Reproductive Health
N144 Care of the Childbearing Family
N550: Nurses as Consumers of Research
N594: Clinical Internship

About Me

I am passionate and excited about teaching nursing students, especially in the areas of reproductive health and research. I believe that classrooms should be supportive and welcoming places, where students feel safe to learn, express their concerns and develop their skills.  


PhD- University of California, San Francisco, 2016:  MS, University of California, San Francisco, 2010; BSN University of San Francisco, 1993; BA, Mills College,  1989

Teaching Interests

Reproductive Health,  Understanding Research, Transition to Practice

Scholarly Interests

Tobacco Control, Tobacco Marketing, Bias in Research 


1.    Forsyth, S.R, &McDaniel, P.A. (In press). “Cease and desist?” The persistence of Marlboro brand imagery in racing video games. Tobacco Control.
2.    Forsyth, S. R., & Malone, R. E. (2018). “Playing the Movie Directly”: Perceptions of Tobacco Content in Video Games. Annual Review of Nursing Research, 36(1), 27-45.
3.    Pérez, A., Thrasher, J., Cabrera, N., Forsyth, S., Peña, L., Sargent, J. D., & Mejía, R. (2018). Exposure to tobacco in video games and smoking among gamers in Argentina. Tobacco Control, tobaccocontrol-2017.
4.    Forsyth, S. R., & Malone, R. E. (2017). Tobacco Content in Video Games: Categorization of Tobacco Typologies and Gamer Recall. Nicotine & Tobacco Research. doi: 10.1093/ntr/ntx256. 
5.    Forsyth, S. R., Chesla, C. A., Rehm, R. S., & Malone, R. E. (2017). “It Feels More Real”: An Interpretive Phenomenological Study of the Meaning of Video Games in Adolescent Lives. Advances in Nursing Science, 40(4), E1-E17.
6.    Forsyth, S. R., & Malone, R. E. (2016). Tobacco imagery in video games: ratings and gamer recall. Tobacco  Control, 25(5), 587-590.
7.    Forsyth S R, Malone, R. E. (2016). Smoking in video games: A systematic review. Nicotine Tob Res, 18(6), 1390-1398. doi: 10.1093/ntr/ntv160 [Editor’s choice]
8.    McDaniel, P. A., Offen, N., Yerger, V., Forsyth, S., & Malone, R. E. (2015). “Tired of watching customers walk out the door because of the smoke”: a content analysis of media coverage of voluntarily smokefree restaurants and bars. BMC Public Health, 15(1), 761.
9.    Odierna, D. H., White, J., Forsyth, S., & Bero, L. A. (2015). Critical appraisal training increases understanding and confidence and enhances the use of evidence in diverse categories of learners. Health Expectations, 18(2), 273-287.
10.    Forsyth, S. R., Odierna, D. H., Krauth, D., & Bero, L. A. (2014). Conflicts of interest and critiques of the use of systematic reviews in policymaking: an analysis of opinion articles. Systematic Reviews, 3(1), 122.
11.    Odierna, D. H., Forsyth, S. R., White, J., & Bero, L. A. (2013). The Cycle of Bias in Health Research: A Framework and Toolbox for Critical Appraisal Training. Accountability in Research, 20(2), 127-141.
12.    Forsyth, S.R, Kennedy, C., & Malone, R.E. (2013).  The effect of the Internet on teen and young adult tobacco use.  Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 27(5), 367-76.
13.    Forsyth, S. R., & Malone, R. E. (2010). "I'll be your cigarette--light me up and get on with it": examining smoking imagery on YouTube. Nicotine Tob Res, 12(8), 810-816.

Honors & Awards

2017    Distinguished Dissertation Award, School of Nursing, UCSF
2012- 2014   Graduate Dean’s Health Science Fellowship, University of California, San Francisco
2010-2012    Eugene Cota Robles Fellowship, University of California, San Francisco, 2010-