Judy Neubrander, EdD, FNP-BC Judy is a tenured professor and director of the School of Nursing at Western Carolina University. She maintains an active presence in the classroom by teaching classes ranging from pre-nursing to graduate level. In 2008 she served as principal investigator on a $825,000 HRSA grant to start the nurse administration program at Western Carolina university and she currently serves as principal investigator on two one million dollar HRSA Workforce Diversity grants to increase diversity within the School of Nursing. Under her leadership during the last 10 years the academic programs have doubled, enrollment has doubled, grant funding has exceeded 5 million and two new diversity programs have led to significant increases in students underrepresented in nursing. She has also lead the SON to collaborate with the community to implement primary care initiatives including a primary care certificate and providing clinical sites for our FNP program at a regional free clinic. She has served as a leader in the implementation of the Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nurses (RIBN) program a national model for seamless transition from an associate degree in nursing to a bachelor’s degree in nursing. She has a strong background in hospice and palliative care and is a fellow from the Harvard School of Medicine Palliative Care Fellowship. She serves on the Board of Directors of Four Seasons Hospice: Compassion for Life, a nationally recognized hospice and palliative care organization. She has served in leadership roles for Sigma Theta Tau International Eta Psi chapter. She earned her master’s degree in adult health and nursing education from the University of Kansas and a doctoral degree in adult education from North Carolina State University. She has a post-masters certificate as a Family Nurse Practitioner/Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Dr. Neubrander's areas of teaching interest include teacher education, hospice and palliative care and health care policy and ethics.
Dr. Neubrander's areas of research include hospice and palliative care, nursing education and undergraduate student research.