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Judy Didion, PhD, RN

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3003 Human Health Building
(248) 364-8787
[email protected]

Dr. Didion has over 35 years of experience as a nurse, educator and researcher. She is currently serving as a primary investigator for a study regarding quality and safety education, funded by an education grant through the National League for Nursing. In addition, she is also a co-investigator for a study regarding public health nursing competencies. Dr. Didion’s previous research centers around adolescent pregnancy prevention and HIV risk reduction.


  • PhD in Nursing – Duquesne University
  • MSN with a Clinical Nurse Specialist and Administration specialty – The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
  • BSN – The University of Toledo

Research Area Interests

  • Public Health Nursing Competencies
  • Quality and Safety Education for Nurses


  • Sharpnack, P., Drennen, C., Bowles, W., Koffel, C., Salvador, D., and Didion, J. (2016) Pathways to BSN Education: Teamwork in Ohio. Nursing Education Perspectives, 38 (5), 243-249.

  • Kruse, J., Didion, J., and Perzynski, K. (2014). Utilizing the Intercultural Development Inventory to develop intercultural competence. SpringerPlus, (3) 334.

  • Didion, J., Kozy, M., Koffel, C., and Oneail, K. (2013). Academic/Clinical partnerships and collaboration in quality and safety education. Journal of Professional Nursing, 29 (2), 88-94.

  • Didion, J. (2011). Featured quotes in the Daybook for Nurse Educators. Published by Katherine Pakieser-Reed, PhD, RN.

  • Didion, J. (2007). Adolescent Male Involvement in Pregnancy Prevention: Deliberate Action to protect Future Goals. Dissertation: ProQuest: Ann Arbor.

  • Didion, J. and Gatzke, H. (2004). The Baby Think It Overä experience to prevent teen pregnancy: A post-intervention evaluation. Public Health Nursing, 21(4), 331-337.

  • Martin, M. and Didion, J. (2003). The smallpox threat: The school nurse’s role. The Journal of School of Nursing, 19(5), 260-264.

  • Locher, A. and Didion, J. (2003). Epidemic to Endemic: The impact of HIV on health care policy and nursing practice. Policy, Politics & Nursing Practice, 4(1), 62-70.

  • Perzynski, K., Zechman, R., Didion, J., Abbey, C. & Malone, K. (1996). Home Care and Nursing Education: Creating Community Practice Models of the Future. Home Health Care Management & Practice.

  • Nickel, J., Pituch, M., Holton, J., Didion, J., Perzynski, K., Wise, J. & McVey, B. (1995). Community Nursing Competencies: A Comparison of Educator, Administrator, and Student Perspectives. Public Health Nursing 12, (1), 3-8.

  • Abbey, C., Didion, J., Durbin, M., Perzynski, K. & Zechman, R. (1994). Neighborhood Wellness Centers: Collaboration Between Home Care & Nursing Education. Caring Magazine, November, 26 31.

  • Alteneder, R., Price, J., Telljohann, S., Didion, J. & Locher, A. (1992). Using the PRECEDE Model to Determine Junior High School Students' Knowledge, Attitudes, and Beliefs about AIDS. The Journal of School Health, 62, (10), 464 470.

Professional Affiliations

  • Board Member: Ascension Providence Rochester Hospital

  • Advisory Board Member: Henry Ford Macomb Hospital Nurse Residency Program

  • President: Michigan Association of Colleges of Nursing

  • President Elect: Michigan Association of Colleges of Nursing

  • Finance Committee: AACN

  • Expert Panel Member: AACN-CDC Collaboration with Academia to Strengthen Public Health Workforce

  • Advisory Board Member: Beaumont Graduate Nurse Residency Program

  • Accreditation Evaluator: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

  • American Public Health Association

  • Organizational Leadership Member: American Association of Colleges of Nursing

  • Michigan Organization of Nurse Leaders

  • Sigma Theta Tau, International Honor Society of Nursing, Theta Psi Chapter

School of Nursing

Human Health Building, Room 3027
433 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4452
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(248) 364-8733

M-F 8 a.m.-5 p.m. closed daily 12 p.m.-1 p.m.