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SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

College of Nursing


Shirley A. Girouard, PhD, RN, FAAN

Shirley A. Girouard, PhD, RN, FAAN

Professor and Associate Dean

Research and Innovations


Academic Qualifications:


  • PhD in Health and Social Policy, Brandeis University
  • Doctoral Fellowship in Mental Health Economics, National Institute of Mental Health
  • MSN in Medical-Surgical Nursing, Yale University
  • MA in Medical Sociology, University of Connecticut
  • Fellowship for Masters in Nursing, National Institute of Health
  • BA in Sociology, Eastern Connecticut State College
  • Diploma in Nursing, Hartford Hospital School of Nursing


  • Registered Professional Nurse, State of New York
  • Registered Nurse, State of Connecticut
Professional Activities:
  • Fellow of The American Academy of Nursing
  • Academy Health (formerly Academy for Health Services Research and Policy)- Interest Group Advisory Committees: Health Services Research & Nursing, Child Health , Informatics
  • American Nurses Association/Connecticut Nurses Association
  • American Organization of Nurse Executives
  • National League for Nursing
  • Society of Pediatric Nurses
  • Eastern Nursing Research Society
  • Yale University School of Nursing Alumnae Association- Board member & President
  • Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society
  • Policy, Politics & Nursing.  Journal Editorial Board
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist - The Journal of Advanced Nursing Practice, reviewer
  • Nursing Outlook Reviewer
  • SPN News, Editor (2007-2009)