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Maureen received her Ph.D. in Nursing from the University of Massachusetts Worcester. Prior to this, she received her MSN from Southern Connecticut State University and her BSN at the University of Connecticut.
Dr. Maureen Wassef has been in nursing education since 1989 including clinical professional education, pre-licensure and graduate programs. Dr. Wassef 's Dissertation Research focused on the risk of cardiac events in post-menopausal women experiencing life stress. This study was conducted through a secondary analysis of data from the Women's Health Initiative (WHI) observational study from the UMMS clinical site. During her doctoral education, she served as a research assistant working with data from the Pediatric AIDS Late Outcomes Study. In addition to her clinical background in critical care and interest in woman/cardiac health, Maureen's most recent area of interest includes innovative educational strategies in higher education.
With the support of the Innovations in Medical Education(IMEG) grant from the UMMS, she was able to pilot a theoretically based coding system which assess student's affective growth and reflection through clinical journaling.
Also in collaboration with the team in instructional technology, she developed a competency based electronic portfolio to be implemented in select programs within the GSN. This inter-professional project was published in 2012 in the journal Computers, Informatics, Nursing (CIN).