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Brenda Marshall | Professor

“I love learning and want to help my students fall in love with engaged learning, research, and nursing.”

Degrees Held:

  • EdD – TC Columbia University, 2003
  • MSN – UMDNJ/Rutgers University, 2008
  • MS – TC Columbia University, 1999
  • MS – NYU, 1987
  • Career Highlights:


    • Fulbright Scholar Specialist (2017-2022) Mental Health/Education
    • American Psychiatric Nurses Association National Excellence in Research Award (2018)
    • New Jersey DIVA award for contributions to New Jersey State Nurses Association (2016)
    • Fellow; NLN Academy of Nurse Education (2015)
    • SERPN Award, International Society of Psychiatric Nurses (2015)
    • American Psychiatric Nurses association National Excellence in Education (2012)
    • Fellow in the American Nurse Advocacy Institute (ANAI) from the ANA (2011)

    Books and book chapters:

    • Marshall, B. (2019) Chapter 9: Substance Use Disorders in Rhoads 2nd edition of Clinical Consult to Psychiatric Nursing for Advanced Practice. Springer Publishing. New York.
    • Marshall, B. (2019) Fast Facts to Loving Your Research Project A Stress-free Guide for Novice Researchers in Nursing and Healthcare. Springer Publishing. New York.
    • Marshall, B., Spencer, J. (2018) Fast Facts: What every Nurse and PA should know about Substance Use Disorders. Springer Publishing. New York.
    • Marshall, B. (2017) Fast Facts for Managing Patients with A Psychiatric Disorder. Springer Publishing. New York.

    In which online degree program do you teach?

    • Which classes do you teach online?

      Nursing Research

    • What do you want students to take away from your courses?

      Students will be confident that their knowledge of research will support their ability to engage in transformative care at the bedside and utilize evidence to support nursing care.

    • Why did you start teaching?

      I love learning and want to help my students fall in love with engaged learning, research, and nursing. The challenge of keeping up to date through current clinical experiences and translating them into interesting topics using multimodal strategies is the most exciting part of teaching.

    • What advice would you give to those considering this online program?

      Learning is like research. You get out of it the quality of work you put in.

    • What qualities make someone particularly successful in the area in which you teach?

      Students who understand that learning is a cumulative event that takes time and practice. A student that gets better with feedback and "re-dos" will thrive in my classes.

    • What do you think is the biggest challenge that people in the profession face today?

      Patients are arriving in the clinical area sicker than ever before, and the task of the nurse is to facilitate recovery that starts in clinical and continues at home. The nurse does not have the luxury of time that used to be an intrinsic part of nursing–time to talk, to empathize, and to connect with patients. Our clinical skills must always be excellent, and our ability to connect must occur in shorter periods of time.

    • What is the one book you think everyone should read?

      “Becoming You” by Brenda Marshall.

    • Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students may not know about you.

      I am currently a graduate student pursuing a fourth MS (an MFA) degree in Fine Arts (creative writing).