Directory & Faculty Profiles

Susan A. Orshan, PhD, RN

I have been a member of the University of Phoenix community for the past eighteen plus years. Currently, I serve the community as a Lead Faculty Area Chair in Nursing, a dissertation chairperson and committee member, and as an Associate Member of the University’s Institutional Review Board. In addition to facilitating courses in nursing and research, I was honored to be selected as one of the first University Research Methodologists. My most recent professional presentations have focused on communications skills, including a co-presentation, "From Nurse Interviewer to Research Interviewer" at the annual American Association of Colleges of Nursing's Doctoral Education Conference, which focused on the challenge of transforming clinical interviewing skills into research interviewing skills. While my presentations have been centered on communication, my research is on reproductive health. My current study “The Relationships among Spirituality, Power as Knowing Participation in Change, and Self Concept Clarity in Women Diagnosed with Premature Ovarian Insufficiency” is based on my NIH/NICHD research, and is partially supported through my appointment as a 2017-18 CHNR Fellow. Outside of the University, I have a private nursing practice, Healthy Matters LLC, which focuses on health education for women and their families. The practice emphasizes classes in stress management, childbirth education (Lamaze), Feldenkrais, and offers therapeutic touch sessions.

Scholarship & Research



Journal of Leadership Studies-Symposium Piece-Relational Leadership: Perspectives of Key Constructs on Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Equity in Higher Education

Psychology Today
Blog Posts Published


American Psychological Association Conference-Utilizing Clinical Hypnotherapeutic Intervention with CBT to Treat Pandemic-Aug. 13-2021 Symptomology

ILA Conference Geneva Switzerland 2021
Presenter -Topic-"The Stress Arc in Leadership and 3 Powerful Disciplines for Mitigating Major Stress Impacts in a New Era"-Upcoming
Presenter -Topic-“Improving Higher Education’s Role in Diversity and Social Equity through Relational Leadership in the New Era”-Upcoming
Presenter-Topic-"Healthcare Leadership-Using Virtuous Leadership in Chaos to Reimagine Beneficial Practices of Employee Cognitive Psychology"-Upcoming
2021-Knowledge Without Boundaries National Summit-College of Doctoral Studies Research Conference-University of Phoenix-Panel Discussion-"Exploring Emergent Trends in Leadership and Education"-Based on published symposia article from the Journal of Leadership Studies-


Associate Faculty
Dissertation Chair
Committee Member
Nursing PhD
Primary College or School: 
College of Health Professions: School of Nursing