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Rita Ferrari D’Aoust, PhD, MS, RN

Associate Dean of Teaching and Learning
Rita D’Aoust
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Specialties and Expertise

  • Administration/Health Systems Mngmt
  • Aging
  • Chronic Care
  • Community / Public Health
  • Dementia
  • Education
  • Gerontology
  • Health Policy
  • Interprofessional
  • Military/Veterans Affairs
  • Palliative Care
  • PTSD


Rita Ferrari D'Aoust is an expert in interprofessional education, community service, and providing access to care for vulnerable populations. Dr. D'Aoust has long made her mark where the business of education and health care intersect. She has led advances in curriculum and classroom technology that match an understanding of ways to construct learning with the philosophy of education and a mastery of financial issues in higher education. At the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, she continues to lead the development and implementation of innovative teaching and learning strategies.

Additional Resources

Below are selected resources. For more information, please see full CV.

  • Publications/Research

    D’Aoust, R., Rowe, M., Brewster, G., & Rowe, M. "Understanding Depression in Caregivers of Persons with Dementia: A Cross-Sectional Study." (2014). International Journal of Older People Nursing.

    Athilingam, P., Moynihan, J., Chen, L., D'Aoust, R., Groer, M., & Kip, K. (2013). "Elevated levels of Interleukin-6 and C-Reactive Protein are associated with cognitive impairment in heart failure." Congestive Heart Failure, 19(2), 92-98.

    Kip, K., D’Aoust, R., Hernandez, D., Girling, S., Long, M.K., Rojas, P., Wittenburg, T., Abhayakumar, A.,& Rosenzweig, L. (In press for publication, Oct., 2016). "Evaluation of brief treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) among homeless veterans by use of Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART)." Nursing Outlook.

    D’Aoust, R., Rossiter, A., Clochesy, J., Braue, L., & Morrison-Beedy, D. (Accepted for publication for 2016). "Supporting medics’ and corpsmen’s move into professional nursing." Nursing Education Today.

    Rossiter, A., D’Aoust, R., & Shafer, M. (2016). "Military Children Serving at What Cost? The Effects of Parental Service on the Wellbeing of our Youngest Military Members." Annual Review of Nursing Research, 34(1), 109-117.

    Sahebzamani, F., D’Aoust, R., Friedrich, D., Aiyer, A., Reis, S., & Kip, K. (2013) "Relationship among low cholesterol levels, depressive symptoms, aggression, hostility and cynicism." Journal of Clinical Lipidology, 7(3) 208-216.

  • Awards/Honors

    Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (2017)

    UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine Geriatrics Mini-fellowship (2016)

    National Academies of Practice Fellow (2012-present)

    American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Fellow (2011- present)

    AACN-Wharton Executive Leadership Program Fellow (2015)

    Florida Nurse Practitioner Network, Policy Advocacy Appreciation (2014)

    Mary Dombeck Diversity Enhancement Faculty Award, Rochester, NY (2010)

    Edward Peck Curtis Award for Excellence in University Teaching, University of Rochester (2002)