Jessica Castner

Jessica Castner

Professor, Director of Nursing
School of Public Health

PhD - University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee 2012
MSN, Public Health Focus - University of Missouri-Columbia 2004
BSN - Marquette University 1999

A portrait of Jessica Castner

Dr. Castner served as the 2021-22 Distinguished Nurse Scholar in Residence at the National Academy of Medicine where she engaged in a prominent role in developing health policy related to climate change and disasters, environmental health, clinician wellbeing, and artificial intelligence applications at the federal level with interprofessional collaborators. She is an international expert in emergency nursing, a distinction achieved for pioneering policy-informing research at the nexus of environmental health, data science, and emergency population health outcomes. A board-certified emergency nurse and asthma educator, Dr. Castner has led multiple organizational development and change initiatives to overcome barriers for women in science, advance diversity and inclusion, and enhance trauma-informed cultural competence. She served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Emergency Nursing during the COVID-19 pandemic public health emergency and has received numerous accolades for education and research innovations.

Dr. Castner's recent research has been generously supported by the American Nurses Association, American Nurses Foundation, American Academy of Nursing, National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), National Institute on Aging (NIA), National Science Foundation (NSF), and the Small Business Administration (SBA).

Research areas:

  • Environmental health
  • Health policy
  • Health professions leadership
  • Emergentology
  • Public health nursing

Policy or committee work:

  • American Thoracic Society Terrorism and Inhalation Disaster Section Chair; Health Policy Committee member.
  • American Academy of Nursing Environment and Public Health Expert Panel; Informatics and Technology Expert Panel.
  • Multiple NIH study sections.

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