Dr. Bernadette Longo, PhD, RN, APHN-BC, CNL, FAAN

Associate Professor, Emerita
Bernadette Longo

Contact Information


  • Ph.D., Public Health, Oregon State University
  • M.S., Nursing Education, Idaho State University
  • B.S.N., Nursing, University of Nevada, Reno
  • A.S.N., Nursing with Honors, Michigan Technological University


AACN: Clinical Nurse Leader Ambassador for Nevada, 2016 to present
UNR Faculty Senate:  Executive Board & Senator Division of Health Sciences 2015 - 2018
UNR Graduate Council:  Faculty Senate Representative 2015 - 2016
Nevada Nurses Association:  State Secretary 2015 - 2017, Chair Nominations Committee 2019
NNA Environmental Health Committee:  Chair

Research Program and Expertise

Research Gate

Expert Member: International Volcanic Health Hazard Network    

Chair of the Environmental Health Committee, Nevada Nurses Association

Clean Air Ambassador - American Nurses Association

Dr. Longo is a nurse epidemiologist specializing in Environmental Health. Her main research interests are on populations residing in volcanic environments, and identification of health effects from volcanic air pollution. She has been featured on the Science Channel, CNN International, and Discovery News Channel. Her research was influential in passing health policy legislation to monitor air quality in affected communities around Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii. Dr. Longo continues to research cardiorespiratory health effects associated with degassing volcanoes, and is developing health promotion programs for affected populations.

Current Research Projects

  • Teach SBIRT - Nursing Education Project 2016 - 2018
  • The Volcanic Air Pollution Education Project - the American College of Emergency Physicians - Hawaii Chapter - 2016
  • The Public Health Impact for Northern Nevada from Wildfire Smoke 2016 - ongoing
  • The Kilauea Volcano Health Study 2007 - ongoing

If you are interested in furthering this research you can make a tax-deductible contribution to the Volcano Health Study Fund.

Professional Experience

  • 2012 to present Associate Professor
  • 2006 to 2012 Assistant Professor, Department of Nursing
  • 2006-2009
    Mental Health Nurse Educator, Renown Regional Medical Center, Reno, NV
  • 2001-2005
    Instructor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics during dissertation, Oregon State University; Post-Doctoral Research 1998-2000 Professor of Mental Health Nursing, Universidad National de Peru-Cajamarca, Peru
  • 1998-1999
    Thomas Rumble Fellow in Nursing, Wayne State University
  • 1998-2000
    Andean Rural Health Development
  • 1995-1997
    Instructor of Nursing, Great Basin College, NV
  • 1994
    Instructor of Nursing, Universidad de Cuyo, Argentina
  • 1992-1996
    Nurse Educator, Washoe Medical Center, Reno, NV
  • 1982-1992
    Nurse Manager/Supervisor, Washoe Medical Center, Reno, NV

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