Dr. Bernadette Longo, Ph.D., RN, APHN-BC, CNL, FAAN

Associate Professor Emerita
Longo, Bernadette


Dr. Longo is a nurse epidemiologist specializing in environmental health. Her research interests are on delineating health effects in populations exposed to volcanic air pollution and wildfire smoke. As a clinician with over 40 years of experience, she collaborates with frontline health care workers and public health to identify adverse effects and test interventions to improve the quality of care to patients and populations. She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, the founder of the Environmental Health Committee for Nevada Nurses Association, and the American Nursing Association’s Clean Air Ambassador for Hawaii and Nevada. She has been featured on the Science Channel, CNN International, Discovery News Channel, Public Radio and in the Washington Post. Her research was influential in passing health policy legislation to monitor air quality in communities around Kīlauea Volcano, Hawai`i. Dr. Longo has assisted PAHO’s Technical Advisory Group for volcanic ashfall and joined the DOI’s Strategic Sciences Group 2018 deployment to Kīlauea’s eruption. Most recently, she is a Health Professional for Clean Air and Climate Action for the American Lung Association, and the Editor for Nevada RNFormation the quarterly publication of the Nevada Nurses Association.

Courses Taught (2018-2022)

  • NURS 735 Introduction to Knowledge Development and Scientific Inquiry
  • NURS 466 Nursing Research
  • NURS 466S Health Care Statistics and Nursing Research

Professional Experience

  • Associate Professor, Orvis School of Nursing, University of Nevada Reno
  • Mental Health Nurse Educator, Renown Regional Medical Center, Reno, NV
  • Teaching Assistant for Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Oregon State University
  • Professor of Mental Health Nursing, Universidad National de Peru, Cajamarca
  • Thomas Rumble Graduate Fellow in Nursing, Wayne State University
  • Andean Rural Health Development Volunteer, Peru
  • Instructor of Nursing, Great Basin College, NV
  • Clinical Instructor of Nursing, Universidad de Cuyo, Argentina
  • Nurse Manager/Supervisor/Educator, Washoe Medical Center, Reno, NV
  • Certified Drug and Alcohol Abuse Counselor, NV
  • National Ski Patroller, Mount Rose, NV
  • CPR Instructor, American Heart Association, Reno, NV

Program of Research & Discovery

  • ResearchGate
  • Dr. Longo's Google Scholar profile
  • The Kīlauea Volcano Health Studies
  • Health Effects from Volcanic Air Pollution
  • Public Health & Nursing Interventions during Volcanic Eruptions
  • Wildfire Smoke Exposure: Adverse Health Effects on School Children
  • Teach SBIRT - Nursing Education Project

Selected Publications

Service Activities

  • President (2021-2023), District 1, Nevada Nurses Association
  • American Lung Association of Nevada, LungForce Walk 2021 and 2022 committee
  • American Association of Colleges of Nursing: Clinical Nurse Leader Ambassador for Nevada, 2016 to 2022
  • Nevada Nurses Association: State Secretary 2015-2017, Chair of Nominations Committee 2019, Chair of Environmental Health Committee 2015-present
  • University of Nevada, Reno’s Faculty Senate: Executive Board Member, 2016-2017
  • University of Nevada, Reno's Graduate Council: Chair, 2013


  • 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