Deborah Lowell Shindell, Ph.D., FNP-BC, CNE

Associate Professor
Deborah Shindell


As a community health nurse and family nurse practitioner, Deborah Shindell’s entire career has been focused on underserved populations. From working with elders at a subsidized senior housing project in the inner city of Baltimore to providing women’s health care in rural Nevada to volunteering with a small nursing school in Bwindi, Uganda, Deborah has consistently strived to provide high-quality health care to those in the most need. Her research interests surround the care of vulnerable populations, educational methods, curriculum, and evaluation methods. When not working at the university, she is an avid traveler, cycle-tourist, and rescue scuba diver.

Professional Experience

Family nurse practitioner, community health nurse, women’s health connection provider, nurse educator, river guide, outdoor educator, world traveler


  • Shindell, D.  (2011).  Barriers to the Use of Active Learning in Nursing Education.  Doctoral dissertation.
  • Sibinga EMS, Shindell DL, Casella JF, Duggan AK, Wilson, MH.  Pediatric Patients with Sickle Cell Disease: Use of Complementary and Alternative Therapies. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine Apr 2006;12(3):291-298.
  • State of Nevada Strategic Plan for the Prevention of Obesity, September 2006.

Research Interests

  • Educational methods
  • Curriculum design
  • Program evaluation
  • Vulnerable populations


  • 2011: Ph.D. – Nursing Education, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV
  • 2001: MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
  • 1999: BSN – Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
  • 1990: BS – Experiential Education, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA