Mary Ann Cantrell, PhD, RN, CNE, FAAN

Vice President for Research

Mary Ann Cantrell PhD, RN, CNE, FAAN earned her undergraduate degree from Duquesne in 1984, her MSN in nursing education from Villanova University in 1989 and her PhD in 1997 from the University of Maryland in clinical nursing research. She has been on the faculty of Villanova University, College of Nursing since 1990 and holds the rank of full professor. As a faculty member in the College of Nursing Dr. Cantrell has been involved in the College’s clinical simulation program since 2005. Dr. Cantrell's program of simulation-based research involves debriefing, safety practices and clinical judgment skills in undergraduate nursing students. Dr. Cantrell has several data-based publications and funded research projects in simulation-based research. Dr. Cantrell served as the co-chair of the INACSL Research Committee from 2015-2017 and is a member of the editorial board for Clinical Simulation in Nursing. She continues to pursue scholarly projects to advance the science base in clinical simulations. Dr. Cantrell’s recent focus is on transfer of learner outcomes from the simulation setting to actual practice among pre-license students and graduate nurses. She has received external funding for her research as is the 2017 recipient of the 2017 NLN Ruth Donnelly Corcoran Research Award for a study titled, A Clinical Simulation Program to Increase Graduate Nurses’ Clinical Competency and Clinical Judgment in the Practice Setting.

Mary Ann Cantrell