Dr. Dena Hassouneh was one of a number of OHSU community members to be honored at the first OHSU Diversity and Inclusion Awards ceremony that was recently held at the Portland Art Museum. The event celebrated exemplary work of OHSU faculty, students, and staff in advancing diversity, inclusion, and equality. Dr. Hassouneh received an award for outstanding research in addressing inequalities in nursing education, and in understanding and improving mental health disparities in women.
Her achievements include conducting mental health research in communities that are often overlooked, including Muslim women, women in same-sex relationships, Latina women, Arab women, and women with disabilities. Through community-based participatory research projects, Dr. Hassouneh and her colleagues developed a program for treating depressive symptoms in women with physical disabilities, which resulted in improved access to treatment in the Portland and Grants Pass areas.
In 2011, she was selected as one of five national faculty scholars supported by the Josiah Macy Foundation Faculty Scholars program. She has since focused her research on exploring the experience of faculty of color in medical and nursing schools across 20 states. Her work has spanned internationally to also include helping design and launch a Bachelor of Science in Nursing program in the Palestine Territories.