Judith Haber


Ursula Springer Leadership Professor in Nursing

1 212 998 9020

433 First Avenue
Room 642
New York, NY 10010
United States

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Professional overview

Dr. Judith Haber, PhD, APRN, BC, FAAN is the Ursula Springer Leadership Professor in Nursing at the NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing. Dr. Haber has been an internationally recognized leader in psychiatric nursing for the past 40 years.  She was the author of the award winning, classic textbook, Comprehensive Psychiatric Nursing, published for 8 editions and translated into 5 languages.  Consistent with the current emphasis on integrating behavioral health in primary care, Dr. Haber’s has been a longtime advocate of the integration of mental health and physical health and published widely on this topic. She is also a recognized expert in evidence-based practice and co-author of an award winning nursing research text, Nursing Research: Methods and Critical Appraisal for Evidence-based Practice, now in its 8th edition and translated into five languages. 

Dr. Haber is the recipient of numerous awards including:  the 1995 and 2005 Psychiatric Nurse of the Year Award from the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, the 1998 ANA Hildegarde Peplau Award, Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, as well as Distinguished Alumnae Awards from Adelphi University and NYU College of Nursing.  She is the 2011 recipient of the NYU Distinguished Teaching Award, the 2014 NYU Alumni Meritorious Service Award, and the 2015 Sigma theta Tau International Marie Hippensteel Lingeman Award for Excellence in Nursing Practice.

Dr. Haber is the NYU Meyers leader of interprofessional education and practice, with a special focus on oral-systemic health, collaborating with interprofessional partners at NYU College of Dentistry and School of Medicine and co-chairs the NYU Interprofessional Research, Education and Practice (IPREP) Steering Committee. She is the Executive Director of a national nursing oral health initiative, the Oral Health Nursing Education Practice (OHNEP) Program, funded by the DentaQuest and Washington Dental Service Foundations, and the Principal Investigator on the HRSA-funded program, Teaching Oral-Systemic Health (TOSH). Dr. Haber is the lead author of the landmark (2015) AJPH publication, Putting the Mouth Back in the Head:  HEENT to HEENOT.

Dr. Haber is a member of the Steering Committee of the National Interprofessional Initiative on Oral Health (NIIOH) and was a member of the HRSA Expert Panel that developed the 2014 Interprofessional Oral Health Core Competencies for Primary Care Providers. She is a member of the Technical Expert Panel that developed the 2015 Qualis Health White Paper, Oral Health: An Essential Component of Primary Care.  Dr. Haber is a member of: the Pacific Dental Services Oral-Systemic Health Advisory Board,  the DentaQuest Institute More Cares Program National Advisory Committee, the Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC) National Steering Committee on Shared Principles, and the New York State Nurse Family Partnership Advisory Board.  Dr. Haber has consulted, presented and published widely on interprofessional education and practice as well as oral-systemic health issues.

PhD(1984) - New York University
MA(1967) - New York University
BSN(1965) - Adelphi University
Honors and awards
Distinguished Teaching Award, New York University (2011)
Excellence in Cancer Nursing Research Award, Oncology Nursing Society (2009)
Distinguished Alumni Award, NYU College of Nursing (2008)
Psychiatric Nurse of the Year Award, American Psychiatric Nurses Association (2005)
Excellence in Research Award, American Psychiatric Nurses Association (2005)
Mental health
Professional membership
American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
American Nurses Association
Connecticut Nurses Association
Connecticut Society of Nurse Psychotherapists
Council of Connecticut Mental Health Providers
New York State Nurses Association
American Psychiatric Nurses Association
Sigma Theta Tau-Alpha Omega and Upsilon Chapters
National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty

Maintaining pre-surgery weight in the first year of breast cancer treatment: A prospective study.

Qui, J.M., Fu, M., Axelrod, D., Guth, A., Fletcher, J., Scagliola, J., Kleinman, R., Prego, K.,
Jaravata, J., Ryan, C., Melkus, G.D., & Haber, J.,
(2015). LymphLink 28, (10-12).

Nursing research: Methods and critical appraisal for evidence-based practice

LoBiondo-Wood, G. & Haber, J. (2010). In LoBiondo-Wood, G. & Haber, J., Nursing research: Methods and critical appraisal for evidence-based practice Mosby Elsevier.

The effect of providing information about lymphedema on the cognitive and symptom outcomes of breast cancer survivors.

Fu, M. R., Chen, C. M., Haber, J., Guth, A. A., & Axelrod, D. (2010). Annals of surgical oncology 17, (1847-53). 10.1245/s10434-010-0941-3

Despite recent advances in breast cancer treatment, breast cancer related lymphedema (BCRL) continues to be a significant problem for many survivors. Some BCRL risk factors may be largely unavoidable, such as mastectomy, axillary lymph node dissection (ALND), or radiation therapy. Potentially avoidable risk factors unrelated to breast cancer treatment include minor upper extremity infections, injury or trauma to the arm, overuse of the limb, and air travel. This study investigates how providing information about BCRL affects the cognitive and symptomatic outcome of breast cancer survivors.

Differences in physical, emotional, and social adjustment of intimate, family, and nonfamily patient-partner dyads based on a breast cancer intervention study.

Sherman, D. W., Haber, J., Hoskins, C. N., Budin, W. C., Maislin, G., Cater, J., … Rosedale, M. (2009). Oncology nursing forum 36, (E185-97). 10.1188/09.ONF.E185-E197

To assess the degree to which postsurgical adjustment in patients with breast cancer and their partners depends on the nature of the patient-partner dyad relationship.

Evidence-based practice challenge: teaching critical appraisal of systematic reviews and clinical practice guidelines to graduate students.

Krainovich-Miller, B., Haber, J., Yost, J., & Jacobs, S. K. (2009). The Journal of nursing education 48, (186-95).

The TREAD Evidence-Based Practice Model is a framework for faculty to use in graduate research courses so students can become excellent consumers of the best available evidence to use in their clinical decision making in the practice setting. This model is based on competency in information literacy as the basis for developing evidence-based search strategies to find, appraise, and synthesize Level I evidence, including systematic reviews, meta-analyses, and evidence-based practice guidelines. This model emphasizes the use of standardized critical appraisal tools, such as the Critical Appraisal Skills Programme (CASP) or Appraisal of Guidelines for Research and Evaluation (AGREE), to facilitate user-friendly rapid appraisal of Level I evidence. Faculty are challenged to embrace this paradigm shift, to unlearn how they learned, and to teach their graduate research course focusing on the importance of Level I evidence to enable their graduates to make informed advanced practice decisions and improve patient outcomes.

The inextricable nature of mental and physical health: implications for integrative care.

Weiss, S. J., Haber, J., Horowitz, J. A., Stuart, G. W., & Wolfe, B. (2009). Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association 15, (371-82). 10.1177/1078390309352513

There is growing evidence that physical health problems are caused and exacerbated by psychological factors. Research indicates that psychological distress leads to physical disease through impairment of the neuroendocrine system and its interface with the body's immune response. However, the current health care delivery system splinters care into "psychiatric" and "physical" health silos. New approaches are needed to assure adequate professional knowledge of behavioral health at basic licensure, to increase the use of advanced practice psychiatric-mental health nurses in primary care settings, to identify and teach behavioral competencies for primary care providers, and to fund the design and evaluation of integrative models of care.

The oral-systemic connection in primary care.

Haber, J., Strasser, S., Lloyd, M., Dorsen, C., Knapp, R., Auerhahn, C., … Fulmer, T. (2009). The Nurse practitioner 34, (43-8). 10.1097/01.NPR.0000346593.51066.b2

The research process: Integrating evidence-based practice

LoBiondo-Wood, G., Haber, J., & Krainovich-Miller, B. (2006). In G. LoBiondo-Wood, & J. Haber, Nursing research: Methods and critical appraisal for evidence-based practice Nursing research: Methods and critical appraisal for evidence-based practice (27-45). Mosby Elsevier.

Breast cancer: education, counseling, and adjustment among patients and partners: a randomized clinical trial.

Budin, W. C., Hoskins, C. N., Haber, J., Sherman, D. W., Maislin, G., Cater, J. R., … Shukla, S. Nursing research 57, (199-213). 10.1097/01.NNR.0000319496.67369.37

Although various forms of psychoeducation and counseling interventions have been examined among patients with a variety of diagnoses, the unique contribution of phase-specific psychoeducation and telephone counseling (TC) to the ongoing process of adjustment has not been explored among patients with breast cancer and their partners.