Judith Haber


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Judith Haber


Ursula Springer Leadership Professor in Nursing

1 212 998 9020

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

Judith Haber's additional information

Judith Haber, APRN-BC, PhD, FAAN, is the Ursula Springer Leadership Professor in Nursing at NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing. She has been an internationally recognized leader in psychiatric nursing for the last 40 years. She is the author of the award-winning textbook Comprehensive Psychiatric Nursing, now in its 8th edition, which has been translated into five languages. Consistent with the current emphasis on integrating behavioral health into primary care, Haber has been a longtime advocate of the integration of mental health and physical health, a topic on which she has published widely. She is also a recognized expert in evidence-based practice and a co-author of the award-winning nursing research text Nursing Research: Methods and Critical Appraisal for Evidence-based Practice, now in its 9th edition, which has been translated into five languages. Her latest book, Evidence-Based Practice for Nursing and Quality Healthcare Improvement, was published in 2019.

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, and Distinguished Alumnae Awards from Adelphi University and NYU Meyers. She is the 2011 recipient of the NYU Distinguished Teaching Award, the 2014 NYU Alumni Meritorious Service Award, the 2015 Sigma Theta Tau International Marie Hippensteel Lingeman Award for Excellence in Nursing Practice, and the 2017 DentaQuest Health Equity Hero Award. Haber was named senior scholar at the Santa Fe Group in 2018. She is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and New York Academy of Medicine.

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 NYU School of Medicine. She co-chairs the NYU Interprofessional Research, Education and Practice Steering Committee. She is the executive director of the Oral Health Nursing Education Practice (OHNEP) program, a national nursing oral health initiative funded by the DentaQuest and Arcora foundations, which received an Edge Runner Award from the American Academy of Nursing in 2019. She is the principal investigator on Teaching Oral-Systemic Health, a HRSA-funded program. Haber is the lead author of the landmark 2015 AJPH publication Putting the Mouth Back in the Head: HEENT to HEENOT.

Haber is a member of the Steering Committee of the National Interprofessional Initiative on Oral Health and 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.” 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 National Steering Committee on Shared Principles, and the New York State Nurse-Family Partnership Advisory Board. Haber has consulted, presented, and published widely on interprofessional education and practice and oral-systemic health issues. She was recently selected as a contributor to the forthcoming 2020 Surgeon General’s Report on Oral Health.

Haber received her PhD  and MA from NYU and BSN from Adelphi University.

PhD - New York University (1984)
MA - New York University (1967)
BSN - Adelphi University (1965)

Mental health
Oral-systemic health

American Association of Nurse Practitioners
American Nurses Association
Connecticut Nurses Association
National League for Nursing
National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty
Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaboration
Sigma Theta Tau-Alpha Omega and Upsilon Chapters

Faculty Honors Awards

Edge Runner Award, American Academy of Nursing (2019)
Senior Scholar, Santa Fe Group (2018)
Denta Quest Health Equity Hero Awrd (2017)
Distinguished Teaching Award, New York University (2011)
Excellence in Cancer Nursing Research Award, Oncology Nursing Society (2009)
Distinguished Alumni Award, NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing (2008)
Psychiatric Nurse of the Year Award, American Psychiatric Nurses Association (2005)
Excellence in Research Award, American Psychiatric Nurses Association (2005)


Attaining interprofessional competencies by connecting oral health to overall health

Haber, J., Hartnett, E., Cipollina, J., Allen, K., Crowe, R., Roitman, J., Feldman, L., Fletcher, J., & Ng, G. (2021). Journal of Dental Education, 85(4), 504-512. 10.1002/jdd.12490
Purpose: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of an annual oral-systemic health interprofessional education (IPE) clinical simulation and case study experience with nurse practitioner/midwifery (NP/MW), dental (DDS), medical (MD), and pharmacy (PharmD) students. Methods: The Interprofessional Collaborative Competency Attainment Scale (ICCAS) was used to measure students’ self-reported attainment of interprofessional competencies before and after the IPE experience. Pre- and post-test surveys were completed by NP/MW, DDS, MD, and PharmD student cohorts from 2017 to 2019. Students also had the opportunity to provide qualitative feedback about their experience at post-test. Data were collected from IPE faculty facilitators to assess their perception of the value of the Teaching Oral-Systemic Health (TOSH) program. Results: Student ICCAS results demonstrated statistically significant improvement in self-reported interprofessional competencies among all types of students across all 3 years (P < 0.001); qualitative student comments reflected positive experiences with the TOSH program. Survey data from IPE faculty facilitators supported the value of the IPE experience for all students. Conclusions: The findings demonstrate the effectiveness of the TOSH program in using oral-systemic health as a clinical exemplar to develop interprofessional competencies. The 2017–2019 data reinforce the credibility of scaling the TOSH model for developing interprofessional competencies with students from different health professions.

Promoting oral health for mothers and children: A nurse home visitor education program

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Senior oral health: A community-based, interprofessional educational experience for nursing and dental students

Greenberg, S. A., Hartnett, E., Berkowitz, G. S., Schenkel, A. B., Chong, C., Cipollina, J., Haber, J., & Cortes, T. A. (2020). Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 46(8), 37-45. 10.3928/00989134-20200527-03
The current article highlights an interprofessional, older adult oral health community program, created through an Accelerating Interprofessional Community-Based Education and Practice grant from the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education, designed to address the gap between older adult health education and care delivery. This project developed an advanced practice, nurse-led partnership among The Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing and the Oral Health Nursing Education and Practice Program (both located at New York University Rory Meyers College of Nursing), New York University College of Dentistry, and Regional Aid for Interim Needs (RAIN), a community service organization for older adults in the Bronx. Teams of nursing (n = 26), nurse practitioner (n = 16), and dental (n = 64) students provided oral health education and oral hygiene instruction using Tooth Wisdom® educational materials to older adults, home health aides (HHAs), and volunteers in nine RAIN senior centers. Students demonstrated increases in their self-reported interprofessional competencies based on the Interprofessional Collaborative Competency Attainment Survey. Results also revealed that older adults (n = 500), HHAs (n = 142), and volunteers (n = 21) at the RAIN senior centers who attended the Tooth Wisdom presentation demonstrated an increase in oral health knowledge.

The Impact of an Interprofessional Pediatric Oral Health Clerkship on Advancing Interprofessional Education Outcomes

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Integrating Oral Health Curricula into Midwifery Graduate Programs: Results of a US Survey

Haber, J., Dolce, M. C., Hartnett, E., Savageau, J. A., Altman, S., Lange-Kessler, J., & Silk, H. (2019). Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health, 64(4), 462-471. 10.1111/jmwh.12974
Introduction: Midwives are a significant segment of the US maternal and primary health care workforce and play a pivotal role in addressing women's oral health care needs during pregnancy and throughout their life span. The purpose of this research was to assess oral health curricular integration in midwifery programs and examine factors that influence integration and satisfaction with graduates’ level of oral health competence. Methods: A cross-sectional, national survey of midwifery programs was conducted using an electronically distributed 19-item, self-administered questionnaire completed by the Directors of Midwifery Education. Data analysis included univariate and bivariate statistics. Results: All of the responding midwifery programs (N = 33) were educating their graduates about oral health; however, less than a quarter (22.6%) of program directors were satisfied with their graduates’ competency. Significant factors promoting integration were routine teaching by a dental professional and a formal relationship with a dental school, dental residency, or dental hygiene program. Programs with 4 or more hours of oral health curriculum were more likely to have a faculty oral health champion, use simulation in evaluation of their learners, and include interprofessional oral health education. Discussion: With adequate oral health education, midwives are ideally positioned to integrate oral health in pregnancy care as well as well woman care throughout the life span, thereby expanding access to oral health care.

The Interprofessional Role in Dental Caries Management: Impact of the Nursing Profession in Early Childhood Caries

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Mental health and substance use disorders in patients diagnosed with cancer: An integrative review of healthcare utilization

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Integrating oral health curricula into nurse practitioner graduate programs: Results of a US survey

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The impact of oral-systemic health on advancing interprofessional education outcomes

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Oral Health in Pregnancy

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