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Maria A Mendoza

Clinical Assistant Professor
Program Director, Nursing Education

1 212 998 9002

433 First Avenue
Room 422
New York, NY 10010
United States

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Professional overview

Dr. Maria A. Mendoza is an experienced clinician and educator. She has many years of teaching experience in a variety of nursing programs including diploma, associate, baccalaureate and graduate degrees, professional development, and continuing education. She served as Director of Nursing Education at Brookdale University Hospital where she expanded the continuing education program and implemented the competency-based staff development during her tenure. Prior to joining the faculty at NYU Rory Myers College of Nursing, she practiced as an adult/gerontological nurse practitioner in primary care and diabetes at Jacobi Medical Center and North Central Bronx Hospital for twenty years. While there she also directed the Chronic Disease Management and Diabetes Education programs and coordinated the NIH landmark diabetes study, ACCORD, and co-primary investigator in other pharmaceutical research. Dr. Mendoza specializes in curriculum design/evaluation and program development. She is consultant to NYC Health + Hospital and Lincoln Medical Center in designing and evaluating a train the trainer program to enhance RN skills in Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) and in developing the leadership skills of nurse managers, respectively. Her global collaboration with the faculty at Hue University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Vietnam includes consultation in developing a graduate nursing curriculum, and faculty development on clinical teaching and evidence-based practice. Dr. Mendoza is also part of the NYUCN Liberia’s National Health Workforce program (2015-2021) project “Addressing Liberia’s Health Workforce Shortage.” She is author of articles and chapters in diabetes self-management and nursing education. She is a reviewer for professional nursing journals such as Clinical Nursing Research, Frontiers Public Health Education and Promotion, and Austin Journal of Nursing.


Baccalaureate in Nursing - Trinity College of Quezon City
Master of Arts major in Teaching - Teachers College Columbia University
Master of Education major in Adult Health - Teachers College Columbia University
Doctor of Education - Teachers College Columbia University
Gerontological Nurse Practitioner Certificate - New York Hospital/Cornell School of Continuing Education

Honors and awards

New York Health + Hospital
Fellow, New York Academy of Medicine
Corporate Nurse of the Year (2010)


Primary care
Adult health
Chronic disease
Palliative care

Professional membership

National League for Nursing
Sigma Theta Tau
American Nurses Association - New York
New York Academy of Medicine



Social jetlag, circadian disruption, and cardiometabolic disease risk

Kohl Malone, S., Mendoza, M., & Patterson, F. (2019). In Sleep and Health. Elsevier.

Promoting synergistic partnerships in low resource countries: a case study exemplar

Upvall, M. J., Trang, H. T. T., Derstine, J. B., Mendoza, M., Sagar, P. L., & Scheans, P. (2017). Contemporary Nurse, 53(5), 589-595. 10.1080/10376178.2017.1388747
Objectives/Aims: The purpose of this discussion is to explore the dynamics of partnership and its impact on both nursing faculty at Hue University of Medicine and Pharmacy (HueUMP) and Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO) volunteers. Design: A case study approach was used to promote understanding of partnerships in global health. Discussion: Collaboration between HueUMP’s nursing program and HVO is one of the most dynamic HVO nurse educator programs with five volunteer visits to Vietnam within a two-year period. Volunteer efforts include workshops to meet the diverse needs and interests of nursng faculty. We also emphasize the potential for ongoing strategic program planning integrating components from other nursing partnerships in the Southeast Asian region. Conclusions/Implications for practice: If we are to continue meeting partnership goals, we must recognize that partnerships should evolve according to the goals of HueUMP nursing faculty and the context of nursing in Vietnam.

Behavioral and educational approaches to diabetes self-management

Mendoza, M., Welbeck, M., & Parikh, G. (2010). In Principles of Diabetes Mellitus (pp. 659-675). Springer US. 10.1007/978-0-387-09841-8-40
Diabetes is a life-long disease managed primarily by the individual. The key to successful self-management of this chronic disease is to provide the individual with knowledge, psychomotor skills, and effective psychological coping to facilitate lifestyle modifications. The process of adult learning is not an exact science. It is highly individualized. Oftentimes, the clinician would find that strategies successful for one person might not be successful for others.