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Sean Clarke


Executive Vice Dean

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Professional overview

Sean Clarke, RN, PhD, FAAN, is a nurse academic and health services researcher who comes to the Rory Meyers College of Nursing at New York University after serving as Professor and Associate Dean, Undergraduate Program, at the Connell School of Nursing, Boston College in Chestnut Hill, MA from 2014-2018.  Prior to his move to Boston, he was on faculty at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing for 7 years, held an endowed chair in cardiovascular nursing at the University of Toronto and was an endowed chair directing a special donor-funded set of projects intended to advance collaboration between the School of Nursing and its affiliated teaching hospitals at McGill University. 

Dr. Clarke’s research has focused on quality and safety issues in acute care hospitals, workforce issues, occupational safety of nurses and the influences of economic and political factors on health care delivery and the nursing profession. He is perhaps best known for research on nurse staffing in hospitals and surveys of nurse working conditions. He has authored or coauthored over 100 peer-reviewed articles and 30 book chapters, he has been a principal investigator on projects supported by the National Institute of Nursing Research (NIH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and has served as a co-investigator on grants totaling over $10 million over the course of his career.  In addition to teaching nursing, health policy and research at the baccalaureate through doctoral levels, supervising PhD and postdoctoral research trainees and maintaining a program of research with colleagues from a number of countries, he codirected nursing health services and workforce research groups in Philadelphia and Toronto and has been a consultant to clinicians, leaders and professional associations on issues related to nursing and patient safety for almost 2 decades in Canada, the United States and internationally.  Dr. Clarke has been a member of a variety of panels and boards related to health research and health care quality, has had extensive involvement in peer review of research articles and grants, and has served on editorial boards of a number of scientific and professional journals in nursing and health services research.

Clarke holds undergraduate degrees from both the University of Ottawa and Carleton University in his hometown of Ottawa, Canada, completed his basic clinical and research training in nursing at McGill University in Montreal, and pursued nurse practitioner education and a postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania.  He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, and currently holds affiliate faculty appointments at the Université de Montréal and the University of Hong Kong.


PhD, School of Nursing, McGill University
MS, School of Nursing, McGill University
BA, Carleton University
BS, University of Ottawa

Honors and awards

Creative Teaching Award, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto (2011)
Dean’s Award for Undergraduate Teaching, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (2007)
Class of 1965 25th Reunion Term Chair, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing [for enduring contributions to undergraduate education] (2006)
Fellow, American Academy of Nursing (2006)
Junior Faculty Research Award, Biobehavioral and Health Sciences Division School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania (2006)
Article of the Year, Academy Health [Academy for Health Services Research and Health Policy] for Aiken, Clarke et al., JAMA, October 23/30, 2002 (2003)
American Academy of Nursing Media Award for coverage of Aiken, Clarke et al., JAMA, October 23/30, 2002 (2003)
American Academy of Nursing Media Award for coverage of Aiken, Clarke, et al. Health Affairs, 2001 (2002)
Induction into Sigma Theta Tau, Xi Chapter (1999)



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