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Caroline G. Dorsen,

Assistant Professor
Affiliated Investigator, Center for Drug Use and HIV Research
433 First Ave Room 528
New York, NY 10010
Areas of Specialization 

Primary care across the lifespan, Care of vulnerable populations and reduction of healthcare disparities, LGBT health

PhD, 2012, New York University
MSN, 2001, Yale University School of Nursing
BSN, 1997, New York University
BA, 1991, University of California, Berkeley (Anthropology)
Professional Overview 
Dr. Caroline Dorsen is a Family Nurse Practitioner (NP) with over two decades of experience as a health educator, RN, NP, nurse educator and nurse scholar. She received a BA from UC Berkeley in anthropology, a BS in nursing from NYU, a MSN from Yale, all magna cum laude, and a PhD from NYU. Her dissertation was on Nurse Practitioner’s attitudes towards, and experiences working with, lesbian, gay and bisexual patients: a grounded theory. An adjunct professor of nursing at NYU since 2003, she joined the faculty full-time in 2005 as the Coordinator of the Adult Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program. In 2012 she became the inaugural coordinator of NYU’s Family Nurse Practitioner Program and in 2015, she transferred to the tenure track to focus on research. Caroline specializes in health promotion, disease prevention and reduction of healthcare disparities for underserved populations including new immigrants, the homeless and LGBT persons. She has been a primary care provider at numerous community health centers and was a founding member of the NYU College of Nursing Faculty Practice. In her current clinical practice she provides full scope primary care to homeless adolescents and adults.
Honors and Awards 
2014, NYUCN Outstanding Dissertation Award
2010, Book of the Year (Gerontological category), American Journal of Nursing
2010, Agnes and Rosemary Ludden Award for Innovative Nursing Practice, New York University College of Nursing
2007, Vernice Fergueson Faculty Scholar Award New York University College of Nursing
2001, Milton and Anne Sidney Prize, Yale University School of Nursing
1997, Founder’s Day Award, New York University
1997, Helene Fuld Distinguished Scholar, Helene Fuld Trust
1997, Spirit of Nursing Award, National Student Nurse Association
1997, Ursula Springer Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Writing, Ursula Springer, Inc
1997, Baccalaureate Student Achievement Award, New York University Division of Nursing
1996, Helene Fuld Nursing Fellow, Helene Fuld Trust
RN, New York State
FNP, New York State Certification
Certification, ANCC certified as FNP
Professional Membership 
Eastern Nursing Research Society
National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties
Sigma Theta Tau International

Co-coordinator, Adult-Gerontological Primary Care master’s and post-master’s programs

Clinical Practice / Clinical Interests 

Maintains current practice as FNP at Project Renewal, Clinical interests include care of vulnerable populations, including homeless adults and adolescents, LGBT persons and new (Spanish-speaking) immigrants

Chandler, C. & Dorsen, C. (2014). Cardiac biomarkers in persons with HIV infection: a review of the literature.. J Assoc Nurses AIDS Care, 25, 83-91. 10.1016/j.jana.2012.11.007, Epub 2013 Mar 09.
VanDevanter, N., Dorsen, C, Messeri, P., Shelley, D. & Person, A. (2012). Oral health care and smoking cessation practices of interprofessional home care providers for their patients with HIV.. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 26, 339-340. 10.3109/13561820.2012.676107, Epub 2012 Apr 17.
Dorsen, C. (2012). An integrative review of nurse attitudes towards lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender patients.. Canadian Journal of Nursing Research, 44, 18-43.
Bashlian, R., Sun, C. & Dorsen, C. (2012). Short- vs long-course antibiotics for acute exacerbations of chronic bronchitis. Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 8, 534-539.
Hurley-Rosenblatt, A., & Dorsen, C. (2011). Barriers to volunteer enrollment in HIV preventive vaccine clinical research trials: A review of the literature. Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, 22, 330-334. 10.1016/j.jana.2010.12.001.
Auerhahn, C., Dorsen, C., Hammer, M.J., Meyer, K., Taub, L.F.M. & Wollman, M.C. (2010). Success stories. In C. Auerhahn, & L. Kennedy-Malone (Eds.), Integrating gerontological content into advanced practice nursing education, (pp. 147-174). New York: Springer.
Dorsen, C. (2010). Vulnerability in homeless adolescents: Concept analysis. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 66, 2819-2827. 10.1111/j.1365-2648.2010.05375.x.
Haber, J., Strasser, S., Lloyd, M., Dorsen, C., Knapp, R., Auerhahn, C., Kennedy, R., Alfano, M.C., & Fulmer, T. (2009). The oral-systemic connection in primary care. Nurse Practitioner, 34, 43-48. 10.1097/01.NPR.0000346593.51066.b2.