Dr. Mark is responsible for the research and grant writing activities of the Center as they relate to retention of the nursing workforce and the effect of best practices on patient outcomes. She received her PhD in Nursing from George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia and a Master’s degree in Nursing Administration from the University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI.

With over 35 years of nursing experience, Debra has held a variety of positions. Her clinical experience has been primarily in critical care, inclusive of staff positions in Neonatal Intensive Care, Coronary Care, Surgical Intensive Care, and Post-Anesthesia Care Units. She has also held middle management positions as a Charge Nurse, Head Nurse, and Section Supervisor. Dr. Mark taught Licensed Practical/Vocational Nursing for two years and has been a frequent presenter at national conferences. Her most recent positions have been research-focused and she has developed research skills in evidence-based practice, qualitative methodology, and quantitative methods such as correlational research designs and psychometrics. Debra’s program of research generally examines the value of nurses’ contribution to improved patient outcomes.