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Gwen Anderson, PhD, RN

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Gwen Anderson, PhD, RN, teaches in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Azusa Pacific. Anderson has more than 10 years of teaching experience with undergraduate and graduate nursing students in the areas of ethics, research, leadership, and change projects that address patient safety and health care quality. As an associate professor, she was an associate director of research and the chair of the Institute of Nursing Research at San Diego State University for four years.

Anderson has extensive leadership experience in establishing and promoting genomic nursing education and practice in the U.S. and in other countries as an active member in the International Society of Nursing in Genetics. She has more than 20 years of experience as a nurse researcher, and her areas of research include: patient decision making related to genetic testing; research ethics and ethical issues related to the study and application of genetic science and genomic technologies; gene therapy and the conduct of clinical trials involving genetics and biorepositories; models of delivering genomic health care services; epidemiological factors that increase cancer genetic risks for Korean American women; study coordinators’ perceptions of the conduct of gene therapy clinical trials; and genomic nursing education and competency assessment. Her research has resulted in more than 45 peer-reviewed publications and 70 scientific talks in eight countries.


  • Research Fellowship in Patient Decision Making in Genomics, University of Birmingham (England) School of Nursing
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship in Policy and Genetic Technologies, Stanford University Center for Biomedical Ethics
  • PhD, Boston College
  • MSN, University of Alberta
  • BSN, University of Victoria


School of Nursing

  • Doctoral Programs


  • Ethics Related to Genetics and Genomics
  • Genetics and Genomics Education
  • Genetics and Genomics Health Care
  • Nursing Theory
  • Research Methods