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Charlene Douglas, PhD

School of Nursing

Charlene Douglas

Charlene Douglas is an associate professor in the School of Nursing, coordinator of the Online RN to BSN program and coordinator for Community Health Nursing. Her specialty areas are cultural competence, community-based practice, and access to care. A former White House Fellow, Dr. Douglas served as Special Assistant to Secretary Louis Sullivan at the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). Part of that service was helping to launch the Healthy Start Program, aimed at decreasing the infant mortality rate in high risk areas. She is currently on the Advisory Commission for Childhood Vaccines at DHHS and the Inova Home Health Professional Advisory Committee.  

Her primary research interest has been in the area of quality of life for cancer survivors. She has published results for Hispanic and African American populations. She is a text reviewer for community content and serves as a grant reviewer for community programs aimed at reducing adolescent pregnancy. Her contributions to general education include work with the Educational Testing Service (ETS) on the writing component of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). 

Dr. Douglas received her BA and BSN from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, and her MPH and PhD from The Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. She began her academic career at the University of Maryland and recently celebrated her 20th year at George Mason University. Dr. Douglas was tenured under Genuine Excellence in Teaching and has been awarded the University Teaching Excellence Award. She is Certified in Online Education, and Certified in Public Health [CPH]. During the 2014-2015 academic year, Dr. Douglas is the chair of the Faculty Senate.


  • PhD, Health Psychology, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, 1992
  • MPH, Health Systems Development and Planning, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, 1982
  • BSN, Case Western Reserve University, 1978
  • BA, American Studies, Cum Laude, Case Western Reserve University, 1975