Diana Schroeder, DNP, RN

Assistant Professor of Nursing

Diana Schroeder, DNP, RN is the program coordinator for the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown’s Baccalaureate Nursing Program.  Dr. Schroeder is a nurse with a specialty in pediatrics, and has worked as a pediatric clinical specialist for more than 30 years.  She joined the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown faculty in 2006 as a part-time instructor while concurrently serving as the Director of the Child and Adolescent Health and Wellness Council and Associate Director of the Office of Community Health at Memorial Medical Center.  She became a full-time member of the Pitt-Johnstown faculty in 2008. 

Dr. Schroeder’s research emphasis is on the issue of bullying prevention and patient satisfaction with pain management. She is actively involved in state-wide committees relating to children's health including the Pennsylvania Emergency Health Care for Children Committee, the Pennsylvania Department of Education Subcommittee on Safe Schools, and the Pennsylvania Bullying Prevention Network.  Her research in the field of bullying prevention has been accepted for publication to Health Promotion Practice "The Implementation of a Statewide Bullying Prevention Program: Preliminary Findings from the Field and the Importance of Coalitions" and The Academyof Health Care Management Journal: “The Role of a Health Care Foundation in a Statewide Bullying Prevention Initiative.”  and she has presented at the International Bullying Prevention Association Conference, the Blueprints for Violence Prevention Conference, The Iowa Governor’s Summit on Bullying Prevention, and the National Association of School-Based Clinics this year.  She and a colleague published “A Public Health Approach to Bullying Prevention” through the American Public Health Association Press in 2013. 

She completed her Doctorate of Nursing Practice with a research emphasis on patient satisfaction with pain management through the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing in 2014.  Dr. Schroeder began her nursing career as a graduate of the Franciscan School of Nursing in Rock Island, Illinois in 1976, completed her bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1979, and her master’s degree in pediatric nursing from Indiana University in Indianapolis in 1985. 

Dr. Schroeder’s previous clinical work has been in pediatric critical care and public health.  She has been a nurse educator since 1979, and has worked in staff development at Ravenswood Hospital in Chicago, and Indiana University in Indianapolis, and in nursing education settings including the University of Indianapolis (previously Central Indiana University), St. Francis University, and Conemaugh School of Nursing.   She is a guest lecturer on topics including school health nursing, pediatric trauma, child abuse, growth and development, bullying prevention, and public health.