Caroline Dorsen, PhD, FNP-BC, FAAN

Caroline Dorsen

Associate Dean of Clinical Partnerships, Professor, Clinical Educator Track

Division of Advanced Nursing Practice


SSB 1435

(973) 972-9267

Caroline Dorsen, PhD, FNP-BC, FAAN (she/her) is Associate Dean for Clinical Partnerships at Rutgers University School of Nursing, where she is on the faculty of both the schools of nursing and public health. She is a scholar, educator, and family nurse practitioner whose passion is the intersection of health and social justice. For over 15 years her research, teaching and advocacy work has largely focused on the role of stigma, bias and discrimination in substance use and LGBTQ+ health disparities. Her current project is examining nurses’ attitudes towards psychedelic drug use as a healing modality.

Caroline is the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors for Community Health Network (CHN) in NYC. She has been a member of numerous diversity, equity and inclusion taskforces, including for the Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health, and is a member of the LGBTQ+ and Psychiatric Mental Health Expert Panels for the American Academy of Nursing. She was nursing chair, GLMA: Health professionals advancing LGBTQ equality from 2018-2020.

Caroline received a BA in Anthropology from UC Berkeley, a BS in Nursing at NYU, a Master’s degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner at Yale, and a PhD in Nursing Research and Theory at NYU. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship in translational science at NYU Langone Health. In recognition of her expertise as an educator, Caroline was the 2020 recipient of the Dean’s Distinguished Teaching Award at NYU Meyers College of Nursing. In 2020, she was also the recipient of NYU’s MLK, Jr Faculty Award sponsored by the President and Provost for “exemplifying the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through teaching excellence, leadership, social justice activism, and community building.” She received the 2021 Rutgers Biomedical Health Sciences “Beloved Community” Award with interprofessional colleagues from around the university in recognition of their work on VAXCorps. She was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in 2021.

Telephone #: 973-972-9267