Assistant Clinical Professor

Mary Gallagher is an assistant clinical professor for the Master of Science — Family Nurse Practitioner and Master of Health Services — Physician Assistant Studies degree programs at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing. In a unique clinician educator role, Gallagher divides her time between providing patient care at the Sacramento Native American Health Center and leading classroom instruction and mentoring for School of Nursing students.

As a board-certified pediatric nurse practitioner, Gallagher endeavors to provide family-centered, trauma-informed care to children and their families. She strives to work in partnership with families to promote the growth and development of their children, recognizing the unique needs and circumstances of each family. Her clinical interests include newborn care, early child development, and adolescent sexual and reproductive health. More broadly, she is interested in reducing health disparities and improving health equity by addressing the social and structural determinants of health. As an educator, Mary’s interests include the integration of the humanities in nursing education and opportunities for interprofessional education.

Prior to joining the School of Nursing, Gallagher worked in community health settings in Los Angeles County’s San Fernando Valley. At her prior clinical practice, she started a Reach Out and Read program to promote literacy and school readiness. She also served as a preceptor for California State University, Los Angeles’ nurse practitioner program. Gallagher earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice from UCSF, a Master of Science in Nursing from Yale University, and both a Master of Public Health and Bachelor of Science in Human Development from UC Davis.

In addition to her clinical practice and teaching roles, Gallagher engages in service work with both the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB) and the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP). She completed PNCB’s Item Writer training and served as an Item Writer for the Pediatric Primary Care Certification Exam and currently serves on the Pharmacology Pediatric Updates Committee. She is currently the Chair of NAPNAP’s National Conference Planning Committee and Secretary of the Adolescent Health Care Special Interest Group. Additionally, she is a member of the American Public Health Association and the California Association for Nurse Practitioners.


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