Anna Marie Hefner, PhD, MAEd, CPNP, RN


Associate Professor

Phone: (626) 815-5397

Email: [email protected]

Office Location: Building One, Room #353

Anna Marie Hefner, PhD, CPNP, is an Associate Professor at Azusa Pacific University. She received her PhD at the University of San Diego. She currently educates students in the Nurse Practitioner Program in wellness and chronic illness. She is currently active in clinical hepatology and areas of publication and presentations include: Family centered care in GI and hepatology, psychosocial and spiritual needs of patients and families facing chronic illness, and end of life care. Her research interests include adult and pediatric health and wellness, chronic illness across the lifespan, and management of patients with fatty liver and end stage liver disease. Hefner has received the Hepatology Associates Award 3 times from the American Association for the Study of Liver Disease in research of fatty liver disease(NAFLD) and non-alcoholic steatosis (NASH).


  • PhD, nursing from University of San Diego, 2013
  • MaEd, Education, Special Education from Azusa Pacific University, 2000
  • MSN, nursing and minor in Education from California State University, Long Beach, 1990
  • BSN, Nursing from California State Univeristy, Los Angeles, 1978


  • Registered Nurse, Board of Registered Nursing, State of California
  • Public Health Certificate, State of California
  • Nurse Practitioner, Board of Registered Nursing, State of California

Academic Area

  • School of Nursing


  • Hepatology / GI
  • Neonatal Pediatrics

Courses Taught

  • GNRS 513 - Advanced Nursing Practice Role
  • GNRS 518 - Supervised Practicum in Healthcare
  • GNRS 543 - Transitions Across the Care Continuum
  • GNRS 590A - Primary Health Care of the Young Family