Vivien Dee, PhD, RN, NEA-BC,FAAN


Professor Emerita, School of Nursing

Vivien Dee, PhD, RN, NEA-BC,FAAN, has been a professor at Azusa Pacific University since 2006 and was the Program Director for the PhD Nursing Program from 2010-2014. Dee holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Loma Linda University, a Master of Science in Nursing from UCLA, and a PhD in Nursing from University of California, San Francisco. Dee is the recipient of numerous awards including the UCLA Distinguished Alumnus Award from UCLA School of Nursing. Dee was the founding Executive Director of the UCLA Health System's Institutes of Learning (Research, Ethics, Teaching, and Leadership) from 2008-2010. Dee has extensive experience in both academic and clinical services; having held executive positions as Associate Hospital Administrator and Director for Nursing at UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute and Hospital, Assistant Dean of Clinical Affairs at the UCLA School of Nursing; Director of Nursing Research, Education and Clinical Affairs at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Her research interests include Global Health Disparities and Health Services Research. Dee is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing since 1992 and serves on the Expert Panel for Nursing Theory Guided Practice since 1997. Her strong beliefs on the importance of personal mentorship and professional networking were the driving forces for taking students to the Fulbright Academy of Sciences and Technology’s Global Health Summit in Abu Dhabi, UAE in 2012 and in Montego Bay, Jamaica, 2013 and annually to the American Academy of Nursing conference in Washington D.C. since 2006.


  • PhD, University of California, San Francisco, 1986
  • MN, University of California, Los Angeles, 1974
  • BSN, Loma Linda University, 1966


  • Nurse Executive, Advanced - Board Certified (American Nurses Credentialing Center) Renewal date: December 31, 2022
  • State of California, Registered Nurse License Exp. December 31, 2021
  • Public Health Nurse Certificate

Academic Area

  • School of Nursing


  • Health Services
  • Global Health Nursing Theory
  • Mental Health Nursing

Courses Taught

  • GNRS 701 – Nursing Knowledge Development
  • GNRS 702 – Nursing Theory
  • GNRS 780 – Doctoral Seminar I: Elements of a Proposal and IRB Application
  • GNRS 781 – Doctoral Seminar II: Developing a Grant Proposal