& Staff

Faculty and Staff

Judy Didion, Ph.D., R.N.

Dean, Lourdes University College of Nursing


  • Ph.D., Duquesne University
  • M.S.N., The University of Texas Health Science Center
  • B.S.N., The University of Toledo
  • Diploma in Nursing, St. Vincent Medical Center

Areas of Expertise

  • Community Health Nursing
  • Adolescent Health and Risk Reduction
  • HIV and Teen Pregnancy Prevention
  • Leadership and Management Research

Recent Publications

  • Didion, J., Kozy, M., Koffel, C., and Oneail, K. (2013). Academic/Clinical partnerships and collaboration in quality and safety education. Journal of professional Nursing 29 (2), 88–94
  • Didion, J. (2011). Featured quotes in the Daybook for Nurse Educators. Published by Katherine Pakieser-Reed, PhD, RN
  • Didion, J. (2007). Adolescent Male Involvement in Pregnancy Prevention: Deliberate Action to protect Future Goals. Dissertation: ProQuest: Ann Arbor

Recent Presentations

  • Kruse, J. Didion, J., and Perzynski, K. (2013). Utilizing the Intercultural Development Inventory® to Develop Intercultural Competence. Sponsored by the International Academy for Intercultural Research, Pushing the frontiers of intercultural research: Asking critical questions conference, 2013 Biannual Meeting. Reno, Nevada. July, 2012
  • Didion, J. (2012). Preparing Ohio’s Primary Care Workforce of the Future (panel discussion). Presented at the 4 D’s of the Primary Care Workforce: Distribution, Diversity, Demographics and Demand. December 5, 2012, Grove City, Ohio.
  • Didion, J., Kruse, J. and Perzynski, K. (2012). Entangled the web of causation: Unraveling the web to diversify the nursing workforce. American Public Health Association 140th Annual Meeting & Expo. San Francisco, CA.
  • Ruma, J. and Didion, J. (2012). The Lucas County Initiative to Improve Birth outcomes (Pathways): A Care Coordination Approach. Ohio Infant Mortality Conference. Columbus, Ohio. (round table discussion)
  • Didion, J. (2012). “Perceptions of Assertive Women”, Women in Leadership Symposium, The University of Toledo and the Ohio Diversity Council. September 13, 2012
  • Didion, J., Kruse, J. Perzynski, K., French, M., and Kujawa, J. (2012). Multidisciplinary collaboration to support students from disadvantaged backgrounds. 117th Annual Conference sponsored by the Higher Learning Commission. Chicago. (Oral Presentation)
  • Kruse, J. PhD, RN; Didion, J. PhD, RN; Jaso, A. MSN, RN (August 8, 2012). A Multi-Method Multidiscipline Approach to Enhance Student Engagement. Podium presentation at the SHARE Conference, Lourdes University.
  • Miller, C., Wielinski, M., Didion, J., and Ruma, J. (2011). Supersized babies: A care coordination approach. (a poster presentation) 139th Annual Meeting, American Public health Association. Washington, DC. (Poster Presentation)
  • Chamberlain, A. and Didion, J. (2011). Minority adolescent mothers: Finding their identity through stigma, support and social adjustment. 139th Annual Meeting, American Public health Association. Washington, DC. (Oral Presentation)
  • Chamberlain, A. and Didion, J. (2011). Finding their Identity: Personal Accounts of Minority Adolescent Mothers. MNRS Annual Conference. March 21, 2011. (Oral Presentation)
  • Kruse, J., Perzynski, K., Kozy, M. and Didion, J. (2011, March). Positive Impact on Student Professionalism. Poster Presentation for the 58th Annual Congress for the American Association of Operating Room Nurses (AORN), Philadelphia, PA. (Oral Presentation)

Recent Grants, Awards and Recognition


  • 2012 AACN-Wharton Executive Leadership Program
  • 2009 Outstanding Alumna, University of Toledo College of Nursing

College of Nursing Awards

  • American Association of Colleges of Nursing AACN) 2012 “Innovations in Professional Nursing Education Award” in the small school category


  • Ohio Board of Nursing Education Grant (OBN): Undergraduate Nursing Expansion at a Patient-Centered Medical Home. $195,383.00 over two years (2013–15) Co-Author
  • Ohio Board of Nursing Education Grant (OBN): Expanding MSN Options in Rural Northwest Ohio. $195,383.00 over two years (2013–15) Co-Author
  • Ohio Board of Nursing Education Grant (OBN): Graduate Options – RN-MSN in Nursing Education: $197,772.38 over two years (2011–13) Project Director/Co-Author
  • HRSA Advanced Nurse Education: Graduate Options: RN to MSN in Nursing Leadership (ANE) $955,687 2011–2014 Co-Author
  • HRSA Nurse Education Practice, Quality and Retention (NEPQR): Nurse Education, and Practice Partnership to Provide Safe Quality Care: $984,664 2011–2014. Co-Author
  • HRSA Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students: Over $1,944,029 for four years was awarded for 2012–2016, Project Director and Co-Author
  • HRSA Nursing Workforce Diversity Grant: Discover the Nurse Within: $1,509,809 2009–2012. Advisor
  • HRSA Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students $55,920 2010–11 Project Director and Co-Author
  • HRSA Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students $72,127 2011–12 Project Director and Co-Author
  • HRSA Nurse Faculty Loan Program: $8,620 was awarded for 2012–13 Co-Author

Professional Affiliations & Community Activities

  • Sigma Theta Tau International
    Zeta Theta Chapter Vice President for Lourdes University
    Region X Program Planning Committee
  • American Public Health Association
    Public Health Nursing Section Member: Communication Committee and Abstract
    reviewer for the APHA Annual Meeting
  • Board Member for the ProMedica Center for Nursing Excellence
  • American Association of Colleges of Nursing
    Organizational Leadership Steering Committee Chair
    Expert Panel Member for the AACN-CDC Agreement to enhance Public Health concepts in nursing curriculum
  • Ohio Council of Deans and Directors of Baccalaureate and Higher Degree Nursing Programs
  • Board Member: Secretary

Service to Community

  • Hospital Council of Northwest Ohio, Lucas County Initiative to Improve Birth Outcomes (Pathways) project, Care coordinator mentor, Member of the outcome advisory council. 2009–present
  • American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, Public Health Nursing Section, Abstract Reviewer. 2010–present
  • Journal of Catholic Higher Education. Peer Reviewer. 2012–present
  • Board Member of the ProMedica Health Systems’ Center of Nursing Excellence


Judy Didion
Judy Didion
Office: SCH 252
Phone: 419-517-8905