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Sandra K. Cesario, Ph.D., RNC, FAAN
Professor, PhD Program Coordinator - Houston Center

Sandra Cesario came to TWU in 1999 and has served as the PhD Program Coordinator on the Houston campus since 2005.  In January 2014, she also assumed responsibility for the DNP program.  Other roles at TWU include Director of Research (2002-2005) and the Interim Director of the Center for Global Nursing Scholarship (2011-2012).  Current faculty responsibilities include teaching doctoral-level courses such as Multicultural Nursing and Global Women's Health as well as the supervision of doctoral dissertations.

Dr. Cesario is a woman’s health specialist with almost 40 years of clinical, research, education, and policy development experience.  She has provided care to women and newborns throughout the United States and internationally and was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in 2008.  Dr. Cesario has held leadership positions in professional nursing organizations such as AWHONN, Sigma Theta Tau International, and the Texas Nurses Association District 9. She was awarded AWHONN’s Distinguished Professional Service Award in 2012.  She also served on the Board of Directors for the Texas Medical Center Women’s Health Network for six years (president 2010-2011). Currently she is a member of the steering committee for the Women’s Health Imitative of Texas. 

Other professional experience includes developing and coordinating the OB Nurse Residency Program for the USPHS Indian Health Service (1989-1992) and employment as a contractor for JHPIEGO (an affiliate of Johns Hopkins University) and the Supreme Council of Universities in the country of Egypt (2004-2007). The USAID/Cairo Health Strategic Objective, Healthier Planned Families, focused on improving the overall quality, availability, and use of key services in family planning, reproductive health, child survival, infectious diseases, maternal health, and emergency medicine. In addition, she provided research consultation to nurses in St. Petersburg, Russia through an affiliation with the Russian Nurses Association (2005-2010) and education consultation to nursing schools in India. 

Dr. Cesario’s program of research includes violence against women, ovarian cancer, nursing education, second stage labor management, newborn abandonment, environmental design, and cultural aspects of childbearing and birth. She has presented her research findings throughout the US and in Australia, Austria, Canada, Czech Republic, Egypt, India, Ireland, Russia, Singapore, and Vietnam.

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