Susan Mellott PhD, RN, CPHQ, CPPS, FNAHQ
Dr. Mellott is a full graduate faculty scholar at Texas Woman's University. In the masters in nursing program, she teaches research, outcomes assessment, teaching practicum, clinical specialization practicum. The undergraduate courses she teaches are research, and community health.
Prior to accepting a full time position at Texas Woman's University, Dr. Mellott had extensive experience across the continuum of care in healthcare quality and patient safety. She opened her own consulting company in 1995 and maintains that company to this day. The company specializes in educational programs particularly those involving quality improvement/patient safety. She has consulting experience throughout the USA and in Saudi Arabia. Prior to that time Dr. Mellott has held positions as the corporate manager of nursing quality in a health care system, a CNO of an acute care hospital, associate professor at a College of Nursing, a clinical nurse specialist of children with cancer, among other positions.
Dr. Mellott’s research main focus is performance improvement and patient safety. She also is involved with research of homeless female veterans. She holds the Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) and the Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS) designations and is a Fellow of the National Association for Healthcare Quality (FNAHQ). Currently her patient safety research encompasses the inclusion of patient safety in the undergraduate nursing curriculum, and she is developing research on increasing patient safety and quality of care in Peru and other countries. Dr. Mellott has published numerous articles and book chapters regarding performance improvement and patient safety. She is also the editor of a book concerning quality and patient safety. She speaks professionally around the US and other countries.