Sandra M Branson, PhD, RN
Dr. “Sandy” Branson received her BS in Psychology from the University of Houston and her BSN from Texas Woman’s University. She received her MSN in Leadership and Administration, post master's certificate in Education, and her PhD as the Hamill Foundation Scholar in the Accelerated Ph.D. Program from UTHealth School of Nursing.
Dr. Branson’s clinical background is in acute care, community health, staff development/clinical education, and healthcare leadership/management/administration. She teaches a variety of leadership/management and quality improvement courses and is a community clinical instructor in the undergraduate and RN-to-BSN online programs. As a TeamSTEPPS® Master Trainer, she conducts simulations utilizing Team Strategies and Tools to Enhance Performance and Patient Safety with the Ambassador Honor's students. She also has experience teaching students using Team-Based Learning. She has received several awards, including academic scholarships, service awards, abstract awards, and received the Outstanding Houston Nurse award from Texas Nurses Association District 9.
Dr. Branson’s overall research goal is to establish a program of research that minimizes the adverse consequences of child abuse, disability, mental and physical health disorders, and work-stress by incorporating animals in people’s lives and in the treatment and recovery process. She has been consistently funded since 2014, and a has conducted several cross-sectional studies and randomized controlled trials investigating pet ownership and the effectiveness of incorporating animals in the treatment process.
Dr. Branson is interested in collaborating on projects involving animal-assisted activities and pet ownership in a wide variety of populations. She is also interested in collaborating on projects related to team-based learning and team-based care, acute care, community health, staff development/clinical education, and healthcare leadership, management, and administration.