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Diane Wardell


Professor Emerita

Faculty Emeriti

Diane Wind Wardell, PhD, RN, WHNP-BC, AHN-BC, served Cizik School of Nursing at UTHealth Houston for 35 years. She was the Director of the Women’s Health Care Tract and offered nurse practitioner services in the community including a school-based pregnancy clinic and homeless shelter for women.  She taught at the master’s level, DNP students, and in the PhD program in the areas of practice, research, and theory. She was also an expert in integrative medicine’s energy-based therapies. 


Texas Woman's University, Houston, Texas
PhD in Nursing

State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York

St. John College, Cleveland, Ohio

Clinical/Research Focus

Dr. Wardell’s research areas of interest are in women’s health and alternative healing modalities, specifically touch therapies/biofield therapies. Her past research includes assessing reasons why abused women stay in relationship, women’s experience of menopause, developing partnerships, and military women's hygiene issues. She has also conducted translation research and collaboratively developed a pacifier for low birth weight infants, the WEE Thumbie which is marketed and sold internationally.