Jouhayna Bajjani-Gebara, PhD, MHSC, MSN, BSN

Jouhayna Bajjani-Gebara, PhD, MHSC, MSN, BSN

Name: Jouhayna Bajjani-Gebara, PhD, MHSC, MSN, BSN

USU Department of Primary Appointment: 
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program
Faculty Rank: 
Assistant Professor
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD

Research Interests:
Psychopharmacology; Psychological Well-being; Adjustment Disorders, Resilience; Self-transcendence; Caregivers of chronically ill patients


PhD Nursing Science: University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
MHSC in Clinical Research: Duke University, Durham, NC
MSN Psychiatric Nursing: Husson University, Bangor, ME
Post-MSN NP Certificate: Husson University, Bangor, ME
BSN: American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon


Dr. Jouhayna Bajjani-Gebara is an Assistant Professor in the Daniel K. Inouye Graduate School of Nursing and the Psychiatric/Mental Health program.
Dr. Jouhayna Bajjani-Gebara graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing with distinction from the American University of Beirut in 1999. She then earned her Master of Science in Nursing as a Psychiatric-Mental Health clinical nurse specialist (in 2002) and a post-master’s certificate as a psychiatric nurse practitioner (in 2012) from Husson University, Bangor, Maine. She received her PhD in nursing in 2014 from the University of Arizona, Tucson and received a Master of Health Sciences in Clinical Research from Duke University in 2019. Dr. Bajjani-Gebara is currently a licensed Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and is a member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association. She was a fellow of the American Psychosocial Oncology Society Fellowship program and a recipient of the American University of Beirut Penrose award, an award given in recognition of the best combination of the qualities of scholarship, character, leadership, and contribution to the University as a whole.
Dr. Bajjani-Gebara’s scholarly work focuses on resilience, self-transcendence, adjustment disorders, and well-being. She has also published and given presentations on culture sensitivity and end-of-life care in different cultures. Dr. Bajjani-Gebara has taught psychiatry theory and clinical courses as well as statistics for nursing students. She also has conducted multiple workshops for primary care physicians and practicing nurses on the topics of: communications in difficult situations, basic counseling skills, and the provision of psychosocial interventions for war victims.
Dr. Bajjani-Gebara has over 18 years of practice as an advanced practice psychiatric nurse. Her clinical experience combines both general psychiatry and psycho-oncology. Her clinical work has been focused on adults with mental illness (psychotherapy and psychopharmacology) as well as patients and families suffering from psychological distress associated with severe medical illnesses, especially at the end-of-life (psychotherapy). During her four years of experience as a nurse executive at a 450-bed research hospital, Dr. Bajjani-Gebara functioned as an administrator, educator, and consultant to various health care providers during which she assisted with the establishment of policies, maintenance of standards of care, and advancement of nursing practice. Within that role, she also functioned as a core team member on the committees that lead accreditation projects (which were successfully attained by that institution).


  • Bajjani-Gebara J, Hinds P, Insel K, Reed P, Moore K, Badger T. (2018). Well-being, Self-transcendence, and Resilience of Parental Caregivers of Children in Active Cancer Treatment: Where Do We Go From Here? Cancer Nursing, 42(5):E41-52. doi:
  • DeLeon, P. H., Paxton, M. M., Spencer, T., & Bajjani-Gebara, J. E. (2018). Research Driven Policy: Is Financial Capacity Related to Dangerousness? Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 45(4), 689-691. doi:
  • Pauli, E., Bajjani-Gebara, J. E., O'Quin, C., Raps, S. J., & DeLeon, P. H. (2018). Telehealth – The Future for Advance Practice Mental Health Nursing. Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, 32(3), 327-328. doi:
  • Bajjani-Gebara J, Reed PG. (2016). Nursing theory as a guide into uncharted waters: Research with parents of children undergoing cancer treatment. Applied Nursing Research, 32,14-17.
  • Bejjani-Gebara J, Tashjian H, Abu-Saad Huijer H. (2008). End-of-life care for muslims and christians in Lebanon. European Journal of Palliative Care,15(1), 38-43.
  • Gebara J, Tashjian H. (2006). End-of-Life Practices at a Lebanese Hospital: Courage or Knowledge? Journal of Transcultural Nursing, 17(4), 381-388.