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Steven Palazzo, Ph.D., R.N., C.N.E.

Steven J. Palazzo, Ph.D., M.N., R.N., is an Associate Professor in the College of Nursing at Seattle University. Dr. Palazzo earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), a Master in Nursing (MN), and a Ph.D. in nursing from the University of Washington. He has eight years of clinical experience in critical care and has published research on the utility of biomarkers in diagnosing ventilator-associated pneumonia. Dr. Palazzo’s current research and scholarship focus on developing and implementing a sustainable interdisciplinary program of cardiovascular health promotion and disease prevention aimed at creating a culture of wellness in adolescents from underserved communities. Recognizing that no single health promotion strategy will be uniformly effective, a complementary goal is to expand our understanding of how to initiate and sustain behavior change in economically and ethnically diverse populations. Dr. Palazzo was awarded the Achievement Rewards for College Scientist (ARCS) fellowship in 2007. He is the Hope Heart Institute Sauvage Fellow, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) Nurse Faculty Leadership Academy Fellow, and current recipient of the Hope Heart Endowed Fellowship. Dr. Palazzo is keenly interested in establishing multidimensional service-learning opportunities for faculty and students interested in improving adolescent health literacy.