Welcome To Our Newest Faculty Members

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08/14/2018 16:03


Dr. Melissa Batchelor-Murphy, associate professor & geriatric nursing researcher
Melissa Batchelor-Murphy, PhD, RN-BC, FNP-BC, FGSA, FAAN, is an associate professor of nursing and geriatric nursing researcher. Dr. Batchelor-Murphy has worked as an administrative nurse in skilled nursing homes and practiced as a family nurse practitioner (FNP) across long-term care settings. Her research, focusing on patients with dementia, has been supported by The John A. Hartford Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars program, and the National Institute of Health/National Institute for Nursing Research. 

Dr. Batchelor-Murphy was previously an associate professor at Duke University and is board-certified as a gerontological registered nurse and FNP. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and a 2017-2018 Health and Aging Policy Fellow serving the United States Senate Special Committee on Aging in the office of Senator Susan Collins.

Dr. Sue Bhati, clinical assistant professor
Sue Bhati, PhD, NP, is a clinical assistant professor of nursing teaching in the bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) program. Dr. Bhati’s research interests stem from her belief that educating young underserved women in preventive health care, and providing free primary health services to them and their children is empowering and improves outcomes for both women and children. 

She has worked extensively with low income and diverse populations in various roles including primary nurse, nurse manager, case manager, clinical nurse specialist, nurse practitioner and nurse educator. Dr. Bhati is an FNP with an active practice at the Alexandria Health Department providing sexual health services to the LGBTQ community.

Dr. Nadine Marchi, clinical assistant professor
Nadine Marchi, DNP, RN, CNE, CRRN, is a clinical assistant professor of nursing teaching in the BSN program. She is a certified nurse educator and rehabilitation nurse with experience in dialysis, pediatrics, rehabilitation and occupational health. 

Previously, Dr. Marchi served as assistant to the director for the graduate entry nursing program at Case Western Reserve University where she also earned her DNP. She has 14 years of instructional experience and is a Quality Matters peer reviewer. Dr. Marchi currently practices as transitional care coordinator with the Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. Lorrie Taylor Rilko, clinical assistant professor
Lorraine (Lorrie) Taylor Rilko, DNP, APRN, FNP- BC, ADM- BC, is a clinical assistant professor of nursing teaching in the FNP program. Dr. Rilko has 27 years of clinical experience as a nurse practitioner in settings that include Internal Medicine and Family Practice. She has cared for in and outpatient post-transplant recipients as a heart transplant coordinator at INOVA Heart and Vascular Institute and volunteers at the Fauquier Free Clinic caring for underserved populations.

Dr. Rilko is board certified in Advanced Diabetes Management with the American Association of Diabetes Educators and a recipient of the Care First Project RN–Nurse Education Partnership Scholarship. She has been adjunct faculty with GW Nursing from 2000-2003 and again since 2017.

Dr. Cheryl Toulouse, clinical assistant professor
Cheryl Toulouse, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC, is a clinical assistant professor of nursing teaching in the FNP program. She was previously an assistant professor at George Mason University where she taught in both the undergraduate and graduate programs. She also served as the coordinator of their RN-BSN programs including the traditional RN-BSN program; the co-enrollment program, a partnership with the Virginia Community College System; and the military veterans pathway.

Dr. Toulouse has designed online education and simulation including the implementation of Objective Structured Clinical Evaluations in graduate nursing health assessment courses. Her research interests include improving access to health services and health outcomes in underserved populations.  


Dr. Y. Tony Yang, professor and health services and policy researcher
Y. Tony Yang, ScD, LLM, MPH, is a professor and health services and policy researcher at the George Washington University School of Nursing with a joint appointment at the Milken Institute School of Public Health in the Department of Health Policy and Management. His scholarship explores the effects of law and policy on health care delivery and population health outcomes. He was previously an associate professor with tenure in the Department of Health Administration and Policy at George Mason University.