Joan Wasserman


Department of Primary Appointment:
Graduate School of Nursing
GSN Administration
Location: Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD
Research Interests:
Health Services Research, Patient Reported Outcomes
Office Phone


Dr. Joan Wasserman is a professor in the Daniel K. Inouye Graduate School of Nursing. Previously, she served as the Associate Dean for Research at the GSN, providing strategic direction and leadership for research initiatives at the school. Prior to joining the GSN, Dr. Wasserman was the Director of the Office of Extramural Research Administration (OERA) at National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), National Institutes of Health (NIH). In this role she provided leadership in developing and implementing extramural research policy, scientific peer review, and grants management. In previous work for NIMHD, Dr. Wasserman managed grants on research related to capacity building, community-based participation, and health services. Before joining NIMHD, Dr. Wasserman served as a program officer at the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), NIH where she managed research portfolios on chronic disease prevention and management, as well as behavioral and clinical research for diabetes, cancer, and musculoskeletal disorders. In other government service, Dr. Wasserman was Chief of the Advanced Nursing Education Branch in the Bureau of Health Professions at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), where she developed priorities for funding opportunities to increase the graduate nursing education workforce and readiness to practice.

Prior to joining NIH, Dr. Wasserman was on the faculty at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Nursing and McGovern Medical School. She researched the health-related quality of life, costs, and access to rehabilitative services for stroke survivors and their caregivers. In addition to her work with stroke survivors, she has studied patient-reported outcomes for persons with hemophilia.

Dr. Wasserman received her doctorate in public health with a focus in health services research from the School of Public Health at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston in 2004. She earned her M.S.N. from the UT Health School of Nursing in 2006. Dr. Wasserman also holds an M.B.A. with a concentration in health care administration from Baruch College, part of the City University of New York.

Representative Bibliography

• Wasserman, J., Palmer, R.C., Berzon R., Gomez, M., Ibrahim, S.A., Ayanian, J. Z., Advancing Health Services Research to Eliminate Health Care Disparities. AJPH Special Supplement on Minority Health and Health Disparities Research 2019, AJPH: 109 (S1), S64-S69

• Outcome Measures Expert Working Group of the International Prophylaxis Study Group (IPSG), Berger, K. C., Feldman, B. M., Wasserman, J., Schramm, W., Fischer, K. (2016). Securing reimbursement for patient centered haemophilia care: major collaborative efforts are needed. Haematologica, 101, 266–268.

• Bullinger, M., Globe, D., Wasserman, J., Young, N. L., von Mackensen, S. (2009). Challenges of patient-reported outcome assessment in hemophilia care—a state of the art review. Value in Health, 12, 808–820.

• Godwin, K. M., Ostwald, S. K., Cron, S. G., Wasserman, J. (2013). Long-term health-related quality of life of stroke survivors and their spousal caregivers.Journal of Neuroscience Nursing, 45, 147–154.

• Wasserman, J., Aday, L. A., Begley, C. E., Ahn, C., Lairson, D. R. (2005). Measuring health state preferences for hemophilia: development of a disease-specific utility instrument. Haemophilia, 11, 49–57.