PhD Degree Programs

Distinguished Alumni


Asst Vice President, Government & Community Engagement, DPC Govt and Comm Engagement

Kenja Hassan is a liaison to civic and leadership organizations representing the interests of minority populations in Arizona and has been recognized by many entities for her work to strengthen local community ties.  

Hassan holds an A.B. in Religion from Princeton University and a M.A. in Religious Studies form Arizona state university both with an emphasis on American Indian traditions.  Her Ph.D. focused on the influence of patient-provider relationships in retaining women living with HIV in care. 

Kenja is an appointed member of the City of Phoenix Fast Track Cities Committee, working to end HIV as an epidemic. Previously, she served on the board of Asian Pacific Community in Action, which offers healthcare support to Arizonans in need.

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Kenja Hassan

Dr. Soojung Jo is an Assistant Professor at Purdue University School of Nursing. She specializes in public health nursing and nursing informatics, with a primary research emphasis on the application of informatics techniques for infectious disease prevention—particularly in promoting vaccination. Her PhD dissertation investigates compassion fatigue among nurses and its associated factors during the COVID-19 pandemic. In her master's program in nursing informatics, Dr. Jo developed a mobile application for gestational diabetes mellitus self-management. She brings valuable field and practice experience to her role, having worked both in nursing practice and at an infectious disease control center in Korea. 

The dissemination of misinformation via social media during the 2015 MERS outbreak in Korea inspired her to investigate the use of social media for infectious disease prevention and the promotion of healthy behaviors. Currently, she is delving into research efforts on vaccine hesitancy, investigating online discussions and behaviors while examining dynamics among rural residents. This approach aims to provide insights that will inform future promotional and educational initiatives supporting vaccination.

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Soojung Jo, PhD RN

Bin Suh, PhD, RN is the Senior Epidemiologist at the Bureau of Assessment and Evaluation in the Arizona Department of Health Services. Dr. Suh oversees the state’s Positive and Adverse Childhood Experiences (PACEs) surveillance system and collaborates with internal and external partners to disseminate surveillance findings on PACEs and mental health in adolescents. Additionally, Dr. Suh is the Principal Investigator for the Arizona Youth Risk Behavior Survey and School Health Profiles Survey, overseeing the overall process from survey planning to data dissemination. Dr. Suh has extensive research experience and expertise in ACEs and youth resilience, with a track record of publishing research articles and disseminating population survey data through various mediums. Her work contributes to informing research, policy, and practice in the field of ACEs and youth mental health.

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Bin Suh, PhD, RN

Dr. Dan Weberg is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing as well as an expert in nursing, healthcare innovation and human-centered design. He has extensive clinical experience in emergency departments, acute in-patient hospital settings and academia.  He has consulted Dan has currently consulting across several organizations to support strategy and innovation ecosystems to improve healthcare.

He served as the Vice President for Transformation Services at Ascension, supporting 60,000 nurses and 140+ facilities in modernizing nursing technology, developing new care models, and measuring innovation outcomes.  

Previously he was Head of Clinical Innovation for Trusted Health, the staffing platform for the healthcare industry, where he helped drive product strategy and worked to change the conversation around innovation in the healthcare workforce.

Dan spent seven years at Kaiser Permanente, where he held executive roles in nursing innovation, research, and technology strategy across eight regions, 38 hospitals, 60,000 nurses. He was also part of the founding faculty for the new Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine.

Dan is on the faculty at The Ohio State University College of Nursing and multiple innovation fellowship programs. He previously taught on nursing innovation and leadership at Arizona State University. He is on the editorial board for Nursing Administration Quarterly and has authored two dozen peer-reviewed articles and two textbooks, including Evidence Based Innovation Leadership for Health Professions and Leadership in Nursing Practice.

Dan earned his Bachelors in Nursing, and was in the first cohort to graduate from the Masters in Healthcare Innovation program at ASU, as well as the first-ever graduate of the PhD in Healthcare Innovation Leadership program at ASU. Dan serves on several advisory boards, including the American Nurses Association Innovation Advisory Board. His clinical background is in Emergency and Trauma nursing at level 1 trauma centers in California and Arizona.

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Dan Weberg, PhD, MHI, RN, FAAN