Jennifer Okonsky, PhD, RN, MA

Assistant Professor
Department of Community Health Systems
School of Nursing

Jennifer G. Okonsky, PhD, RN, MA, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Community Health Systems in the School of Nursing at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Okonsky has worked nationally and internationally and her work has afforded her varied leadership experiences. Her work in curriculum development, project implementation, and overseas collaborations with interprofessional teams has helped her build a broad portfolio of leadership insights and accomplishments. Directing and coordinating activities in conjunction with social workers, community outreach teams, public health officers, students, as well as government and non-governmental agency leaders and advocates has provided her a broad range of leadership perspectives through practice, observation, and feedback. She is an adult nurse practitioner as well as an AIDS certified registered nurse. Her clinical nursing ranges from home care nursing to village clinics in Africa to leadership and administrative work in US hospitals. Her roles as faculty, researcher, training advisor, and project director guided her understanding of the importance of a strong and healthy interprofessional team.

Dr. Okonsky’s research interests include HIV/AIDS medication adherence, self-management in women, global health and nursing education. She holds a BS from Rutgers University College of Nursing, her MA from New York University and a PhD in Nursing from the University of California, San Francisco.