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Tener Goodwin Veenema, PhD, MPH, MS, RN, FAAN
Contributing Scholar

Tener Goodwin Veenema, PhD, MPH, MS, RN, FAAN
Tener Goodwin Veenema, PhD, MPH, MS, RN, FAAN

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Professional Profile

Dr. Veenema is Professor of Nursing at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and in the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. As an internationally recognized expert in disaster nursing and public health emergency preparedness, she has served as senior scientist to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Human Services Emergency Preparedness and Response (OHSEPR), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Veterans Affairs Emergency Management Evaluation Center (VEMEC), and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). An accomplished researcher, Dr. Veenema has sustained career funding over $2.2 million, is a member of the Forum on Medical and Public Health Preparedness at the National Academy of Medicine, and is an elected Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, the National Academies of Practice, and the Royal College of Surgeons, Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery, Dublin, Ireland.

Dr. Veenema’s research is directed toward informing policy related to public health emergency preparedness and response for catastrophic events such as pandemics and radiation/nuclear disasters. Dr. Veenema is an expert in workforce development and has taught public health preparedness for over 25 years. She is the author of 4 national e-learning courses in public health preparedness for healthcare providers (Coursera, Elsevier, MC Strategies, American Red Cross). Dr. Veenema is editor of Disaster Nursing and Emergency Preparedness for Chemical, Biological and Radiological Terrorism and Other Hazards (4th ed.), the leading textbook in the field, and developer of Disaster Nursing, an innovative technology application for the iPhone and iPad with Unbound Medicine.

In 2013, Dr. Veenema was awarded the Florence Nightingale Medal of Honor (International Red Crescent), the highest international award in nursing for her professional service in disasters and public health emergencies. She received a Fulbright US Scholar Award (2017), was selected Visiting Research Scholar to Torrens Disaster Institute (Australia, 2017) and New York University (2018), and received a lifetime achievement award from Columbia University School of Nursing (2019).

Dr. Veenema received master’s degrees in nursing administration (1992), pediatrics (1993), and public health (1999) and a PhD in health services research and policy (2001) from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. Dr. Veenema served as the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) 2017-18 Distinguished Nurse Scholar-in-Residence.


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