Rocky and the nursing staff


Janice Smolowitz, EdD, DNP, RN, ANP-BC

Dean, School of Nursing

Janice Smolowitz holds extensive experience in nursing education, practice and administration. She has served as the senior director of education, professional practice and research at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. She previously held positions at Columbia University’s School of Nursing as a professor of nursing, co-director of the school’s Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program, senior associate dean, and faculty nurse practitioner with admitting and clinical privileges at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University Medical Center. Dr. Smolowitz has been an invited member to several national organizations and has served as a member of the workgroup to revise the American Nurses Association’s Nursing: Scope and Standards for Practice, 3rd Edition, 2015. She serves as the Chair of the professional conduct committee of the New York State Board of Nursing. Dr. Smolowitz is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellow Alumni (2012).

Courtney Reinisch, DNP, RN, APN

Director of Undergraduate Nursing

Courtney Reinisch serves as the director of undergraduate nursing and associate professor for the School of Nursing. Previously, she served as director of the doctor of nursing practice degree program and associate professor at Rutgers University School of Nursing. Prior to that role, she was the family nurse practitioner program director and assistant professor. Dr. Reinisch was also an assistant professor of clinical nursing at Columbia University. She has been certified as a family nurse practitioner since 1999, and maintains a clinical practice in an urban setting providing direct patient care to underserved populations. Dr. Reinisch has presented and published on the DNP role and implications for practice both nationally and internationally.

Marybeth Duffy, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, ACNP-BC

Associate Professor, School of Nursing

Marybeth Duffy has 28 years of nursing experience, which includes interventional cardiology, EPS, general acute care cardiology, critical care, cardiothoracic surgery, telemetry and medical-surgical. She has worked at New York Presbyterian Hospital since 2009 coordinating the aortic surgery program. In this role, Dr. Duffy rapidly assesses incoming patients, obtains critical test results and directs patients to the appropriate specialists for treatment. Dr. Duffy is an active mentor and preceptor, and currently has clinical teaching appointments at Columbia University School of Nursing and New York University as adjunct assistant clinical professor.

Sarah Kelly, PhD, RN

Associate Professor, School of Nursing

Sarah Kelly joined Montclair State from Rutgers University in Newark, where she was an assistant professor in the School of Nursing. Her research is focused on vulnerable youth and the issues that influence their health care needs. Specifically, her program of research addresses vulnerable youth exposure to community and gang violence and the affect exposure to violence and the consequences of exposure to violence has on their health and health related quality of life. She has also focused her research on the professional development of students as they transition to nurses.

Andrew Scanlon, DNP, RN, ANP-BS

Associate Professor, School of Nursing

Andrew Scanlon, the first nurse practitioner in neurosurgery in Victoria, Australia, maintained a clinical practice at Austin Health Neurosurgery, an inpatient hospital facility that cares for acute and post-operative neurosurgery patients. He also taught undergraduate and graduate nursing students at La Trobe University School of Nursing near Melbourne. Dr. Scanlon has more than two decades of experience as a nurse working in neurosurgery, neurology, cardiology, dialysis, ophthalmology and respiratory medicine. He has been published in academic journals on such topics as scope of practice, international APRN development, and end-of-life issues. Dr. Scanlon serves as co-chair of the International Council of Nurses. He received his DNP at Columbia Nursing and two master’s degrees from La Trobe University.

Yanick Joseph, RN, MPA, MSN, Ed.D

Associate Professor, School of Nursing

Yanick Joseph is an experienced leader in healthcare management with 30+ years in health care management, and over 12 years in nursing education. Her perspective of teaching is grounded in the constructivist framework of learning, and she brings a repertoire of skills to impart knowledge to students using a variation of instruction modalities. Her philosophy reflects her interests in experiential learning and she is passionate about using simulation in all aspects of student learning. The classroom dynamics she employs permits dialogue, self-direction, and inquiry—all of which fosters a higher degree of student engagement. She has held significant leadership roles of increasing responsibility in management, performance improvement, graduate and undergraduate nursing education. She has a proven record in transmitting vision into reality and mission into action plans through focused strategy / policy development, successful mobilization of resources, staff / student empowerment and engagement.

Dr. Joseph is also the 2018 recipient of the Mabel K Staupers Award for Outstanding Leadership in Professional Nursing Development and Results Oriented Growth in Nursing Practice.

Rachel Lyons, DNP, CPNP-PC/AC, DCC, CEN

Associate Professor, School of Nursing

Rachel Lyons holds a faculty appointment as an associate professor at Montclair State University School of Nursing. Previously, she served as an associate professor and pediatric nurse practitioner program director at Rutgers University. Dr. Lyons has been a certified acute care pediatric nurse practitioner since 2002 and is recognized nationally as a clinical expert in pediatric trauma and injury prevention. Dr. Lyons graduated from Columbia University (2007) with a Doctorate of Nursing Practice. As a certified acute care pediatric nurse practitioner, Dr. Lyons maintains her practice in pediatric level one trauma centers in both Rhode Island and New Jersey. Dr. Lyons has experience identifying pediatric trauma risk factors and has implemented institutional, evidence- based policy changes related to pediatric access to care. Practice and research interests include pediatric access to health care, injury prevention and nursing education.