Denise Bourassa, DNP, RNC, CNL, CNE
Assistant Clinical Professor,
Director, Nursing Leader and Nursing Educator tracks
Denise Bourassa, DNP, RNC-ob, CNL, CNE is an Assistant Professor and Director of the MS Nurse Leader and Nurse Educator Tracks at the UConn School of Nursing. Dr. Bourassa is an experienced, nationally certified Clinical Nurse Leader and specializes in healthcare quality improvement, implementing and sustaining evidence-based practice at the bedside, and leading healthcare interdisciplinary teams during quality improvement projects. Dr. Bourassa is a certified nurse educator with ten years’ experience in nursing education at both the graduate and pre-licensure level.
Thomas J. Van Hoof, MD, EdD, FACMQ
Dr. Tom Van Hoof is an Associate Professor in the University of Connecticut’s Schools of Nursing and Medicine, serving on faculty at UConn since 1996. He is also the Director of Teaching and Learning in the School of Nursing, Faculty Affiliate in UConn’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, and Director of UConn’s graduate certificate in Health Professions Education. Tom is certified in Medical Quality through the American Board of Medical Quality and a Fellow of the American College of Medical Quality. He received his medical and psychiatric training at the UConn School of Medicine, and he completed a fellowship in medical ethics at Harvard Medical School. Additionally, Tom earned a master's degree in education from UConn and a doctoral degree in educational administration from Teachers College Columbia University. His research and teaching efforts relate to the use of educational interventions to change clinician behavior and to improve patient outcomes. More recently, Tom has also become involved in the science of learning, incorporating its evidence into his scholarship, teaching, and leadership responsibilities.