Sandra M. Gossler, PhD, RN, APHN-BC

Assistant Professor of Nursing


  • PhD in Nursing, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • MSN, University of Virginia
  • BSN, Liberty University
  • Diploma in Nursing, Lynchburg General School of Nursing

Experience and Background

Dr. Gossler has traveled internationally for educational and missions purposes. As a member of a medical mission team to Katmandu, Itahari, and Pokhara, Nepal, she conducted basic hygiene classes with women's groups in these areas.

She traveled to Geelong, Victoria, Australia to conduct the first international, independent student practicum from the University of Virginia to the University of Ballarat, Victoria. Her paper, "Information Dissemination in Extreme Rural Communities," focused on medical care in the area of Australia known as the "outback." She visited Alice Springs and consulted with the Royal Flying Doctors to discuss the challenges of delivery of medical care to residents of the outback.

Dr. Gossler's personal and professional goals are to launch healthy families by providing accurate information and education about nutrition, safety, and family relationships.

Teaching and Research Interests

Dr. Gossler's research interests include maternal/child and family nursing, human lactation, and community health nursing with a focus in child safety.

Personal Information

Recently, Dr. Gossler has served as a Mentor Mom for a local Mothers of Preschoolers group and is currently serving as a Missionary Mentor for a new missionary to Africa. She writes a column for a local magazine and has rediscovered biking and recently started a running training program.