Dean of the School of Health Sciences and Human Performance
Professor of Nursing
Dr. Jean St. Clair currently serves as the Dean of the School of Health Sciences and Human Performance at University of Lynchburg. She earned her PhD in nursing from Virginia Commonwealth University, her MSN degree and family nurse practitioner (FNP) certification at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and her bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree at Radford University.
Her nursing practice focus has been in the areas of neurology and oncology. She had spent seven years as an oncology clinical specialist at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Salem, Virginia. Prior to that, she was a neurology staff nurse at Duke University Medical Center, and was involved in both patient and staff education.
Dr. St. Clair has been a nurse educator in post-secondary education for the past nineteen years. In addition to teaching at University of Lynchburg, she had previously taught nursing at Virginia Commonwealth University and Liberty University, where she was director of the Generic Program. She is committed to nursing education and is dedicated to going above and beyond to help her students achieve success in their chosen programs of study. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she is program evaluator for the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, and conducts site visits of nursing programs across the country, as part of the accreditation process. She currently serves on several committees at the College.
- PhD – Medical College of Virginia, VCU
- MSN – University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
- BSN – Radford University
Publications and Presentations
- Poster Presentation at ELNEC conference, July 2008 “Sharing the Burden: Teaching Nursing Students about a “Good Death.”
- “Holy Ground,” Journal of Christian Nursing. 2009. 26(3) 159.
- “Witnessing of Disenfranchised Grief: reliability and validity” Journal of Nursing Measurement, 2013; 21 (3): 401-14.
Dr. St. Clair has a passion for helping individuals cope with physical and emotional loss has been incorporated into field of research, which includes the witnessing of disenfranchised grief, perinatal loss, and identifying factors that strengthen maternal postnatal bonding. Her research has been both presented and published.
Dr. St. Clair is married with 2 daughters, both seeking their doctorates in the medical field. She enjoys quilting, cross stitch, crocheting, and knitting.