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Professional Program inNursing

Susan Gallagher-Lepak

Susan Gallagher-Lepak
Chair of Nursing, Director of BSN-LINC
& Associate Professor
RH 325E
(920) 465-2034

Professional Experience: I am an Associate Professor of Nursing at UW-Green Bay (Assistant Professor 2003-2010) and Rehabilitation Consultant at Laris Rehabilitation LLC. I served as Interim Chair, Professional Program in Nursing and Director of BSN-LINC from 2009-2011. I was a Lecturer at UW - Madison in the past. My clinical practice over the past 20+ years has been in various roles including Case Manager, Psychologist in rehabilitation settings (brain injury. stroke recovery), Transplant Clinical Nurse Specialist, Dialysis Nurse, and Staff Nurse. I have enjoyed all of these professional roles and have gained many unique perspectives about healthcare from wearing many hats.

Teaching Emphasis: Courses that I've taught at UW-Green Bay included: Pharmacology, Healthy Aging, Theoretical Foundations of Nursing, and Global Aspects of Healthcare. I use many different types of teaching strategies in the campus and/or virtual classroom (e.g., small group discussion, lecture, discussion boards) to enhance learning and foster student participation in the learning experience.

Interests: My professional writing and research has focused primarily on quality of life issues and adjustment to chronic illness (e.g., depression in nursing home settings). I have used Mazlow's Hierarchy of Needs Theory in the development of a quality of life instrument that is used in several brain injury settings. Additionally, I have written about clinical issues (e.g., pharmacology in rehabilitation case management, options with chronic renal failure). On a more personal level, I have an active family life with 3 young children. I enjoy biking, gardening, and family activities of all types.


  • PhD in Rehabilitation Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison; 1996
  • MSN w/ emphasis on adjustment to chronic illness,
    University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; 1989
  • BSN, Marquette University; 1983
  • Current licensure in state of WI as Registered Nurse &
    Licensed Psychologist
  • Current Sigma Theta Tau member

Department Info

  • Professional Program in Nursing, RH 325
    UW-Green Bay, 2420 Nicolet Dr
    Green Bay, WI 54311-7001
  • (920) 465-2826 or (888) 674-8942