Heather Ross

Academic Fellow 2022
Clinical Associate Professor
Edson College - Doctor of Nursing Practice, School for the Future of Innovation in Society Faculty, Global Futures Scientists and Scholars



Heather M. Ross, PhD, DNP, ANP-BC, FAANP, is a Clinical Associate Professor at Arizona State University jointly appointed in the Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation and the College of Global Futures School for the Future of Innovation in Society. Her teaching and research focuses on health policy, science and technology policy, and health equity. She serves as Special Advisor to Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego focusing on issues related to public health and health equity. Dr. Ross maintains a clinical practice as a nurse practitioner in cardiac electrophysiology.


B.A. Religious Studies, Yale University

M.S. Nursing, Boston College

Doctor of Nursing Practice, Arizona State University

PhD Human and Social Dimensions of Science & Technology, Arizona State University


Recent journal articles:
Wani, J., Bowman, D., Ross, H.M. (2022, in press). Voluntary registries to support improved interaction between police and people living with dementia. Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics. (Impact Factor 1.718)
Jehn, M.L., Pandit, U., Sabin, S., Tompkins, C,. White, J., Kaleta, E., Dale, A.P., Ross, H.M., McCullough, J.M., Pepin, S., Kenny, K., Sanborn, H., Heywood, N., Schnall, A.H., Lant, T,. & Sunenshine, R. (2022). Accuracy of case-based seroprevalence of SARS-CoV-2 antibodies in Maricopa County, Arizona. American Journal of Public Health, 112(1), 38-42. (Impact Factor 9.308)
Ross, H.M., Desiderio, S., St. Mars, T., & Rangel, P. (2021). US immigration policies pose a health security threat in COVID-19. Health Security, 19(S1), S83-S88. (Impact Factor 1.297)
Gel, E.S, Jehn, M., Lant, T., Muldoon, A.R, Nelson, T., & Ross, H.M. (2020). COVID-19 healthcare demand projections: Arizona. PLoS ONE 15(12), e0242588. (Impact Factor 2.740)
Hosman, L., Ross, H., Petersen, S., Jalaghi, A., & Andrusaitis, K. (2020). Developing an offline digital library for South Sudan – the SolarSPELL Health: Nursing and midwifery library. South Sudan Medical Journal, 13(4), 153-155.
Geoffrion, S., Hills, D. J., Ross, H.M., Pich, J., Hill, A.T., Dalsbø, T.K., Riahi, S., Martínez-Jarreta, B., & Guay, S. (2020). Education and training for preventing and minimising workplace aggression directed toward healthcare workers. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Iss. 9: Art. No. CD011860. Doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD011860.pub2. (Impact Factor 6.103)
Woodburn, J.L., Staley, L.L., Wordingham, S.E., Spadafore, J., Boldea, E., Williamson, S., Hollenback, S., Ross, H.M., Steidley, D.E., & Pajaro, O.E. (2019). Destination therapy: Standardizing the role of palliative medicine & delineating the DT-LVAD journey. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 57(2), 330-340. Doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2018.11.007 (Impact Factor 3.077)
Zakeri, R., Van Wagoner, D.R., Calkins, H., Wong, T., Ross, H.M., Heist, E.K., Meyer, T.E., Kowey, P.R., Mentz, R.J., Cleland, J.G., Pitt, B., Zannad, F., & Linde, C. (2017). The burden of proof: The current state of atrial fibrillation prevention and treatment trials. Heart Rhythm Journal, 14(5), 763-782. Doi :10.1016/j.hrthm.2017.01.032 (Impact Factor 4.866)

Recent book chapters:
Ross, H.M. (2022 forthcoming). Health policy and advocacy: Opportunities for nurses. In Leadership in nursing practice: Changing the landscape of health care (4th ed). Eds : D. Weberg and K. Mangold. Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning.
Miller, C.A., Ross, H.M., Bennett, G., & Hurlbut, J.B. (2016). The ethics of ubiquitous computing in healthcare. In Wireless computing in medicine: From nano to cloud with its ethical and legal implications. Ed. M. Eshaghian-Wilner. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 978-1118993590

Recent popular press:
Ross, H. (2020, November 2). Where is the contact tracing army we were supposed to get? Slate: Future Tense. https://slate.com/technology/2020/11/contact-tracing-covid-states-failure.html
Ross, H. & Muldoon, A. (2020, May 24). Who should serve in America’s contact tracing army? Slate: Future Tense. https://slate.com/technology/2020/05/contact-tracing-coronavirus-diverse-workforce.html

Expertise Areas

Health Policy


Public Safety

Public Health

Health Equity