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May T. Dobal

Associate Professor of Nursing

A.A.S., Queens CollegeB.S., LIU Brooklyn
M.N., Louisiana State University Medical Center
Ph.D., University of Texas, Austin
Post-master’s Nursing Education Certificate, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, College of Nursing
Postdoctoral Fellowship, Vulnerable Women, Infants, and Families and Health Disparities, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing


Dr. May Dobal earned her PhD in Nursing from The University of Texas at Austin and a Master’s degree from Louisiana State University where her focus was Nursing Administration.  Currently, she is an Associate Professor at Long Island University School of Nursing teaching in the undergraduate and graduate programs.  Dr. Dobal teaches Pediatric Nursing and Nursing Research.  She specializes in health disparities research and has conducted research focusing on health-related decision making.  Specifically, she has had projects exploring African American men and their decisions about prostate cancer screening, African American women and their decisions about weight loss, and African American mothers and the effect that their decisions about food and exercise have on their school age daughters.

Dr. Dobal is committed to the Nursing Profession and her role as mentor.  She mentors undergraduate students, graduate students, and practicing nurses.  This is evident from her approach to student advisement and as the former Director of the Leadership Institute for Black Nurses – 2005-2008.


Pediatric Nursing, Nursing Research, Nursing Administration and Systems, Health Disparities, and Health-related Decision-making


  • Co-author.  Older African American women’s beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors about breast cancer.  Research in Gerontological Nursing, 4(1), 9-18, (2011).
  • Co-author.  Nurses of African descent & career advancement.  Journal of Professional Nursing, 25(2), 122-126, (2009). 
  • Co-author.  Literacy, knowledge, self-efficacy and health beliefs about exercise and obesity in urban low-income African American women.  Journal of Chi Eta Phi, (53)1, 7-13, (2008).
  • Co-author.  Embracing the challenge:  Increasing workforce diversity in nursing.  Hispanic Health Care International, 6(4), 200-204, (2008). 
  • Co-author.  Measuring cultural awareness of nursing students:  A first step towards cultural competency.  Journal of Transcultural Nursing, 19(3), 250-258, (2008). 
  • Co-author.  An alternative model for postdoctoral education of nurses engaged in research with vulnerable populations.  Nursing Outlook, 55(6), 275-281, (2007). 
  • Co-author.  The meaning of mentorship among Black nurses:  NYU & NBNA team up for success.  National Black Nurses Association Newsletter, Fall, 6-7, (2007).
  • Co-author.  Disordered eating and food cravings among urban obese African American women.  Eating Behaviors, 8, 374-381, (2007). 
  • Co-author.  Making decisions about sexual rights in psychiatric facilities.  Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, 18(2), 68-74, (2004). 

Lectures and Presentations

  • Presenter, “Psychometric Properties of an Instrument Measuring Patient's Knowledge about Coumadin.”  American Public Health Association 140th Annual Meeting and Exposition.  October 27-31, 2012, San Francisco, CA.
  • Presenter, “African American Mothers and Daughters:  Decisions about Food and Physical Activity.” Xavier University of Louisiana College of Pharmacy’s Center for Minority Health & Health Disparities, Research and Education, 5th Health Disparities Conference.  March 6-8, 2012, New Orleans, LA.
  • Presenter, “Low literacy, health disparities, and radiation therapy.”  Xavier University of Louisiana College of Pharmacy’s Center for Minority Health & Health Disparities, Research and Education, 4th Health Disparities Conference.  March 27-29, 2011, New Orleans, LA.
  • Presenter, “Effect of low-literacy on the self-care behaviors of men receiving radiation therapy.”  American Public Health Association 137th Annual Meeting and Exposition.  November 7-11, 2009, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Presenter, Obesity and urban, low-income African American women.”  Xavier University of Louisiana College of Pharmacy’s 2nd Annual Health Disparities Conference.  April 10-12, 2008, New Orleans, LA.
  • Presenter, “Measuring cultural awareness of nursing students:  A first step towards cultural competency.”  American Academy of Nursing 34th Annual Meeting & Conference.  November 8-10, 2007, Washington, DC.
  • Presenter, “Knowledge, health beliefs, self-efficacy, and literacy among low-income obese African-American women.”  American Public Health Association 135th Annual Meeting and Exposition.  November 3-7, 2007, Washington, DC.
  • Presenter, “An integrative literature of obesity among Hispanic/Latinas.”  National Association of Hispanic Nurses, 31st Annual Conference.  July 19-21, 2006, Phoenix, AZ.
  • Presenter, “Breast cancer and older African American women.” 14th Annual Primary Care for the Underserved Conference, May 4-6, 2006, Philadelphia, PA (Poster).
  • Presenter, “Obesity among Hispanic/Latinas:  An ecological approach.”  National Coalition of Ethnic Minority Nurse Associations, Inc., “Creating Research Careers:  Expanding the Network,” March 10-12, 2006, Chicago, IL (Poster).
  • Presenter, “Obesity among Hispanic/Latinas:  An ecological approach.”  National Leadership Summit on Eliminating Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health.  January 9-11, 2006, Washington, DC.
  • Presenter, “Disordered eating and food cravings among urban obese African American women.”  Wayne State University President’s Conference on Health Disparities.  October 10-11, 2005, Detroit, MI (Poster).
  • Presenter, “Effects of decision making and health literacy on weight and exercise management.”  American Public Health Association 131st Annual Meeting and Exposition.  November 15-19, 2003, San Francisco, CA. 
  • Presenter, “African American Men’s Beliefs, Feelings, Knowledge, and Decisions about Prostate Cancer Screening.”  The Gerontological Society of America 55th Annual Scientific Meeting.  November 22-26, 2002, Boston, MA.


  • Recipient, Award for Nursing Research, Concerned Black Nurses of Newark, Inc., 2009
  • Recipient, Award for Excellence in Nursing Leadership – Caribbean American Nurses Association, Inc., 2009
  • Recipient, Goddard Junior Faculty Fellowship, New York University, 2008-2009
  • Recipient, Vernice Ferguson Faculty Award for advocacy for reducing Health Disparities, 2008, New York University College of Nursing
  • Keynote Speaker, Valedictory Graduation Breakfast – Undergraduate and Master’s Class of January, 2008, New York University College of Nursing
  • Recipient, Research Center for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR) Network Grant (2001-2003) – Wayne State University

Professional Affiliations

Accredited Adult Nurse Practitioner American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP)